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William C. Price papers

Call Number: RH MS 980


The William C. Price papers are those of a long time Kansan who worked for over 30 years as a recreational therapist and Athletic Director at the Boys Industrial School of Topeka, Kansas (now the Youth Center at Topeka).


  • Creation: 1894 - 1998


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of William C. Price

William Charles "Chief" Price was born July 28, 1914 in North Vernon, Indiana to Charles Richard Augustus and Goldie I. (Barton) Price. The family moved to Wichita, Kansas, where Price graduated from Wichita High School East in 1933. He continued on to Wichita State University, where he played football and belonged to Kappa Alpha Psi; he graduated in 1939. During World War Ii, Price worked with delinquent and deprived draftees at the Ft. Leavenworth Special Training School. He then transferred to Camp Lee, Virginia, where he was a trainer for the post football team; he also worked as an aide to the Information Office at Walter Reed Medical Center and served in the special services at the Fort Glen, Maryland rehabilitation hospital. After the war, Price returned to Kansas. Following a year at Washburn University School of Law, in 1947 Price took a job as a juvenile guidance worker at Topeka's Boys Industrial School (Bis). He went on to hold a number of positions at Bis, ultimately becoming a recreational therapist and the School's Athletic Director. In 1983 Price retired. He was recognized for his years of work by receiving the National High School Athletic Coaches Association's 1982 National Distinguished Service Award and by being chosen for the Kshaa Hall of Fame in 1985. Price was highly active in various community organizations. He was on the Board of Directors of the Topeka Rescue Mission, was a member of Goals for Topeka, and was very active in Shiloh Baptist Church. He founded the Free Thinkers Input Program and lobbied the Kansas legislature. Price married Willa Annabelle Moore on December 25, 1946. The couple had four children, Kenneth Leon, Shirley Lavonne, James Edwin, and Virginia Faye, as well as foster children Dietrick Dean Law and Darwin David Law. William C. Price died July 13, 1999.


4.25 Linear Feet (6 boxes, + 1 oversize box, and 1 oversize folder)

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Scope and Contents

The William C. Price papers date from 1894 to 1998 and is arranged in four series: Career, Organizations, Personal and Photographs and albums. Within the Career Series are two subseries, Bis/Ycat and General; both include such items as correspondence, clippings, memos, and publications. Organizations consists chiefly of correspondence, meeting minutes, and clippings. Within the Personal Series there are four subseries: Education, Family, General, and Publications. Education consists of correspondence, clippings, and grade information, while Family consists mainly of clippings and genealogical information. General includes correspondence, clippings, notes, and financial/insurance information. Publications consists solely of photocopies of articles and books. Folder arrangement within each series and subseries is alphabetical. Bis/Ycat is used within the Collection to denote the Boys Industrial School in Topeka, Kansas that was later renamed the Youth Center at Topeka. Within both the Career (980:1.47) and Personal (980:3.17-20) papers are letters from both Senator Bob Dole and President Bill Clinton, some of which have original signatures and some are copies. Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P 980. Album photographs were removed from individual albums with original order left intact. Oversized materials are at RH MS Q248 and RH MS R200.

Series List

The William C. Price papers date from 1894 to 1998 and are arranged in four series and six subseries.

Career Papers, 1944-1995 Subseries: Bis/Ycat and Awards, correspondence and papers. Organizations,1954-1995 Personal, 1894-1998 Subseries: Education, Family, General and Publications. Photographs and albums

Physical Location

RH MS 980

Physical Location

RH MS-P 980

Physical Location

RH MS Q248

Physical Location

RH MS R200

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Shirley Wise and Virginia Price, 1998.

Separated Materials

Boys’ Industrial School (Topeka, Kan.), The chronicle; published by the class in printing at the Boys Industrial School, Topeka, [Topeka], at RH Ser E16, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection). Shiloh Baptist Church (Topeka, Kan.), Souvenir program of the one hundredth anniversary of Shiloh Baptist Church, 1992. [Topeka, Kan.? : The Church?, 1992?], at RH D8707, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection).

Guide to the William C. Price Collection
William C. Price papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2007; revised by, cl 2010; revised by skt, 2010 ; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2007; revised by skt, 2010
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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
William C. Price Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 980, 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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