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Wichita State University. Ablah Library. Special Collections and University Archives

1845 Fairmount
Wichita, Kansas 67260

Email: [email protected]

Fax: 316-978-5318

Phone: 316-978-3590

Repository URL: External Link

Repository code: kwiu

Repository description (CRHP): The Ablah Library contains several processed and unprocessed collections of oral histories with civil rights content, as well as film footage shot by the local ABC affiliate of interviews with prominent figures in the civil rights movement, as well as marches and other demonstrations in Wichita.

Repository description (extant): Local History materials document Wichita and the surrounding area. They include manuscript collections, image collections, maps, books and the "Tihen Notes," Dr. Edward N. Tihen's notes from Wichita newspapers.

Manuscripts cover a wide range of topics. The various holdings are comprised of papers of organizations and individuals, diaries, company records, correspondence and other materials. Narrative finding aids with folder-level descriptions are available online for all processed manuscript collections.

Images are valuable resources for research. Among the subject areas are cities and towns of Kansas, sod houses, aviation, and Western scenes.

Repository Notes (CRHP): Researchers may also be interested in the Walton and Van Ray Morgan Papers, MS 2005-04 (Mrs. Morgan was a "Seniorbeat" reporter for the local NBC television station in the late 1980s); finding aid at

Also of interest is the Wichita Photo Archives, a collaborative project of WSU Libraries Department of Special Collections, the Wichita Public Library Local History Section, and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Images of Wichita are presented online at

Dr. Gretchen Eick, author of _Dissent in Wichita_, intends to deposit her 80 taped interviews at the Ablah Library. Interviewees include Peggy Hatcher Wesley (1994), Robert Newby (1994), Daisy Blue Tanner (1994), Carol Parks Hahn (1994, 1997), Ronald Walters (1994, 1996, 1997), Prentice Lewis (1996), Vivian Parks Curtis (1994), Lequeatta Glass Diggs (1999), Vashti Crutcher Lewis (1996, 1999), Gerald Walters (1994), Rosie Hughes (1994), Castella White (1994), Jacqueline Lewis Gilbert (1994), Maxine Walters (1994), Leonard Wesley (1996), Matt Greene (1996), Mary Ellen Lewis London (1997), Curtis McClinton (1996), Billy McCray (1996), Xavier Howard (1999), Edgar Gardenhire (1999), Elizabeth White Schiavi (1994), Joanne Ross (1994), Lee Streiff (1999), Bishop Richard Wilkie (1999), June Hicks and Irene Sprinkle (1996), Fern Merrifield Van Gieson and Floyd Watson (1994), Floyd Watson (1995), Annabelle Haupt (1996), Betty Welsbacher (1999), William Minner (1996), Curtis McClinton Sr. (1996), Carl A. Bell Jr. (1997), Hugh Jackson (1996), Kelsey Jones (1996), Ruby Sparks Hardy (1996), Bobbye Humphrey (1996), Frances Blake and Kelsey Jones (1996), Dorothy Sexton (1996), Gerald Norwood (1996), Jack Tanner (1996), Eugene Reed (1997), John Dekker (1996).

Repository type: University Special Collection


History of aviation videotape collection
KAKE-TV news archives
[Dissent in Wichita oral history collection]


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