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Don Coldsmith Papers

 Collection — Container: Papers
Identifier: SC-031

Scope and Contents

Incomplete manuscript of Don Coldsmith's book The Smoky Hill. Collection also includes seperate synopses of all three parts of the book.


  • Created: 1926-2009
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1989

Biographical or Historical Information

Don Coldsmith was a native Kansan. He served as a medic in World War II, then returned to Kansas after the war where we attended Baker University. At Baker, he received his degree in psychology. He later attended the University of Kansas and there received his doctorate in medicine. Coldsmith ran a family practice in Emporia Kansas for many years while lecturing at Emporia State University on English. He had a great love for writing. In 1988 he shut down his clinic in order to pursue writing full time. He wrote more than 40 books on the American West. He was the recipient to multiple awards during his lifetime, including the Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award, and he was the Native Sons and Daughters' Distinguished Kansan of the Year in 1993. Coldsmith was known for writing his Native American characters complexly, often making them the protagonist of his stories. He is also known for criticizing the European-American society that comes to the plains within his novels. The Smoky Hill was a part of the Rivers West series, a collection of books about the West written by a group of authors.

Note written by Emory Rodda


1.00 boxes

The papers are divided by chapter in folders. Most of the papers are handwritten on lined notebook paper. The synopses are typed. Chapters 43-48 are missing. other_unmapped

Language of Materials



This is a small collection of papers, mostly handwritten, from the manuscript for The Smoky Hill by author Don Coldsmith.

Arrangement Note

Collection begins with a synopsis of each part of the book and is followed by the manuscript for The Smoky Hill in chapter order. Due to the nature of the manuscript, some sections are out of order, but are noted as such in the manuscript itself.

Appraisal Information

These papers are a manuscript written by Don Coldsmith. Most of the pages are handwritten, but some are typed.

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Emory Rodda
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker University and Kansas United Methodist Archives Repository

518 8th Street
PO Box 65
Baldwin City KS 66006 US