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Spottsville family papers

Call Number: RH MS 437


The Papers of the Spottsville Family are those of two generations of a family living in and around Anderson County, Kansas during the last half of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.


  • Creation: 1867 - 1961


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

History of Spottsville Family

Parris Spotsville was born October 1840 in Virginia. The family lived in Kentucky and Indiana before moving to Kansas circa 1885. After moving to Kansas, Spottsville worked as a farmer, as did sons Ernest and Clarence. Parris' other children included George, David (not the be confused with Spottsville's brother in Indiana of the same name), and Mary. Ernest went on to marry Lena Reed.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Papers of the Spottsville Family date from 1867 to 1961. The collection mainly consists of correspondence and some financial papers. The collection is arranged by family member, with alphabetical folder arrangement within each person's records. Letters from Spottsville family members are located within the recipient's papers. Please note that, due to their age, many of the papers are fragile. Several items are photocopies: two letters to Parris Spottsville loaned by the donor and the others with preservation concerns.

Physical Location

RH MS 437

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stockebrand, 1986

Guide to the Spotsville Family Collection
Spottsville family papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2006; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2006
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Language of description
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Spotsville Family Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 437, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States