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Thelma B. Boswell papers

Call Number: RH MS P748


The Thelma B. Boswell papers are those of a native Kansan who was a highly active member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. (Salina, Kan.) and played piano for that congregation.


  • 1921 - 1975


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 Thelma B. Boswell

Thelma Belle White was born in 1916 in Detroit, Kansas to Norman and Vergie Alma (Smith) White. In 1934, White completed high school in Abilene, Kansas. Five years later, she married De Earl Boswell in 1939. After moving to Salina, Kansas, Boswell joined Allen Chapel A.M.E. She was highly active in that body, working as a Sunday School teacher, a Steward, secretary of the Missionary Society, and teaching Children's Choir. In 1957 or 1958, White became the Chapel's sole pianist. Thelma and De Earl Boswell had four children: Sharon Elaine, Michael Earl, Norman Osby, and David Kevin.


10 folders

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Scope and Contents

The Thelma B. Boswell papers date from 1921 to 1975. They mainly consist of Allen Chapel A.M.E. information, clippings, and some biographical information. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by topic. All manuscript items are photocopies. Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P P748. Copy negative are available for each of the photos.

Physical Location

RH MS P748

Physical Location

RH MS-P P748

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Sharon Eanes, 1989

Guide to the Thelma B. Boswell Collection
Thelma B. Boswell papers
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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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Thelma B. Boswell Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P748, 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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