William Allen White Library & Special Collections

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1200 Commercial St, Emporia, KS 66801
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Serves the informational needs of students and faculty of Emporia State University and houses the School of Library and Information Management. Found in the library are several unique special collections. The W.A. White Collection contains books, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and other materials about White and the Emporia Gazette, as well as a desk he used while editor. The Mary White Collection honors White's daughter, Mary, who died at age 16, and includes samples of her schoolwork, photographs, and personal belongings. The May Massee Collection honors the famous children's book editor by housing her intact 1930s office while at Viking Press and includes books, manuscripts, and original illustrations by famous children's artists and authors. The winners of the William Allen White Children's Book Awards are chosen each year by the children of Kansas. The Awards were established in 1952 to honor Mr. White. William Allen White Library has always been the home of the award, and all the nominated and winning books are on display.

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