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Gladys M. Burks papers

Call Number: RH MS 1376


The Gladys M. Burks papers are those of a lifelong Kansas City, Kansas resident whose father worked for the City Ice Company and who was, herself, a social worker and an active Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) member. The collection includes documents related to Mrs. Burks' employment with the Kansas City School District and Kansas Civil Service, her mentorship activities, newspaper clippings collected by Mrs. Burks, as well as various civic and church handouts and flyers, and materials documenting the histories of the Stewart-Madison family and of Odevia M. Stanton.


  • Creation: 1900 - 1990


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 Gladys M. Burks

Gladys M. Gilford was born circa 1911 to the George Gilford family. She married, becoming Gladys Burks. Burks was an active member of the Kansas City, Kansas Young Women's Christian Association. Gladys M. Burks died March 6, 2002.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box + 6 folders + 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Gladys M. Burks Collection dates from 1900 to 1988 and consists of a yearbook, newspaper clippings, flyers and brochures, hand written papers, correspondence, photocopies, and photographs. The papers, located at RH MS 1376, are arranged thematically then chronologically. The oversize newspapers, located at RH MS Q408, are arranged by size. The photographs, located at RH MS-P P841, are arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location

RH MS 1376

Physical Location

RH MS-P P841

Physical Location

RH MS Q408

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Gladys M. Burks, 1988, 2013.

Related Materials

Friends of Yates Branch (Kansas City, Kan.) Records, 1979-1988, RH MS 521, Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

Young Women's Christian Association. Yates Branch Papers, 1917-1982, RH MS 439, Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

Processing Information

Paper materials formerly stored at RH MS P841 have been incorporated into the materials housed at RH MS 1376.

Guide to the Gladys M. Burks Collection
Gladys M. Burks papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2008; revised by het, 2015; revised by eh, 2017
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.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Gladys M. Burks papers, RH MS 1376, 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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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States