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Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Leavenworth, Kan.) papers

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS P876

Overview

The Papers of Bethel A.M.E. Church of Leavenworth, Kansas are those of an African American church in Leavenworth, which is one of the earliest African Methodist Episcopal churches in Kansas.

Dates

  • 1920, 1949

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

History of Bethel A.M.E. Church of Leavenworth, Kansas

In 1859, Reverend John M. Wilkerson organized Bethel A.M.E. Church, Kansas' first African Methodist Episcopal church, in Leavenworth City. Three years later, in 1861, the land on which the current church stands was deeded to the trustees; building began in 1865 and was completed in 1869. During the Civil War, the Church served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Although remodeled and expanded, the Church still stands on its original site on Kiowa Street.

Extent

2 folders

Scope and Contents

The Bethel A.M.E. Papers date from circa 1920 and 1949 and consist of two histories, one typewritten and one handwritten; the latter is a photocopy. The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Leavenworth, Kan.) papers also include a photograph located at RH MS-P P876.

Physical Location

RH MS P876

Physical Location

RH MS-P P876

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Rev. C. H. Warren, 1987.

Related Materials

115th anniversary, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1861-1976. [Leavenworth, Kan.? : The Church?, 1976?], at RH D6165, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection)

Separated Materials

105th anniversary of the Bethel A.M.E. Church. Leavenworth, Kan. : The Church, 1966., at RH E600, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection)
Title
Guide to the Bethel A.M.E. Church of Leavenworth, Kansas Collection
Subtitle
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Leavenworth, Kan.) papers
Author
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2009; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2009; revised by skt, 2010
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in <language encodinganalog="language">English.</language>
Sponsor
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/1433447118
Preferred citation
Bethel A.M.E. Church of Leavenworth, Kansas Collection , Kansas Collection, RH MS P876, 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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