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Russell Peter Twist papers

Call Number: RH MS 54


The collection of Twist papers contains both business and personal correspondence, as well as some memorandum books and volumes from his Army service. Most of the personal correspondence deals with the period of time he was in the army during the Civil War. The business papers contains miscellaneous bills, tax receipts, insurance policies and account books.


  • Creation: 1854 - 1909


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Russell Peter Twist (1827-1906)

Russell Peter Twist born July, 1827 at Eden, New York and lived in Ohio from 1835-1871. In 1871 he moved to Tiblow, Kansas, located in Delaware Township, Wyandotte County, where he lived for the rest of his life.

Twist had a varied career; from 1854-1861 he was the exclusive dealer for the Davis Adjustable Churn and Butter Works in Iowa and all but two counties in Illinois. In 1861 he joined Company E of the 16th Ohio Volunteers and served three months before recruiting men for the 16th Ohio Battery, in which he served as a first lieutenant and later as a captain.

Following his discharge from service in 1865, Twist used his land for pasturing cattle. After his move to Kansas in 1871, he engaged in construction and farming and growing apples on a 160 acre farm at Tiblow until his death on August 8, 1906 at Bonner Springs, Kansas.

Twist was fairly active in politics in addition to his business activity, helping to establish the Sub Alliance, a division of Farmer's Alliance in Wyandotte County. He was elected alternate delegate to the Greenback Labor Party convention held at Topeka in 1880, and also served as District Clerk of School District number 35 in Wyandotte County in 1873.


1 Linear Feet (2 document cases + 7 volumes)

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Scope and Contents

An additional miscellaneous folder in the collection contains handbills, business cards, and advertisements dating from the 1880s and 1890s. Also included in the collection are several items relating to the schools of Wyandotte County, such as three "teacher's term reports", a pamphlet entitled "Patrons and Officers of the District Schools of Wyandotte County, Kansas", a teacher's register and a school notebook kept by a student and dated 1898.

Loose papers are located at RH MS 54; volumes have been physically separated by size and are located at RH MS A31, RH MS C38, and RH MS E90.

Physical Location

RH MS 54

Physical Location


Physical Location


Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

unknown source, 1954

Guide to the Russell Peter Twist Collection
Russell Peter Twist papers
Finding aid prepared by nm, July 1975. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020.
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Russell Peter Twist papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 54, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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