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Greene B. Buster papers

Call Number: RH MS 512


The Greene B. Buster papers are those of a longtime Kansas resident and career historian. For forty years, Buster taught history and was vice principal at Kansas City, Kansas' Sumner High School.


  • Creation: 1902 - 1974


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Conditions Governing Use

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Biography of Greene B. Buster

Greene Berrard Buster was born ca. 1878 in Xenia, Ohio to Greene and Mildred (Johnson) Buster. Three years after graduating from Wilberforce University in 1902, Buster moved to Kansas City, Kansas. He soon became one of the first teachers at Sumner High School; he taught history and, in 1929, he became vice principal. From 1908 until his retirement in 1948, Buster also acted as the school's treasurer. For his educational work, the Phi Delta Kappa professional fraternity inducted Buster in 1947.

Buster continued his own education once he arrived in Kansas. In 1925, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Kansas; and, in 1931, he received a Master of Science degree in Education from the same University. Buster also was active in a number of organizations, including Alpha Phi Alpha and the Eighth Street Christian Church. He was also on the Board of Directors of Douglass State Bank.

In 1913, Buster married Katie Patterson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Patterson of Ohio. The couple had one daughter, Josephine.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Scope and Contents

The Green B. Buster papers date from 1902 to 1974 and are arranged in a single series. The Papers consist of such items as speeches, books and booklets, history notes, and clippings. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by topic.

Physical Location

RH MS 512

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Josephine B. McDavid, 1989

Related Materials

Buster, Greene B., Brighter sun: an historical account of the struggles of a man to free himself and his family from human bondage / by his grandson, Greene B. Buster. New York: Pageant Press, 1954, at UA C1094, University of Kansas Libraries

Buster, Greene Berrard, A comparison of the traditional class recitation method and the unit method in teaching American history/ by Greene Berrard Buster. Thesis (M.S.Ed.)--University of Kansas, Education, 1931, at Thesis 1931 Buster, University of Kansas Libraries

Guide to the Greene B. Buster Collection
Greene B. Buster papers
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Greene B. Buster Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 512, 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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