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Photographs of the 1951 Flood in Lawrence and Topeka

Call Number: RH PH 113


This collection contains views of the 1951 Kansas River flood in Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas.


  • Creation: probably 1951

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

History of the 1951 flood in Kansas

In the summer of 1951, flooding in Manhattan, Kansas caused the Big Blue River to go over its banks and flood Manhattan. Other rivers affected included the Marais Des Cygnes, Neosho, and Verdigris Rivers, and much of northeastern Kansas into Kansas City, Missouri was affected. Total losses in Kansas exceded $725,000,000. Twenty-four individuals lost their lives, and flooding continued from June until mid-July.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case containing 59 photographs)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH PH 113

Physical Location

RH PH P2839

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Kerry Altenbernd, around 1988 and 2017.

Guide to the 1951 Flood in Lawrence and Topeka Collection
Photographs of the 1951 Flood in Lawrence and Topeka
Finding aid prepared by rw. Finding aid encoded by rw, 2008. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2023.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
1951 Flood in Lawrence and Topeka Collection, RH PH 113, 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