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Cowherd family papers

Call Number: RH MS 1092


The Cowherd family papers are those of a Monroe County, Missouri farming family during the mid-1800s to early 1900s who were slaveholders.


  • Creation: 1840 - 1914


Conditions Governing Access

Photocopies available at RH MS 1092 for general use. Use of originals requires curator approval.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Cowherd Family

A Monroe County, Missouri family, the Cowherd's were a slaveholder, landowning, and farming family, which included David T, William, Jane E, and Robert J. Cowherd. David T. Cowherd was also a member of the Masons.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Cowherd family papers date from 1840 to 1914 and are arranged in a single series. Several documents relate to the acquisition of enslaved African Americans by the family. Other papers include tax receipts, land records, and a membership certificate. All items are fragile and should be handled with care. With the exception of a cotton ticking sewn case, which is placed at the end of the documents, folder arrangement is alphabetical.

Physical Location

RH MS 1092

Physical Location

RH VLT MS 1092

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Glenn Books, 2000

Guide to the Cowherd Family Collection
Cowherd family papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2007; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2007; revised by skt, 2010
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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
Cowherd Family Collection, Kansas Collection, RH VLT MS 1092, 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