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African American World War II oral history collection

Call Number: RH MS 1439


This collection consists of audio recordings and transcripts of oral history interviews of African American World War II veterans located in Kansas, from a project conducted by staff and students at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas with sponsorship from the Sandra Gautt KU Endowment. Also in the collection are some photographs and photocopies of photographic prints, original military-related documents and copies of documents, reference material, and other materials related to the individuals interviewed and to the project.


  • Creation: 1940s, 2010-2013


Conditions Governing Access

Audio visual materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) before a planned visit; staff will respond within three days, though materials may not be available in that timeframe. Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

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


.75 Linear Feet (2 document cases + 18 audio cassettes)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 1439

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1439

Physical Location

KC AV 26

Physical Location

KC AV 29

Physical Location

A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Existence and Location of Copies

The audio recordings and copies of interview transcripts are available for listening and viewing at

Related Materials

Merrill R. Ross collection, RH MS P558, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

John W. Temple family papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 641, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Guide to the African American World War II Oral History Interview Collection
African American World War II oral histories collection
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Preferred citation
African American World War II oral history collection, RH MS 1439, 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