Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection

The The Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection

is an eclectic, inclusive set of materials dedicated to the study of Kansas literature through the state’s folklore, history, geography, flora, fauna, social fabric and culture.  The holdings include novels, plays, collections of poetry and fiction, histories, biographies, memoirs, letters, scholarly articles, collected folklore, manuscripts and ephemera gathered over 40+ years.


In 2009, Tom made arrangements to transfer his Kansas collection to Mabee Library, and in 2010 he worked with others to establish the Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection Support Fund to enhance, preserve, increase and publicize the collection.


Tom encourages Kansas authors and their supporters to add books, manuscripts and other materials to the collection. To do so, please contact University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Martha Imparato via email or telephone (785-670-1981). Come view the collection in its home in glass-fronted bookcases on the lower level of Mabee Library


The Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection welcomes use by any researcher. However, due to the specializd nature of the collection, the items are available for in-library use only.


Each year, the collection sponsors the Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award, alternating Poetry, Fiction, and Literary Nonfiction. Past winners have been: Poetry, 2016, Sympathetic Magic, by Amy Fleury;

Fiction, 2017, I was a Revolutionary, by Andrew Milward;

Literary Nonfiction, 2018,Tilted, by Louise Krug.