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Lawrence National Bank & Trust Company records

Call Number: RH MS 264


Documentation regarding the Lawrence National Bank & Trust Company, which was located in Lawrence, Kansas from the middle of the 19th century through the 20th century. The collection includes ledgers, correspondence, and miscellaneous financial documents regarding the bank's own financial standing and regarding some customers who held accounts with the bank.


  • Creation: 1858-1970s


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 Lawrence National Bank and Trust Company

The Lawrence National Bank & Trust Company was incorporated in 1865 and housed from 1872 in a structure at 647 Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Kansas. The bank built a new building in 1950, replacing the more ornate Victorian structure with a plain, unornamented building. In 1972, the bank moved next door and used the 1950 structure for offices.

Lawrence National Bank merged with First National Bank, which had begun in Lawrence as Merchants Bank in 1877, in 1992. In 1993, the merged banks changed names to become the Mercantile Bank of Lawrence. In 2000, Mercantile changed names again to become Firstar, and in 2001, changed names again to U.S. Bank. The 647 Massachusetts Street structure has since been used by a variety of other commercial and consumer-driven businesses.

[Information retrieved from D. Wolfenbarger's Kansas Historic Resources Inventory Reconnaisasance Form for 647 Massachusetts Street, completed 1993; and "1865 - U.S. Bank," City of Lawrence website,]


9 Linear Feet (9 boxes + 19 volumes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The collection includes documentation for both the bank's own financial accounting, as well as records regarding customers who held accounts with the bank, or possibly for whom the bank acted as trustee. Several volumes and loose records regard mortgages and loans held by the bank. Some volumes appear to be accounting for income and expenses for the Eldridge Hotel and businesses that operated within the hotel specifically.

Physical Location

RH MS 264

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit, Lawrence Bank & Trust Company, 1978.

Related Materials

Lawrence Bank bank notes, Kansas Collection, RH MS P433, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Guide to the Lawrence National Bank Collection
Lawrence National Bank & Trust Company records
Finding aid prepared by lgg, 1978; mwh, 2021. Finding aid encoded by mwh, 2021.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Lawrence Bank & Trust Company records, RH MS 264, 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