The papers of William H. Avery (1954-1964), a member of the U. S. Congress (1955-65) and Governor of Kansas (1965-67), were donated to the Kansas State University Archives by Avery in 1987.
The papers are housed in six document boxes. They are divided into four areas: 1) campaign materials (1960-68), 2) congressional newsletters (1956-64), 3) printed materials (1954-55; 1965-66) and 4) literary works. Photographs (27) have been transferred to the photograph cabinet and filed under Avery's name.
Processing of the papers was completed by Pam Neuschafer, student assistant, in May 1987.
The collections accession number is PC 51. New numbering system: PC 1987.03
1911 Born on a farm near Wakefield, Kansas on August 11, the son of Herman W. and Hattie C. Avery. 1934 Received an AB degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas. 1935-1955 Farmer, stockman near Wakefield 1940 Married Hazel Bowles of Junction City , Kansas on June 16. They have four children: William Jr., Barbara, Bradley, and Martha. 1946-1954 Director of Wakefield School Board. 1951-1955 Member of Kansas House of Representatives from the 2nd District. 1955-1965 Served in the U. S. Congress 1965-1967 Governor of Kansas. 1966 Sought gubernatorial re-election, defeated by Robert Docking. 1967-1968 Worked for Garvey Enterprises. 1968 Unsuccessful candidate for the U. S. Senate. 1967-1971 Worked for the Clinton Oil Company which merged with Real Petroleum with Avery as President. 1973-1977 Congressional liaison to the Department of the Interior. 1977-1980 Chairman of the board and director of the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Wakefield.
The William H. Avery Papers document a number of his activities in state and national politics during the years 1954-64. The papers contain personal and business correspondence, speeches, printed material, photographs and scrapbooks. They are housed in six document boxes.
The papers are divided into four areas: 1) campaign materials (1960-1968), 20 congressional newsletters (1956-1964), 3) printed materials (1954-1955; 1965-1966), and 4) literary works. The most significant part of the collection is the campaign material contained in the three and a half document boxes. There are folders of election statistics, news releases announcement of candidacy, printed material concerning Avery's inauguration, and other general material concerning his years in the U. S. Congress and as Governor of Kansas. The correspondence is both personal and official in nature and includes many letters from local supporters and fellow congressmen. There is also a considerable correspondence between the Avery Election Office and national and local press.
The congressional newsletters in the collection are weekly installments describing the activities of the U.S. Congress. They contain no personal information about Avery but provide a good summary of the political issues from 1956 to 1964.
The third group contains printed materials, primarily newspaper clippings. Organized by topic are a variety of newspaper editorials related to subjects of concern to Kansans. Of interest are the newspaper clippings about Avery's governorship in 1966. The clippings are filed chronologically in one document box. Additional newspaper clippings regarding the Tuttle Creek Dam controversy, 1954-1955, are contained in a scrapbook.
A fourth part of the collection consists of two notebooks handwritten by an anonymous author. They appear to document a family history of Czech immigrants to the U.S. who settled in Nebraska in the late 1800's. Included are printed photographs of family members identified only by their first name.
Photographs (26) in the collection were transferred to the photograph cabinet and filed under Avery's name.
Box Folder 01 01 Campaign Statistics, 1960-1964 02-05 Campaign (1962), Consideration of Senate 06 Campaign (1964), Announcement, Dec 18, 1963 07-10 Campaign (1964) 11 Campaign (1964), News Releases 12-15 Inauguration (1965), Correspondence 16 Inauguration (1965), Printed Material 02 01 Correspondence-Personal, 1957-1958; 1965) 02-05 Campaign (1966) 06-10 Campaign (1966), Letters of Appreciation 03 01-04 Speeches (1966) 05 Correspondence (1966) 06 News Media (1966) 07-09 T.V. Miscellaneous (1966) 10 Campaign (1968) 11 84th Congress, 2nd Session (1956), Weekly Newsletter 12 85th Congress, 1st Session (1957), Weekly Newsletter 13 85th Congress, 2nd Session (1958), Weekly Newsletter 14 86th Congress, 1st Session (1959), Avery Newspaper Pictures 15 86th Congress, 1st Session (1959), Weekly Newsletter 04 01 86th Congress, 2nd Session (1960), Weekly Newsletter 02 87th Congress, 1st Session (1960), Weekly Newsletter 03 87th Congress, 2nd Session (1961), Weekly Newsletter 04 88th Congress, 1st Session (1963), Weekly Newsletter 05 88th Congress, 2nd Session (1964), Weekly Newsletter 06 Newspaper Clippings (1965) Newspaper Clippings-Editorials 07 Birth Control, 1965 08 Civil Rights 09 Hickock and Smith 10 Eye on the Dollar 11 Governor's Term of Office 12 Gasoline Tax 13 Towanda Dam Flood 14 Governor's Budget Message 15 Improving the Kansas Image 16 Civil Works 17 State Withholding Tax 18 Tax Program 19 Budget Message 20 Private Clubs, Betting, etc. 21 Governor's Airplane 22 Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings 05 01 January, 1966 02 February, 1966 03 March, 1966 04 April, 1966 05 May, 1966 06 June, 1966 07 July, 1966 08 August, 1966 09 September, 1966 10 October, 1966 11 November, 1966 12 Miscellaneous-Personal, Ca.1958-1966 13 Seventh Nimitz Hall Annual, 1965 14 Awards and Certificates, 1964-1966 06 01-02 Literary Works: handwritten (family history of Czech immigrants) 03 Scrapbook regarding Tuttle Creek Dam, 1954-1955