African American Experience
The items in this collection are part of the ongoing efforts of the African American Experience collections in Kenneth Spencer Research Library to document life in the Kansas region. The collection includes donated materials that provide information about families, churches, organizations and businesses, especially during the 20th century.
For example, the audio recorded interviews from World War II: The African American Experience begin to document the experiences of African American World War II veterans. These oral histories are part of the collecting program established by the Kenneth Spencer Research Library's Kansas Collection in 1986 to enhance the region's permanent historical record of the African American experience.
This World War II oral history project is sponsored in part by the Sandra Gautt KU Endowment Fund, which Professor Gautt established to honor her father, Sgt. Thaddeus A. Whayne, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen unit.