Dow Chemical Multicultural Resource Center records

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Reference code

US US kmk U2011.30

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Dow Chemical Multicultural Resource Center records


  • 1908-2008 (Creation)


10.50 Linear Feet, 8.00 Boxes

Post-Fire Oversize Extent:
Box 6-8 (16.5x20.5); 509S: 19/5/2

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Administrative history

The Minority Resource and Research Center was first established in 1971 as a way to promote diversity and meet the informational needs for the diverse community at Kansas State University.  The Center has sponsored and co-sponsored a number of programs over the years, such as Movies on the Grass, forums, and lectures that focus on diversity and culture.
In 1978 the "We are the Dream!" mural was started by Kansas State Univesity minority students and completed in 1980.  In 2001, the Dow Chemical Company created an endowment to be used by the library to support the multicultural mission of the Center.  As a result, the resource center was renamed to the Dow Multicultural Resource Center.  In 2012, it was renamed the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies.

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Scope and content

This collection is comprised of material from the Dow Chemical Multicultural Resource Center at Kansas State University Libraries.  Material within this collection covers multicurtural issues, personalities, and events at Kansas State University as well as the surrounding area.  The bulk of the material in the collection is from the 1960s to the 1990s.  There are photographs taken by Lawerence Wright, Jr., as well as posters from events sponsored by the Dow Chemical Multicultural Resource Center.

System of arrangement

Arranged by series: 1) Subject Files, 1908-2006, undated; 2) Administration Files, 1970-2008, undated; 3) Photographs, 1975-1978, undated; 4) Newsletters, 1976-1984; 5) Posters, 1977-2008, undated; 6) Oversized, 1972-2007, undated; 7) Artifacts, 1981.

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Conditions governing access

No access restrictions: All materials are available for research.

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Conditions governing reproduction

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Finding aids

Acquisition and appraisal elements

Custodial history

Received the accession number U2011.30 on 14 July 2011.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acqusition Source: Dow Chemical Multicultural Resource Center
Acqusition Method: Records Transfer
Acqusition Date: 20110714

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

The original subject files of the center represented national publications and topics, and during appraisal those files with no connection to Kansas State University or the surrounding community were discarded.  Each file included a page with an item-level inventory, and each of these inventories were retained.


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Related archival materials

Related Materials: There are additional records from the Dow Chemical Multicultural Resource Center in the archives.

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Specialized notes

  • Citation: [Item title], [item date], Dow Chemical Multicultural Resource Center records, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Sources used

Each folder in the Subject Files series should include an item-level inventory.

Archivist's note

Finding Aid Author: James W. Smith
Processing Info: Jeremiah T. VanGilder began processing this collection in 2011 and James W. Smith completed processing it in April 2013.
Publication Date: 2013-04-17

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