Laird M. Wilcox Papers, 1951-2009


Laird M. Wilcox Papers, 1951-2009

Laird M. Wilcox Papers, 1951-2009

Laird M. Wilcox, a widely published authority on political extremism and ideological movements, is the founder of the Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements at the University of Kansas--one of the largest collections of its kind for the study of left-wing and right-wing political movements in the United States. The Laird M. Wilcox Papers include his research correspondence with individuals and organizations, as well as various manuscripts of his many publications.

12.75 linear feet (30 boxes); 1 oversize box


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