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"A Twelve Months Practical Life in Kansas Territory Written by an Actual Settler"

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P186
Overview This manuscript was intended to be published as a guide for emigrants to Kansas Territory. Tovey, who had come to the territory as an emigrant in 1854 from Albany, New York, used his own experience to provide what he believed to be useful information for potential emigrants on the land available and its natural resources. Also included are current prices for cattle, provisions, and medical assistance, the various Native American tribes, contemporary politics, and his personal view of the...
Dates: Approximately 1856

Biographical account of Samuel N. Simpson

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P936
Overview Biographical account of Samuel N. Simpson, an early resident of territorial Kansas, by an unknown author. The sketch includes genealogical information about Simpson's ancestors as well as information about Simpson's personal and business life throughout the 19th century. The bulk of the account is allegedly a history of the Border Wars between Kansas and Missouri written by Simpson himself.
Dates: undated

Charles H. Branscomb papers

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS P46
Overview This collection consists of orrespondence and documents involving Charles H. Branscomb, agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company in territorial Kansas, dating from 1853-1886. Correspondents or individuals mentioned in the letters include James Gillespie Blaine (1830-1893), Amos Adams Lawrence (1814-1886), Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924), Charles Robinson (1818-1894), John Pierce St. John (1835-19140, and Charles Sumner (1811-1874).
Dates: 1853 - 1886

Clipping scrapbooks compiled by Sara Robinson

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS E67
Scope and Contents These clippings were collected by Sara Robinson, Charles Robinson's wife. The clippings treat the lives of Charles Robinson, John Brown, James H. Lane, and numerous others prominent in Kansas history. There is biographical information about Lawrence residents, local and regional history.
Dates: 1857 - 1894

Collection of George Ellis, First Lieutenant, Company I, 12th Kansas Infantry materials

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P132
Overview Biography of George Ellis written in 1953 by Howard C. Raynesford titled George Ellis, First Lieutenant, Company I, 12th Kansas Infantry. Ellis served as Lieutenant in the Kansas Infantry during the Civil War and was killed in battle. Ellis County and the town of Ellis in Kansas was named in his honor. Also included is a genealogy of the Ellis family, a photograph, and a photocopy of his military commission. Raynesford also gives a brief account of the...
Dates: 1862, 1953

Correspondence and miscellaneous items regarding the cannon "Old Sacramento"

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P251
Overview Includes material about the cannon called "Old Sacramento", and a cannonball believed to be one from the cannon which was presented to the University by Claude L. Darbe in 1960. The cannon ball was found on a farm by Bert E. Darbe in 1895, the site of the old town of Franklin. There is also a brief history on the cannon's use in a pro-slavery attack on Lawrence in the spring of 1856.
Dates: 1960 - 1961

Correspondence between Oscar G. Richards and William E. Connelley

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P136
Overview Richards and William Connelley corresponded about territorial history in Kansas. Richards, who participated in the border wars (1854-1861), recounted the events for Connelley, a historian. The letters, dated 1902-1909, were written approximately 50 years after the events. Connelley and Richards were specifically interested in detailing the border war involvement of Richards, James Lane, John Brown, William Quantrill, and Governor Robinson, mostly in Lawrence and Lecompton, Kansas and the...
Dates: 1902 - 1909

Correspondence from Marcus Parrott to his Dayton, Ohio family members

 Collection — Box: 1
Call Number: RH VLT MS 554
Overview The collection contains thirty-four letters written by Marcus Parrott to his Dayton, Ohio family members. The letters date from April 7, 1851 to April 28, 1862, and are arranged chronologically.

