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Diaries of John H. Eibest

Call Number: RH MS 1343


John Henry Eibest was a farmer in Grant Township in Douglas County, near Lawrence, Kansas. This collection contains 51 diaries and associated documents pertaining to the farm, property, and life of John Eibest.


  • Creation: 1880 - 1939


Language of Materials

English; German

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 Henry Eibest

John Henry Eibest was born on April 6, 1859 in Wheeling Township, Ohio County, West Virginia to Fredericke (Gehring) and Henry Eibest. After the Civil War, the family moved to Ross County, Ohio.

John left Ohio for Douglas County, Kansas around 1880 and started farming in Grant Township. He married Mary E. McCormick in Lawrence on December 24, 1889. The couple had a daughter, Jennie Bell Eibest, born in 1891, who was later a local school teacher.

Mary Eibest passsed away on September 28, 1912 at the age of 53. John Eibest passed away around 1939.


1.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Scope and Contents

This collection covers Eibest family history; Lawrence, Kansas; and the daily life of a farmer in northeast Kansas. The associated papers are mainly property tax records, receipts for goods and services, a deed for a family plot in Oak Hill Cemetery, and Kansas driver's licenses for John Eibest.

Physical Location

RH MS 1343

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit, Douglas County Historical Society, 1982.

Processing Information

Previously housed at RH MS 362.

Processing Information

The volumes in this collection were frozen and vacuumed for mold.

Guide to the John H. Eibest Collection
Diaries of John H. Eibest
Finding aid prepared by el, 2014. Finding aid encoded by el, 2014. Finding aid revised by eear, 2015; mwh, 2019.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
John H. Eibest Collection, RH MS 1343, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States