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Clipping scrapbooks compiled by Sara Robinson

Call Number: RH MS E67


This collection consists of news clippings collected by Sara Robinson, Charles Robinson's wife, and compiled into scrapbooks. The clippings treat the lives of Charles Robinson, John Brown, James H. Lane, and numerous others prominent in Kansas history. There is biographical information about Lawrence residents, local and regional history.


  • Creation: 1857 - 1894


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

NOTE: These scrabooks are fragile and must be handled with great care.

Biography of Sara Robinson (1827-1911)

Sara Tappan Doolittle Lawrence was born in Massachusetts and received her education at the New Salem Academy. She married Charles Robinson, the first governor of the state of Kansas, in 1851. The Robinsons joined the New England Emigrant Aid Society and moved to the Kansas Territory in 1854 and 1855.

Sara Robinson wrote a history of Kansas, as well as other works for the anti-slavery cause. Frank Wilson Blackmar wrote biographies of her husband. (See the KU Libraries online catalog for these items.)

The Robinsons remained in Lawrence, Kansas for the remainder of their lives, Charles dying in 1894 and Sara in 1911. From 1887-1889, Robinson served as superintendent of Haskell Institute (later Haskell Indian Nations University). Much of the Robinsons' estate went to the University of Kansas, including the land occupied by most of the original campus.


6 Volumes : Volumes contain illustrations; maps

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Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, F. W. Blackmar, 1929; Harriet Haskell MacDonald, 1939.

Separated Materials

See also Robinson, Sara Tappan Doolittle for her letters (RH MS P141).

Guide to the Sara Tappan Doolittle Robinson Collection
Clipping scrapbooks compiled by Sara Robinson
Finding aid prepared by lgg, 5 December 1973. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Sara Tappan Doolittle Robinson scrapbooks, Kansas Collection, RH MS E67, 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