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Leonard Garrett papers

Call Number: RH MS 689


The Papers of Leonard Garrett are those of a native Kansan who began the News Hawk newspaper in Wichita, Kansas; Garrett was also a prominant historian and civil rights advocate.


  • Creation: 1963 - 1988


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Leonard Garrett

Leonard Garrett was born August 21, 1925(?) to Willie and Delia Garrett. He grew up in Kingman, Kansas and moved to Wichita, KS in the early 1940s.

In 1966, Garrett founded the News Hawk, a monthly African American newspaper that ran from the late 1960s-mid 1980s; he remained editor and publisher until just before his death.

Garrett was also founder of the Kansas Black Arts Festival in 1968 and was a founding member of the AFL-CIO Musicians Local 701. For his work and other activities, Garrett was included in the Who's Who in Black America.

Leonard Garrett died February 13, 1988.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case + 2 folders, 1 audio cassette)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Leonard Garrett papers date from 1963 to 1988 and are arranged in one series. They include information about the Emancipation Celebration, clippings, and letters. Folder arrangement is alphabetical.

Photographs from the Leonard Garrett Collection are located at RH MS-P 689. The audio cassette tape is located at RH MS Cassette Tape 25.

Physical Location

RH MS 689

Physical Location

RH MS-P 689

Physical Location

RH MS Cassette Tape 25

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Leonard Garrett, 1986; Marie Garrett Gibson, 1988; Betty Garrett, 1988.

Separated Materials

The News hawk. Wichita, KS: Leonard Garrett, 1966-1987. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH Ser G83.

Guide to the Leonard Garrett Collection
Leonard Garrett papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2006; revised by cl, 2010; skt, 2010; mwh, 2018.
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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
Leonard Garrett papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 689, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States