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Pace and Mendenhall family photographs

 Collection — Box: 1, Folder: 1-14
Call Number: RH PH 562


This collection consists of real photographic postcards and silver gelatin prints of members of the Pace and Mendenhall families in the vicinity of Hartland, Kearny County and Kendall, Hamilton County, Kansas.


  • Creation: 1909, 1925-1935, undated


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 Pace and Mendenhall families

Bessie Pace was born September 16, 1899 in Kentucky, the daughter of Isaac Newton "Jack" Pace (1877-1955) and his wife Lizzie or Bettie Pace. The Paces had several children, including William (the eldest and only child older than Bessie), Lilly, Henry, Viola, Ommie, Dorothy, Howard, and Estella or Estelle.

Between 1900 and 1910, the family moved to southwestern Kansas and were residing in Haskell, Haskell County in 1910. By 1920, Bessie married Lester Layson Mendenhall, who had been born in 1888 in Nebraska. They had two children, Ethel Imogene (1920-1984) and Elborn Eugene (1928-2021), who became a reverend who served in serveral churches in New York, Ohio, Mississippi, and Kansas over 60 years.

The Mendenhalls moved to Dodge City at some point during Imogene and Elborn's childhoods. Lester Mendenhall died on June 15, 1961, and Bessie died June 17, 1998. They were buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City.

[Information retrieved from census records and]


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of black and white or sepia-toned real photo postcards and silver gelatin prints of the Pace and Mendenhall families in southwestern Kansas. The families lived in or between Hartland, a community originally established in Hamilton County that became part of Kearny County, its post office discontinued in 1933; and Kendall, a community in Hamilton County.

Most of the images include at least one person, sometimes a baby or child. Individuals are often posed in front of sod houses or other residences, with horses, or on farmland with farming equipment such as tractors or combines. There is a set of photographs of young men in military uniforms. A couple photographs show Imogene Mendenhall in school and a family member, Ethel Pace, as teacher at a Lone Star School in Kansas in 1909. A small number of photographs are identified on the back. There are some photographs of friends or extended family, including Gladys Louise Blair and Mr. and Mrs. Tucker.

The photographs arrived from the dealer arranged in a modern photographic album; it is unclear if this is how the photographs arrived at the dealer, but they have been kept in this order. There are 4-6 photographs per folder, most folders containing 4 photos.

Physical Location

RH PH 562

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Between the Covers Rare Books, 2020.

Guide to the Pace and Mendenhall Family Collection
Pace and Mendenhall family photographs
Finding aid prepared by mwh. Finding aid encoded by mwh.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Pace and Mendenhall family photographs, RH PH 562, 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