KU Libraries commemorate 50 years of Wilcox Collection with exhibit

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The University of Kansas Libraries will host an opening reception for the “Free Speech in America: The Wilcox Collection at 50” exhibit on the evening of March 25th in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library to celebrate the anniversary and exhibition, with remarks by Laird Wilcox and a presentation by KU Professor Emeritus Bill Tuttle.

The exhibit, on display through April 18th, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements, one of the world’s premier collections of political ephemera and literature.

“I am pleased that KU will be recognizing the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements,” said Bill Tuttle, KU professor emeritus. “The collection is an invaluable resource. It is the nation's foremost collection of the political literature of the far right and left.” 

Professor Tuttle emphasized the collection’s vital role in research. “Scholars from around the world, as well as KU students, have used these provocative materials,” said Tuttle. “Access to this collection has allowed scholars to write scores of books, articles, term papers, theses and dissertations.”

The renowned collection has grown considerably since it first found a home with KU Libraries in 1965 when KU student Laird Wilcox sold his impressive collection.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by Tuttle’s presentation at 6:15 p.m. Those who plan to attend should RSVP to Rachel Karwas at 785-864-8961 or rkarwas@ku.edu.

For those unable to visit the exhibit in person, the collection is available online. Read more about how the Wilcox Collection arrived at the University of Kansas and its considerable growth and utilization in the last 50 years.

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