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Donna Malsom Library

Identifier: FLSC-DML-07/10/2017
The library contains books and one VHS tape that pertain to the Smoky Hill Trail and its history, as well as other frontier trails and regional history.


  • Publication: 1953 - 2008

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


3.5 Linear Feet (None)


The Donna Malsom Library contains books and videos regarding the Smoky Hill Trail and the area surrounding it.

Biographical / Historical

Donna Malsom was a leader in the founding of the Smoky Hill Trail Association and she served as its first Vice-President (2007-2011). Donna was born in northern California on December 31, 1956 and moved to northwest Kansas in the 70’s. She loved history and was especially fond of Kansas history. She helped to establish the Collyer (Kansas) Community Alliance which did many things for the small community. As Vice-President of the Smoky Hill Trail Association, Donna did a lot of work to get the Association off the ground and played a big part in setting up the first Smoky Hill Trail Association Conference which was in Hays, Kansas in 2007. Donna was a true ambassador for the Smoky Hill Trail.

Donna enjoyed cooking and she was attending the International Culinary School in Denver, CO with a goal to own and operate her own restaurant in Collyer. She passed away in Denver on September 7, 2011. In 2012, the Smoky Hill Trail Association established the Donna Malsom Library within the Smoky Hill Trail Association Archives to collect books and other items regarding the Smoky Hill Trail.
Guide to the Donna Malsom Library
Patty Nicholas
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Repository Details

Part of the Fort Hays State University Special Collections Repository

600 Park St
Hays KS 67601 United States