The Franklin Collection contains letters, photographs, clippings, and personal papers of Chester and Ada Franklin. The Franklins traveled extensively, and often separately, and the love letters they exchanged reveal their relationship and times in which they lived. Please enjoy this collection, the first portion of the Black Archives of Mid-America's holdings to go online.
Alvin Ailey Personal Papers (pull from KC Museum piece)
Donated by Allan Gray, The Alvin Ailey Personal Papers Collections celebrates the life, career and artistic legacy of Mr. Alvin Ailey. With encouragement from Mr. Ailey and local supporters, the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey was established in 1983. The materials in the collection are from the studio and office of the Ailey company and reflect the dynamic energy of a creative mind. The Ailey materials are on deposit at the Black Archives, and will be the subject of a major exhibit to be unveiled in the fall of 2012.
Political Organizations--Freedom Inc., SAC 20, NAACP
The Black Archives houses materials from political organizations spirited by African Americans throughout the 20th century. The Black Archives hold papers, photos and memorabilia from organizations such as Freedom Inc., SAC 20 and the local NAACP chapters. As sites of conflict and resolution, these local political organizations fought for public accommodations, voting rights, control of historically Black communities, equality in education and economic stability. Patrons will be exposed to these vital and politically vibrant organizations through exhibits and programming throughout the year.
Medical Facilities And Schools —Wheatley Provident, Phillis Wheatley, Queen of the World, MLK, Jr., General Hospital #2
During the Jim Crow era, cities in Missouri implemented policies of segregation within the medical systems. Without medical services, African Americans faced disease and despair with little hope for aid. Systems of racist thought and segregation also prohibited African Americans from receiving education in medicine. African Americans built hospitals and medical in the midst of segregation and exclusion racially-motivated violence because they encroached on the white supremacy, political exclusion and oppression. The Black Archives holds the collections of the Wheatley-Provident, Phillis Wheatley, Queen of the World, Martin Luther King, Jr., and General Hospital #2 hospitals.
Music & Entertainment—Playbills, Sheet Music, Performances, Social Clubs
Kansas City has always been a center of music and entertainment. The Black Archives holds significant collections of materials about the rise of Jazz in the city, the development of the 18th & Vine district and the vibrant social lives of African Americans in Kansas City.
Sports—The Heart of America Golf Club & Gateway Boxing
Kansas City has a long history of excellence in sports history, some of which is still unknown to the greater population. The Heart of America Golf club and Gateway Boxing collections are housed at the Black Archives, and offers Kansas City a new narrative of African American in sports and entertainment in the region.