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Harry and Bertha Dandridge papers

Call Number: RH MS 625


Harry and Bertha Dandridge were active members of the Topeka (Kansas) African American community. This collection of their papers primarily consists of material related to the service activities of Bertha Dandridge, including her contributions to the Florence Crittenton Home for Colored Girls, Topeka, as well as family records.


  • Creation: 1908-1989, 2014


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 the Dandridge Family

Harry Dandridge (8 May 1891-May 1969) and Bertha Ballard Dandridge (12 Jul 1896-Jan 1992) were married in May 1916. Both were prominent members of the Topeka, Kansas community. Mr. Dandridge served as the deacon of Calvary Baptist Church through the 1960s. Mrs. Dandridge was involved in a number of aspects of the community as an employee of the State of Kansas, as well as the secretary of the Florence Crittenton Home for Colored Girls. She served as president of the Kansas Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, was an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church, and served as director of Rebecca Lodge No. 8 of the Order of Eastern Star. The Dandridges had a daughter, Ercelle Dandridge Collins, who was a school teacher through the 1960s.


1.75 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 1 oversize folder, 3 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Harry and Bertha Dandridge collection is divided into three series: Family Papers, Organizations, and Photographs.

The family papers series includes diplomas, birth certificates, correspondence, cards, and other miscellaneous material related to Harry and Bertha Dandridge, their daughter Ercelle Collins, and Joseph Collins, Jr. Material is arranged alphabetically by the individual's last name.

Organizations includes records, correspondence, and awards and certificates from religious groups, primarily relating to the Baptist Church, and service groups at both the State and community level, in which the Dandridge family was involved; material is arranged alphabetically by organization name.

The photographs includes family pictures, as well as group photos. Dandridge family members have been identified whenever possible within the photographs.

Oversize materials have been physically separated and are located at RH AD 4 and RH MS Q118.

Physical Location

RH MS 625

Physical Location

RH MS-P 625

Physical Location

RH MS-P 625 (f)

Physical Location

RH AD 4.1

Physical Location

RH MS Q118

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Deborah Dandridge, 1992; Dana Green, 1994; Jonnie H. Johnson Parker, 1992.

Guide to the Harry and Bertha Dandridge Collection
Harry and Bertha Dandrige papers
Finding aid prepared by bkm,2006; revised by, cl 2010; revised by eh, 2017.
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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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Preferred citation
Harry and Bertha Dandridge papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 625, 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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