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John L. Kilworth papers

Call Number: RH MS 46


This collection of papers primarily contains Kansan John L. Kilworth's incoming business correspondence, as well as materials from his schooling at the Lawrence Business College.


  • Creation: 1872 - 1899


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 John L. Kilworth (1864-1948)

Kilworth was born in Lawrence, Kansas. He attended public schools and the Lawrence Business College. After graduation from the business college, Kilworth worked briefly as a clerk for Wells Fargo. In the early 1890s, he accepted a position as clerk and bookkeeper at the Watkins National Bank of Lawrence. In the decade that followed Kilworth augmented his inheritance left to him by his father, Issac, and by 1899 he retired from the bank to manage his extensive property holdings.


14 boxes (14 boxes + 2 volumes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

This collection of papers is primarily Kilworth's incoming business correspondence. There are also approximately 350 letters that treat personal or family matters, as well as notebooks and volumes from Kilworth's studies at the Lawrence Business College and miscellaneous personal papers related to Kilworth's real property holdings and recreational activities, such as attending plays. The bulk of the collection is arranged chronologically in 13 boxes, dating from 1880-1899, and totalling more than 2100 items. An addition that came in 1981 is in the last box of the collection; two volumes have been physically separated and are located at RH MS E69 and RH MS E70.

Physical Location

RH MS 46

Physical Location


Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, via University of Kansas Department of History, 1967; Douglas County Historical Society, October 1981.

Guide to the John L. Kilworth Collection
John L. Kilworth papers
Finding aid prepared by lgg, March 1974 and lt, October 1981. Finding aid encoded by amh and mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, lmw, 2020.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
John L. Kilworth Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 46, 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