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Elmer C. Jackson papers

Call Number: RH MS 410


The Elmer C. Jackson papers are those of a native Kansan and prominent Kansas City, Kansas attorney. Jackson was active in numerous local and national organizations, such as the National Bar Association, the Kansas Board of Regents, and Sigma Pi Phi.


  • Creation: 1896 - 1999


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Biography of Elmer Jackson

Elmer C. Jackson, Jr. was born October 22, 1912 in Kansas City, Kansas. After graduating from that city's Sumner High School in 1929, he obtained a Bachelors degree in 1933 and a law degree in 1935, both from the University of Kansas.

For 17 years Jackson operated his own law practice in Kansas City, Kansas. In 1952 he joined the firm of Stevens, Jackson, Davis and Haley. From 1963 to 1968 he served as general counsel and project director of the Wyandotte County Legal Aid Society, where he administered a legal service program for the indigent.

In 1970 Governor Robert Docking appointed Jackson to the Kansas Board of Regents; he served as the Board's chairman from 1976-1978, becoming one of the first African Americans to do so. Jackson was a life member of the National Bar Association, and served as the organization's President from 1959 to 1961 and as it's membership secretary from 1966-1975. He was also a member of numerous other legal organizations, including the Kansas City, Kansas Bar Association, the Wyandotte County Bar Association, and the American Bar Foundation.

Jackson remained highly active with his alma mater, serving on the University of Kansas Alumni and Endowment Associations boards and creating a scholarship at the KU Law School. For his service to the University, he received a Distinguished Alumni Citation from the School of Law, a Distinguished Service Citation in 1979, and the 1991 Fred Ellsworth Medallion.

Jackson was active in a number of other organizations, including the Urban League, Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce, and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. Jackson married Lucil V. Wright; the couple had one son, Elmer C. Jackson, III. Elmer C. Jackson, Jr. died March 19, 1999.


31.75 Linear Feet (36 boxes + 10 oversize boxes)

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Scope and Contents

The Elmer C. Jackson papers date from 1896 to 1999 and consist of series related to Jackson's professional career, personal life, and civic activities, as well as his continued involvement with his alma mater the University of Kansas. The original collection is located at RH MS 410; additions to the collection are located at RH MS 760. Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P 410 and RH MS-P 760, with oversize items at RH MS-P 760(f) and RH MS-P 760(ff). Oversize textual materials and other items, including three dimensional objects and plaques, are located at RH MS Q195, RH MS R167, and RH MS S19.


This collection consists of the following series:

  1. National Bar Association (NBA)
  2. Kansas Board of Regents (KBR)
  3. University of Kansas (KU)
  4. Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, Theta Boule
  5. Civic activities
  6. Miscellaneous and personal files
  7. Scrapbooks
  8. Photographs

Physical Location

RH MS 410

Physical Location

RH MS 760

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RH MS Q195

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RH MS R167

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Physical Location

RH MS-P 410

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RH MS-P 760

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RH MS-P 760 (f)

Physical Location

RH MS-P 760 (ff)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Elmer Jackson, Jr, 1984, 1988, 1991;

Elmer Jackson, III, 1999, 2004.

Related Materials

Jackson, Elmer C. Remembering KU Law School a Video Series of Alumni Reminiscences: Elmer C. Jackson, Class of 1935. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas School of Law, 1998. Video cassette, located at Spencer Research Library at RH Video 2.

Guide to the Elmer C. Jackson Collection
Elmer C. Jackson papers
Finding aid prepared by bkm, 2006; revised by skt, 2010; mbw, 2012. Finding aid encoded by bkm, 2006; revised by mbw, 2008, 2009; skt, 2010; mbw 2012; eml, 2012.
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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
Elmer C. Jackson papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 760, 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