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York family collection

Call Number: RH MS 1438


The Yorks were a family of farmers who settled in Kansas shortly after it became a state. This collection focuses on Oscar York, his siblings, and his children. It includes photographs, letters, legal documents, and records from their family history.


  • Creation: approximately 1875-2010

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 Oscar and Elizabeth York

Oscar York was born in 1883 in Council Grove, Kansas, the son of Frank and Sarah (Sadie) York. He attended the Kansas State Agricultural College, now Kansas State University in Manhattan, where he met Elizabeth Aberle, who had been born in 1891 in Sabetha, Kansas to William and Flora Aberle and whose family moved to Manhattan so she and her sister Nell could attend college. Oscar and Elizabeth were married in 1912 and had 7 children who survived to adulthood. They owned a farm near Sibbleyville, Douglas County, Kansas.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 document cases + 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder)

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Physical Location

RH MS 1438

Physical Location

RH MS R427

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, David Glen Paden, 2016

Guide to the York Family Collection
York family collection
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York family collection, RH MS 1438, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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