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Alyce Christopher-Ballard papers

Call Number: RH MS 485


The Alyce Christopher-Ballard papers are those of a long time Wichita, Kansas resident who was executive director of the Wichita Phyllis Wheatley Childrens Home. She was also a very active community member.


  • Creation: 1953 - 1989


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 Alyce Christopher-Ballard

Alyce Hill was born on March 22, 1914 in Washington, D.C. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from Howard University and trained at the National Recreation Institute. After working for the Works Progress Administration, Hill became one of Washington's first African American Girl Scout professionals in 1937; she was among the first African Americans in the nation to reach a professional staff status with that organization.

In 1941, Hill married Horace Christopher, moving to Norfolk, Virginia the next year. There, she worked as a secretary at the nearby army base. After a year at the army base, Christopher transferred to the state employment office where she worked as an interviewer; she later became a counselor with that office.

In 1958, the Christophers moved to Wichita. Once in Kansas, Christopher became director of the Phyllis Wheatley Childrens Home. In 1960, she began a day care center at the home. She retired from her director's position in 1978.

Christopher-Ballard was very active in various community activities. She organized and was first president of the Wichita chapter of Iota Phi Lambda sorority and of the Wichita chapter of Links, Inc. She was also a member of the Eastern Star, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the United Way, serving as a board member on the latter two organizations' boards. In 1989, Christopher-Ballard received the First Citizen's Award, becoming the first African American to do so.

Alyce and Horace Christopher had one daughter, Amanda. Horace Christopher died in 1975. In 1981, Alyce Christopher married Benjamin Ballard. Alyce Christopher-Ballard died June 9, 2000.


.5 Linear Feet (2 document cases + 1 oversize box)

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Scope and Contents

The Alyce Christopher-Ballard collection dates from 1953 to 1989 and is arranged in two series based on format. The papers include clippings, certificates, and information about the Phyllis Wheatley Childrens Home. Unless otherwise noted all papers are photocopies. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by subject.

Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P 485, are all from the Phyllis Wheatley Home, and, unless otherwise noted, the people portrayed are unidentified. Oversize materials are located RH MS Q194.

Physical Location

RH MS 485

Physical Location

RH MS-P 485

Physical Location

RH MS Q194

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Alyce Christopher-Ballard, 1987;unknown, 1988.

Related Materials

Wichita Phyllis Wheatley Childrens Home Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P563, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to the Alyce Christopher-Ballard collection
Alyce Christopher-Ballard papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2006; revised by cl, 2010; revised by ea, 2013; revised by mwh, 2017.
Description rules
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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
Alyce Christopher-Ballard Collection, RH MS 485, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States