Papers, 1948-1989 (bulk 1962-1986).


Papers, 1948-1989 (bulk 1962-1986).

Correspondence, reports, research notes, articles and speeches relating to Towner's activities on behalf of the Newberry Library. Also personal papers.

46 cubic ft. (77 boxes and cartons)


SNAC Resource ID: 7162455

Newberry Library

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