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Guide to the Thomas L. "Tommy" Burns Collection

Thomas L. "Tommy" Burns collection, 2003-2004


Creator:Kehde, Ned
Title:Thomas L. "Tommy" Burns collection
Quantity:.5 linear ft (1 box)
Abstract:This collection consists primarily of photocopies produced by Ned Kehde in 2003 from his collection of notes and publications regarding Lawrence, Kansas resident Thomas L. "Tommy" Burns, a long-time Kansas River fisherman, hunter, and trapper with a vast personal knowledge of the river and its denizens, most notably its catfish. Included is a photocopy of Burns' book, 60 Years on the Kaw River, with an introduction by Ned Kehde, as well as Kehde's article titled "Tom Burns: King of the Kaw."

Call Number:

RH MS 1097

Repository:University of Kansas
Kenneth Spencer Research Library
Kansas Collection
1450 Poplar Lane, Lawrence, KS 66045-7616
Phone: (785)864-4334
Fax: (785)864-5803
URL: http://spencer.lib.ku.edu
Finding aid prepared by mh, 2008
Finding aid encoded by mh, 2008

BIOGRAPHY of Thomas L. "Tommy" Burns

Thomas L. "Tommy" Burns was born September 1, 1919 at Lawrence, Kansas to Thomas L. Burns, Sr. and Angelena (Barnes) Burns. After attending Lawrence public schools, he joined the staff of the Lawrence Paper Company, where he was employed for twenty-seven years. Burns also farmed and worked at Lawrence's Bowersock Power Company. He married Ozella E. Pearson on September 28, 1939. For most of his life, Burns was an avid fisherman, trapper, and hunter on and along the Kansas River, and was dubbed "King of the Kaw" for his legendary knowledge of the river and its denizens. In 1994, anecdotes from his long experience were published in his book titled 60 Years on the Kaw River. Burns died on June 23, 2003.


Restrictions on Access

No access restrictions

Restrictions on Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Related Material

Kehde, Ned, Personal papers of Edward G. Kehde, PP 410, University Archives, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.



Burns, Tom, 1919-2003.


Catfishing--Kansas--Kansas River.
Fishing--Kansas--Kansas River.




Kansas River (Kan.)--Anecdotes.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Kehde, Ned, Thomas L. "Tommy" Burns Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1097, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift, Ned Kehde, 2003; 2004 addition