Alphabetical List of Special Collections

Allan Gray Family Personal Papers of Alvin Ailey (AC10)

The Allan Gray Family Personal Papers of Alvin Ailey documents the personal and professional life of twentieth century American choreographer Alvin Ailey through Ailey’s correspondence, notebooks, book library, photographs and personal collection of memorabilia concerning achievements and performances of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Black Archives of Mid-America / Kansas City Public Library Oral History Collection (AC12)

The Black Archives of Mid-America / Kansas City Public Library Oral History Collection consists of 59 interviews with individuals prominent in the African American community, conducted between 1975 and 1976. The collection provides insight into the history of the African American community in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Vernon J. Brooks Collection (AC16)

The Vernon J. Brooks Collection contains document, photographs, and plaques related to the employment and community accomplishments of Vernon J. Brooks. The collection covers the period 1969-1981.

First Baptist Church [Kansas City, Kansas] Collection (AC2)

The First Baptist Church Collection provides insight into the activities of First Baptist Church of Kansas City, Kansas, through meeting minutes, anniversary programs, and other items.

Green Family Collection (AC18)

The Green Family Collection, covering the period 1914-1954, consists of correspondence, military service certificates, and other items documenting the lives of Walter and Thelma Green. Walter Green served as an infantry captain in the 368th Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division of the United States Army during World War I.

Dr. Julia H. Hill Collection (AC13)

The Dr. Julia H. Hill Collection, covering the period 1966-2007, documents the professional and community activities and achievements of Dr. Julia H. Hill, former president of the Kansas City, Missouri, Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and former member of the Board of Education of the Kansas City, Missouri, School District.

Lincoln High School Collection (AC9)

The Lincoln High School Collection consists of yearbooks, commencement programs, and photographs. The collection includes yearbooks for the following years: 1904; 1915-1918; 1920-1922; 1925; 1927-1930; 1933; 1936-1942; 1944-1964; 1969-1972; 1974; 1982. The collection includes commencement programs for the following years: 1904; 1917; 1935; 1953 (with Lincoln Junior College).

Lincoln Junior High School Collection (AC6)

The Lincoln Junior High School Collection documents the activities of faculty and students at Lincoln Junior High School and its successor organization Lincoln Academy for Accelerated Study in Kansas City, Missouri from 1956 to 1990.

Carl V. Mason Collection (AC17)

The Carl V. Mason Collection, covering the period 1950-1976, primarily consists of correspondence and photographs documenting the career of FBI agent Carl V. Mason at the FBI's Chicago and Kansas City, Missouri, field offices.

Mason and Plaster Tenders Local Union 555 Collection (AC11)

The Mason and Plaster Tenders' Union Local 555 Collection, covering the period 1945-1957, primarily consists of financial records maintained by Robert King, finance secretary for Local 555. These financial records include dues receipts and collection records, bank statements and cancelled checks, and statements of revenue and expenses. The collection also includes work orders and labor publications.

George W. Mayfield Collection (AC19)

The George W. Mayfield Collection, covering the period 1945-2002, contains materials related to the life and career of Pullman porter and barber George W. Mayfield.

Merrill Street Baptist Church Collection (AC4)

The Merrill Street Baptist Church Collection documents the activities of Merrill Street Baptist Church in Trenton, Missouri, through meeting minutes. The collection covers the period 1896-1964.

Merritt Outdoor Advertising Company Collection (AC15)

The Merritt Outdoor Advertising Company Collection consists of original photographic prints and reprints showing Kansas City, Missouri, street scenes featuring Merritt Outdoor Advertising Company billboards ca. 1926.

Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church Collection (AC5)

The Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church Collection documents the business and financial activities of the Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church in Kansas City, Missouri. The collection covers the period 1945-1981 and includes business meeting minutes, church bulletins, collection lists, bank statements, and cancelled checks.

Niles Home for Children Collection (AC1)

The Niles Home for Children Collection documents the business activities of the Niles Home for Children in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1923 to 1963.

Geneva Price Collection (AC14)

The Geneva Price Collection contains materials related to the educational outreach activities of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater during its 1984 Kansas City residency.

Queen of the World Hospital Collection (AC8)

The Queen of the World Hospital Collection provides information regarding students of the School of Practical Nursing at Queen of the World Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. The collection primarily consists of student case files from the Queen of the World School of Practical Nursing, covering the period 1956-1965. The collection also includes correspondence regarding transcript requests; monogram patches; and two photographs.

R. T. Coles Vocational School Collection (AC3)

The R. T. Coles Vocational School Collection consists of yearbooks, photographs, and artifacts. The collection includes yearbooks for the following years: 1937-1939; 1941; 1951; 1953-1954. The collection also includes photographs of faculty and student activities, a set of math drills on glass slides, and an athletic warm-up top.

Sumner High School Collection (AC7)

The Sumner High School Collection documents the activities of faculty and students at Sumner High School and its successor organization Sumner Academy in Kansas City, Kansas, from 1927 to 1986.