Lorraine Madway was the Curator of Special Collections and University Archivist at
Wichita State University Libraries, 2006-2016. She has also taught courses on archives in the
public history program at WSU and in the graduate library science program at Emporia
State University. She received her Ph.D. in history from Yale and her MLS from
Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
(University of Nebraska Press, 2016) Madway, Lorraine
The materials dealing with Gordon Parks’s unpublished article for Life magazine, “Back to Fort Scott,” in the Gordon Parks Papers at Wichita State University Libraries are one of the most compelling and illuminating parts of this manuscript collection. These items document a critical point in Parks’s development as an artist and provide an incisive account of the practice and effects of racial segregation in the Midwest from the 1920s through the 1940s. This essay looks at the artistic, historical, and archival significance of the content of these materials. A close reading reveals the excitement and the challenges of documenting the creativity of an artist whose activities blurred the boundaries between the personal and the professional and between the private and public parts of his life.
(The New York State Historical Association, 2012) Madway, Lorraine
This article examines the five Civil War sanitary fairs that took place in New York State from December 1863 to April 1864. More fairs were held in New York than any other state, not surprising since it was the largest, most populated, wealthiest, and most powerful state in the Union. These fairs, which were elaborate spectacles of consumption and entertainment, served the practical function of providing funds for medical supplies and other necessary materials for the Union army. The article analyzes the rich visual culture of New York’s fairs to illustrate how these pageants effectively garnered public support for the war effort and helped to redefine the meaning of nationhood during the conflict. The article also demonstrates the essential role women played in organizing and executing the sanitary fairs.