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Edna Mae Whitehouse collection

Call Number: RH MS 1573


The Edna Mae Whitehouse collection documents the experience of a singer and entertainer who performed in the Kansas City, Missouri area during the 1930s-1950s. The collection includes photographs and clippings of song lyrics Whitehouse used in her performances, among other materials.


  • 1899 - 1952 (bulk 1935-1950)


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 Edna Mae Whitehouse

Edna Mae Whitehouse married twice; first to a man with the surname of Riggs and, secondly, to Joe Jacobs. As a performer in the Kansas City area, she went by the stage name "Lorelei Lynn" and then changed her name to "Eddie Lynn." In addition to performing, she and Joe Jacobs operated the Riverside Supper Club in Kansas City, Missouri.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Edna Mae Whitehouse papers date from 1935 to 1950 and have been organized into two series, Papers and Photographs. Papers include clippings of song lyrics and correspondence. Some of the song lyrics are copyrighted dating back to the late 19th century, but presumably Whitehouse collected them while she was performing.

Photographs from the collection often depict other performers and are inscribed to Whitehouse/"Eddie Lynn." The collection also includes three scrapbooks, which document Whitehouse's time as an entertainer; these materials are located RH MS Q261.

Terms and language used throughout collection material is representative of when the texts were created and has not been replicated in this finding aid.

Physical Location

RH MS 1573

Physical Location

RH MS Q261

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Ida Minturn, 1996; Cheryl Ann Moore, 2022.

Processing Information

Some of the textual materials were previously located at RH MS P797; photographs were previously located at RH MS-P P797.

Guide to the Edna Mae Whitehouse Collection
Edna Mae Whitehouse collection
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2007. Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2007. Finding aid revised by mbw, 2010; mmj, 2022.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for the processing of portions of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Edna Mae Whitehouse collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1573, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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