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Frank Proctor family papers

Call Number: RH MS P943


This collection consists of photocopied legal, educational, and personal documents belonging to the Frank Proctor family, spanning from approximately 1870 to 2000. The collection includes several educational records of the family, including diplomas, honors, academic progress reports; as well as magazine publishings, personal writings, army records, deeds, wedding programs, funeral programs, community events, and photographs. A notable family branch besides the Proctors are the Joseph and Marinda Hughes Simpson family. Some photocopied material is severely faded and almost impossible to read.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within approximately 1870-2000


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

History of the Proctor and Simpson families

Biography of Frank Proctor

Frank Robert Proctor was born in 1908 to Mariah Harris Proctor, the daughter of James and Luande Doss. His grandparents James and Luande had been enslaved, were freed, and eventually became land owners. Frank had one other sibling, a brother.

Proctor attended school in Topeka, Kan. and attended college for 2 years in Independence, Mo. He served 3 years in the United States Army and married Annabelle Simpson. The couple had 3 children together, including Linda (Proctor) Mata. Frank Proctor died in 1972.

Biography of Joseph Simpson

Joseph W. Simpson, Sr. was born in 1841 in Lafayette County, Mo. to Patrick and Malina Simpson. He married Melinda Hughes on April 14, 1862 in Johnson County, Mo. Together they had 5 children: Joseph W. Jr., John, James, Edgar, and Nelson Simpson.

Joseph Sr. served in the 65th United States Colored Infantry as a commissary sergeant. After the Civil War, he and his wife Daisy (Miner) Simpson moved to Kansas to settle in the 1870s. One of his children, Anabelle Ruth Simpson, married Frank Proctor.


3 folders

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS P943

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Linda S. Mata, 1999, 2000.



Guide to the Frank Proctor Family Genealogy Collection
Frank Proctor family papers
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Frank Proctor family papers, RH MS P943, Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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