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Billy Q. McCray papers

Call Number: RH MS 430


The Billy Q. McCray papers are those of a long time Kansas resident who served in both the Kansas House of Representatives and the Kansas Senate before becoming director of the Kansas Department of Economic Development Office of Minority Business. This collection of McCray's papers includes correspondence from constituents, documents generated by the Education and the Ways and Means Committees, legislation introduced by McCray, and papers of the Kansas Legislature's Minority Caucus.


  • Creation: 1975 - 1985


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 Billy Q. McCray

Billy Quincy McCray was born October 29, 1927 in Geary, Oklahoma. He graduated from high school in Dover, Oklahoma in 1945 and attended Langston University (Langston, Oklahoma) for two years before enlisting in the United States Air Force, serving for four years. McCray subsequently attended the University of Colorado, majoring in journalism. In 1951 he began working for the Boeing Company in Wichita, Kansas, with whom he remained employed for nearly thirty years. McCray was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1966, serving for six years; in 1972 he was elected as a state senator and represented the Wichita area in the state Senate for twelve years. In 1984 McCray left the Kansas Legislature, becoming director of the Kansas Department of Economic Development's Office of Minority Business. Two years later he returned to public office when he was elected to the Sedgwick County Commission.

While in the Legislature, McCray was noted for his involvement in issues that affected the African American community, including support for minority businesses, fair housing, and teaching ethnic history in Kansas schools. He also opposed re-establishing the death penalty and strongly supported financing for sickle cell anemia testing in pubic schools. He also served as chairman of the Kansas Legislature's Minority Caucus.

McCray was active in a variety of organizations, including: the NAACP, the Wichita Urban League, and the Prince Hall Masonic Bodies. He served on the Wichita Human Relations Commission for six years and lectured annually for the Wichita State University Taft Institute.

McCray married Wyvette Williams; the couple had four children: Frankielieen, Melody, Kent, and Anthony. Wyvette McCray died June 30, 1995.


13.5 Linear Feet (14 boxes + 1 folder)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Billy Q. McCray papers date from 1975 to 1985 and are arranged in a single series. The majority of the files were well organized in McCray's senate office, and that system has been preserved. They are arranged chronologically by year (denoted by subheaders), and within each year the files, generally, are in alphabetical order by subject. The only exception is found in the final box; the 1984-1985 materials therein where removed from a single binder with the original order maintained. Items within the series include correspondence, legislative committee documents, legislation introduced by McCray, and papers of the Kansas Legislature's Minority Caucus.

The Collection's single photograph is located at RH MS-P 430.

Physical Location

RH MS 430

Physical Location

RH MS-P 430

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Billy Q. McCray, 1986; Jacob Gordon/Billy McCray, 1990.

Related Materials

McCray, Billy Quincy, Between these walls: working for the people / by Billy Q. McCray; with Jon Roe. [Newton, KS]: Mennonite Press, circa 2000. Available at KU Libraries at RH C9184, KAC C365, and F686.4 .M375 2000.

Schreiner, Michael. Black politics and the campaign for equality in Kansas: the careers of Clarence Love and Billy McCray / by Michael Schreiner. Lawrence, KS: Schreiner, 1992. Available at Spencer Research Library at RH D6520.

Guide to the Billy Q. McCray Collection
Finding aid prepared by jml, 1987, mbw, 2008. Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2007, 2008. Finding aid revised by cl, 2010; skt, 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
Billy Q. McCray papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 430, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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