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Collection of photographs and postcards of race relations in Kansas and Oklahoma

Call Number: RH PH 184


Collection of photographic prints and postcards showing race relations in Kansas and Oklahoma at the end of the 19th century through the first half of the 20th century. These images were bought in sets by Kenneth Spencer Research Library and compiled into a single collection. The collection also includes some images from the 1908 Springfield, Illinois race war.


  • 1890 - 1951

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case + 1 oversize box (40 photoprints + 9 photomechanical reproductions)) : Some of the postcards are colored. ; Prints are 28x35 cm or smaller; all postcards are 9x14 cm.


The collection is organized by location and topic: the August 1908 Springfield, Illinois race war; the June 1, 1921 race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the Ku Klux Klan in Kansas; and miscellaneous photographs of African American businesses, churches, organizations, schools, and activities in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Physical Location

RH PH 184

Physical Location

RH PH 184(f)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Frank Wood, 2000.

Separated Materials

Several publications and a pin were also purchased at the same time of these prints and separately cataloged. They can be found by searching KU Libraries online catalog for the phrase "Frand Wood Regional African American Collection."

Processing Information

Folder titles are typically captions from the postcards or prints, unless the titles are in [brackets], in which case they were supplied by the processor. Some folder titles in this finding aid have been updated to reflect current language. When titles are in "quotations," they are using terms and language representative of when the images/text were created.

Guide to the Photograph Collection of Race Relations in Kansas and Oklahoma
Collection of photographs and postcards of race relations in Kansas and Oklahoma
Finding aid prepared by rw, 2008. Finding aid encoded by rw, 2008. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
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Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States