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Robert Atkins Tovey, Senior collection

Call Number: RH MS P185


This collection includes letters written by Tovey to his wife Eliza, as well as a manuscript of Tovey's life in the Kansas Territory intended to help possible emigrants to the territory.


  • Creation: January 23 - December 17, 1854; approximately 1856


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 Robert Atkins Tovey, Senior

Robert A. Tovey, an Englishman, came to Kansas in 1854 from Albany, New York, after marrying Eliza Matthew in 1847. After a period of illness, Tovey returned to New York where he wrote a manuscript, "A twelve months practical life in Kansas Territory written by an actual settler." The manuscript was never published.


2 folders

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS P185

Physical Location

RH MS P186

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Fred P. Farrar, 1973

Guide to the Robert Atkins Tovey, Senior Collection
Robert Atkins Tovey, Senior collection
Finding aid prepared by lgg, 8 April 1973. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Robert Atkins Tovey, Senior collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P185, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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