Portrait of Corinthian Clay Nutter circa 1940. Born in Texas, Nutter moved to Kansas City at age 16 and worked as a pianist and organist. After receiving degrees from Western University in Quinaro and Emporia State University, she worked as a teacher at Walker Elementary School in Merriam, Kansas and testified before the Kansas Supreme Court in Webb v. School District No. 90 in 1949, a case which resulted in the integration of a new school building.
Photograph of Dorothy J. Hamler posing next to a desk in the Johnson County Courthouse circa 1937. Hamler wers a dark dress with light details, and the desk contains a typewriter, papers, and other materials. Hamler worked as a stenographer.
Photograph of five members of the Merriam Homemakers Club in 1936. The women are identified as, from left to right, Mrs. X. O. (Nellie) Meyer, Mrs. Lee (Etta) Cox, Mrs. Abe Peachy, Mrs. Frank Miller, and Mrs. Louis Stark. The women stand in a row near the porch of a house. Mrs. Cox, listed as the guest of honor, wears a flower dress and talks with Mrs. Meyer. The club was an opportunity for local women to socialize, organize, and share advice.
Photograph of a group gathered for the Merriam Homemakers Club "Dad's Night" in 1921. The party took place in the home of Lee and Etta Cox. Eight seated women are surrounded by eight men who are seated or standing. The club, initially founded in 1913 as a "mother's club," ended in 2015. The club was an opportunity for local women to socialize, organize, and share advice.
Photograph of Ed Walmer, Jr. and Marie Ozias Walmer circa 1920. The Walmers are pictured standing side by side next to the front porch of a house. She is dressed in a dark dress and hat; he wears a suit with a short necktie and hat. The Walmers were later the developers of the Walmer View subdivision northeast of 67th Street and Metcalf Avenue.
Photograph of an elderly Black woman standing in the doorway of a home in Olathe, Kansas, circa 1940. The woman, identified as America Bentley Shelton, was the daughter of formerly enslaved people, John and Tamar Bentley, who settled in Olathe during her childhood. Shelton was a charter member of the A.M.E. Church in Olathe, and died in 1946. Her home was located at 434 North Pine Street in Olathe.
Photograph of three women standing on a stony outcropping in Zimmerman Park circa 1930s. The area, owned by Adolph Zimmerman, was cultivated as a private park and was located northeast of Stilwell, Kansas. The property was purchased by the YMCA and operated as a camp from 1943 to 1998.