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Afro-American clubwomen project records

Repository: University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library. Kansas Collection

Collection Description (CRHP): In addition to a number of group interviews, oral histories were conducted with women in Wichita, Kansas City, and elsewhere.

Collection Description (Extant): The Afro-American Clubwomen's Project Records date from 1920s to 1986 and are arranged in five series: Grant Administration Records, Collected Material, U-matic Video Recordings, Photographs, and Oral History Recordings. The Grant Administration Records include project funding and proposal documentation, as well as research and presentation information. Arrangement of this series reflects the working order of the records as they were received. The Collected Material includes papers of individual women, as well as organizations, which were collected by the Project; the series contains such items as conference/activity programs, yearbooks, and notes. Arrangement within Collected Material is alphabetical by donor. Where material cannot be attributed to an individual, it is grouped with like material by originating organization of Ne Plus Ultra Club, the Kansas Association of Colored Women and Girls Clubs, and Links, Inc. U-matic Video Recordings, which includes video collected by KTWU for them, a 30-minute program housed with the Collection's manuscript portion. The footage is on 3/4" U-matic videotape.

Photographs from the Collection are located at RH MS-P 705. Arrangement corresponds to arrangement of the Collected Material manuscript series. A very few individuals are represented solely in this portion of the collection and do not have a corresponding manuscript portion. Oversize photographs are located at RH MS-P 705(f). Other oversize materials are located at RH MS Q161. Audiocassette tapes on which are individual and group interviews/oral histories are located at RH Cass. Tape 26.

Individuals/organizations represented here include: Tellie Allison, Cynthia Berry, Bertha Dandridge, Dr. Kathryn Earhart, Georgia Edwards, Eleanor Fox, Donna Green, Clarice Harris, Katherine Helm, Ethel Johnson, Lavinia Mack, Clementine Martin, Ethel Woodson Parks, Lauren Powell, Jean Price, Charlotte Scales, Victoria Shinn, Idriss Stovall, Lucinda Todd, Ethel Washington, Anna Woods, the Ne Plus Ultra Club, KACWC [Kansas Association of Colored Women's Clubs], and Links, Inc.

Origin Info: The Afro-American Clubwomen project (AACWP) began in 1984 within the University of Kansas' Women's Studies program. Karlyn Kohrs Campbell, Marilyn Dell Brady, and Deborah Dandridge were the project's principal planners, with Campbell serving as project director. The AACWP revolved around the collection of both oral and written materials related to "the history and activities of Afro-American Women in [Kansas] social service clubs." The project resulted in four main activities/creations: an assistive booklet for clubwomen on collecting materials and writing histories; public presentations on project findings; a thirty minute program on Topeka, Kansas' public television affiliate KTWU; and an essay that would accompany the "Black Women: Achievements Against the Odds" Smithsonian exhibit.

Date(s): 1920s-1986

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: RH MS 705; RH MS Q161; RH MS-P 705; RH MS-P 705(f); RH Cass. Tape 26

Extent: 9 linear ft. (11 boxes), 2 oversize boxes, 37 audiocassettes, U-matic videorecordings, photographs

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Latricia Brown, Bertha Dandridge, Mrs. Caldwell, Mrs. Croslin, Maxine Dawson, Dr. Rainbow-Earhart, Eleanor Fox, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Guidry, Mrs. Harper, Mrs. Holland, Lavinia Mack, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Mason, Mrs. C. Scales, Mrs. Jamie Pearson, Lorene [Lauren?] Powell, Ollnn Richards, Orvetta Scott, Mrs. V. Shinn, Mrs. L. Todd, Wilma Turner, Mrs. Washington, Emma Woods, Ethel Woodson, Mrs. Whitmire

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American women--Political activity
African American women--Societies and clubs
African Americans--Kansas
National Association of Colored Women's Clubs (U.S.)


Sound recordings


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