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Records of the Topeka Black Women's Network

Call Number: RH MS 1290


The Topeka Black Women's Network (BWN) began in 1982 as an organization addressing the individual concerns facing black women in Topeka. This collection includes material on club meetings, conferences, meetings, and other events hosted by the BWN.


  • 1986 - 1992


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 Topeka Black Women's Network

The Topeka Black Women's Network (BWN) began in 1982, hosting its first conference in 1984. Its mission promotes communication and cooperation while developing leadership in its members. The BWN addresses individual concerns facing Topeka's black women by forging a coalition representing the diversity of the black community as it relates to age, education, and income level. The group hosts conferences, political forums, meetings, and career programs and awards scholarships to students.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box + 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Topeka BWN collection dates from 1986 to 1992 and includes information on conferences, meetings, correspondence, notes, and other items. Material is arranged alphabetically by folder with items being arranged by date within folders.

Oversize items are kept at RH MS R337 and include flyers and newspaper clippings.

Physical Location

RH MS 1290

Physical Location

RH MS R337

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Deborah Dandridge, 2013.

Guide to the Topeka Black Women's Network Collection
Records of the Topeka Black Women's Network
Finding aid prepared by sda, 2013; revised by awo, 2015.
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
Topeka Black Women's Network Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1290, 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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