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Harvey family papers

Call Number: RH MS 1152


The Harvey Family Papers are those of a long time Kansas farming family headed by David and Rebecca Harvey. The papers focus on the Harvey's three sons, Sherman (a lawyer), Grant (a doctor), and Edward (a farmer), all of whom graduated from the University of Kansas.


  • Creation: 1913 - 1977


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Patrons should use the "Story of My Life" photocopy due to the original manuscript's fragility. Spencer Library staff may determine other use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Harvey family

David and Rebecca (Brooks) Harvey moved to Lawrence, Kansas from Van Buren, Arkansas in 1863. They became sharecroppers for Stephen Ogden and, in 1868, the Harveys began buying land for their own, eventually acquiring over 200 acres. The Harveys had four sons: William, Sherman Allen, Frederick Grant, and Edward S. David Harvey died in June 1893 and Rebecca Harvey died in August 1918.

Sherman Allen Harvey was born 6 Oct 1864. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1889; he later also earned a law degree from KU. Harvey first taught in the Lawrence public schools and then, during the Spanish-American War, served as Company B Captain, 23rd Kansas Regiment in Cuba.

After earning his law degree, Harvey traveled to the Philippines, where he set up a law practice and where he spent 19 years. After returning to Lawrence, Harvey entered the Leavenworth Veteran's Hospital and, later, the Los Angeles Veteran's Hospital, where he died September 1934.

After graduating from Lawrence High School, Frederick Grant Harvey studied medicine at KU, graduating in 1891, and completed his studies at Mehary Medical College (Nashville, TN) in 1892. He proceeded to practice medicine in Nashville, Brownsville, Texas, Kansas City, Kansas, and Lawrence. Like Sherman Harvey, Grant also served in the 23rd Kansas Regiment's Company B during the Spanish-American War, but as a surgeon. Grant Harvey died 25 May 1923.

Edward S. Harvey was born in 1870 and in 1894, like his brothers, he graduated from KU. After graduation, Harvey worked two years in Washington, D.C. as secretary to Congressman J. D. Bowersock, returning to Lawrence in 1901. There he worked as a farmer and was an active community member. Edward married Maud Henrie in 1912 and the couple had five children: David, Allen, Dean, Helen, and Joyce. Ed Harvey died 16 October 1953.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 document case + 4 folders, 1 volume)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Harvey family papers date from 1913 to 1977 and are arranged in a single series. They consist of clippings, family histories, manuscripts, and an article. Folder arrangement is alphabetical. Many items are photocopies; these are noted within the collection description.

Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P 1152, and a family history volume is located at RH MS D31.

Physical Location

RH MS 1152

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1152

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Dean Harvey, 1989; Marilyn White, 1990.

Processing Information

Some items formerly located at RH MS P62.

Guide to the Harvey Family Collection
Harvey family papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2008; revised by skt, 2010. Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2008; revised by skt, 2010; eear, 2013; mwh, 2019.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Harvey family papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1152, 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