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Rachel Crown papers

Call Number: RH MS P728


The Rachel Crown papers contain photocopied genealogical charts, family group lists, and photographs of Rachel Crown's Armistead family and Crown family ancestors, who were among the early settlers of Smith County, Kansas. Included also are several photocopies of Rachel Crown's writings, as well as a letter written to her from William Allen White in 1937.


  • Creation: 1800s-1987


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Rachel M. Crown

Dr. Rachel M. Crown was born in 1917 in Smith County, Kansas to Ernest Othniel Crown and Sarah Leora (Armitstead) Crown. She earned degrees from Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois in 1937 and in 1944. Plain Quartz is the title of a collection of her self-published poems. Dr. Crown has reproduced a five-generation photograph album of her forebears who settled in Smith County, Kansas in the 1870s.


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Scope and Contents

The Rachel Crown papers contain photocopied genealogical charts, family group lists, and photographs of her Crown family and Armistead family ancestors, whose residence in Smith County, Kansas dates from the 1870s. The collection also contains photocopies of several of Dr. Crown's writings: a poem, a folk song with her accompanying notes that was published in the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial Newsletter, and her prize-winning student essay regarding Smith County's Joseph Cox family. Included in the collection is a 1937 letter from William Allen White, responding to her request for his opinions on the health effects of smoking tobacco.

Physical Location

RH MS P728

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Rachel M. Crown, 1986 and 1987

Related Materials

Crown, Rachel, Reminiscences of pioneer life: prize winning essay written by Lebanon High School student [photocopy of newspaper reproduction of the essay], RH P845, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection), University of Kansas Libraries.

Crown, Ernest Othniel, 1880-1956, Photograph collection, RH PH 94, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection), University of Kansas Libraries.

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Rachel Crown papers
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Rachel Crown Papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS P728, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States