Do you remember these people and/or events in Wichita, Kansas? The Leon K. Hughes Photography Collection consists of more than 2,000 photographs documenting African American community life in Wichita, Kansas from the 1950s through the 1970s.
From top: Unidentified child’s birthday party, n.d. Call number: RH PH 506 Box 1, Folder 5; [?] Johnson and unidentified bride, n.d. Call number: RH PH 506 Box 3, folder 37; Ted Crochet and unidentified bride and their wedding party, June 14, 1969. Call number: RH PH 506 Box 2, Folder 20; Rosie Hughes and unidentified girl surrounded by a variety of camera equipment, n.d. Call number: RH PH 506 Box 18, Folder 30. Click images to enlarge.
The University of Kansas Libraries is honored to steward the Leon K. Hughes Photography Collection and make it accessible to viewers worldwide. As you can see when you browse through the amazing photographs found in this collection, many pieces of information are missing. Names, dates and/or events may not be known; some information may be incorrect or misspelled.
The collection is not static – it is intended to grow and it needs to grow!
We need your help to identify the community represented through this comprehensive and timeless collection. If you have additional information about any of the descriptions related to the collection photos, please click on the “Add Comments” link in the “Related Objects” field for any image in the collection and your knowledge about the photo will be sent to us here at KU so we can revise the information. All digitized Hughes photographs can be found at http://luna.ku.edu:8180/luna/servlet/kuluna01kui~16~16.
You may also submit your information by contacting Deborah Dandridge (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Start exploring the collection:
- Browse through a selection of images in the online exhibition, Leon K. Hughes: African American Life in Wichita.
- Read through the online finding aid for the Leon K. Hughes Photography Collection.
Field Archivist/Curator, African American Experience Collections