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Washington-Kemp Family Papers

Call Number: RH MS P561


The Washington-Kemp Family Papers are those of a longtime Kansas family. They focus mainly on the Mayhew and the Bassett family branches located in Southeast Kansas.


  • Creation: 1887-1933, 1983


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 Washington-Kemp Family

Henry and Elizabeth Mayhew of Labette County, Kansas had three children, Uriah S., Hezekiah, and Perrenial Sherwood. A descendent, Anna Elizabeth Mayhew, married Phillip Henderson Bassett. The Bassett's had six children: Edgar Roscoe, Lela Mae, Everett Irvin, Robert Louis, Helen Fay, and Bernece Louise.

Another Mayhew descendent, Rosa, married into the Jackson family. Her daughter Verna Mae married Rufus Correll Washington; the Washington's had six children: Winston Ellsworth, Reginald Cecil, Vernon Roosevelt, Dorothy, Willard, and Rose.

Rose A. Washington was born 4 May 1933 in Kansas City, Kansas. Beginning in the first Eisenhower administration, she worked in the US Department of State in Washington, DC. In 1970, she went to work at the US Department of Labor and, thirteen years later, in May 1983, she was appointed the Regional Administrator of the Labor Department's Women's Bureau. Rose A. Washington married William H. Kemp, Jr.

Rose Washington-Kemp had two children, Kenneth H. Washington and Deborah R. Washington Kemp. She died 19 November 2005.


2 folders

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Scope and Contents

The Washington-Kemp Family Papers date from 1887-1933 and 1983. They consist of deeds, wills, property information, correspondence, and a family cookbook. The two folders are arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location

RH MS P561

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Rose A. Washington-Kemp, 1986.

Guide to the Washington-Kemp Family Collection
Washington-Kemp Family Papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2009; revised by eear, 2013 Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2009
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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
Washington-Kemp Family Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P561, 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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