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Lewis Timothy Litchfield papers

Call Number: RH MS VLT B6


This collection includes Lewis Timothy Litchfield's diary, 1854-1855, containing an account of his trip and settlement in Lawrence, Kansas, as part of the second Emigrant Aid party, and a certificate presented to Litchfield from his English study at Cambridge High School in Massachusetts.


  • 1854 - 1855


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Biography of Lewis Timothy Litchfield (1838-1861)

Lewis (sometimes Louis in newspaper accounts) Timothy Litchfield was born in Massachusetts in September 1838. He went with his family to settle in Lawrence, Kansas in 1854 as part of the second party of the New England Emigrant Aid Company. The rest of his family died in Lawrence that winter.

In 1859, Litchfield married Anna S. Carter; they had a daughter that same year, named Alice Lewette. In June 1861, Litchfield enlisted with the First Kansas Infantry and was made first sergeant in Company D under Captain Swift's command. He was killed in action at the Battle of Wilson's Creek in Missouri on August 10, 1861. His widow remarried to Allen Joseph Phillips and died in 1910; Alice Lewette Litchfield, who had always had poor health, died in 1902.

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1 volume (1 volume + 1 folder) : Volume is unpaged and has leather covering, written on blue paper, using both pencil and pen.

Physical Location


Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Charles Tankersley, 1957/58.

Guide to the Lewis Timothy Litchfield Collection
Lewis Timothy Litchfield papers
Finding aid prepared by lgg, June 1972 and ecs, 20 October, 1980. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Lewis Timothy Litchfield papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS VLT B6, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States