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Murt Hanks, Jr. Papers

Call Number: RH MS P878


The Murt Hanks, Jr. Papers are those of a native Kansan elected as Manhattan, Kansas' first African American mayor.


  • Creation: 1969 - 1988


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Murt Hanks, Jr.

Murt Hanks, Jr was born 26 August 1933 in Manhattan, Kansas to Murt and Monett Hanks. He attended Manhattan Public Schools and went on to attend Kansas State University. He worked for twelve years at a locally owned exterminating company and, in 1969, was elected to the Manhattan City Commission. Three years later, in 1972, Hanks became the city's first African American mayor. That same year the U.S. Army employed Hanks as the first Equal Employment Officer at Fort Riley.

Hanks was also highly active in community activities, including being a Scoutmaster, serving as a member of the Kansas Civil Rights Commission, the Manhattan YMCA Planning Board, the Riley County Mental Health Board, The Commission on Social Concern of the First Methodist Church, and the Kansas League of Municipalities. He also acted President of Manhattan's Human Relations Board and was a voting delegate at the Annual Congress of Cities.

Murt Hanks, Jr married Barbara Starnes; the couple had two sons and two daughters.


2 folders (+ 1 oversize folder)

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Scope and Contents

The Murt Hanks, Jr Papers date from 1969 to 1988 and consist of biographical materials, a recognition service program, and a newspaper article about Hanks. The newspaper articles is oversized and located at RH MS R266.

Physical Location

RH MS P878

Physical Location

RH MS R266

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Murt Hanks, 1988.

Guide to the Murt Hanks, Jr. Collection
Murt Hanks, Jr. Papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2009; revised by skt, 2010 ; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2009; revised by skt, 2010
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Murt Hanks, Jr. Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P878, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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