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Letters from Sara Robinson

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P141
Letter, Sara [Robinson] to My Dear Sister
Letter, Sara [Robinson] to My Dear Sister


Sara Robinson's letters to Phebe Stone, her sister-in-law, were written while her husband Charles Robinson was in California. Her letters to Frank Blackmar mention a history written about the University of Kansas, events at the University, books about Kansas, property holdings and taxes, and farm management and expenses.


  • Creation: 1850 - 1909


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Biography of Sara Robinson

Sara Tappan Doolittle Robinson was the wife of Charles Robinson, the first governor of Kansas. The Robinsons were involved with the abolition movement and the New England Emigrant Aid Society. They were some of the first emigrants to come Lawrence, Kansas. Her book, Kansas: Its Interior and Exterior Life, written in 1856 while her husband was in prison for treason in Lecompton, Kansas, stirred sympathy for the free-state cause in Kansas territory.

After Charles Robinson's single term as governor of Kansas and the Civil War, the Robinsons remained in Lawrence for the rest of their lives. The governor died in 1894, and Sara Robinson lived at their farm until her death on November 15, 1911. The couple contributed much of their estate to the University of Kansas. They had no children.


1 folder (37 items)

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Physical Location

RH MS P141

Separated Materials

See also: Robinson, Sara Tappan Doolittle for her scrapbooks (RH MS E67).

Guide to the Sara Tappan Doolittle Robinson Collection
Letters from Sara Robinson
kpz 20 February 1973; mg 2004
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Sara Tappan Doolittle Robinson Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P141, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States