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A collection of programs, documents, brochures, maps, and postcards relating to railroads, music, and Bryan K. Whitehead’s travels.

Bryan K. Whitehead (1925-2008) was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Joseph and Mary Miller Whitehead. He and his family moved to Pratt, Kansas in 1936 where he attended school until his high school graduation in 1942. Before attending Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia, Bryan worked as a Rock Island Railroad clerk. Bryan and Mary Hertlein were married in 1943. He served as a musician in the Army Air Corps during World War II, becoming an active musician among the community upon his return. Bryan performed in choral productions, in the Presbyterian Church, and in the Independence Symphony. He returned to working at the railroad until his retirement in 1985. After that, Bryan and Mary traveled the United States and abroad. Their travels followed symphonies and operas, trains, and other sights and events.

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Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Recreation and Tourism



Size of Collection

23 linear feet

Dates of Collection


Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0273

Whitehead, Bryan, collection, 1948-2005

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Music Commons


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