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Letters of Guy Hatfield

Call Number: RH MS 1371


Guy Hatfield was a magician from Kansas City, Missouri who made his living by traveling throughout the Midwestern United States. This collection contains some of the letters he wrote to his wife, Nell, while on the road from October 1889 to March 1892.


  • Creation: 1889 - 1892


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

This collection contains around 50 letters written by a traveling magician to his wife, Nell, living in Kansas City, Missouri. He traveled throughout the Midwest, to towns in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, and Missouri. He was a friend of George B. "Diamond Dick" McClellan, a well-known Missouri druggist, medicine man, and showman. Many of Hatfield's letters in the collection mention McClellan failing to respond to his correspondence.


Letters are arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

RH MS 1371

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Mrs. Hudson's Fine Books and Paper, 2015

Processing Information

Letters have been unfolded and are paired with respective envelope when possible.


Guide to the Guy Hatfield Collection
Letters of Guy Hatfield
Finding aid prepared by jrw, 2015. Finding aid encoded by jrw, 2015. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2023.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Guy Hatfield letters, RH MS 1371, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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