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William R. Tillmon, Sr. collection

Call Number: RH MS 1377


The William R. Tillmon, Sr. papers are those of a lifelong Kansas City, Missouri resident. Mr. Tillmon was a teacher, school administrator, activist, youth baseball organizer, and an active member of the Presbyterian Church. The collection includes documents related to Mr. Tillmon's mentoring and civic leadership activities, awards and citations earned by Mr. Tillmon over his lifetime of service to the community, and materials collected by Mr. Tillmon that relate to the African American experience.


  • Creation: 1922 - 1993


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes + 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The William R. Tillmon, Sr. collection dates from 1922-1993 and consists of wall plaques and other awards, diplomas and certificates of achievement, flyers and brochures, hand written papers, photocopies, photographs, newspaper clippings, books collected by Mr. Tillmon, and the contents of a scrapbook. The papers located at RH MS 1377 are arranged by material type (with the plaques and awards removed to a separate box), then thematically and chronologically. Printed volumes are arranged by author's last name. The oversize photographs and newspapers are located at RH MS R384.

Physical Location

RH MS 1377

Physical Location

RH MS R384

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Lillian W. Tillmon, 1994.

Biography of William R. Tillmon, Sr.

William R. Tillmon, Sr. was born August 24, 1909, in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Kansas City. After earning his MA in History from the University of Kansas, Mr. Tillmon became a teacher and administrator for the Kansas City School District, retiring in 1974 from his position as Vice Principal of Paseo High School. Mr. Tillmon was an activist, community leader, decorated member of the Improved Beneveloent Protective Order of the Elks of the World (I.B.P.O.E. of W.), and an active member of his church. Mr. Tillmon died June 28, 1993.
Guide to the William R. Tillmon, Sr. collection
William R. Tillmon, Sr. collection
Finding aid prepared by het, 2015.
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
William R. Tillmon collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1377, 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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