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Friends of the Kaw records

Call Number: RH MS 1160


This collection consists of organizational records and materials related to the Friends of the Kaw's efforts to preserve and make publicly accessible the Kaw, or Kansas, River and its environs. Materials include newsletters, membership lists, administrative records for the organization, information from fund raising efforts and from legislative lobbying efforts, and records related to the group's efforts to halt dredging permitting for Holiday Sand and Gravel Company and Victory Sands and Gravel, amongst other related materials. While there is some historical material from the early 1980s in the collection, the bulk of it is from the mid-1990s through the 2000s.


  • Creation: 1980-2009 (bulk 1994-2009)


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 the Friends of the Kaw

The Friends of the Kaw is a grassroots, statewide, private, non-profit river conservation group concerned with educating Kansans about the importance of preserving and rehabilitating rivers. The group is focused on the Kansas, or Kaw, River, the largest prairie watershed in the world, with a mission to advocate for the rehabilitation of the river and its environs, promote compatible public recreational use of the river, and otherwise protect the watershed.

The group was initially formed in 1991, at a time when the Kansas River was mostly inaccessible to the public, and has focused its efforts on changing that inaccessibility. A core focus for the group has been limiting the amount of sand dredging, or removing sediment from the streambed for such uses as concrete and asphalt production, allowed along the Kaw.


11 Linear Feet (12 boxes + 1 oversize folder)

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Physical Location

RH MS 1160

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RH MS 1396

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RH Video 53

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RH MS R396

Guide to the Friends of the Kaw Collection
Friends of the Kaw records
Finding aid prepared by mm, 2009. Finding aid encoded by mm, 2009. Revised by rar, 2016.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Friends of the Kaw Collection, RH MS 1160, 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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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States