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Lida Campbell Hunter papers

Call Number: RH MS 1130


The majority of this collection consists of letters sent to Lida Campbell Hunter (d.1929) from family members and friends, 1882-1922. Many of the letters were sent from her mother, Mrs. A. E, Campbell, in Muscotah, Atchison County, Kansas and from her siblings, Ralph E. Campbell (d. 1921) in Arkansas and Oklahoma, Louis G. Campbell and Minnie Campbell (Mrs. D. E. ) Houck (d.1901) in Colorado. The collection also includes letters to Lida's husband, Samuel J. Hunter (1866-1946), a professor at the University of Kansas and real estate and land developer in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas. Some correspondence of Geneva Hunter Simmons (b.1898), the Hunters' daughter, as well as a few photographs, memorabilia and newspaper clippings round out the collection.


  • Creation: 1882 - 1922


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

History of Lida Campbell Hunter's family

Lida Campbell Hunter grew up in Atchison County, Kansas, married Samuel John Hunter in 1897, gave birth to Geneva Hunter Simmons and later died in 1929.

Lida Hunter's mother, Mrs. A. E. Campbell, lived in Muscotah, Atchison County, Kansas.

Lida Hunter's brother, Ralph E. Campbell, was a lawyer in Arkansas and Oklahoma. For a brief time, he was Judge of the United States District Court of the Eastern Oklahoma District. He died unexpectedly in 1921.

Lida Hunter's brother, Louis G. Campbell, was a lawyer who practiced in Colorado. He served as a state senator and was appointed Teller County attorney.

Lida Hunter's sister, Minnie Campbell (Mrs. D. E.) Houck lived and died unexpectedly in Colorado in 1901.

Lida Hunter's husband, Samuel John Hunter (1866-1946), was born in Bandon, Ireland and received his education at Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas, the University of Kansas and Cornell University in New York. He was a professor of zoology and entomology at KU from 1896-1924 and was appointed State Entomologist in 1907. Later, he worked as a real estate dealer and helped develop the West Hills neighborhood of Lawrence, Kansas.

The Hunters' daughter, Geneva Hunter Simmons (b.1898), graduated from the University of Kansas in 1921.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Physical Location

RH MS 1130

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, David Holroyd, June 2007

Related Materials

Materials on Samuel John Hunter's teaching career may be found in the University of Kansas Archives biography files.

Hunter, Samuel John, Biography file, University Archives, Spencer Research Library

Guide to the Lida Campbell Hunter Collection
Lida Campbell Hunter papers
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Lida Campbell Hunter Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1130, 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