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Louie Chester Walbridge photographs

Call Number: RH PH 21


This collection contains scenes of Profile Ranch, Russell County and many views of Louie Chester Walbridge's wife and children, taken by him. It includes images of farming, some interior and exterior shots of the family home and other buildings on the ranch, and some images from a Christmas holiday.


  • approximately 1884-1910


Conditions Governing Access

Glass plate and flexible negative originals are only issued if the curator or head of Public Services gives permission.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Louis C. Walbridge

Louie Chester Walbridge was born August 29, 1859 at Saratoga Springs, New York, the youngest of six children. He was first named Albert Edward, but when his sister, Louisa Chester, died before he was three years old, his name was changed to Louie Chester to retain the family names given to her.

Walbridge was educated at Riverview Acadamy, Poughkeepsie, New York and in his third year attended Peeksill Military Academy. After some governmental survey work on the Missouri River, he worked briefly as a photographer in St. Louis and at a hardware store in Chicago. Walbridge moved to Russell County, Ks in 1882, at the age of 23. Walbridge married Louise Rachel Castle in January 1892; she had been born in 1861. They had six children: Margaret Esther (1893-1974), Louise Chester (1895-1966), Caroline Knickerbacher (1898-1989), Anne (October 31, 1900), Chester Castle (1903-1984), and Henry Castle (1905-1949).


1.5 Linear Feet (3 document cases)

Physical Location

RH PH 21

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Caroline K. Walbridge, 1979.

Related Materials

Louie C. Walbridge Views of Russell, Kansas, RH PH 126, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Separated Materials

Walbridge, Caroline K. Ranchorama and Louie C. Walbridge. Russell, Ks: The Russell Record, 1966. Located at Spencer Research Library, call mark: RH D787.

Guide to the Louie Chester Walbridge Collection
Louie Chester Walbridge photographs
Finding aid prepared by nb, 1987. Finding aid encoded by rw, 2008. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2019.
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Louie Chester Walbridge photographs, RH PH 21, 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