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Stonestreet and Son Undertakers records

Call Number: RH MS 683


The Records of Stonestreet and Son Undertakers are those of an early twentieth century Topeka, Kansas mortuary business.


  • 1915 - 1949


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 Stonestreet and Son Undertakers

By 1909, F. M. Stonestreet had established an undertaking and funeral business in Topeka, Kansas. Both of his sons, Fred and Wilbur, worked as assistant undertakers, eventually becoming full undertakers in what became known as Stonestreet and Son. In approximately 1918, Daisy, one of Stonestreet's daughters, married fellow Kansan Harry N. Carper. At the time Carper worked as a janitor for the newspaper; however, he went on to attend the Cincinnati College of Embalming, graduating in 1923, and became licensed in Kansas the following year. Carper then joined the family business.


.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes + 4 volumes, 4 oversize folders)

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Scope and Contents

The Stonestreet and Son Undertakers records date from 1915 to 1949 and are arranged in a single series of Papers. The papers include information regarding the F. M. Stonestreet estate and funeral records. Folder arrangement within this series is alphabetical.

Photographs from the Stonestreet and Son Undertakers Collection are located at RH MS-P 683 and RH MS-P (f) 683. Bound volumes are located at RH MS D283. Oversized items are located at RH MS Q148.

Physical Location

RH MS 683

Physical Location

RH MS-P 683

Physical Location

RH MS D283

Physical Location

RH MS Q148

Physical Location

RH MS-P 683(f)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Leonard W. Carper, Sr, 1997.

Guide to the Stonestreet and Son Undertakers Collection
Stonestreet and Son Undertakers records
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2006; revised by, cl 2010; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2006; revised by skt, 2006
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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
Stonestreet and Son Undertakers Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 683, 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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