About Sue Lynn McDaniel

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.


Present Special Collections Librarian, Western Kentucky University
Present Associate Professor, Western Kentucky University

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • Award for Public Service, University Libraries, 2006
  • Margie Helm Staff Award for Outstanding Performance, 2002

Contact Information

206 Kentucky Building
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11092
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1092


Children's Literature and History (4)

Explores the impact of children's literature on its readers, both adult and children.

Funerary and Mourning Etiquette History (4)

Focusing on Kentucky between 1870-1930, this scholarship explores the differences between published rules of etiquette and public and private expressions of grief.

Courtship Etiquette History (3)

Includes bachelors, spinsters, old maids' conventions, and related topics.

Kentucky History (2)

Includes articles and presentations about Kentucky etiquette, artifacts, family papers and customs.

Genealogy (3)

"Putting the flesh on the skeletons" is the way McDaniel approaches genealogy. It isn't a fill-in-the-vital stats form, but a method to true understanding of the history our ancestors lived. Since 1979, McDaniel has delved into her family history on many occasions.

Leap Year Customs and History (2)

Includes the legends, publications and practice as it effects courtship and marriage.

Universities and colleges -- History (3)

The Glasgow Normal School, the Southern Normal School, the Southern Normal School and Business College, Western Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College, Western Kentucky State Teachers College, Western Kentucky State College, Potter College for Young Ladies, Odgen College, and the Bowling Green Business University all are rich parts of Western Kentucky University's academic heritage. In addition, McDaniel has studied Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee and Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee.

Archival & library science (2)

Manuscripts Librarian, Folklore Archivist, University Archivist (for three colleges), Special Collections Librarian responsible for cataloguing ephemera into College Management software for WKU's Library Special Collections and providing access via KenCat and personal knowledge to the breadth of non-book/non-journal materials collected by our department for more than 80 years -- all of the above give McDaniel unique insights into the best practices, the compromises when understaffed and underfunded, and the importance of transmitting institutional knowledge to new and future information specialists.