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Dorothy L. Hart papers

Call Number: RH MS P598


The papers of Dorothy L. Hart are those of a long time Salina, Kansas resident who worked at St. John's Military Academy and was an active community member. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs of community events; there is also newspaper clippings and a history of the Quayle United Methodist Church of Salina.


  • 1948 - 1980


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 Dorothy L. Hart

Dorothy L. Hart was one of 13 brothers and sisters, born September 9, 1905 to Lula Williamson and Guliford Butler. In 1922 she married Edward A. Thompson, with whom she had one daughter, Peggy Jean. The family operated the Wayside Inn Barbeque restaurant for several years. After Thompson died in 1936, Dorothy remarried in 1946 to Alvin E. Hart, who had a son, Judson Hart Sr., from a previous marriage.

The Harts worked for many years off and on at Salina, Kansas' St. John's Military Academy; Dorothy helped in the kitchen and served as seamstress, Al served as chef and later worked as night watchman. The couple also opened Al Hart's Barbeque for a few years, and later Dorothy started an alterations business.

Dorothy Hart was an active member of the Salina community, receiving distinguished service awards from the Salina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) chapter, the Kansas Department on Aging, and the Salina Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) Community Service Award. She sang in the Harmony Maids Singing Quarter and was active in St. John's Baptist Church, holding membership in the Ladies Missionary Society and teaching Sunday School. Dorothy later sang in other choirs and was a founding member of the Salina Senior Citizens Minority Outreach Task Force.

In the late 1990s Dorothy Hart moved to Topeka to be closer to her daughter. She passed away in Topeka on January 1, 2011.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case + 2 folders)

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Physical Location

RH MS P598

Physical Location

RH MS-P P598

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Dorothy L. Hart, 1988.

Guide to the Dorothy L. Hart Collection
Dorothy L. Hart papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2006; revised by skt, 2010; revised by ce, 2016.
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.
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Preferred citation
Dorothy L. Hart papers, RH MS P598, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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