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University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library. Kansas Collection

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence, Kansas 66045

Fax: 785-864-5803

Phone: 785-864-4334

Repository URL: External Link

Repository code: kus

Repository description (CRHP): In the Kansas Collection, the African American Experience and Wilcox collections are particularly rich in civil rights materials; the latter is an assemblage of right- and left-wing political literature. Oral history interviews in these collections center on civil rights figures and events such as Chester Lewis and the Dockum Drugstore sit-ins, as well as the efforts of African American clubwomen.

A number of pre-1980 projects with local African American communities are also held by KU, though all may not be accessible to researchers due to permissions issues. Some collections are also transcript-only, such as the [Mike Elwell] Oral Interviews (RH MS 602), conducted with 23 persons in 1977 about race relations in Lawrence, Kansas.

Repository description (extant): The Kansas Collection is the regional history division of the University of Kansas Libraries.The Collection provides researchers with primary source materials that document the history of Kansas, the region, and the people who have lived here. In order to support teaching and research at the University, and elsewhere, staff of the Collection acquire, preserve, and make available such resources as manuscripts, historical photographs, maps, architectural drawings and blueprints, books, newspapers and other serial publications (e.g., periodicals), film and videotapes that document the "Kansas Experience." The Kansas Collection is also a depository for publications of the state of Kansas and for Douglas County records.

Repository type: University Special Collection


Chester Lewis oral history collection
Afro-American clubwomen project records
Lawrence/Douglas County (Kansas) African American oral history interviews
America in the 1960s


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