Louise Durbin Papers

Collection Summary

Title: Louise Durbin Papers
Call Number: MS 2000-06
Size: 0.75 linear feet
Acquisition: Purchased 11-1999
Processed by: LDS, 5-2000; JLY, 1-2002; MN, 1-2009
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Content Note

The Louise Durbin Papers contain examples of her writings and correspondence related to her writings and hobbies. The materials span the 1970s.


Louise Durbin worked as a free-lance writer based out of Washington, D.C., in the 1970s. She held a position as a staff writer for the Washington Post, which she left in order to work as public relations director for the Corcoran Museum. She eventually pursued writing full time, writing for magazines, radio programs, and television documentaries, as well as writing two books, Inaugural Cavalcade and White House Brides. She grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and was graduated from Colorado College in 1945. Ms. Durbin died May 12, 1997.

Detailed Description: Series Listing

Series 1 Box 1 Writings. This series includes published and photocopied articles written by Durbin, radio and television scripts written by Louise Durbin, Durbin's research notebooks, and research packets for upcoming articles.
Series 2 Box 2 Correspondence. The files in this series contain correspondence, both sent and received, by Louise Durbin. The letters discuss her writings, her property, and her hobbies. The correspondence spans the 1970s.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Series 1 ‒ Writings

Box 1 FF 1 Articles: Articles written by Louise Durbin including "The Civil Service Has a New Young Image" (original and photocopy) from The Washington Post Sunday, November 3, 1968; "Making a Federal Case Out of a B. A." (original) from Mademoiselle June 1968; "Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado" (typed copy); "She'll Fill Cavity as Teacher" (original and photocopy) from The Washington Post, Tuesday, August 4, 1964; "Wendell Garrett" manuscript notes and typed copy of article about Garrett.
Box 1 FF 2 Radio: Scripts written for radio include "The Living Earth #138" and "The Living Earth # 147," 1967; purchase orders for radio scripts, 1970s.
Box 1 FF 3 Television: Scripts written for television include "The American Documents: Inaugural Souvenir" 1973; "The building of The Capitol" 1974; "American Cooker" date unknown.
Box 1 FF 4 Notebooks: Includes notebooks with manuscript research notes and ideas.
Box 1 FF 5 Notebooks: Includes notebooks with manuscript research notes and ideas.
Box 1 FF 6 Notebooks: Includes notebooks with manuscript research notes and ideas.
Box 1 FF 7 Notebooks: Includes notebooks with manuscript research notes and ideas.
Box 1 FF 8 Research Packets: Elias Demetracopoulous: Includes photocopied articles on Demetracopoulous and his role in Greek politics. 1970s.
Box 1 FF 9 Research Packet: Fritz Scholder: Includes notes, photographs, correspondence and other materials about Native American artist Fritz Scholder. 1970s.
Box 1 FF 10 Writers Guild: Code of Working Rules (1968) and Constitution and By-Laws of The Writers Guild (1976).

Series 2 ‒ Correspondence

Box 2 FF 1 Corcoran Museum: Durbin worked here as Public Relations Director. The correspondence relates to museum activities and events. Also includes program for the Navy Ball held at the Corcoran museum and newsletters from the Corcoran museum. 1971-72.
Box 2 FF 2 Housing: Correspondence regarding Durbin's condominium in Washington D.C. and her home at 333 North Clifton in Wichita, Kansas. 1972.
Box 2 FF 3 Land: Correspondence regarding right of ways for petroleum drilling on lands in Barton and Hamilton counties, Kansas. 1970s.
Box 2 FF 4 Writings: Correspondence regarding The writings of Louise Durbin including her book Inaugural Cavalcade and Hail to The Chief. The folder also includes contracts and marketing of books. 1970s.
Box 2 FF 5 Miscellaneous: Correspondence regarding Durbin's hobby of collecting silver and Native America art. 1960s and 1970s.