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Papers of Forrest E. Slaughter

Call Number: RH MS 613


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.


  • Creation: 1950 - 1984


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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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)

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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.

Physical Location

RH MS 613

Physical Location

RH MS-P 613

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Jacqueline Slaughter, 1990, 2014.

Related Materials

Slaughter, Forrest Edward. "The Effect of Stimulative and Sedative Types of Music on Normal and Abnormal Subjects as Indicated by Pupillary Reflexes." Master's thesis, University of Kansas, 1954. Available at Anschutz Library and through the University of Kansas Library Annex under Thesis 1954 Slaughter.

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.
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Preferred citation
Papers of Forrest E. Slaughter, RH MS 613, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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