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Reverend Joseph Mason collection

Call Number: RH PH 66


This collection contains photographs of events that Reverend Joseph Mason attended or participated in, family pictures, and church events, as well as certificates, newspaper clippings, and other materials related to Mason's personal and professional life as a minister in the Baptist Church.


  • Creation: 1927 - 1988


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 Joseph Edward Mason (1907-1988)

Joseph (or Joe) E. Mason was born December 7, 1907 near Clinton, Oklahoma, the son of Henry Hiram and Amanda Jane Mason. After graduating from Wichita High School in Kansas, he attended the School of Religion at Marshall, Texas, part of Bishop College, from 1932-1935 and in 1933 was licensed at Calvary Baptist Church. He later received his Bachelors from Friends University in 1964 and did graduate coursework at the Univesity of Utah and Wichita State University.

In 1942, Mason went to the Second Baptist Church in Caldwell, Kansas as an interim pastor, where he served for over two years. From 1946-1948 he was interim pastor in South Hoisington, Kansas. In 1952 he became pastor for the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Abilene, KS, where he remained until 1965.

In 1962, Mason founded the Seventeenth Street Mission in his hometown of Wichita, KS. He began pastoring there after he left Mt. Zion, and in 1972 the mission was organized into the Seventheenth Street Baptist Church. He retired from that church in 1983 after 50 years of service in the Baptist Church.

Joseph E. Mason married Pina Ruthelma Edwards in 1939. They had five children: Henry Edwards, Kein Monroe, Beverly Joe (or Dollie), Marilyn Pina, and Jan Patrice. Reverend Mason died May 30, 1988.

[Information retrieved from collection materials.]


1 linear foot (3 document cases + 1 oversize box, 2 oversize folders)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH PH 66

Physical Location

RH MS 1542

Physical Location

RH MS R486

Physical Location

RH PH 66(ff)

Physical Location

RH MS R488

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Loaned for copying, Joseph Mason, 1987; gifts, 2003; Christa Clemons, 2020.

Processing Information

Some items formerly located at RH MS P914.

Guide to the Reverend Joseph Mason Collection
Reverend Joseph Mason Collection
Finding aid prepared by ea, 2013. Finding aid encoded by ea, 2013. Findng aid revised by mhr, 2015; mwh, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for portions of 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
Reverend Joseph Mason collection, RH PH 66, 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