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President Obama's Kansas Heritage Oral History Project

Call Number: RH MS 1462


This collection contains interviews, video clips, and a digital set of transcripts, all on DVD, from oral history interviews conducted with former U.S. President Barack Obama family members and individuals who knew Obama's maternal grandparents and other relatives residing in the El Dorado, Kansas area. Also in the collection are paper copies of the transcripts, backstory, and finding aid to the collection.


  • Creation: 2009 - 2017

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

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.

History of the President Obama's Kansas Heritage Project

The President Obama’s Kansas Heritage Project was founded in 2009 with the goal of collecting and documenting oral histories, artifacts, and other resources about Barack Obama's heritage in Kansas. The group hopes to inspire children and others with the president's origins, sense of family, and Midwestern values. The group's project was supported with funding from the Kansas Humanities Council and has deposited copies of oral histories at several cultural heritage repositories across Kansas, many in and around El Dorado, Butler County, where the project originated. [Information taken from]


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case + 21 DVDs )

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 1462

Physical Location

KC AV 55

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Kansas Humanities Council, 2017.

Guide to the President Obama's Kansas Heritage Oral History Project Collection
President Obama's Kansas Heritage Oral History Project
Finding aid prepared by anm. Finding aid encoded by anm.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
President Obama's Kansas Heritage Oral History Project, RH MS 1462, 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