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Sherman J. Jones papers

Call Number: RH MS 560


Sherman Jones, a prominent citizen of Wyandotte County, Kansas, served in the Kansas State Legislature from 1988-2000. His papers consist primarily of material related to his political career during which he served an advocate for social issues representing minorities’ rights, public health, and social welfare.


  • 1987 - 2000


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 Sheman J. Jones

Sherman J. Jones, a citizen of Wyandotte County, Kansas, and member of the Kansas State Legislature from 1988-2000, was born in Winton (Hertford County), North Carolina on February 10, 1935. The son of rural sharecroppers, Gladys and Starkie S. Jones, he played professional baseball in both major and minor leagues from 1953-1964. While playing for the Hawks of Topeka, Kansas, he met and married his wife Amelia. Two years of service the U.S. Army interrupted his baseball career in the late 1950s. In 1965, Jones settled in Kansas City, Kansas, and joined the Kansas City Kansas Police Department, where he served for 23 years.

Retiring from his position as detective sergeant in 1988, Jones ran for a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives. He was elected that year, and successfully campaigned for a seat in the state Senate in 1992, where he served until 2000. During his time in office, Jones was active in several legislative associations representing the interests of African Americans and other minorities within his Wyandotte County district; he also participated in several legislative committees in both the House and Senate.


9 Linear Feet (9 boxes + 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder)

Scope and Contents

The Sherman J. Jones papers consist almost exclusively of material pertinent to Jones’ political career, from 1988-2000, in which he was an advocate for social issues representing minorities’ rights, public health, and social welfare. The collection is divided into six series: Personal Papers, Campaigns and Elections, Kansas State Legislature, Caucuses and Legislative Associations, Subjects, and Kansas State Departments.

Kansas State Legisture is the largest series, comprised of subseries Administrative Documents, Correspondence (including printed emails, faxes, phone messages, and drafts, as well as postal letters, by Jones and his constituents and colleagues), Legislative Newsletters, and subseries related to respective legislative committees from 1989-2000. The material comprising each series and subseries is arranged first alphabetically by subject, organization, or format, then chronologically within. Where the format of material is not specifically described on the inventory list, the folder contents include a mix of correspondence, meeting agenda, minutes, testimony and supporting material regarding political issues or legislation.

Oversize materials, consisting of maps, posters, and newspaper clippings, have been physically separated from the rest of the collection and are available at call numbers RH MS Q92 and RH MS R74.

Physical Location

RH MS 560

Physical Location


Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Sherman Jones, 2000

Separated Materials

Wyandotte County street map, wards & precincts, 1992, available at Spencer Research Library at RH Map N51.

Guide to the Sherman Jones Collection
Sherman J. Jones papers
Finding aid prepared by adm and sc, 2004. Finding aid encoded by amc, 2005. Finding aid revised by cl, 2010; 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
Sherman Jones papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 560, 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