James Ashford Manka papers
The James Ashford Manka papers are concerned primarily with Manka's peripheral activities, including politics and religion. The collection has been arranged by subject. File folders with this subject arrangement were maintained by Manka and fall into five categories and form a rough chronology of Manka's activities.
- 1929 - 1970
- Manka, James Ashford, 1911-1970 (Person)
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Biography of James Ashford Manka (1911-1970)
James Manka was born in Piedmont, Kansas and attended Wichita, Kansas Public Schools and Wichita University before receiving his law degree from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 1936. He began practicing law in Wichita and in 1940 joined the firm of Adams, Jones, Robinson and Manka.
Manka was local and national president of the Metro Club, and served as president of the Wichita University Alumni Association. He chaired the Sedgwick County Republican Central Committee in the 1950s and was a candidate for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of Kansas in 1958. He described himself as a moderate and in 1963 was a charter member of the "Association for Republican Moderates" formed by a small group of Wichita Republicans.
In 1960, Manka began serving as attorney for the Wichita Board of Education and continued in that position for 8 years. During that period he was involved in decisions on disputes in districting and religion in the classroom.
9 Linear Feet (18 boxes)
Scope and Contents
The papers are concerned primarily with Manka's peripheral activities, not with his law practice. The collection has been arranged by subject. File folders with this subject arrangement were maintained by Manka and fall into five categories and form a rough chronology of Manka's activities. Terms and language used are representative of when the collection was created and have not been replicated in this finding aid.
The first group of files is a clipping collection compiled by Manka in the middle and late 1960s on subjects of current interest. Subjects range from censorship and civil rights to Russian trade relations with the United States.
Manka's political activities cover the period of the 1950s-early 1960s, reaching a high point in his bid for the Republican nomination of lieutenant governor in 1958. Files from the 1960 election focus on the Nixon campaign. In 1964 Manka opposed Goldwater for the Republican nomination, and as a consequence became less active in Sedgwick County politics.
The political correspondence includes letters from Kansas Senators Fred Carlson and James Pearson, President Richard Nixon, President Dwight Eisenhower, Representatives Clyde Reed and Fred Schoeppel, and other prominent political figures.
Manka's interests are also reflected in files concerning the issue of church and state and religion in the schools. These files cover a period of 1961-1967. From 1960-1968 Manka served as counsel for Wichita School District and files from this period form another group of files.
Finally, Manka was concerned about current issues and public opinion, and this activity is reflected in the last group of files. Manka's interest in extremist groups, such as the John Birch Society and his membership in the Wichita Council for Civic Responsibility, are all part of this group of files.
RH MS 122
RH MS Q20
Other Finding Aids
NUCMC: MS 77-559
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Jane Bunn Manka, 1972.
- Conservatism -- United States
- Elections -- United States
- Kansas -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950
- Radicalism -- United States
- Religion and state
- Republican Party (Kan.). Sedgwick County Central Committee
- Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
- School boards -- Kansas -- Wichita
- Wichita (Kan.) -- Race relations
- Wichita (Kan.). Board of Education
- Wichita Council for Civic Responsibility
- Guide to the James Ashford Manka Collection
- James Ashford Manka papers
- Finding aid prepared by pg, August 1975. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mg, 2004; mwh, 2019; cmp, 2021.
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James Ashford Manka papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 122 , Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas