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Elvin J. Bailey Papers

Call Number: RH MS 503


The Elvin J. Bailey Papers are those of a long time Kansas resident who was mayor of Abilene, Kansas and, later, the owner of Bailey Truck Line Company.


  • Creation: 1956 - 1987


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 Elvin J. Bailey

Elvin J. Bailey was born 31 May 1907 in Nowata, Oklahoma. After attending high school in Oklahoma, he attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Bailey went on to become Abilene, Kansas' first African American mayor. In 1945, Bailey started the Bailey Truck Line Company. Bailey married Mable Murray 4 Sept 1933. The couple had two sons: Fred and Harvey. Elvin J. Bailey died 12 June 1990.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box + 4 photographs)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Elvin J. Bailey Papers date from 1956 to 1987. They consist of photocopies of a scrapbook. The copies have been arranged by subject matter and cover Bailey's civic and community activities, business and personal affairs. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by subject. Photographs from the Collection are located at RH MS-P 503.

Physical Location

RH MS 503

Physical Location

RH MS-P 503

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Elvin J. Bailey, 1988.

Guide to the Elvin J. Bailey Collection
Elvin J. Bailey Papers
Finding aid prepared by kdo and nb, 1988; mg, 2004; rw, 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Elvin J. Bailey Collection, RH MS 503, 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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