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Anna Lawson Tonkinson papers

Call Number: RH MS 325


Correspondence, records, photographs and miscellaneous papers of Anna Lawson Tonkinson spanning the years from 1913-1962.


  • Creation: 1913 - 1962


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Conditions Governing Use

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The donor has designated that there be no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biography of Anna Lawson Tonkinson

Anna Lawson was born in Olathe, Kansas in 1868. In 1870 she moved with her parents to Cowley County where her father, Thomas, had purchased lands following congressional action of that year opening the Osage lands to disposal by the government. Anna lived in or near Winfield, Kansas nearly all her life. Her husband Harley A. Tonkinson was a Winfield real estate and insurance merchant who was elected clerk of the District Court but died before taking office. In 1912 Mrs. Tonkinson campaigned for and received the Republican party's nomination for that office. She was subsequently elected to the office following the withdrawal of the Democratic opponent, P. H. Guy, and became the first woman to hold the office.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 325

Physical Location

RH MS-P 325

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Mrs. Hamilton Chase, 1977.

Guide to the Anna Lawson Tonkinson Collection
Anna Lawson Tonkinson papers
lgg Jan. 1978; mg 2004
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Preferred citation
Anna Lawson Tonkinson Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 325, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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