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H. Gertrude Whitley Bardwell scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Call Number: RH MS 680


The scrapbook of H. Gertrude Whitley Bardwell, a Missouri native, documents her time as a student at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.


  • Creation: 1937 - 1950


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 H. Gertrude Whitley Bardwell

Helen Gertrude Whitley was born in Hartville, Missouri to Frank and Opal Whitley. The family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where, shortly thereafter, Opal Whitley died. After Frank Whitley moved to California to find a job, Gertrude and her two sisters were raised by their grandparents.

Gertrude attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. There, she was active in a number of groups, including the Alpha Iota chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (for which she served as basileus), the history club (of which she was president), and the Young Women's Christian Association. Gertrude graduated magna cum laude in 1939, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She returned to Kansas City, where she worked as a teacher. During World War II, Gertrude was a charter member and first President of the Twin Citians, a women's social group that was involved in the 1960s struggle to desegregate public facilities in the area.


.25 Linear Feet (1 oversize box) : .25 linear feet

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Scope and Contents

The Scrapbook of H. Gertrude Whitley Bardwell dates from 1937 to 1950. The scrapbook pages have been numbered and foldered; inserts have been foldered separately. Original position of inserts is indicated and their original order has been maintained. A single file houses the few items from a second scrapbook. Folders are arranged by page number. Please note that the scrapbook pages are somewhat fragile.

The scrapbook pages are housed in an oversized box located at RH MS Q145. The inserts are located at RH MS 680.

Physical Location

RH MS 680

Physical Location

RH MS Q145

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Helen Gertrude Whitley Bardwell, 1992

Guide to the H. Gertrude Whitley Bardwell Collection
H. Gertrude Whitley Bardwell scrapbook
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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
H. Gertrude Whitley Bardwell Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 680, 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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