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African American Experience

Counts Shoe Shop, Junction City, Kansas, 1915. Call Number: RH PH Pennell

Counts Shoe Shop, Junction City, Kansas, 1915
Call Number: RH PH Pennell

In 1985, with funding from the National Historical and Records Commission, the Kansas Collection embarked on an augmented collecting program to document the African American experience in Kansas.

Significant collections of personal and family papers, as well as records of organizations, churches and businesses, attesting to this rich heritage were acquired and made available for research. After three years of grant funding the program was made a permanent one and work continues to actively add significant primary sources in support of teaching and research.

Any faculty member, undergraduate, graduate student, or independent researcher whose work focuses on the African American experience can now apply for Spencer's Alyce Hunley Whayne Visiting Researcher/Scholar travel grant.

For additional information about Spencer's African American Experience Collections and the travel award, please contact:

Deborah Dandridge
Field Archivist and Curator
African American Experience Collections






Letha Johnson
Kansas Collection Librarian

Deborah Dandridge
Kansas Collection Librarian

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