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William Tuttle's research and teaching in African American history and the history of racial violence in 20th century America

Call Number: RH MS 1472


The Bill Tuttle papers are the works, notes, and self-collected documents of a long-time American studies and African / African-American studies professor at the University of Kansas. The collection includes research notes, writings, teaching files, and subject files regarding the 1919 Chicago race riots; the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma race riots; 20th century racial violence; and more general topics of African American history in the United States.


  • Creation: 1899 - 2016


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 William M. Tuttle, Jr.

William "Bill" Tuttle was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 7, 1937 to Dr. William Tuttle Sr., a thoracic surgeon, and Mrs. Geneva Duvall Tuttle. He received his B.A. in History from Denison University in 1959 and immediately went into service in the Air Force for three years.

From the University of Wisconsin, he earned his MA in History in 1964 and a PhD three years later, also in History. In 1967 he joined the faculty in the History Department at the University of Kansas. He became an Associate Professor of History in 1970 and a full Professor of History in 1975. In 2000 he joined the American Studies Department at KU, where he remained until his retirement in 2008.

Among Tuttle's numerous publications are Race Riot: Chicago in the Red Summer of 1919 and Daddy's Gone to War. He also co-authored People and a Nation.

For his teaching, Tuttle received the 1998 W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, the H.O.P.E. Teaching Award from the Class of 2001, and the Chancellor's Club Career Teaching Award in 2004. He was also honored by KU in 2004 with the Higuchi Award and the Balfour S. Jeffrey Award for Achievement in the Humanities and Social Sciences. During his career, Tuttle received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the American Learned Societies, the Institute of Southern History, Johns Hopkins University, the Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, and the Stanford Humanities Center.


14.75 Linear Feet (17 boxes + 2 large card file boxes, 1 oversize box, 6 microfilm reels, 3 audio cassettes)

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Scope and Contents

The collection focuses on race riots in various U.S. states including Illinois, Texas, and New York. Tuttle's research also highlights specific figures in the Civil Rights movement and the African American community, notably in the Subject files - biographical series. The collection also contains general information regarding racial violence and daily life for African Americans from the Civil War era up to the early 21st century, notably in the General subject files series. Tuttle's research material includes library collection guides, book and article references, and various bibliographic material as well as his notes and other reference material.

The bulk of the collection is housed at RH MS 1472. Oversize materials are at RH MS R442, microfilm reels at RH MF 193, and audio cassettes at KC AV 59.

Physical Location

RH MS 1472

Physical Location

RH MF 193

Physical Location

KC AV 59

Physical Location

RH MS R442

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, William Tuttle, 2012.

Related Materials

Personal papers of William M. Tuttle, Jr., PP 478, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Guide to the William Tuttle Collection
William Tuttle's research and teaching in African American history and the history of racial violence in 20th century America
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William Tuttle's research and teaching in African American history and the history of racial violence in 20th century America, RH MS 1472, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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