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Brown v. Topeka Board of Education oral history collection

Repository: Kansas State Historical Society. State Archives and Library

Collection Description (Extant): This collection provides a look at the background surrounding the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka from those who, in one way or another, were involved with the cases before they reached the Supreme Court, or who were involved in or affected by the ruling in some way (i.e., victims, plaintiff, and beneficiaries). Those interviewed included: former students, community leaders and activists, attorneys, judges, and others affected by the outcome of the case.

This collection also contains information on the following topics: segregation, discrimination, the Topeka school system, history of Topeka's African American community, Atchison Topeka Santa Fe Railroad, U.S. military, and World War II.

[Holdings include t]ranscripts and audio tapes of interviews conducted by Jean Van Delinder, Ralph Crowder and Cheryl Brown Henderson between 1991 and 1996 (the bulk of which were conducted between 1991 and 1992) of individuals involved with Belton v. Gebhart (Delaware); Bolling, et. al. v. Sharpe (District of Columbia); Brown, et. al. v. Board of Education of Topeka, et. al. (Kansas); Briggs v. Elliott (South Carolina); and Davis, et. al. v. Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors (Virginia).

Origin Info: This collection consists of three sets of interviews. Hallmark Cards Inc. and the Shawnee County Historical Society funded the first set of interviews. The second set of interviews was funded through grants obtained by the Kansas State Historical Society and the Brown Foundation for Educational Excellence, Equity, and Research. The final set of interviews was funded in part by the National Park Service and the Kansas Humanities Council.

Access Copy Note: 5 interviews, most with both audio and transcripts, are available in digital form at the Kansas Memory digital portal (; a finding aid with links is attached as an MS Word upload.

Date(s): 1991-1996

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: Manuscript Collection No. 251;
Audiotapes: 35-10-05-05 to 35-10-05-06.

Extent: 2 cu. ft. (3-5" document cases and 1 cu. ft. box); 115 audiotapes.

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: For related papers and copies of the transcripts, see the Brown Foundation for Educational Excellence, Equity, & Research papers (collection is located in the Kansas Collection at the Spencer Library, University of Kansas, Lawrence) and the Washburn University Law Library (Topeka). Additional related materials are listed in the finding aid.

Copies of some tapes and transcripts are also housed at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (, but recordings are of poor quality.

Interviewees: Jack Alexander, Vera Jones Allen, Anonymous, Charles Batson, Eliza Briggs, Onan Burnett, Broadus Butler, Sr., Judge Robert Carter, Geraldine Crumpler, Deborah Dandridge, Jeanette Dandridge, Maurita Davis, Joseph "Joe" Douglas, Claude Emerson, Annie Gibson, Barbara Gibson, George Goebel, Jack Greenberg, L. L. Hall, Chris Hansen, Cheryl Brown Henderson, Zelma Henderson, Barbara Henry, Rev. E. B. Hicks, Charles Hill, Oliver Hill, Christina Jackson, Eugene Johnson, Lois Johnson, Katherine A. King, John Land III, Rev. Maurice Lang, III, Henry Lawson, Clara Ligon, Dr. Ernest Manheim, Clementine Martin, Connie Menninger, William Mitchell, Jr., Leola (Williams) Brown Montgomery, Judge Constance Baker Motley, Ida Norman, Ethel L. Parks, James Parks, Dr. Julia Etta Parks, Ferdinand Pearson, Thayer Brown Phillips, Jean Price, Fred Rausch, Jr., Connie Rawlins, Joseph Richburg, Sr., Richard Ridley, Frances Ridley, Willie Spencer Robinson, Merrill Ross, Barbara Ross, Constance Sawyer, Vivian Scales, Berdyne Scott, Deborah Scott, Dorothy (Robinson) Scott, C. E. "Sonny" Scroggins, Judge Collins Seitz, Irving Sheffel, Dr. Hugh Speer, Stanley Stalter, Carrie Stokes, Charles Sudduth, Alberta Temple, Frederick Temple, Joe Thompson, Linda Brown Thompson, Alvin Todd, Lucinda Todd, Ruby Brown Walker, Lacy Ward, Vadeth Whiteside, Carl Williams, Jr., J. Samuel Williams Jr., Frank Wilson, Harriet Wilson, Paul E. Wilson

Rights (Extant): The use of information from some interviews is restricted. See the finding aid for specific restrictions.


African American students
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
Civil rights--Cases
Discrimination in education
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Prince Edward County (Va.)
Public schools
Public schools--Virginia--Prince Edward County
School integration--Law and legislation
Segregation in education
Segregation in education--Kansas
Segregation in education--Virginia--Prince Edward County
Topeka (Kan.). Board of Education--Trials, litigation, etc.


Sound recordings


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