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Jesse C. Newman, Jr. collection

Call Number: RH MS 1478


Jesse C. Newman, Jr. founded Newman Securities Company Inc. and is the president of the Newman Development Company in Overland Park, Kansas. This collection includes administrative papers of development projects and research in Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri and Nassau, Bahamas; materials related to the Japanese Cultural Arts Foundation of the Midwest's creation of an Asian conference center; and some family photographs.


  • approximately 1911, 1970-2009


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 Jesse C. Newman, Jr.

Jesse C. Newman, Jr. graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Japanese History and Cultural Anthropology in Asian Studies. He was a part of the KU football team that won the Blue Bonnet Bowl in 1961.

Newman was the president of Newman Securities Company Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri from 1970 until 1982. He became the president of Newman Development Company in Overland Park, Kansas in 1983 and still holds that position. He has also been the president and chairman of the Japanese Cultural Arts Foundation of the Midwest.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 document cases + 1 oversize folder + 2 folders)

Scope and Contents

The papers in this collection consist mostly of administrative papers concerning Newman's work with Newman Security Company Inc. and its projects. These include company by-laws, project correspondence and plans, and development newspaper clippings in the Kansas City area.

Also included are papers concerning the Japanese Cultural Arts Foundation of the Midwest. These materials consist largely of their plans for an Asian Conference Center that would include a Japanese style hotel, museums, and libraries.

The floorplan for Newman's work in Crown Center Redevelopment Co. is also included and is located at RH MS S61.

The photographs, located at RH PH P2797, depict a portrait of Newman's ancestors at their family home outside Tonganoxie, Douglas County, Kansas, circa 1911. It shows parents Nancy June and Verner N. Newman with children Beatrice F., Luberta, and Verner Newman. The second portrait is of Verner M. Newman, who was a plasterer in Lawrence, Kansas during the first half of the 20th century.

Physical Location

RH MS 1478

Physical Location

RH PH P2797

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Jesse Newman, Jr., 2018; loaned for copying, Jesse Newman, Sr., 1989.



Guide to the Jesse C. Newman, Jr. collection
Jesse C. Newman, Jr. collection
Finding aid prepared by mwh, 2016. Finding aid encoded by awo, 2016. Finding aid revised by bas, 2019.
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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
Jesse C. Newman, Jr. collection, RH MS 1478, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States