Diaries of Louis J. Zutavern

Collection Summary

Title: Diaries of Louis J. Zutavern
Call Number: MS 95-25
Size: 0.25 linear feet
Acquisition: Donated by John Zutavern, Erna Z. Kampert and Kimberly K. Klempnauer
Processed by: MN, 5-8-1995; JEF, 7-8-1998; MN, 12-14-2011

Literary Rights

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Content Note

Detailing his activities as a student and businessman, Louis J. Zutavern's diaries provide some insight into a young entrepreneur's life and times in Wichita in the early part of the 20th century.


Louis J. Zutavern attended Fairmount College, the predecessor to Wichita State University, from 1907 to 1912. Zutavern was not just a student during those years; he and his brother, F. Kurt, set up the first printing press on campus and ran their own business, the Ry-Zut Press, with clients such as Fairmount College's professors and campus groups. They printed the 1908 Parnassus, the school's yearbook. Examples of Zutavern’s printing and photography are found in the Parnassus and in the collection of images related to Fairmount College in the University Archives.

Series Listing 

Series 1

Box 1

Diaries. Louis J. Zutavern’s diaries for 1908 and January-June 1910.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1 -- Diaries

Box 1

FF 1

Photocopy of Louis J. Zutavern’s diary for 1908. Zutavern used a 1904 diary to record his 1908 activities.

Box 1

FF 2

Transcription of Louis J. Zutavern’s diary for January 1-June 11, 1910.