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Susan Greenbaum papers

Call Number: RH MS 1474


Susan D. Greenbaum received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kansas, majoring in sociology and anthropology. She conducted extensive research into cultural groups within Kansas City, Kansas in the late 1970s and early 1980s as research for her degrees. The main focus of this collection is her research material and findings from the Slavic-American neighborhood of Strawberry Hill and the African American community in Northeast Kansas City.


  • Creation: 1894-1985 (bulk 1966-1983)


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 Susan D. Greenbaum

Susan D. Greenbaum received her undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Kansas, earning her BA in sociology in 1968, her MA in anthropology in 1974, and her PhD, also in anthropology, in 1981. For her doctoral research, she focused on communities in Kansas City, Kansas, particularly the Slavic-American community of the Strawberry Hill neighborhood and the African American community of northeast Kansas City. Her research more specifically focused largely on diversity and relations between community groups within urban areas.

From 1975-1977 Greenbaum served as a citizen participation specialist with the City of Kansas City, Kansas' Department of Community Development, serving as a liason between neighborhood groups and municipal departments. From 1977-1980 she was an ethnohistorian and community consultant for the city in a position sponsored by the Community Development and Historic Preservation programs. In 1980-1981 she served as a senior research associate at the Native American Research Institute in Lawrence, Kansas, a consulting firm focused on policy analysis, evaluation research, and technical assistance. She received grants from the Kansas Committee for the Humanities to perform oral history projects and develop slide-tape presentations on both the Slavic-American and African American communities in Wyandotte County.

Greenbaum joined the faculty of the University of South Florida (USF) in the Department of Anthropology in 1981. From 1991-1997 she was chair of the department. In 1998 she became graduate director for the MA and PhD programs in Applied Anthropology, which position she held until 2003. From 2009-2011 she was director of the Office of Community Engagement, helping the university to receive Carnegie status as an engaged university. Greenbaum is now emeritus faculty at USF, and the University of South Florida now grants an undergraducate anthropology student with the Susan D. Greenbaum Diversity Leadership Award each year to honor her legacy at the school.


3 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Greenbaum's Strawberry Hill research was sponsored by the National Endowments for the Arts prior to the area's establishment as a Historic Preservation District, through the Kansas Committee for the Humanities. This collection contains her survey materials, research papers, maps, citizen testimonials, newspaper clippings, academic writings, event posters, and church and group materials.

This collection also includes research materials focusing on the Afro-American community in Northeast Kansas City. Greenbaum obtained testimonials concerning daily life from citizens, newspaper clippings from the late 1800s through the early 1980s, and papers from church and community groups in the area. She also focused on housing and residential abandonment in that area of Kansas City.

There is some information related to other community groups in the Kansas City, Kansas area in the collection as well. Data related to specific individuals with whom Greenbaum spoke was anonymized before the collection came to Spencer Research Library.

Photographic slides for both communities are also included. Some were used for presentations Greenbaum gave showcasing her findings.

The bulk of the collection is located at RH MS 1474. Oversize materials have been physically separated and are located at RH MS R443. These materials are described at the end of each relevant series.


This collection is organized into four series:

  1. Strawberry Hill papers
  2. Kansas City, Kansas communities papers
  3. Afro-American community papers
  4. Photographic slides

Physical Location

RH MS 1474

Physical Location

RH MS R443

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Susan Greenbaum, 2018.

Processing Information

Greenbaum's dissertation "Afro-American Community in Kansas City, Kansas" previously located at RH MS P682.1, has been placed in Box 3, Folder 3 at RH MS 1474.


Guide to the Susan Greenbaum Collection
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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
Susan Greenbaum papers, RH MS 1474, 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