Also included are, a brief handwritten statement by [Laurette?] Parrott [Irvin?] regarding the collection content, and an offprint of a published 1865 sermon by Phillips Brooks, delivered at the time of Abraham Lincoln's death.
Dates: 1851 - 1862

Douglas County Historical Society manuscript collections

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 84
Overview The Douglas County Historical Society was organized in 1933 by a group headed by Professor F. N. Raymond of the University of Kansas. This collection consists of manuscript and printed materials from a variety of individuals, businesses, and organizations associated with the history of Douglas County, Kansas, from its territorial settlment period of the 1850s through much of the 20th century, deposited by the Douglas County Historical Society with the Spencer Research Library.
Dates: approximately 1789-1980s

Edward Everett Hale letter

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P960
Overview Single handwritten letter, written by Edward Everett Hale to Abbott Lawrence, regarding the formation of the New England Emigrant Aid Company and requesting Lawrence to consider financially backing the company. The company was formed soon after the creation of the Kansas and Nebraska Territories, with the intention of settlers from the northeastern states going to Kansas to settle and help it become a free state, rather than a slaveholding state. Folder also includes envelope in which letter...
Dates: May 14, 1854

Elliott family papers

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 338
Overview The Elliott family papers consist of correspondence, printed materials, photographs, and memorabilia from a family that settled in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas soon after it opened for Euro-American settlement in 1854.
Dates: 1838 - 1976

F. D. Drake certificate of honorable discharge, First Regiment Cavalry, Kansas Volunteers

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS P827
Overview This honorable discharge certificate was issued to Private F. D. Drake for service from January 24 to February 18, 1856 in the First Regiment Cavalry of Kansas Volunteers, organized to defend the people of Kansas Territory "against lawless agressions." The certificate, dated February 18, 1856 at Lawrence City, Kansas, is signed by free-state loyalists and commanders G. [Gaius] Jenkins, C. [Charles] Robinson, Robert Klotz, and James [Leyate?].
Dates: February 18, 1856

George W. Collamore papers

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 33
Overview Correspondence, documents relating to Lawrence property and Pike's Peak gold mines, steamship freight bills, papers, etc.
Dates: 1854 - 1869

Holsinger and Rose family papers

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 663
Overview The Holsinger and Rose families immigrated to the United States in the 1700s. The collection reflects their activity in the Rosedale, Kansas, area during the late 19th and early 20th centuries by means of correspodence, poetry, newspaper clippings, and brief biographies, which address topics ranging from accounts of the Civil War, Kansan identity, politics and Christianity.
Dates: 1883 - 1933

Hunter family letters

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 1361
Overview This collection contains correspondence from the Hunter family, in excess of 75 letters and 230 pages, ranging from 1844 to 1913. Much of the correspondence is from Almon and George Hunter to their mother Betsy Graham, of Youngsville, Warren County, Pennsylvania. There is also a great deal of correspondence from Mrs. Graham's brother, Shubil D. Chappel. The Hunter brothers and Chappel had emigrated earlier from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin, and later to Kansas Territory. In 1860 Almon went to the...
Dates: 1844 - 1913

Interview with William E. Connelley

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: RH MS E71
Overview Elias Snyder, son of Ely Snyder, interview with William E. Connelley on the Marais des Cygnes Massacre, May 19th, 1858; William C. Quantrill; John Brown on the Snyder Claim; James Montgomery; Marshall Cleveland, and the last of the Jayhawkers. Lawrence, Kan., 1942.
Dates: 1942

Interviews by William E. Connelley and letter

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS P131
Overview The accounts in this collection relate to Reuben Randlett's experiences in the 1856 sacking of Lawrence, Kansas; his activities as a spy among the raiders; the Battle of Black Jack; the dissolution of the Free State legislature in Topeka on July 4, 1856; and Randlett's captivity by William C. Quantrill in 1862. The collection also includes a photograph of Randlett.
Dates: 1906 - 1916

James H. Holmes letter

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P963
Overview This collection consists of a single letter, written June 21, 1856 & June 29, 1856 by Jas. H. Holmes to C. C. Boyles of Charleston, South Carolina. Holmes was an abolitionist who moved to territorial Kansas in part to help other free state settlers. In the letter Holmes describes his trip on a pro-slavery steamer, the Martha Jewett, traveling on the Missouri River. The collection also includes the envelope in which the letter came and a copy of a photograph...
Dates: June 21 and 29, 1856

