John S. Gilmore correspondence and records
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.
- 1862 - 1913
- Gilmore, John S., 1848- (Compiler, Person)
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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.
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.
RH MS 10
RH MS R400
Other Finding Aids
Nucmc : MS 80-365
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- Hudson, Joseph Kennedy, 1840-1907 (Correspondent)
- Humphrey, Lyman Underwood, 1844-1915 (Correspondent)
- Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900 (Correspondent)
- Kansas -- Newspapers
- Kansas -- Politics and government
- Martin, John Alexander, 1839-1889 (Correspondent)
- Murdock, Thomas Benton, 1841-1909 (Correspondent)
- Peffer, William Alfred, 1831-1912 (Correspondent)
- Perkins, Bishop W. (Bishop Walden), 1841-1894 (Correspondent)
- Plumb, Preston B., 1837-1891 (Correspondent)
- Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891 (Correspondent)
- Populist Party (Kan.)
- Prentis, Noble Lovely, 1839-1900 (Correspondent)
- Speer, John, 1817-1906 (Correspondent)
- Stotler, Jacob, 1833- (Correspondent)
- Wilson County Citizen
- Guide to the John S. Gilmore Collection
- John S. Gilmore correspondence and records
- Finding aid prepared by jma, 1973; revised by lgg, 1973. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2016.
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John S. Gilmore correspondence and records, Kansas Collection, RH MS 10, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas