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Personal papers of Flora Richardson

Call Number: PP 443


Flora Richardson was a member of the first University of Kansas graduating class in 1873, and was the first female graduate. The collection contains family histories and photographs of both the Colman and Richardson families, as well as a pamphlet and program from a 1925 performance at the University by John Philip Sousa.


  • Creation: 1812 - 1962


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 Flora Richardson

Flora Richardson was born February 17, 1851 to Asa and Phebe Watson Richardson in Monroe, Wisconsin. After attending Monroe High School, she became a teaching assistant there over the winter of 1868-1869. Richardson attended the University of Wisconsin and Lombard University for one year each before moving to Lawrence, Kansas in 1871 with her family.

She attended the University of Kansas in the spring semester of 1871, returned to Lombard University for the fall semester, but resumed her coursework at KU in 1872. Richardson received her A.B. from KU in 1873, and her A.M. in 1876. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.

Flora Richardson married Osgood Andrus Colman (1815-1915), and attended her 50th KU class reunion in 1923. Their daughter, Nellie Colman Bigsby (1878-1962), graduated from the University of Kansas in 1900.

Flora Richardson Colman died on November 20th, 1924.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

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Scope and Contents

The Flora Richardson collection of personal papers contains family histories of both the Richardson and Colman families and photographs and photocopies of photographs of members of both families, including Ezekiel Andrus Colman (1814-1989). The collection also includes a photocopy of an article about a Pi Beta Phi gathering held at the Richardson household, as well as several University of Kansas postcards, and a program from a 1925 performance by John Philip Sousa at KU.

Physical Location

PP 443

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Jerry Dickey, 2006.

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the Flora Richardson Collection
Personal papers of Flora Richardson
Finding aid prepared by kmc, 2007. Finding aid encoded by kmc, 2007. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Flora Richardson, University Archives, PP 443, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States