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Frowe and Lathrop families records

Call Number: RH MS 696


This collection comprises several generations of the Frowe and Lathrop families from the 1840s to 2016, most of which were ancestors, descendants, and relatives of Mary Phillips Miller. Other major family names in the collection include Phillips and Miller; minor family names include Johnson, Hahn, Gipson, Erixon, Drake, Richardson, Sebring, Ward, Wright, etc. The collection includes personal correspondence, documents, photographic material, personal mementos, genealogical records, news clippings, and other related materials regarding these various families. Many of the family members lived primarily in Kansas, or lived in Kansas during a portion of their life, or were related to a person from Kansas.


  • Creation: 1842 - 2016


Conditions Governing Access

Audio visual materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) before a planned visit; staff will respond within three days, though materials may not be available in that timeframe. Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Mary Phillips Miller

Mary Phillips Miller (1928-2015) grew up in several towns in Kansas, including Ellsworth and Baxter Springs. Her parents were A. G. (Fred) Phillips and Evangeline (Eva or Eve) Lathrop Phillips. Miller graduated from Park University in Parkville, Missouri, where she met her husband, Leland (Lee) Miller. They married in 1949, traveling and moving frequently for Lee's career. In 1958, Miller, her husband, and four children (Dianne, Shelley, Kim, and Byron) settled in Lawrence, Kansas, where she remained the rest of her life.

Miller earned a master's degree from KU and taught Spanish and French language at Baldwin (Kansas) High School until she retired. She traveled frequently with the KU Summer Institute and other programs. She continued traveling throughout her life. In 1973, she divorced Lee and in 2002, she married Charles Stansifer.

The parents of Miller's father, A. G. (Fred) Phillips (1895-1976), were John Hall (J. H.) Phillips (1843-1929) and Maria Elizabeth Gipson Richardson Phillips (1855-1947). The parents of Miller's mother, Evangeline (Eva or Eve) Armstrong Lathrop Phillips (1894-1996), were Horace (H.) C. Lathrop (1864-1952) and Mary Frowe Lathrop (1868-1933).

More information on A. G. (Fred) Phillips and Eva Lathrop Phillips can be found at their sub-series in this finding aid. Often, information on other family members may be found with their sub-series, or in the genealogical files throughout the collection.

(Information taken from the genealogical files and obituaries in the collection, and from notes by Mary Phillips Miller.)


39.75 Linear Feet (69 boxes + 6 oversize boxes, 8 oversize folders, 2 audio-visual items)

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Scope and Contents

The Frowe and Lathrop families collection contains correspondence, ephemera, documents, maps, travel material, and other material from several generations of the ancestors and descendants of Mary Phillips Miller.

The correspondence between family members is extensive and generally contains information about day-to-day activities, personal schedules, planning for events, settling of estates, business, and some current events.

Many of the Millers' ancestors and relatives served in the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. The collection contains many of their war-time diaries, notes, documents, and correspondence.

Many of the family members were from Kansas and include correspondence and photographs of the towns of Blue Rapids, Baxter Springs, Merriam, Ellsworth, Irving, Lawrence, and other communities. Some of the material is also from Missouri, California, Michigan, and more.

Mary Phillips Miller and her family and relatives have travelled extensively in the United States and in other countries and geographical regions. Many documents, ephemera, and photographs in this collection represent those travels.

Photographic images of the families span from daguerreotypes and tintypes, to studio portraits and snapshots, to slides and digital images. These photographs have generally been separated from textual material and can be found at the call numbers RH MS-P 1510, RH MS-P 1510(f), and RH MS-P 1510(ff).

Oversize materials have also been generally stored separately and can be found at RH MS Q379, RH MS Q470, RH MS R468, and RH MS R469. Audiovisual material can be found at KC AV 91.

Notes made by Mary Phillips Miller, or from her mother Eva Lathrop Phillips often accompanied groupings of papers, correspondence, or photographs. The notes have been kept with the material.

Correspondence and photographs of friends and neighbors is also included.

The collection was donated to Kenneth Spencer Research Library over a long period of time and was therefore processed at different times and sometimes in different ways.


Parts of this collection have been donated in different years. The finding aid is arranged by when those donations were received and processed. The earlier donations have been kept as their own series and generally arranged by types of material (with all correspondence grouped together roughly by sender or receiver) and generally arranged by family. There was also a donation of Eva Lathrop Phillips' papers that has been kept at its original call number.

The final and largest donation, received in the 2010s and processed in 2019, was arranged into series for each family name, with material from each family member as a sub-series. Photographs were made their own series and follow a similar arrangement by family name. The material of married women was arranged under their married name. For example, Mary Phillips Miller's material was arranged under "Miller."

Groupings of material arranged by the donor (or before it was donated) was kept together. For example, documents and correspondence removed from a writing satchel was kept together. There were several photograph groupings. Care was made to keep the groupings together.

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RH MS 696

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RH MS 710

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RH MS 1205

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RH MS 1307

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RH MS 1510

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RH MS Q379

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RH MS Q470

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RH MS R468

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RH MS R469

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RH MS-P 1510

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RH MS-P 1510 (f)

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RH MS-P 1510 (ff)

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KC AV 91

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Mary Miller, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2017

Related Materials

Shelley Miller papers, RH MS 637, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

A collection of train schedules, railroad papers, and artifacts of A. G. (Fred) Phillips' were donated to the Ralph Foster Museum at the College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri, in 1977 by Eva Lathrop Phillips.

Separated Materials

In most cases, published items have been separated from the collection and individually cataloged. They can be found by searching the KU online librairies catalog for the donor name "Mary Phillips Miller."

Guide to the Frowe and Lathrop Families Collection
Frowe and Lathrop families records
Finding aid prepared by mab, 2006. Finding aid encoded by mab, 2006. Finding aid revised by skt, 2010; aam, 2015; lmw, 2019, 2020, mwh 2023.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Frowe and Lathrop Families collection, RH MS 696, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States