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Florence Lydia Snow papers

Call Number: RH MS 969


Florence Snow (1861-1955) was a poet and author who lived most of her life in Kansas. These papers include her journals and notebooks, correspondence, poems and other writings, public proofs and notes, studies of the human hand, Snow's obituary along with images of her, and some family history.


  • Creation: 1895 - 1954


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

Biography of Florence Snow

Florence Lydia Snow was born on June 18, 1861 at Bellmore, Indiana to Lydia and George Catlin Snow. In 1862, the family moved to Kansas, where George Snow was an agent at Neosho Falls in Woodson County for the Osage Nation.

The family resided for a time at Baldwin City in Douglas County, and later lived at Neosho Falls. Florence earned an undergraduate degree from Baldwin City's Baker University in 1883. She became a prolific author and poet, receiving an honorary master's degree from the University of Kansas in 1908. In 1909, she earned a graduate degree from Baker University, and in fall 1919 attended graduate classes at the University of Kansas at Lawrence.

Her published works include The Lamp of Gold, Sincerely Yours, and her autobiographical Pictures on My Wall: a Lifetime in Kansas. Following the death of her parents in 1920, Florence moved from Neosho Falls to Lawrence in Douglas County. She died on October 17, 1955.


1 Linear Feet (2 document cases)

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Physical Location

RH MS 969

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Florence Snow, November 1943; Lydia Sain, August 1958 and November 1959; Hester Buell, August 1980; Barbara A. Brookhart, 2021, 2022.

Separated Materials

Miss Snow compiled a scrapbook of articles:

Snow, Florence Lydia, Kansas art and artists, Lawrence, Kansas : Watson Library, 1942. RH E314, Kansas Collection, Spencer Research Library

Processing Information

Some materials previously located at RH MS 305, which had been transferred from University Archives. Volume 13 in Box 1 was formerly shelved at KB R1 Ac12s.

Guide to the Florence Lydia Snow Collection
Florence Lydia Snow papers
Finding aid prepared by mab, 2007. Finding aid encoded by mab, 2007. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021; eje, 2023.
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Florence Lydia Snow papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 969, 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