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1951 Flood - Lawrence and Kansas City, Kansas photographs

Call Number: RH PH 172


This collection includes photographs from the 1951 flood that swept over Lawrence and Kansas City, Kansas. The photographs were taken by U.S. Navy Air Base of Olathe personnel, unit NA87-2098-7-51, but it is unclear who captioned the original album (a volunteer from the air base?). Descriptions in this finding aid make use of those captions.


  • Creation: July 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.


1 Linear Feet (2 document cases) : 105 photographs: Photograph album has been dismantled; individual photos are in folders.

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Includes photographs of the Kaw River at the height of the flood, rescue parties in North Lawrence, sailors and U.S. Air Force personnel from the Olathe Air Station sandbagging to control the flood waters, parachuting in medical supplies over the University of Kansas, and views of flooded areas in Lawrence.

The collection also includes shots of industrial and business areas under water in Kansas City, Kansas, including the Fairfax Air Field, frequently with views of the Kansas City, Missouri skyline in the distance.

Physical Location

RH PH 172

Guide to the 1951 Flood - Lawrence and Kansas City, Kansas Collection
1951 Flood - Lawrence and Kansas City, Kansas photographs
Finding aid encoded by rw, 2008. Finding aid edited by cmp, 2022.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
1951 Flood - Lawrence and Kansas City, Kansas photographs, RH PH 172, 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