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John S. Gilmore correspondence and records

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 10

Overview

This collection is composed primarily of correspondence and business forms relating to John Gilmore's activities as a newspaper publisher, journalist, state legislator, and a confidant of state governors.

Dates

  • 1862 - 1913

Creator

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 John S. Gilmore

John S. Gilmore was born in Rochester, New York, and moved with his parents to the flourishing Kansas territorial region in 1857. They continually uprooted and re-established their home in various Kansas communities during John's adolescence.

After deciding to be a journalist, Gilmore served his apprenticeship with a number of community newspapers, notably, the Emporia News, Burlington Patriot, Oswego Register, Leavenworth Daily Commercial, Osage Chronicle, and the Emporia Tribune. In May of 1873, Gilmore purchased the Fredonia Journal and changed its name to the Wilson County Citizen. Fredonia, Kansas, became his permanent residence and from there John Gilmore became intimately involved in local and state politics, primarily the state's Republican Party. He was also the postmaster for Fredonia, a representative to the Kansas State Legislature, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Kansas State Penitentiary.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (4 document cases (640 items))

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed primarily of correspondence and business forms relating to John Gilmore's activities as a newspaper publisher, journalist, state legislator, and a confidant of state governors. The letters are arranged chronologically in four series. The first series dates from 1862-1879 and includes personal letters from members of the Gilmore family as well as business forms relating to John Gilmore's fledgling newspaper. The second series is primarily political in nature and contains correspondence from members of the Kansas State Legislature, members of the U.S. Congress, and Governors of Kansas. This series dates from 1880-1889. The remaining series, 1890-1909, contains both personal and political correspondence. Letters of recommendation for various individuals applying for positions in the Kansas State Penitentiary are also included.

Newspaper clippings from the collection have been physically separated and are stored at RH MS R400.

Physical Location

RH MS 10

Physical Location

RH MS R400

Other Finding Aids

Nucmc : MS 80-365

Creator

Title
Guide to the John S. Gilmore Collection
Subtitle
John S. Gilmore correspondence and records
Author
Finding aid prepared by jma, 1973; revised by lgg, 1973. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2016.
Date
2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in<language> English.</language>
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/9863481280
Preferred citation
John S. Gilmore correspondence and records, Kansas Collection, RH MS 10, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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