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Lawrence Journal World photograph collection

Call Number: RH PH LJW


This collection consists of photographs taken by Lawrence Journal World staff photographers and freelance photographers on behalf of the newspaper. It includes images of events that occurred in Lawrence, Kansas and the surrounding area from the middle of the 20th century up to the early 21st century.


  • Creation: 1950s-2001


Conditions Governing Access

Glass plate and flexible negative originals are only issued if the curator or head of Public Services gives permission.

Conditions Governing Use

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

History of the Lawrence Journal World

The Lawrence Journal World began under the leadership of W.C. Simons, his younger brother Louis Adolphus, and business partner John Leeford Brady, in the 1890s, first under the title the Lawrence Record and then the Lawrence World. Over the next several years, Simons and Brady consolidated several newspapers that had already been in operation in Lawrence, and in 1911 the newspaper became known as the Lawrence Journal-World.

Brady sold his interest in the company in 1914, and the newspaper continued to be owned by the Simons family until 2016, when it was sold to Ogden Newspapers of West Virginia.


272 Linear Feet (approximately 272 linear feet (approximately 660 boxes))

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Topics found in the photographs include athletics, particularly games held at Lawrence High School (L.H.S. or LHS) or Haskell Indian Nations University; the territorial centennial of 1954 and other anniversary celebrations of Kansas's and Lawrence's establishment and statehood; building fires, cave-ins, car accidents, and other disasters; weather events, including snowstorms and floods; citizens of Lawrence, including for human interest stories; building the Kansas turnpike and other road and bridge construction; students returning to school and the various elementary and junior high/middle schools in Lawrence; organizational and club meetings, such as the Kiwanis, Rotary, or Business and Professional Women's Club; 4-H, Scouts, Future Farmers of America (FFA) and other student organizations and clubs; politicians visiting Lawrence and the city and county commission meetings; razing of old buildings and new construction in town; crimes, including murder and burglary; argiculture, including farming equipment, harvesting wheat, and related topics; and other images from stories of note for Lawrence and the surrounding county.

There are some images from surrounding communities in Douglas County, including Baldwin City and Baker University, Eudora, and Tonganoxie. There are also some images from larger state events, particularly those taking place at the statehouse in Topeka, or from events happening in nearby counties. There are also several images related to athletics involving teams and individuals from elsewhere in Kansas, as well as the Kansas City professional baseball and football teams.

Physical Location


Other Finding Aids

A paper inventory for the entire processed collection is available in the Spencer Research Library reading room. Contact staff for assistance if wishing to review the contents of this paper binder.

Processing Information

Many photographs related to the University of Kansas have been removed from this collection and can be found in University Archives. Contact staff for assistance if wishing to see these photographs. Item numbers in this collection are non-sequential because of this removal.

The inventory in this finding aid provides detail regarding the first 11 boxes of prints, for the bulk of the 1950s. Thereafter the inventory only provides box-level information for the prints. This information will be fleshed out with more detail in the online finding aid as time and resources permit. Negatives are not included in this inventory as of the summer of 2021.

Guide to the Lawrence Journal World Photograph Collection
Lawrence Journal World photograph collection
Finding aid encoded by gem, mwh, 2021. Finding aid revised by ew, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Lawrence Journal World photograph collection, RH PH LJW, 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