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Robert Stephan Collection

Creator: Stephan, Robert T.

Date: circa 1963-2009

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Unavailable

Unit ID: 47353

Restrictions: The diaries will not be made public until 10 years after the death of the donor.

Biographical sketch: After graduating from Washburn University's law school, Robert T. Stephan practiced law in Wichita, Kansas. From 1965 to 1978 he was a district court judge in Wichita, Kansas. In 1979 he was elected Kansas Attorney General and he served in that office for 16 years. He helped craft and eventually win passage of the 1992 Victims' Rights Amendment. The legislation established a compensation fund, crime victims' board, community grants, and revised sentencing guidelines in Kansas. After leaving office, he moved to Lenexa, Kansas, and worked as a corporate legal consultant, dealing principally in consumer protection matters and federal trade commission rules in regard to marketing. Stephan has received many awards for his service to the state and community.

Abstract: The Robert Stephan collection consists primarily of photocopied newspaper clippings, dated 1979-2008, concerning a variety of topics including his tenure as Kansas Attorney General. The clippings document legal topics, Kansas elections, Kansas politics, press coverage on candidates for various state offices, various lawsuits involving individuals or businesses, and Stephan's public appearances, actions, decisions, and organizations. The clippings are organized chronologically by date. Also included are Stephan's diaries, notebooks and scrapbooks containing press releases and clippings concerning Stephan's 1990 campaign for Attorney General, his career as a police judge, and clippings of general crime stories. One scrapbook contains clippings documenting Japan's surrender during World War II, and the end of the war. There is a Kansas Governor's Proclamation signed by Governor Parkinson recognizing the 20th Anniversary of the Kansas Crime Victims' Bill of Rights, June 22, 2009.

Space Required/Quantity: 15.75 cubic feet

Title (Main title): Robert Stephan Collection

Scope and Content


Locator Contents
078-07-05-03  Diaries. Not to be opened until 10 years after his death. 
101-05-04-09 to 101-05-04-17  c. 1979-1995: photocopied clippings and scrapbooks 
101-06-04-17 to 101-06-04-20  Scrapbooks: 1963, 1965 & 1967, 1971, 1977, 1978 & 1979; photographs, articles, clippings 
101-06-05-14  Certificates, 1958-1963 scrapbook, photo of 1974 Kansas Judiciary 
101-07-04-20  Clippings, newsletters, articles, campaign ads, certificates, Governor's proclamation, 1972-2008 
104-04-03-16  Copies of newspaper clippings, 1979-1994 
108-05-03-08  "A Campaign Plan for Robert T. Stephan to Become Governor 1986" submitted by Douglas L. Bailey and Donald E. Sipple. 

Related Records or Collections

Related materials: Photographs of Robert T. Stephan with Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton are in the photograph collection.

Index Terms


    Kansas. Office of the Attorney General
    Kansas -- Politics and government
    Stephan, Robert T. -- Political activity
    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
    Judges -- Kansas -- Wichita
    Lawyers -- Kansas
    Police magistrates -- Kansas -- Wichita
    Public officers -- Kansas

Creators and Contributors

Additional Information for Researchers

Restrictions: The diaries will not be made public until 10 years after the death of the donor.