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Bessie Wilson photographs

Call Number: RH PH P2832


A collection of photographs from the family of Bessie Wilson. Includes two photographs of the 9th Cavalry band, a photograph of a father and his two daughters with the label "Wilson Family," a photograph of five African American men, a negative of a first grade class at Van Buren School in Topeka, Kansas, and a large group photograph in front of the Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.


  • Creation: approximately 1920s-1960s


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 Bessie L. Wilson

Bessie L. (Hickman) Wilson was born April 26, 1919 in Junction City, Kansas, and died October 5, 2001 in Topeka, Kansas. She married C.D. Wilson in 1948, who passed away in 1988. Mrs. Wilson was a member of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Topeka and had five children: Dwayne H. Grisham, Thomas A. Grisham (both of whom pre-deceased her), Charles Dean Wilson, Burma Jean Lucky, and Doris Harris.

History of the Ninth Cavalry

The 9th Cavalry, along with the 10th Cavalry, 24th Infantry, and 25th Infantry, were regiments nicknamed the Buffalo Soldiers in the United States Army. The 9th Cavalry was formed in 1866 and disbanded in 1950. From 1881 to 1885 they were stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, eventually being assigned as troop cadre for the Cavalry School during the 1920s and 1930s.


3 folders (3 folders + 1 oversize box)

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Physical Location

RH PH P2832

Physical Location

RH PH P2832(f)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Bessie Wilson, 1991.

Guide to the Bessie Wilson Photographs Collection
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Preferred citation
Bessie Wilson photographs, RH PH P2832, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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