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William and Annette Curtis collection of African American items, 1895-1981

Identifier: MSS 6223 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Letters, map, advertisements, newspapers, postcards, photographs, pamphlets, painting, and other papers concerning African American history. Also contains photographs, sketches, letters, pamphlets, memorial coins, and other items concerning very prominent African American figures such as George W. Carver, Booker T. Washington, and Frederick Douglas.


  • 1895-1981

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

From the Collection:

William Curtis was born in July 1936, and his wife, Annette Wegner Curtis was born in 1938. Together, they work as historians in Independence, Missouri, and mainly focus on African Americana and Mormon church history. They have each published several books.


From the Collection: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

From the Collection: 1 oversize box (1.5 linear ft.)

From the Collection: 3 folders (0.6 linear ft.)

Language of Materials