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Anna Jane Michener papers

Call Number: RH MS 1508


This collection contains papers from community groups, organizations, and events that Anna Jane Michener was involved with in the Wichita, Kansas area. Includes family life class curricula, papers on race relations, and pamphlets pertaining to Family Life Education. Additionally, correspondence between Anna Jane and family, friends, and colleagues can be found throughout the collection.


  • Creation: 1892 - 1982


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 Anna Jane Michener

Anna Jane Michener, born in 1892 in Anthony, Harper County, Kansas, was an honored member of her community, spending most of her life in Wichita, Kansas. Her deep involvment in several community organizations, including teaching parenting classes and overseeing other teachers for the Family Life Education (staff) and serving with the Southwest Wichita Community Center, Young Womens Christian Association (YWCA), and the Council of Churches, was valued until her death in 1965.

Michener, a Quaker, was a proponent for equal treatment of all people regardless of race or gender, and did work for the rights of others while on the board or committees of organizations including the YWCA, the Interracial Community Committee on Social Action (CCSA), the Faith Housing Association, and the Human Relations Commission of Wichita. She remained an active member in her community throughout her life. At her memorial service, Wichita City Commissioners were present to honor her work to the public.

Anna Jane married John Morrison Michener. Together they had four children who all continue to live in Wichita, Kansas.


4 Linear Feet (6 boxes + 1 volume)

Language of Materials



Four main themes occur in this collection: personal materials; materials related to civil rights and antidiscrimination; materials related to Quakerism and service through the Quaker community; and records and material related to Michener's family life educational work. Materials have physically been left in the order found at the time of donation but intellectually categorized into these themes. However, materials may overlap in theme, and the whole collection should therefore be consulted when interested in a particular topic. The bulk of the collection relates to Michener's family life and family planning educational work.

Physical Location

RH MS 1508

Physical Location

RH MS E211

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Nancy Ross, 2019.

Separated Materials

Several volumes from the collection have been separately cataloged and are available in KU Libraries' online catalog by searching for the donor's name, Nancy Ross.


Guide to the Anna Jane Michener Collection
Anna Jane Michener papers
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Preferred citation
Anna Jane Michener papers, RH MS 1508, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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