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Clarence Love papers

Call Number: RH MS 423


Clarence Love was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing the Wyandotte County 35th District from 1966 until his retirement in 1988. The collection reflects his legislative activities during his entire 22 years of service.


  • Creation: 1922-1990s (bulk 1969-1989)


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 Clarence C. Love

Clarence C. Love was born on February 24, 1922, in Weir, Kansas. He attended the Kansas State Teachers College at Pittsburg. He owned and operated a dry cleaning business in Independence, Missouri for many years, but made his home in Kansas City, Kansas.

Love, a Democrat, was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives for the first time in 1966, entering the State House with the new administration of Governor Robert Docking. He served the Wyandotte County 35th District for 22 years, and his tenure remains one of the longest among other elected African Americans in the history of the Kansas House. While in the state house, Representative Love served with distinction on the Local Government Committee, Education Committee, Governmental Organization Committee, and figured prominently in issues of importance to African American Kansans.

Love was a member of the Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Kansas City, the St. James Masonic Lodge, and Orient Consistory #19 Scottish Rite Masonry 33rd Degree. He served for two and a half years in the army during World War II. Love, with his wife Travestine, had five children.


22.25 Linear Feet (23 boxes)

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Scope and Contents

The Clarence C. Love papers reflect his legislative career as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives. The papers are organized into six major series: Correspondence, Legislative files, Issue files, Scrapbooks, General material, and Photographs. Each of the first four series represents an earlier and a later donation; boxes 1-14 were previously inventoried (1965-1985); boxes 16-22(1965-1989) are an addition to the collection. The General material series (Box 16) contains material from the second donation but whose dates overlap with the first donation. When searching for materials dating before 1984, researchers should consult General material as well.

Series List

The collection has been organized into the following 6 series:

Correspondence -- Two subseries, for 1969-1985 (5.5 lf) and 1984-1987 (2 lf).

Legislative files -- Two subseries, for 1969-1984 (4 lf) and 1984-1987 (2 lf).

Issue files -- Two subseries, for 1967-1985 (2.5 lf) and 1984-1989 (3 lf).

Scrapbooks -- 1966-1985 (2 lf).

General material -- 1968-1984, 1998 (1 lf)

Photographs -- 2 boxes, including family photographs and portraits of Love from his political career

Physical Location

RH MS 423

Physical Location

RH MS-P 423

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Clarence Love, 1986-1989.

Separated Materials

The following items were originally included with the Clarence Love collection, but have been cataloged separately:

Freemasons. Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Kansas. Proceedings of the . . .annual communication of Prince Hall Grand Lodge: ancient, free, and accepted masons: jurisdiction of Kansas. 1912, 1933, 1946-1957, 1959-1960, 1967. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH Ser C1294.

Greenbaum, Susan D.G. The Afro-American community in Kansas City, Kansas : a history, Kansas City, Kan.: The City, 1982. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH D8708.

Processing Information

The following item was removed from the collection and was not retained. Consult other libraries' holdings to obtain a copy.

South Africa divestment : hearing and markups before the Subcommittee on Fiscal Affairs and Health of the Committee on the District of Columbia, House of Representatives, Ninety-eighth Congress, second session, on H. Con. Res. 216 and H. Res. 372 ... January 31 and February 7, 1984, Washington: U.S. G.P.O, 1984

Guide to the Clarence Love Collection
Clarence Love papers
Finding aid prepared by bkm, 2006. Finding aid encoded by bkm, 2006. Finding aid revised by cl, 2010; lcb, 2020.
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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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Clarence Love papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 423, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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