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Correspondence and papers of Elisha and Elizabeth Eulalia Bass and family

Call Number: RH MS 283


The Bass/Bayley collection consists primarily of the correspondence and papers of Elisha and Elizabeth Eulalia Bass and their relatives. The Bass family were New Englanders who settled in pre-Civil War Texas near present-day Brownsville, Cameron County. They later located to California and Colorado.


  • Creation: 1794, 1831, bulk 1844-1922, 1962, 1975


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 the Bass and Bayley families

Elisha Bass, Junior (1820-1880), and Elizabeth Eulalia Bass (1834-1923), cousins, were married in Maine in 1856. They had three children: William, Frank, and Mary E. (1877-1938). Mary E. Bass married Francis Sawyer Bayley (1874-1963) in 1901. They had four children, the oldest of whom was Elizabeth Palmer Bayley (1903-2003). Francis Sawyer Bayley was the son of Francis (Frank) Tappan (T.) Bayley and Mercy Julia Palmer. Frank T. Bayley (1846-1917) was the reverend of the Plymouth Congregational Church in Denver, Colorado for several years.

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2 Linear Feet (2 boxes + 1 folder)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Material of significance in the collection includes Bass correspondence with friends and family, illustrative of Elisha's work as a lawyer and judge, and the narrative written by Elizabeth Bass, depicting frontier life in the Rio Grande River Valley. Other items included in the collection are the correspondence of family members, and a genealogical volume entitled Jeriah Bass and His Descendents (privately printed, 1962).

Physical Location

RH MS 283

Physical Location



Guide to the Bass/Bayley Families Collection
Correspondence and papers of Elisha and Elizabeth Eulalia Bass and family
Finding aid prepared by js, 1981. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006. Finding aid revised by mrm, 2009; lwm, 2020.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Bass/Bayley Families correspondence and papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 283, 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