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
- Hamilton, Marcus (Person)
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)
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.
RH MS 667
RH MS-P 667
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.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
Marcus Hamilton Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 667, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries