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Francis M. Mason diary

Call Number: RH MS E203


Franklin "Francis" Marion Mason moved to Kansas in 1863, building a homestead near McCune Township in Crawford County, Kansas. This collection consists of his diary providing a brief account of life on the farm from 1888-1904, documenting chores, weather, and other daily tasks in rural Crawford County. Loose items found in the diary have been stored separately.


  • Creation: 1888 - 1904


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 Franklin "Francis" Marion Mason

Franklin "Francis" Mason was born on September 23, 1835 to Sebra (Day) and Peter Mason, early settlers of Ohio, the 15th of their 17 children. Francis married Ellen Everett in Illinois in 1856. He fought in the 72nd Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company E during the Civil War.

Francis and Ellen Mason moved to McCune Township in Crawford County, Kansas around 1864. The couple had three children: Ada L. (Foresman), John C., who died at the age of 17, and Frank E. Mason.

Francis passed away at his home July 23, 1918 at the age of 83. Ellen (Everett) Mason passed away on August 12, 1925 at the age of 89.


1 volume (1 volume + 1 folder)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS E203

Physical Location

RH MS P930

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received, 2011.

Guide to the Francis Marion Mason Collection
Francis M. Mason diary
Finding aid prepared by eml, 2014.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Francis M. Mason Diary, RH MS E203, 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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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States