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Barbara Ballard papers

Call Number: RH MS 1507


This collection consists of records related to Barbara Ballard's career as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, including records related to the legislative process and to the election and campaigning processes.


  • Creation: 1982 - 2009


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 Barbara Ballard

Barbara Ballard was born in 1944 in Petersburg, Virginia. She received her BA from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and both her MS in counseling and her PhD in counseling and student personnel services from Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Since 1980, Ballard has been associated with the University of Kansas, serving in capacities that have included associate vice provost for student success, associate dean for student life, director of the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center and, since 2004, senior associate director of outreach for the Dole Institute of Politics.

Ballard was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1992 and has since represented the 44th District, which covers part of the city of Lawrence and Wakarusa Township in Douglas County. She has served as president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and was in 2007 named Outstanding Legislator of the Year by that group. She is the Democratic Caucus Chair and House Minority Caucus Chair and is the first African American to serve on the House leadership team. She has been the ranking minority member of the Social Services Budget Committee and has served on the Legislative Education Planning Committee, Transportation, Appropriations, and Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight Committees.


13.5 Linear Feet (14 boxes + 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection relates to the legislative process from the first two decades of Ballard's term as member of the Kansas House of Representatives. These records include constituent correspondence, copies of legislative bills, reports and reference material surrounding specific issues of concern for constituents or pieces of legislation, and administrative records related to the operations of the Kansas Legislature and the Kansas House of Representatives more specifically. There is also some personal information in the collection, mostly related to Ballard's election campaigning.

Photographs have been physically separated and are located at RH MS-P 1507. Oversize materials have also been physically separated and can be located at RH MS R464.


This collection has been arranged into 5 series:

  1. Personal materials
  2. Legislative records (sub-series: Constituent correspondence; Legislative bills; Kansas House of Representatives; Committees; Agency files; Research and reports; Caucuses)
  3. Three-dimensional objects
  4. Oversize materials
  5. Photographs

Physical Location

RH MS 1507

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1507

Physical Location

RH MS R464

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Barbara Ballard, 2016.

Guide to the Barbara Ballard Collection
Barbara Ballard papers
Finding aid prepared by adc, mwh, 2019. Finding aid encoded by gem, 2019. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020, 2023.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Barbara Ballard papers, RH MS 1507, 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