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Allabelle O. Napue papers

Call Number: RH MS 723


The papers of Allabelle O. Napue are those of a Topeka, Kansas resident who owned and operated a beauty shop there in the mid-20th century.


  • 1929 - 1986


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 Allabelle O. Napue

Allabell Orlene Napue was a longtime resident of Topeka, Kansas. In 1939, she graduated from the Mme. C. J. Walker School of Beauty in Kansas City, Missouri. She owned and operated the Avalla Beauty Shop in Topeka, Ks throughout much of the mid-20th century.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case + 1 folder, 3 oversize folders)

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Allabelle O. Napue date from 1929 to 1986 and are arranged in three series: Business Papers; Personal Papers; and Photographs.

Business Papers contain licenses, beauty information, and papers regarding Napue's beauty shop. Oversize materials from this series are located at RH MS Q170.

Personal Papers include information on the Monroe School of Topeka and various clubs to which Napue belonged, as well as information about the Girl Scouts troop in which her daughter Ginger participated. Within both this and the Business Papers series, folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Photographs from the Allabelle O. Napue Collection are located at RH MS-P 723; oversize photographs are at RH MS-P (f) 723.

Series List

The Papers of Allabelle O. Napue date from 1929 to 1986 and are arranged in 3 series:
  1. Business Papers (subseries for Oversize materials), 1939-1986
  2. Personal Papers, 1929-1955
  3. Photographic materials, 1938-1939

Physical Location

RH MS 723

Physical Location

RH MS-P 723

Physical Location

RH MS-P (f)

Physical Location

RH MS Q170

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Allabelle Napue, 1991, 1997.
Guide to the Allabelle O. Napue Collection
Allabelle O. Napue papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2006; revised by cl, 2010; skt, 2010. Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2006; revised by skt, 2010. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2018.
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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
Allabelle O. Napue Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 723, 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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