MIZE, Chester Louis, 1917-1994


Guide to Research Collections

Kansas State Historical Society
Topeka, KS
Papers: 1965-1970, 96 boxes.
The papers of Chester Louis Mize include some correspondence and other documents from earlier years that were turned over to him by William Avery, his predecessor, dealing with matters which were pending when Chester Mize took over. This collection contains a considerable amount of information about business and economic matters. At the time of Chester Mize’s tenure in Congress, a number of major flood control and conservation projects were being constructed or planned in the Second District and some of the constituent correspondence reflects these projects. Military personnel is covered in the papers since at the time, the Second District contained Fort Leavenworth, Fort Riley, and Forbes Air Force Base. There were also three small Indian reservations in the Second District during Chester Mize’s tenure which are documented in the papers. Other correspondence deals with several major concerns of Americans during the 1960’s: the Vietnam conflict, civil rights legislation, “Great Society” anti poverty programs, Indian affairs, education, and political matters. There were Although an alumnus of the University of Kansas, his district contained Kansas State University and there is correspondence reflecting this fact. A finding aid is available in the repository.