Skip to main content

Bourquin family collection

Call Number: RH MS G61


This is a collection of identified photographic material from Horton, Kansas. Also included are copies of business correspondence of a family business in Horton and a scrapbook of Veterans of Foreign Wars Drum and Bugle Corps.


  • Creation: 1862-1959 (bulk 1889-1940s)


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. Blanche was the only sibling 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 expanded the store's inventory to include camera equipment, and he sold his own images as postcards at the store and at the drugstore. Jules married Edith Starbuck, a Quaker, in 1904, and they honeymooned at the St. Louis World's Fair. They had one son, also named Jules, born in 1906. Jules Bourquin died in 1964.

[Information from notes in accession file, Jules Bourquin obituary, and census records.]


47.5 Linear Feet (approximately 47.5 linear feet (106 boxes + 6 oversize boxes, 3 volumes, 5 oversize folders))

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The collection includes photographic prints and negatives regarding Horton, Kansas by Jules Bourquin, as well as images from other photographers. The photographic material includes identified town scenes, family scenes, community events, and portraits of family and friends. Included are many photographs related to World War I. Also in the collection is a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, letters, and photographs about the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 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.

Physical Location


Physical Location

RH MS E126

Physical Location


Physical Location

RH PH 30

Physical Location

RH PH 30(f)

Physical Location

RH PH 30(ff)

Related Materials

Jules A. Bourquin photographs, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

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; meh and mwh, 2021; mwh, 2023.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Bourquin family collection, RH MS G61, 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