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Correspondence between Oscar G. Richards and William E. Connelley

Call Number: RH MS P136


Richards and William Connelley corresponded about Kansas territorial history. Richards, who participated in the border wars between Kansas Territory and Missouri (1854-1861), recounted the events for Connelley, a historian. The letters, dated 1902-1909, were written approximately 50 years after the events. Connelley and Richards were specifically interested in detailing the border war involvement of Richards himself as well as James Lane, John Brown, William Quantrill, and Governor Charles Robinson, mostly in Lawrence and Lecompton, Kansas and the surrounding area. In the correspondence, Richards and Connelley confirm or deny details of the events of the Fort Saunders and Fort Titus battles, as well as Quantrill's 1863 raid on Lawrence. Richards also gives a biography of himself. A photograph of Richards is included in the collection, as well as a penciled map of Quantrill's route to Lawrence.


  • Creation: 1902 - 1909


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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


1 folder (1 folder + 1 oversize folder) ; Neither folder measures larger than 59x90 cm.

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Physical Location

RH MS P136

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, William Elsey Connelley, approximately 1920.

Guide to the Oscar G. Richards Collection
Correspondence between Oscar G. Richards and William E. Connelley
Finding aid preapred by kpz, 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
Oscar G. Richards correspondence with William E. Connelly, Kansas Collection, RH MS P136, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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