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Karen Clugston papers

 Collection — Box: JM099 Box 1
Identifier: JM099

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of clippings, correspondence, photographs, and a cassette tape created by Carroll and Becky Gilbert, who were business owners in Greeley and friends of James A. Michener dating back to the early 1930s, when Michener was teaching at Colorado State College of Education at Greeley (now the University of Northern Colorado). Karen Clugston is the daughter of Carroll and Becky Gilbert.

Correspondence is primarily between the Gilberts and the Micheners, and ranges in date from 1944 to 1991. The photographs depict the Gilberts’ joint trip to Mexico with James Michener and his then wife Patti Michener in 1938. Clippings range in date between 1957 and 1999 and include local Colorado newspaper and magazine clippings, as well as University of Northern Colorado publications pertaining to Michener. The cassette tape is dated 1975-1976 and contains a brief recording of an interview with James Michener, as well as a recorded phone call. The collection also contains documents and clippings related to Mari Michener's visit to UNC in 1992.


  • 1938 - 1999
  • Existence: 2020

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Please contact the Archives and Special Collections for further information.


.42 Linear Feet (1 Doc (letter) Box)

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This collection contains material collected by Caroll and Becky Gilbert, parents of Karen Clugston, related to their friendship with and the career of James A. Michener.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Karen Clugston donated to the University of Northern Colorado in 2020.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Northern Colorado Repository

University Libraries
James A. Michener Library L119
Campus Box 48
Greeley CO 80639