Deborah Dandridge is the Archivist of the African American Experience Collection at KU’s Kenneth Spencer Research Library (KSRL). For our workshops, she will guide our efforts to understand the historical roots and contemporary ramifications of school segregation. Ms. Dandridge will offer an interactive presentation about the educational experiences of African American students and families in Kansas, drawing from the rich primary source materials she curates at the KSRL and her own memories of attending Washington School, an all-Black elementary school in Topeka, Kansas. She will also moderate two discussion sessions: one with Sumner High School alumni that will allow us an opportunity to hear the firsthand experiences of students attending a voluntarily segregated high school and another at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic site that will provide a venue for us to share with one another our own understandings of this landmark court case and the effects it has had on education.
In her role as the Archivist of the African American Experience Collection and Librarian of the Kansas Collection at the KSRL, Ms. Dandridge solicits donations of written materials and photographs from local African American communities. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence, and Research, the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, and the Society of American Archivists. Dandridge is involved in an ongoing project to document the life experiences of the region’s African American professional healthcare providers and World War II veterans through oral histories. In addition, she serves as a reference archivist for Spencer Research Library, a research specialist in African American Studies for KU Libraries, and a member of the courtesy faculty for KU’s African and African American Studies Department. In 2008, she received the Gretchen and Gene A. Budig Distinguished Librarian Award.
ABD, University of Kansas
MA, Atlanta University
BA, Washburn University