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This collection contains family memorobilia, including photographs, biographies, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks dating from the 19th through the early 21st centuries for the Harrell and Willey families, who settled in Kansas during the territorial era and early statehood.
Nellie Barnes taught Rhetoric at the University of Kansas from 1918-1956. Her collection includes maps, stories of Kansas lore and history, student theme papers, and lyrics to folk songs. The bulk of the collection comprises personal and family papers, project manuscripts and miscellaneous research with content dating back to 1750, and alphabetical files of letters to author Mary Austin. A carbon set of the letters is at the end of the collection.