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Gilchrist Family Papers

Call Number: RH MS 1317


The Gilchrist Family Collection includes memorabilia from the descendants of Mary Catherine Dunn and Andrew Bryson Gilchrist who settled in Harvey County, Kansas, in the 1880's. This collection includes photographs, newspaper clippings, letters, family trees, family directories, and e-mail correspondences from numerous members of the Andrew Bryson Gilchrist Family.


  • Creation: 1938 - 2002


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 Gilchrist Family

The Gilchrist family, beginning with Andrew Bryson Gilchrist and Mary Catherine Dunn, settled in Harvey County, Kansas, in the 1880's. The Gilchrists had six children, including Gertrude (1874-1973), Laura Belle (1876-1965), William Scott (1878-1930), Harriet Dunn (1880-1952), Golde Eleanor (1882-1961), and Beulah Buchanan (1884-1978). Descendants of Andrew and Mary Catherine resided in various Midwestern states, including Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Texas, among others. This collection includes many of Andrew and Mary Catherine's descendants' memorabilia. Five of the Gilchrist children married. Gertrude married John McConnell Douglas, Laura married John Beverly Gilchrist, William married Etta M. Lewellen, Golde married William R. Baer, and Beulah married Dr. Robert C. McClymonds. Beulah and Robert McClymonds had five children which feature prominently in this collection. Their five children and spouses include: Margaret Catherine (1910-1984) and Philip C. McKnight, Elizabeth Vance (1913-1998) and Thorold E. Roberts, Samuel Erskine (1916-2000) and Ruth S. Phelps McClymonds, Robert Clendening McClymonds, Jr. (1918-1997), Bryson Gilchrist (1920-1998) and Margaret Martha McGraw McClymonds. In addition to the Beulah and Robert McClymonds family, this collection also features the children and spouses of Thorold Eugene and Elizabeth Vance McClymonds Roberts, including: Clenece Louise Roberts (1938-) and James A. Hills, Thorold Erskine (1943-) and Denise, James Bruce (1948-) and Harlanne Roberts, and Bryson McClymonds (1954-) and Debbie Roberts.


1 linear foot (3 boxes)

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Physical Location

RH MS 1317

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1317

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Clenece Hills, 2013

Related Materials

Also in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library: Clenece Hills Papers, RH MS 1022; McClymonds Family Papers, RH MS 1243.

Guide to the Gilchrist Family Collection
Gilchrist Family Papers
Finding aid prepared by aam, 2014; revised by eear, 2015
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Gilchrist Family Collection, RH MS 1317, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

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

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