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Jackson Mortuary records

Call Number: RH MS P845


The Jackson Mortuary records are those of a long time Wichita, Kansas business that the Jackson family has continued to run since its 1926 founding. The collection includes some paper material and photographs; the bulk of the collection consists of microfilmed funeral records from 1926-1956.


  • Creation: 1926 - 1988


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

History of Jackson Mortuary

Jackson Mortuary was founded by Abner B. Jackson, Sr., his wife Maude, and three sons, Howard, Edward, and Abner, Jr., on July 10, 1926. Maude, Howard, and Edward died during the 1930s. Abner Jackson, Sr. and Abner Jackson, Jr. formed a partnership in 1940 and Abner, Jr. became the manager in 1942.

Abner B. Jackson, Sr. graduated from the Kansas City College of Mortuary Science in 1926. He continued with the family business until his retirement in 1950. Abner B. Jackson, Sr. was born Dec. 2, 1881 and died May 21, 1972.

Abner B. Jackson, Jr. graduated from the St. Louis College of Mortuary Science in 1947. After his father's retirement, he and his wife, Janett L., and his sons Anderson E. (Gene) and Abner V.J. (Val), assumed ownership and operation of the business. Abner B. Jackson, Jr. retired in 1982 and died in 1983.

Anderson E. (Gene) Jackson graduated from the California College of Mortuary Science in 1968 and Abner V.J. (Val) received his Master Funeral Director License in 1961. Janett L. Jackson was the assistant funeral director for many years. Val's son, Michael E. Jackson, later took over as funeral director.

Originally located at 628 N. Main, in 1933 the business moved to 703 N. Water. A further move in 1965 took the mortuary to its current location at 1125 E. 13th St; that building was further expanded in 1985.


8 folders (+ 2 35mm microfilm reels)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Jackson Mortuary records date from 1926 to 1988 and consist of manuscript items, photographs, and 33 microfilmed funeral memo books. The manuscript items consist of clippings, a press release, and architectural information on the E. 13th building. All items are photocopies. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by topic. Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P P845. Copy negatives are available for all images.

The microfilmed memo books, located at RH MF 147, date from 1926-1956 and are ordered chronologically by date of death; they also contain a numerical order number which starts over with each calendar year. The printed forms in each book contain two sections, the first consisting of details about the deceased and the second containing details of the funeral, charges, and notes regarding payment. Of interest in the first section is information such as name; place, date, and cause of death; place and date of birth; name and birth place of both parents; race and nationality; occupation; and religion. Of interest in the second section is the name of the cemetary and the exact location of the plot.

Some of the books are complete (cover, back, and all pages intact); others are missing an unknown number of pages or contain ragged and torn pages. Where this affects the information a target note indicating the condition of the original has been filmed along with the page. Some pages have been smudged or are otherwise illegible. Again, a target indicates the condition of the original.

Physical Location

RH MS P845

Physical Location

RH MF 147

Physical Location

RH MS-P P845

Other Finding Aids

A detailed index of names listed in the microfilmed memo books can be found at ksrl.kc.jacksonmortuaryrecords.ead.pdf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Jackson Mortuary/Anderson E. Jackson, 1986, 1988.

Related Materials

America’s black heritage calendar : a continuing strength in our society. Wichita, Kan. : Jackson Mortuary, [1988?] at RH P835, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection).

Guide to the Jackson Mortuary Collection
Jackson Mortuary records
Finding aid encoded by amh, 2004 and prepared by mbw, 2008; revised by cl 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Jackson Mortuary Collection, RH MS P845, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States