Guide to Manuscript Collections
The guide is arranged by accession date, provides a synopsis of the individual collections, and presents links to the finding aids.
1971 | 1972
| 1973 | 1974
| 1975 | 1976
| 1977 | 1978
1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989
1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999
2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007
2010 | 2013 | 2014
WICHITA BIBLIOPHILES COLLECTION
Materials: 6.25 linear feet
» The Wichita Bibliophiles Collection is comprised of invitations, meeting minutes, membership lists, photographs, correspondence, book collecting materials, papers, and ephemera involved with the history of this group. The records range from 1919 to 2010. The Wichita Bibliophiles has been in existence from 1932 to the present day.
JANET OWEN LAWS COLLECTION
Materials: 15.0 linear feet
» The Janet Owen Laws Collection documents the re-emergence of Native American culture throughout North America, particularly in Kansas and the Southwest, and show the flourishing art and culture of Native Americans in the last half of the twentieth century. The collection also includes the memoirs of Janet and those of her husband Leonard, Janet’s correspondence with Shirley Andrews, and images of her and Leonard’s artwork, handicrafts and sculpture. The collection is comprised of scrapbooks, images, newspaper clippings, travel guides, museum brochures, publications, and other writings.
GORDON PARKS PAPERS
Materials:133.5 linear feet
» The collection consists of the papers of Gordon Parks from 1878-2007. The papers, most of which were collected by Parks during his lifetime, document his professional and personal life as a successful fashion photographer, photojournalist, novelist, memoirist, poet, film director, and composer, with the bulk of the material from the 1960s to the early 2000s. The collection demonstrates Parks' wide range of literary, cinematic, and artistic endeavors.
THE C. A. SEWARD AND PRAIRIE PRINT MAKERS COLLECTION
Materials: 0.5 linear feet
» The collection consists mostly of correspondence, exhibition programs, publications and news clippings documenting the career of Wichita visual artist C. A. (Coy Avon) Seward. This collection also contains correspondence, art work, membership materials, publications and news clippings documenting the formation and activities of the Prairie Print Makers. Seward was a founding member of this organization which brought together diverse artists throughout the Midwest.
COLEMAN COMPANY RECORDS
Materials: 83.5 linear feet
» The collection consists of the records created and used by the Coleman Company, Inc. from 1854-2011 in daily operations. The bulk of the material is from the 1940s to the 1980s. The Hydro-Carbon Light Company, which began in 1900 as a lighting rental service for rural Americans before mass electrification, evolved into the Coleman Company, Inc., a large outdoor recreation company. The collection demonstrates the rise of marketing, mass production, and retail in post-World War II America.
DR. PERRY MARSHALL BELL AND ANNABEL MONTGOMERY BELL PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
Materials: 0.25 linear feet
» The photograph collection of Dr. Perry Marshall Bell and Annabel Montgomery Bell consists of group professional, social, and personal photographs, Dr. Bell’s obituary, and a brief biography of Annabel Bell. The photographs include medical school, social and cultural events, and family photos, many with unidentified people. The known dates of the collection span from 1936-1956.
THE ESTHER M. ERICKSON YWCA PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
Materials: 0.25 linear feet
» The Esther M. Erickson YWCA Photograph Collection consists of professional and personal photographs of Erickson during her work for the YWCA and in her leisure time as well as postcards she collected of places where she worked and visited. The photographs document YWCA programs of physical and educational activities and social and cultural events in which Erickson, her colleagues, friends, and YWCA members participated. The known dates of the collection are from 1902 to1917; however, most photographs are undated. It was during the time of Erickson’s involvement in the YWCA organization that it became a pioneer in introducing women’s health initiatives and providing basic educational skills and social and cultural enrichment for working women.
WALTER MORRIS FAMILY PAPERS
Materials: 42.5 linear feet
» The The collection consists of records created and used by members of the Morris family and the family real estate business, Walter Morris & Son, now named Walter Morris Companies. The majority of the material belonged to Walter Morris, Harriett Morris, and Walter Morris & Son. The bulk of the records are from the 1950s-1990s with some material documenting the family’s life and business in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Wichita.
KU KLUX KLAN COLLECTION
Materials: 0.25 linear feet
» The Ku Klux Klan Collection documents the involvement of George C. McCarron, an Imperial Representative of the Klan, in the organization during its peak years of 1923 to 1924. The bulk of this collection consists of memos McCarron sent to Klan members in the Realm of Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska with content about the organization, its doctrine, memberships, and other administrative information. Also included in this collection are an invitation and a program from Klan meetings and photographs of unidentified individuals. Of note are the memos documenting the Klan’s reaction to William J. Simmon’s creation of the Knights Kamellia, a women’s group not sanctioned by the Klan, which led to Simmon’s banishment.
GERALD D. AND RACHEL N. NORWOOD COLLECTION ON SLAVERY, ANTI-SLAVERY AND EMANICIPATION
Materials:0.25 linear feet
» This collection is comprised of artifacts, financial documents, legal records, magazines, and newspapers documenting the practice of slavery as it evolved in the American colonies and the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries. Of note are the legal records detailing contracts for the sale of slaves, inventories of slaves, and an emancipation deed. Also of note is the South Carolina revenue bond scrip from the Reconstruction Era printed with images of slaves and former slaves working in the fields and serving their masters.
CLIF MAJOR AND KATHY ROUSH COLLECTION
Materials: 8.25 linear feet
» The bulk of this collection houses the business records for C Major Guitars, Clif Major’s personal papers, business and personal correspondence, posters and flyers for performances at regional venues, photographs and photographic albums, and information on Major’s bands and other performers.
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