Special Collections

The Black Archives of Mid-America houses unique special collections that document the history of African American culture and society in the Kansas City metropolitan area and surrounding region. The special collections include archival collections, such as personal papers and organizational records. The special collections also include groups of items that provide insight into particular community leaders, clubs and organizations, and civic institutions.

Below you will find links to collection descriptions and finding aids. A subject list is also available.

AC01: Niles Home for Children Collection
AC02: First Baptist Church [Kansas City, Kansas] Collection
AC03: R. T. Coles Vocation and Junior High School Collection
AC04: Merrill Street Baptist Church Collection
AC05: Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church Collection
AC06: Lincoln Junior High School Collection
AC07: Sumner High School Collection
AC08: Queen of the World Hospital Collection
AC09: Lincoln High School Collection
AC10: Allan Gray Family Personal Papers of Alvin Ailey
AC11: Mason and Plaster Tenders Local 555 Collection
AC12: Black Archives / Kansas City Public Library Oral History Collection
AC13: Dr. Julia H. Hill Collection
AC14: Geneva Price Collection
AC15: Merritt Outdoor Advertising Company Collection
AC16: Vernon J. Brooks Collection
AC17: Carl V. Mason Collection
AC18: Green Family Collection
AC19: George W. Mayfield Collection
AC20: Matthew W. Washington Photograph Collection
AC21: Jazz District Redevelopment Corporation Building Surveys Collection
AC22: Gilliam Family Collection
AC23: Taylor Family Collection
AC24: Club Chazzalite Collection
AC25: Wayne Miner Post #149 Collection
AC26: Henry Bell Collection
AC27: Williams Photo Studio Collection
AC28: Sumner High School Photograph
AC29: Dr. Carl M. Peterson Collection
AC30: Forty Cords of Wood Manuscript Collection
AC31: Wallace Ragtime Collection
AC32: Cox Family Collection
AC33: Warren (Armstrong) Jabali Collection
AC34: Crosthwaite Family Collection
AC35: Allen Carnell Lyons Collection
AC36: Orchid I. Jordan Scrapbook