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Dolores Hobley Collection

Identifier: MS-0271

Scope and Contents

The Dolores Hobley Collection was formed by various purchases from her business at Waldo Antiques of Kansas City, beginning in the early 2010s, with the bulk acquisitions made in March 2015. The collection consists of photographs and other material that primarily reflect aspects of the African-American cultural experience during the late 19th century and into the 20th century, including in and around Kansas City. The photographs make up the bulk of the collection and are largely unidentified, but there are a handful of known images, including funeral director and local activist T.B. Watkins, Kansas City jazz vocalist Myra Taylor, and blues pianist and vocalist Memphis Slim. Also included are snapshots of school activities and groups, many from Western Baptist Seminary; as well as numerous posed and studio portraits of men, women and children. Rounding out the collection is an assortment of miscellanea including postcards, posters, event programs and business ephemera, a scrapbook and yearbooks, and other memorabilia.


  • 1890 - 2003


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status is unknown


9 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 12 Manuscript Boxes.)

Language of Materials


LaBudde: Anthony LaBat, Stuart Hinds (supervising archivist).
LaBudde: August 2017.
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Repository Details

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