William K. Marshall papers
The papers of William K. Marshall are those of a native Kansan who became the first African American to represent the 58th District in the Kansas State House of Representatives.
- 1974 - 1976
- Marshall, William K., 1926-1999 (Person)
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Biography of William K. Marshall
William K. "Ken" Marshall was born in 1926 in Atchison, Kansas. After graduating from the Kansas Vocational School of Tailoring and Fashion Design in 1950, Marshall opened the Ken Marshall Men's Wear Tailor Shop in Topeka. In 1974, Marshall, a Democrat, was elected as the first African American to represent the 58th District in the Kansas State House of Representatives from. He served in that position until 1976.
Marshall was also active in numerous organizations including the Downtown Topeka Optimist's and the Highland Park Booster Club; he was on the Board of Directors of the Seven Step Foundation and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce. He served as treasurer for the Shawnee Co. Democratic Central Committee as well as the Democratic 2nd Congressional District and was a delegate to the 1972 Democratic National Convention. Marshall was a US Navy veteran, having served from 1944-1946.
Marshall died March 15, 1999. Marshall and wife Juanita, whom he married in 1950, have three children.
.25 linear foot (1 box + 2 folders)
Scope and Contents
The Papers of William K. Marshall date from 1974-1976 and are divided into three series: Legislative Papers, Personal/Political Papers and Photographs. Legislative Papers contain mainly information on specific bills and correspondence. Personal/Political Papers contains correspondence, information regarding the Kansas Minority Caucus, and materials from William's campaign. Folders within each series are arranged alphabetically by topic.
The Papers of William K. Marshall date from 1974-1976 and are divided into three series: Legislative Papers, 1975-1976, Personal/Political Papers, 1974-1976 and Photographs.
RH MS 659
RH MS-P 659
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Juanita Marshall, 1987.
- Guide to the William K. Marshall Collection
- William K. Marshall papers
- Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2006; revised by, cl 2010; revised by skt, 2010; inding aid encoded by mbw, 2006; revised by skt, 2010
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- Finding aid written in <language encodinganalog="language">English.</language>
- 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
William K. Marshall Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 659, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries