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Lester Virgil Roper was born June 19, 1931 in Girard, Kansas and passed away on June 12, 1998 in Pittsburg, Kansas. He graduated from Girard High School and received a B.A. in Journalism from Pittsburg State University. He then enrolled in the graduate program of creative writing at the University of Oklahoma. Roper took on many different professions after he had completed his education. He taught writing and vocational education at several community colleges and vocational technical institutes. He also found work as a welder, a barber, and a Fuller Brush salesman. As a writer, Roper published eleven novels under two pen names: L. V. Roper for his action and adventure novels; and Samantha Lester for his romance novels. He also served in the Kansas House of Representatives for nine years. This collection includes personal, correspondence, research, copies of manuscripts, photographs, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous materials.

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Education, Languages and Literature

Size of Collection

1.5 linear feet

Dates of Collection


Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0160

Roper, L. V., Collection, 1963-1987



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