Sam and Millie Marcus Collection

Collection Summary

Title: Sam and Millie Marcus Collection
Call Number: MS 88-06
Size: 14.0 linear feet
Acquisition: Donated by Sam and Millie Marcus
Processed By: LTM, 7-24-1987; MN, 4-9-1996; JEF, 10-1-1998; MN, 2-9-2010
Note: None
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine 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 Sam and Millie Marcus Collection contains a series of scrapbooks which contain newspaper clippings, photographs, awards, honors and other memorabilia that describe the Marcus family's influence in the business, social and civic life of Wichita. The scrapbooks date from 1949 to 1985.


Sam Marcus (1906-1987) was a Wichita businessman who amassed his fortune in the beef industry. For many years he was the president and chairman of the board of the Kansas Beef Industries, MBPXL and Excel corporations. He and his wife Millie (1909-2000) were involved in many social, civic and charitable organizations in the city. Obituaries in the collection provide more information about their lives.

Detailed Description: Series Listing

Series 1 Box 1-Box 10 Scrapbooks, 1949-1985. Twenty-six scrapbooks document the Marcuses’ lives in these categories: Sam and Millie Marcus’ involvement in civic, social, religious, and charitable organizations; their family’s activities, including children and relatives; the dedication of the Marcus Center for Continuing Education at Wichita State University; and their business interests, including Kansas Beef Industries and MBPXL Corporation.
Series 2 Box 11 Miscellaneous. The contents of this series includes information about MBPXL (1974-1977), the Kansas Coliseum, memorabilia regarding the first trading of the MBPXL stock on the New York Stock Exchange, and Sam and Millie Marcus’ obituaries.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Series 1 ‒ Scrapbooks, 1949-1985

Box 1 Scrapbook I: Sam Marcus, 1951-1972; Scrapbook II: Sam Marcus, 1973-1977
Box 2 Scrapbook III: Sam Marcus, 1977-1982; Scrapbook IV: Sam Marcus, 1981-1983
Box 3 Scrapbook V: Millie Marcus, 1949-1967; Scrapbook VI: Millie Marcus, 1952-1979; Scrapbook VII: Millie Marcus, 1953-1963
Box 4 Scrapbook VIII: Millie Marcus, 1961-1964; Scrapbook IX: Millie Marcus, 1965; Scrapbook X: Millie Marcus, 1966-1967
Box 5 Scrapbook XI: Millie Marcus, 1968-1972; Scrapbook XII: Millie Marcus, 1977-1982
Box 6 Scrapbooks XIII: Millie Marcus, 1983-1985; Scrapbook XIV: Marcus Family, 1958-1978; Scrapbook XV: Marcus Family, 1964-1969
Box 7 Scrapbook XVI: Marcus Family, 1972-1978; Scrapbook XVII: Marcus Family, 1981-1984; Scrapbook XVIII: Marcus Family, 1982-1984
Box 8 Scrapbook XIX: Marcus Family, 1982-1983; Scrapbook XX:
Box 9 Scrapbook XXII: Kansas Beef Industries, 1970-1974; Scrapbook XXIII: Kansas Beef Industries, 1974
Box 10 Scrapbook XXIV: MBPXL, 1975 (Due to the nature of material in scrapbook (mostly photographs), the contents were removed and placed in a file folder.); Scrapbook XXV: MBPXL, 1974-1978; Scrapbook XXVI: MBPXL, 1978-1985

Series 2 ‒ Miscellaneous

Box 11 FF 1 Review of MBPXL's stock on New York Stock Exchange in Value Line Investment Survey, n.d.
Box 11 FF 2 Clippings, booklet, and other documents regarding the Kansas Coliseum and its opening, 1978
Box 11 FF 3 Annual Reports of MBPXL Corporation, 1975-1977
Box 11 FF 4 Study of proposed merger between Missouri Beef Packers (MBP) and Kansas Beef Industries (KBI), 1974
Box 11 FF 5 Article about beef packing industry in Wichita, in Wichita, May-June 1975
Box 11 FF 6 Commemorative pin and ticker tape from first trading of MBPXL on the New York Stock Exchange, October 24, 1974
Box 11 FF 7 Obituary of Sam Marcus, Wichita Eagle-Beacon, July 16, 1987. Obituary of Millie Marcus, Wichita Eagle, September 29, 2000.
Box 11 FF 8 Article about Excel in Wichita Eagle, January 30, 1995