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Oread Neighborhood Association records

Call Number: RH MS 768


This collection consists of survey reports, inventory forms, newsletters, photographs, and other administrative records from the Oread Neighborhood Association (ONA) of Lawrence, Kansas. The association has been concerned with the historic preservation of buildings in its neighborhood, expansion of the University of Kansas into the neighborhood, and maintaining the upkeep of the neighborhood.


  • 1979 - 2003


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Audio visual materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) before a planned visit; staff will respond within three days, though materials may not be available in that timeframe. Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Oread Neighborhood Association

The Oread Neighborhood Association (ONA) of Lawrence, Kansas is an ongoing organization "actively involved in reducing neighborhood blight, protecting the neighborhood's limited parking space, seeking options for homeless services that do not infringe on residents and property owners, finding effective methods of deterring criminal and disorderly behavior, protecting the neighborhood from encrouchment by the University of Kansas, preserving Oread's historic structures," and undertaking other projects and activities related to the protection of the neighborhood [text taken from their website, accessed November 3, 2017].

The physical boundaries of the Oread Neighborhood are Massachusetts Street to the east, 9th Street to the north, Michigan Street and the University of Kansas campus to the west, and 17th Street to the south. The neighborhood includes the Watkins Museum of History and the Castle Tea Room, among other businesses and organizations.


5 Linear Feet (6 boxes + 6 oversize boxes, 8 audiovisual items)

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains photocopies of both the original survey report and the Kansas Historic Resources Inventory forms for neighborhood residences. Additional materials, processed in 2017, document the Oread Neighborhood's broad range of activities and interests, including houses in disrepair, poor condition of sidewalks and curbs, nuisance houses, neighborhood bars, preservation of historic homes, clean up of trash-strewn alleys, and the expansion of University of Kansas housing onto the 1300 block of Ohio Street.

An incomplete run of newsletters from 1988-2003, duplicative of some of those available at RH Ser G46, has also been included, along with various records associated with the production of those newsletters. Chief among those associated papers are photographs and negatives, located at RH MS-P 1436, mostly used in the production of the newsletters and in documenting conditions for action by the City Commission and other governmental bodies.

Oversize materials have been physically separated and are housed at RH MS Q432 and RH MS R426. Audio visual items, mostly consisting of recordings of meetings, are located at KC AV 17.

Physical Location

RH MS 768

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RH MS 1436

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RH MS-P 1436

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RH MS Q432

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RH MS R426

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KC AV 17

Physical Location

A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Oread Neighborhood Association, 1991; Janet Gerstner, 2017.

Related Materials

Oread Neighborhood Association. "Newsletter - Oread Neighborhood Association." Lawrence, Ks: Oread Neighborhood Association. Available at Spencer Research Library at RH Ser G46.

Guide to the Oread Neighborhood Association Collection
Oread Neighborhood Association records
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Oread Neighborhood Association records, RH MS 768, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States