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"The Migrations of John B. Kelso"

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P1004


"The Migrations of John B. Kelso" is a 29-page typed transcription of Kelso's account of migrating to the American west, working, and looking for a good place to settle. He moved from Indiana to Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, and then to Oregon and Washington between 1853 and 1877. He was in territorial Kansas in the 1850s and became involved in the free state/pro-slavery violence, serving on the free state side. He also describes encountering Native Americans, including the Wade Comanche Tribe, on his way to and through Colorado and further west.


  • Creation: September 1853-October 1877 (transcribed 2003)


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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


1 folder ; Folder measures 22 x 37 cm.

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Physical Location

RH MS P1004

Custodial History

According to the last page of the transcript, Kelso's original, worn tablet was copied by Gwendolyn Watson, recopied by Edna Mae Karnes, recopied by Mary F. Gans, and entered into a word processor and printed by Jeanne McGuire in 2003.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Jeanne McGuire, 2017.


Guide to the John B. Kelso Collection
"The Migrations of John B. Kelso"
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Preferred citation
"The Migrations of John B. Kelso", RH MS P1004, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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