Douglass State Bank records
The Douglass State Bank was established in 1947 by Henry W. Sewing and other African American and minority businessmen interested in promoting the financial health of minority communities in Kansas City, Kansas. The collection contains historical and commemorative documents produced by the Bank, as well as related articles and correspondence. Photographs of the Bank's facility development, personnel and founders, and sponsored events make up a large portion of the collection.
- 1930 - 1989
- Douglass State Bank (Organization)
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No access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
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History of Douglass State Bank
The Douglass State Bank was established in 1947 to service African American and minority communities in the Kansas City, Kansas, metropolitan area. The Bank, built upon the framework established by H.W. Sewing's Sentinel Loan Company, was located on E. 5th St. in Kansas City, Kansas, through the 1970s. The bank was renovated first in the 1950s, expanded in 1961, and served the community until it closed in 1983.
.75 Linear Feet (2 document cases + 4 oversize boxes)
Language of Materials
Scope and Contents
The collection is arranged in two series: Records and Photographs. The Records series includes historical and commemorative documents produced by the Bank, as well as related articles and correspondence. Photographs make up the bulk of the collection and serve as a pictorial history of the bank, arranged roughly chronologically, depicting the founding, construction, and remodeling of the Bank, followed by the 25th Anniversary celebration (1972), and various individuals (including founders, officers, and their families). Sewing family photographs are found at the end of the series. Commemorative photographic scrapbooks and oversize photos are shelved separately. Throughout the finding aid, Douglas State Bank is abbreviated as DSB.
RH MS 638
RH MS-P 638
RH MS-P 638(f)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Douglass State Bank, 1994
- Guide to the Douglass State Bank Collection
- Finding aid prepared by bkm, 2006; revised by cl, 2010; revised by skt, 2010. Finding aid encoded by bkm, 2006; revised by skt, 2010.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
Douglass State Bank Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 638, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries
Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States