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Afghanistan Students File, Office of the Registrar, 1938-1941, University of Wichita

Identifier: MS-86-08

Content Note

This collection contains receipts, other documents and newspaper articles regarding two students from Afghanistan who attended the University of Wichita from December 1938 to February 1941. The men studied police science at the expense of their country's government. Their lives ended tragically in Wichita with one student killing the other then committing suicide. Worth A. Fletcher, registrar of the University and advisor to the students, kept these materials.


  • 1938 - 1941

Literary Rights

Literary rights were granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Biographical / Historical

In December 1938, two students from Afghanistan, Abdul Ghafur Ghaznami and Faqir Mohammed, came to the United States to study police science at the expense of the Afghan government. They enrolled at the University of Wichita where they remained for over two years. Unfortunately, on February 25, 1941, Mohammed shot Ghaznami, and then turned the gun on himself. He died that night, and Ghaznami on February 27th. Worth A. Fletcher, Registrar of the University of Wichita, acted as advisor for the men in everything except academics in which they were advised by Lambertus Hekhius, Dean of Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Fletcher paid their bills, found them places to live, and tried to ease their cultural and social adjustment to American life. Most of the material here consists of receipts. All of the material relates to business connected with the Afghan students transacted by the Registrar's Office. There is also a file on these students in the papers of University President William M. Jardine, MS 73-07, which contains more information.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 Box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Office of Planning, Wichita State University

Processing Information

KJB, 1986-02-04; JEF, 1998-05-26

Afghanistan Students File, Office of the Registrar, 1938-1941, University of Wichita
1986-02-04; 1998-05-26
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Repository Details

Part of the Wichita State University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Special Collections and University Archives
Wichita State University Libraries
1845 Fairmount
Wichita KS 67260-0068