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Bourquin family collection

Call Number: RH MS G61


The collection includes photographic prints and negatives by Jules Bourquin, as well as images from other photographers. Also in the collection are newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, etc. about the V.F.W. Drum and Bugle Corps that Jules Bourquin helped organize, as well as copies of business correspondence from Jules and his father Emile Bourquin for their jewelry business in Horton, Kansas.


  • 1936 - 1941


Conditions Governing Access

Glass plate and flexible negative originals are only issued if the curator or head of Public Services gives permission.

Conditions Governing Use

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

History of the Bourquin family

Emile Bourquin was born in Switzerland around April 1851. He married Olive Bourquin in 1874 and worked in a watch factory before moving his family to the United States. Emile and Olive had 7 children: Henry, James, Paul, Jules, Virgil, Louis, and Blanche, who married a Baldwin. Virgil and Blanche were the only siblings born in the United States.

After moving to Horton, Brown County, Kansas in 1888, Emile opened a jewelry store. His son Jules joined him in the business, while also taking on photography as a hobby. Jules married Edith, a Quaker; they had at least one son, also named Jules.

[Information from notes in accession file and census records.]


46.5 Linear Feet (Approximately 46.5 linear feet (107 boxes + 6 oversize boxes, 3 volumes))

Physical Location


Physical Location

RH MS E126

Physical Location


Physical Location

RH PH 30

Physical Location

RH PH 30(f)

Processing Information

Former call numbers include RH PH Album CK9, RH PH Album DK1, RH PH Album E1, RH PH Album H1, RH PH Album BK4, RH MS 106.
Guide to the Bourquin Family Collection
Bourquin family collection
Finding aid prepared by pg, February 1977. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020.
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Bourquin family collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS G61, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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