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Papers of Charles Robinson

Call Number: RH MS 38


The collection of correspondence, documents, and addresses of Charles Robinson, housed in the Kansas Collection, is mainly from the period 1854 to 1861. Robinson was a resident agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company and an advocate for the Free State, anti-slavery cause. There are items on the founding of the University of Kansas. There are also letters from Mrs. Robinson to F. W. Blackmar, the biographer of Governor Robinson.


  • Creation: 1836 - 1911


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 Charles Robinson

Charles Robinson served as the first governor of Kansas. From 1864 to 1874 he was a regent of the University of Kansas and again in 1893 to 1894. He served two terms in the state Senate, one in 1874 and again in 1876. Later, from 1887 to 1889, he was superintendent of Haskell Institute in Lawrence. Under his leadership, a policy of industrial training was begun at Haskell. For additional biographical information see Dictionary of American Biography, vol. 16 and The Life of Charles Robinson, by F. W. Blackmar.


1 linear foot (2 document cases (423 items))

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Physical Location

RH MS 38

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift. F. W. Blackmar, 1929.

Existence and Location of Originals

Some items in the collection have been photocopied. Originals property of John Emick (addition 2/1/85)--see accession file for additional information.

Related Materials

Scrapbooks compiled by Mrs. Robinson containing clippings about Governor Robinson, J. H. Lane, John Brown and others prominent in early Kansas history are cataloged separately.

The Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, has the largest collection of private papers of Charles and Sara T. D. Robinson. See the Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Private Papers of Charles and Sara T. D. Robinson, 1834-1911.

Guide to the Charles Robinson Collection
Papers of Charles Robinson
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Papers of Charles Robinson, Kansas Collection, RH MS 38, 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