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Ernest Crown photographs

Call Number: RH PH 94


The photographs in this collection record Ernest Crown's family, farm, and community activities in Smith County, Kansas and his work in the Methodist Church. The first 180 images in the collection were taken by Ernest Crown; the rest, numbered 181-213, were taken by other photographers and are also of the Crown family and farming, as well as rural schools in Smith County. Photographers for these latter images are noted whenever known.


  • Creation: 1890 - 1967


Conditions Governing Access

Glass plate and flexible negative originals are only issued if the curator or head of Public Services gives permission.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Ernest Othniel Crown

Ernest O. Crown was born August 8, 1880, in Cora Township, Smith County, Kansas. He was the first child of Civil War veteran Joseph Wheeler Crown and his wife Martha Ellen Staley Crown. Ernest Crown became very active in church life after he was converted in the Community revival of 1915 at the [Women] United [Brethren] Church.


2.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH PH 94

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Rachel Crown, 1987.

Related Materials

Rachel Crown papers, RH MS P728, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Processing Information

The prints in folders 1-180 were originally taken on glass plate negatives, which are included in the collection. To better preserve the glass plate negatives, the negatives have kept the corresponding print's folder number but been split into seven boxes. Other prints (181-213) are copies of original images, but the original negatives are not included in the collection.

Guide to the Ernest Crown Collection
Ernest Crown photographs
Finding aid prepared by rw, 2008. Finding aid encoded by rw, 2008. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2019 and cmp, 2022.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Ernest Crown photographs, RH PH 94, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States