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Bishop Vail house (Lawrence, Kansas) papers

Call Number: RH MS P825


These papers, a gift of University of Kansas professors Frances and Floyd R. Horowitz, concern the history of their former Lawrence, Kansas residence at 505 Ohio Street as the home of Thomas Hubbard Vail, the first Episcopal bishop of Kansas. The papers, all of which are photocopies of original documents, include correspondence between Bishop Vail's grandson, Thomas Hubbard Vail Motter, and Grace (Mrs. Fritz) Heider, when she and her husband occupied the former Vail home in the early 1950s. Included is a September 1870 description of the house, written from Bishop Vail to his wife.


  • Creation: 1870; 1951-1954


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Biography of Thomas Hubbard Vail

Thomas Hubbard Vail (1812-1889) was the first Episcopal bishop of Kansas. He founded the Episcopal Seminary in Topeka in 1865, an institution of higher education for women that was renamed the College of the Sisters of Bethany and was absorbed into Washburn College in the 1930s. Bishop Vail's wife, Ellen Ledlie Bowman Vail (1828-1894), served as Matron of the college. Bishop Vail moved to Lawrence in 1870, where he lived with his wife at 505 Ohio Street. He earned a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Kansas in 1875.


1 folder ; 24 x 36 cm

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RH MS P825

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Frances and Floyd Horowitz, 1991

Related Materials

Vail, Thomas Hubbard, 1812-1889, Letters, RH MS P168, Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

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Bishop Vail House (Lawrence, Kansas) papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS P825, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States