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Robert L. Gilbert papers

Call Number: RH MS P238


Robert L. Gilbert immigrated to the United States from England in 1855 and arrived in Lawrence, Kansas later that year. This collection contains diaries, personal books, letters and official documents, and an autobiography, and photographs.


  • 1849-1973, predominantly 1849-1913


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 Robert L. Gilbert

Gilbert was born and grew up in Sibton, Suffolk County, England. He studied at Yoxford Academy, then became a gardner in the Crystal Palace Gardens in London.

In his diary he recorded books he read about emigrating to the U.S., on Sept 6, 1855 he shipped to New York on the Maid of Orleans. By November 11 of that year he had reached Lawrence, Kanas. The diaries also include a correspondence list of letters sent and received during his travel, money spent, and a later day by day account of farming and raising sheep near Lawrence.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box + 5 volumes, 8 folders)

Physical Location

RH MS P238

Physical Location

RH MS P764

Physical Location


Physical Location

RH PH 55

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Bob Gilbert, 1974, 1989

Guide to the Robert L. Gilbert Collection
Robert L. Gilbert papers
Finding aid prepared by rh, 2007; revised by, cl 2010; Finding aid encoded by rh, 2007
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Robert L. Gilbert Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P764, 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