A native of Bowling Green and the wife of Bob McDaniel, Sue Lynn McDaniel has a
master’s degree in history from Western Kentucky University (1983) and her Master’s in
Library Science from the University of Kentucky (1987). 

She was a Manuscripts Librarian at the Kentucky Building at Western Kentucky University
from 1987-1992, Archives Specialist at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and then
Archivist at Carson-Newman College until 1996. Returning to Bowling Green that Spring,
she served ten years as University Archivist for WKU. Since 2007, Sue Lynn is the Special
Collections Librarian at the Kentucky Building. 

The majority of her research and publications have been on late nineteenth century’s
etiquette topics, such as death and mourning, and flirting and courtship. Yet the
marvelous part of working with the diaries and letters from this region is that through
their authors' eyes she gained an appreciation for the fans of Little Colonel books
and a World War II fighter pilot from East Tennessee. 



Fannie’s Flirtations: Etiquette, Reality, and the Age of Choice, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society (1995)

The 1890s were, for bright young females, an age of choice. Despite admonitions that flirting...



The Little Colonel: A Phenomenon in Popular Literary Culture, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society (1991)

Written by Annie Fellows Johnston (1863-1931), a set of twelve novels published between 1895 and...


Universities and colleges -- History


Interview with Sue Lynn McDaniel (FA 756) (with Manuscripts & Folklife Archives and Lisa Karen Miller), FA Oral Histories (2013)

Oral history interview with Sue Lynn Stone Arnold McGuire McDaniel, Special Collections Librarian at WKU...



Western 100: The Life of a Student, WKU History (2006)

Powerpoint presentation created by Sue Lynn McDaniel for WKU's Centennial celebration. It has been edited...



Tour of BU-Related Sites & Hangouts (with WKU University Archives and WKU Publications), WKU History (2001)

Map of Bowling Green, Kentucky with inset of downtown area 15th to 2nd Street and...


Library science


Exposing Ourselves: A Case Study in Collection Management Software Implementation (with Suellyn Lathrop and Nancy Richey), The Southeastern Librarian (2010)

In the 21st century, libraries are well aware of the problem of hidden collections and...