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Theo Cribbs papers

Call Number: RH MS 648


Theo Cribbs was a member of the Kansas State House of Representatives, representing the Sedgwick County 89th District from 1972-1991. The collection reflects his legislative activities, primarily in the form of correspondence.


  • Creation: 1976 - 1981


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 Theo Cribbs

Theo Cribbs was born at Vernon, Alabama, in March 11, 1915. He met and married his wife, Vera, in Mississippi, and moved to Wichita, Kansas around 1950, where he began working for The Boeing Company. In 1972, Cribbs, a Democrat, was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives for the Sedgwick County 89th District; he served in the House until his retirement in 1991. Cribbs was a member of Grant Chapel A.M.E. Church and the Noah Wells Masonic Lodge no. 110. Cribbs died on May 4, 1993.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 2 oversize folders)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Theo Cribbs papers are is divided into two series, Correspondence and Personal Papers. The first series, Correspondence, is a mixture of legislative, professional, organizational, and constituent correspondence, and is arranged thematically, with correspondence regarding specific legislative issues grouped together, general professional correspondence following, and ending with miscellaneous/constituent correspondence. The second series, Personal Papers, is comprised of assorted material from Cribbs' personal organizational affiliations, correspondence, and church related material.

Physical Location

RH MS 648

Physical Location

RH MS Q134

Physical Location

RH MS R131

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Theo Cribbs, 1987

Processing Information

Previously shelved at RH MS 473.

Guide to the Theo Cribbs Collection
Theo Cribbs papers
Finding aid prepared by bkm, 2006; revised by, cl 2010. Finding aid encoded by bkm, 2006.
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
Theo Cribbs papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 648, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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