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Cheryl Brown Henderson campaign papers

Call Number: RH MS 1190


The Cheryl Brown Henderson Campaign Papers are those of one of the three 1996 U.S. House of Representatives, Kansas Second District Republican candidates and candidate for the Kansas House of Representatives 55th District during the 1998 election.


  • Creation: 1968-1979; 1989-1998


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 Cheryl Brown Henderson

Cheryl Brown was born in 1950 to Oliver L. and Leola (Williams) Brown. Following her family's involvement in the landmark Brown v. Topeka, Kansas Board of Education, Brown attended public schools in Topeka, Kansas and Springfield, Missouri. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baker University (Baldwin, Kansas) and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Emporia State University. In 1972, Cheryl Brown married Larry Henderson. She worked as a classroom teacher and, from 1979 to 1994, as a consultant to the Kansas State Board of Education. In 1988 she co-founded the Brown Foundation for Educational Equality, Excellence, and Research and served as its Executive Director. In 2010 Henderson became Superintendent of the Brown v. Board National Historic Site.

Henderson served on a number of councils and boards including the Washburn University Endowment Association Women's Alliance Advisory Board, the Kansas Humanities Council board, the Kansas State Historical Society board, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation board. She was also a member of a variety of organizations such as the Topeka Junior League and St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church. For her work Henderson has received a number of honors including being named a Kansan of the Year in 1994.

In 1996 Henderson filed as a Republican candidate for the Kansas 2nd District U.S. House of Representatives seat, running against two fellow Republicans, Jim Ryun and Douglas S. Wright, as well as Democrat John Frieden. Henderson fell in the primary with 10,923 votes (to Ryun's 48,602 and Wright's 19,410). Two years later she campaigned against Annie Kuether for the Kansas House of Representatives, 55th district seat. Although Henderson won the primary (earning 1657 votes to Kuether's 1045), she lost the general election (2244 to 3414).

The Henderson's have a son, Christopher.


2.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 2 oversize boxes, 1 audio cassette)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Cheryl Brown Henderson Campaign Papers date from 1968 to 1979 and from 1989 to 1998. The Papers are arranged in three series, reflecting the various campaigns: 1996 Campaign, 1998 Campaign, and Miscellaneous. The 1996 Campaign and 1998 Campaign series consist of such items as correspondence, financial information, campaign memorabilia, and publicity information. The items in these series are obviously related to the respective campaigns. The Miscellaneous series consists of items that are not easily classified as belonging to one campaign or the other, that relate to politicians other than Henderson, or are personal papers (not related to Henderson's political career). Within each series, folder arrangement is alphabetical. Since most items fall within the two years that the series indicate (1996, 1998), folders are dated with a month; exceptions are noted within the Collection Description.

Photographs from the Collection are located at RH MS-P 1190. Oversize materials are located at RH MS Q318 and RH MS R281. There is one audiocassette tape, which is located at RH Cass. Tape 51.


This collection consists of five series:

  1. 1996 Campaign, 1995-1997
  2. Campaign, 1997-1998
  3. Miscellaneous, 1968-1979, 1989-1998
  4. Photographs, 1996 and undated
  5. Audiovisual materials, 1996

Physical Location

RH MS 1190

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1190

Physical Location

RH MS Q318

Physical Location

RH MS R281

Physical Location

RH Cass. Tape 51

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Cheryl Brown Henderson.

Guide to the Cheryl Brown Henderson Campaigns Collection
Cheryl Brown Henderson campaign papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2010; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2010; revised by skt, 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Cheryl Brown Henderson campaign papers, RH MS 1190, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States