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Marcus Hamilton papers

Call Number: RH MS 667


The Marcus Hamilton papers reflect the experience of an African American family residing in Lawrence, Kansas, from the mid-1800s through the 1930s.


  • 1865, 1880-1930


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 Marcus Hamilton

Marcus Hamilton was a Lawrence, Kansas resident from the mid 1800s through the early to mid 1900s. Separated from the rest of his family during slavery, he was reunited with them at a 1920s Dayton, Ohio, family reunion. Hamilton married Susan Emery; together they had four sons: Gomez, Shirley G, Theodore and Maccio. Gomez and Shirley served in World War I. Maccio, the youngest, was born in 1896 and died in 1912 at age 16.


1.25 Linear Feet (2 document case + 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of four series: Correspondence, Family Papers, Photographs and Oversize publications. Correspondence incorporates letters exchanged between both Hamilton and Emery family members throughout their history, as well as regarding Shirley G. Hamilton's case for post-war reimbursements for the escalation of his tuberculosis during World War I. Family Papers is comprised of account books, academic exercise books, and other material primarily belonging to the children of Marcus Hamilton. Photographs consists of primarily family members; Oversize publications include newspaper clippings and sheet music.

Physical Location

RH MS 667

Physical Location

RH MS-P 667

Physical Location

RH MS R239

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Bruce C. Starks, 2001

Guide to the Marcus Hamilton Collection
Marcus Hamilton papers
Finding aid prepared by bkm,2006; revised by, cl 2010; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by bkm, 2006; revised by skt, 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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
Marcus Hamilton Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 667, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States