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Henry Peterson letters, chiefly to his fiancée Jennie LeValley (Middleport, Niagara County, N. Y.)

Call Number: RH MS 566


Ten letters of Kansas City dentist Henry Peterson, consisting chiefly of Peterson's letters written 1867 to 1869 to his fiancée in Middleport, New York, describing Kansas City's riverfront, social activities, and economic conditions.


  • Creation: 1867 - 1870


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.25 linear foot (1 box)

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of ten letters of Kansas City, Missouri dentist Henry Peterson. Nine of the letters are ones written from Peterson to his fiancée, Jennie LeValley, at Middleport (Niagara County), New York. Peterson’s letters to LeValley date from 1867 to 1869, with a majority written in 1867. Peterson conveys his affection and writes of his finances and professional prospects, of downtown Kansas City events and of views from the river levee, and of his church and social activities. Included in the collection is a May 1870 letter to Peterson from his Kansas City acquaintance T. W. Letton, a dealer in pianos, organs, sheet music, and sewing machines.

The collection’s letters are written in ink. Occasional words and phrases are circled or underlined in pencil. Letter arrangement is chronological.

Physical Location

RH MS 566

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Dorothy Sloan Books.

Guide to the Henry Peterson Collection
Henry Peterson letters, chiefly to his fiancée Jennie LeValley (Middleport, Niagara County, N. Y.)
Finding aid prepared by mh, 2004; revised by skt, 2010
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Henry Peterson Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 566, 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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