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Dorothy Johnson Collection

Identifier: MS-0308

Scope and Contents

The Dorothy Johnson Collection was donated to LaBudde Special Collections in February of 2017 by Tara Johnson. It includes newspapers and clippings, memoranda, correspondence, certificates, photographs, research and reference materials, memorabilia, photographs, and other materials related to Johnson’s life, family history, work, research, political and organization involvement, and activism. Of note are materials related to the 1959 protests for desegregation of Kansas City department stores (see: Organizations). The collection’s manuscript materials range in date from 1898 – 2009.

The audiovisual materials consist of video interviews and stories about Dorothy and Herman Johnson, as well as, various videos related to Kansas City. The collection also contains two audio recordings from the radio program "N.Y Negro Newspaper Week" from 1943.


  • 1916 - 2004


Conditions Governing Use

Donor has transferred copyright they own


1 Linear Feet (Marr: 2 Lacquer Discs, 2 Open Reel Audiotapes, 1 Compact Cassette, 21 VHS Tapes)

13.2 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 22 Manuscript Boxes, 5 Photo Boxes )

Language of Materials


Dorothy Johnson Collection
Marr: Helena Collins-Gravitt, Andrew Hansbrough; LaBudde: Dr. Anthony LaBat
Marr: 2018; LaBudde: 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Special Collections and Archives Repository