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 and the region. The African American Experience in Kansas and the region is a major area of focus, with the legacy of African American individuals, families, businesses, churches, and schools documented through substantial collections of correspondence, photographs, organizational, educational and business records, books, pamphlets and newspapers.
Overt discrimination governed our nation's race relations and routinely limited the educational, economic, and socio-political opportunities of African Americans for more than a century. In the Kansas region, African American communities, leaders, and interracial organizations played important roles in breaking down these barriers, particularly in the role as lead plaintiffs in the 1954 Brown v. Topeka Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision. They continued to be leaders of the Modern Civil Rights Movement. The achievements won by these activists laid the groundwork for today's efforts to fulfill our nation's ideals of freedom, equality and justice for all.
This subject guide provides information on selected primary resources from the Kansas Collection held at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas for the study and teaching of advocacy of African American rights.
For additional information about Spencer's African American Experience Collections please contact:
Deborah Dandridge: Field Archivist and Curator