Papers of Forrest E. Slaughter
The papers of Forrest Slaughter consist of personal and professional records pertaining to his career as an African American jazz musician, music therapist, and school district administrator. Included are minutes of the Topeka Committee for Better Minority Education, which he established.
- 1950 - 1984
- Slaughter, Forrest Edward, 1922-1995 (Person)
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Biography of Forrest E. Slaughter
Forrest E. Slaughter was born April 21, 1922 in Topeka, Kansas to Samuel E. and Corrine McDowell Slaughter. He married Jacquelyn Tayor in St. Louis on March 6, 1984. Together they had three children: a daughter, Felicia, and two sons, Frederick and Stacey.
Slaughter attended Topeka public schools and Washburn University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1949. During World War II, he served with the United States Army in the European theatre of operations, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. In 1954, he received a Master of Music Education with an emphasis in music therapy from the University of Kansas. A talented musician, he played piano with bands in Topeka, Kansas City, and Los Angeles, California, composed musical scores, and operated a jazz club in Topeka.
Slaughter divided his professional career between music therapy and education administration. He worked as a music therapist at the Topeka State Hospital and at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka. In 1971, he joined the administrative staff of Topeka Unified School District 501, serving as Assistant Superintendent of Community Relations from 1975 until his retirement in 1985. During this period, he formed the Committee for Better Minority Education and the Community Advisory Committee on Education, two unique mechanisms that improved communication between the school district and the community. He was a member of the National Association of Black Educators and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
Forrest E. Slaughter died on May 9, 1995.
.5 Linear Feet (1 document case + 1 folder)
Scope and Contents
The Forrest E. Slaughter Papers date from 1950-1984. They pertain to Slaughter's personal history as a musician, music therapist, and school district administrator. They include curriculum vitae, certifications, correspondence, notebooks, typescripts and printed material. Also included are the minutes of the Committee for Better Minority Education, dating from April 7, 1972 to April 30, 1973.
The folders are arranged alphabetically by subject, and items within the folders are arranged chronologically.
One folder of photographs(5) is located at RH MS-P 613.
RH MS 613
RH MS-P 613
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gifts, Jacqueline Slaughter, 1990, 2014.
- Guide to the Forrest E. Slaughter Collection
- Papers of Forrest E. Slaughter
- Finding aid prepared by hhh, 2005; 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
Papers of Forrest E. Slaughter, RH MS 613, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas