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John H. Wilson family papers

Call Number: RH MS 944


The John H. Wilson family papers are those of a longtime Ottawa, Kansas family headed by John H. "Bud" and Bertha (Washington) Wilson.


  • Creation: 1919 - 2002


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Biography of John H. Wilson Family

John H. "Bud" Wilson was born in 1870 in Missouri. He worked for many years as a blacksmith in Ottawa, Kansas. Wilson married Bertha Washington; the couple had six children: Leta, Freeda, Cozetta, Lloyd, Leod, and Claude. John H. Wilson died in 1952 and Bertha (Washington) Wilson died in 1958.

Freeda Wilson studied clothing design and was highly active in St. Paul A.M.E. Church. She served on the A.M.E. Kansas-Nebraska Conference Finance Committee and the Kansas-Nebraska Missionary Women's Executive Board. Miss Wilson worked with a number of social groups including the Order of the Eastern Star where she served as Worthy Grand Matron. Freed Wilson died 26 November 1977.

Lloyd Wilson, a World War II veteran, earned a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State Teacher's College and, after the war, taught in Kansas City, Kansas, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Mexia, Texas. By the time of his death on December 26, 1963, Wilson had returned to Ottawa where he was highly active in a number of organizations, including the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Corinthian Lodge No. 12 A.F. & A.M., and St. Paul A.M.E. Church. Lloyd Wilson and wife Yvette Jenkins had one son, Daniel Hughes; in 1954, Wilson remarried, this time to Marion C. Harris, with whom he had a daughter Marion Lloyd.

Claude Wilson received a Bachelor of Science, Professional Degree, and Master's in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University. He taught at Prairie View A&M University (Texas); he served as director of the Division of Mechanic Arts and founded the College of Engineering, was Dean of Engineering for 18 years, and, then, served as Academic Dean of the University. In 1970 he became Vice President for Physical Plant Planning and Engineering. Wilson belonged to a number of professional and honor societies and was an active member of Brown's Chapel A.M.E. Church of Houston. Wilson and wife Lucellustine (Walker) had one daughter, Rosalind.


.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes + 1 oversize box)

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Scope and Contents

The John H. Wilson family papers date from 1919 to 2002 and are arranged in a single series of papers, which include correspondence, publications, and organization information. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by subject. Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P 944 and RH MS-P 944 (f).

Physical Location

RH MS 944

Physical Location

RH MS-P 944

Physical Location

RH MS-P 944(f)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Deborah Barker, 2002.

Separated Materials

Colored directory: Information, history, facts: also buyers' guide of the best business places appreciating your patronage. [Topeka, Kan.: Midwest Directory Publishing Co.?, c 1928]., At RH C11203, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection).

Kansas Association of Colored Women, 34th, 36th, 39th, 40th, 45th, and 46th annual convention. [Kan.: The Association?, c 1934-1946]., At RH Ser D2715, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection).

Guide to the John H. Wilson Family Collection
John H. Wilson family papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2007; revised by, cl 2010; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2007
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for the processing of this Collections was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
John H. Wilson Family Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 944, 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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