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Lloyd Kerford papers

Call Number: RH MS P584


The Lloyd Kerford Papers are those of a lifelong Kansan who was a partner in the George W. Kerford Quarry Company, Atchison, Kansas.


  • Creation: 1916 - 1968


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 Lloyd Kerford

Lloyd Kerford was born 6 September 1894 to George Washington and Ella Riley Kerford in Atchison, Kansas. In 1886 George W. Kerford went into business for himself excavating rock and producing riprap for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. This was the beginning of the George W. Kerford Quarry Company. In addition to Lloyd, George W. and Ella Kerford had three other children: George Henry, Clarence, and Priscilla.

George W. Kerford died December 7, 1914 and his eldest sons, George Henry and Lloyd, continued the Quarry Company. After George Henry's 7 July 1941 death, his eldest son George Edward continued the partnership with his uncle, Lloyd. In 1944 the United States Government leased a large excavated mine from the Kerford Quarry Company for use as a natural storage cooler. The company expanded its operations to Amazonia, Missouri in 1947 and to Ashland, Nebraska in 1951. Lloyd Kerford retired from the company in 1961.

In 1944 Lloyd Kerford attended the Republican National Convention; he was the first African American delegate-at-large to be elected from Kansas. Kerford also served for many years on the Advisory Board to the Kansas Board of Regents and was an active member of the Methodist Church.

Lloyd Kerford married Lucille Dorsey; the couple had a son, Lloyd Kerford, Jr., who obtained a business degree from the University of Kansas and who joined his father in the Quarry Company. Lloyd Kerford, Sr. died August 1, 1968. The George W. Kerford Quarry Company went out of business in the early 1960s.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box + 4 folders, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder)

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Scope and Contents

The Lloyd Kerford Collection dates from 1916 to 1968 and consists, chiefly, of documents relating to the Kerford Quarry Company and clippings. While photocopies of the Collection's photographs are housed with the papers, the photographs themselves are located at RH MS-P P584.

Oversize materials can be found at RH MS Q85 and RH MS R65.

Physical Location

RH MS P584

Physical Location

RH MS-P P584

Physical Location


Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Lloyd Kerford, Jr. and Brenda K. Horton, 1988.

Guide to the Lloyd Kerford Collection
Lloyd Kerford papers
Finding aid prepared by kdo, 1988; revised by mwb, 2010; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004, revised by mbw, 2010; revised by skt, 2010
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Preferred citation
Lloyd Kerford Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P584, 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