James William Denver papers and diary

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 19
Overview Business papers and correspondence of James William Denver from 1839-1912. Includes a diary dated May 20, 1850-September 5, 1850, with miscellaneous notes.
Dates: 1839 - 1912

John A. Halderman correspondence and documents

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS P57
Overview Halderman was private secretary to A. H. Reeder, 1st governor of Kansas Territory. The letters deal with early Kansas Territory and State politics and government, land values and taxes, and some personal affairs.
Dates: 1854 - 1894

John Henry Vansickle letters

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS P170
Overview Letters describing incidents of the border raids in detail, including references to John Brown, Quantrill, Jim Montgomery and Ft. Scott.
Dates: 1858 - 1863

Josiah Miller papers

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 4
Overview This collection contains the papers of Kansas free state activist Josiah Miller, dating from 1854-1870 and those of various members of his family, dating from 1840-1912.
Dates: 1840 - 1912

Journal and record of accounts of Royal Baldwin

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS B71
Overview Journal of Royal Baldwin, who from 1856 to 1858 was Indian agent to the Kickapoo Indians in Kansas Territory. Includes descriptions of his travels and meetings in council with the Kickapoo, their conditions, and statements of accounts for individual members of the tribe. Also includes receipts, memoranda, and other items. and
Dates: 1856 - 1860

Judge Deanell Reece Tacha Collection

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 1370
Overview This collection contains the personal papers of Deanell Reece Tacha (including photographs, awards, plaques, videos, and CDs) from 1971-2011. Much of the material concerns her time in the White House Fellows program, her involvement in the 'Bleeding Kansas' sesquicentennial project, correspondence regarding her 10th Circuit Court Judge appointment, and various other legal correspondence.
Dates: approximately 1971 - 2011

Kansas in the fifties, Lawrence, Kansas.

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: RH MS E137
Overview Article from the Alma enterprise, November 6-20, 1903.
Dates: 1942

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Brown, John, 1800-1859 6
Quantrill, William Clarke, 1837-1865 5
Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866 4
New England Emigrant Aid Company 4
Robinson, Sara T. L. (Sara Tappan Lawrence), 1827-1911 4
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Lawrence, Amos Adams, 1814-1886 3
Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894 3
Connelley , William Elsey, 1855-1930 2
Delaware Tribe of Indians 2
Elliott, Robert Gaston 2
Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909 2
Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864 2
University of Kansas 2
Acme Manganese Mining Company (Kansas City, Kan.) 1
Andrews, John Albion 1
Baldwin, Royal 1
Bickerton, Thomas, 1816?- 1
Blackmar, Frank W. (Frank Wilson), 1854-1931 1
Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893 1
Booth, Edw. 1
Boss of the Bay Mining Company 1
Branscomb, Charles H. 1
Bridwell, Arthur 1
Brooks, Paul R., Mrs. 1
Brown, Frederick, 1830-1856 1
Choctaw Nation 1
Cleveland, Marshall 1
Collamore, George W., approximately 1818-1863 1
Darbe, Bert E. 1
Darbe, Claude L. 1
Delmonte Consolidated Mining Company (Leadville, Colo.) (Leadville, Colo.) 1
Democratic Party (Calif.) 1
Denver, James William, 1817-1892 1
Denver, James William, 1863-1898 1
Denver, Louisa 1
Denver, Mary Louise 1
Des Moines Valley Railroad Company 1
Doniphan, Alexander William 1
Douglas County Historical Society (Douglas County, Kan.) 1
Drake, F. D. 1
Dunlap, Charles Graham 1
Edwards, Charles L. (Charles Livingston), 1828-1916 1
Eldridge family. 1
Eldridge, Shalor Winchell, 1816-1899 1
Elliott family 1
Elliott, Maude, 1898- 1
Elliott, Samuel Steele, 1870-1957 1
Ellis, George, 1832-1864 1
Extant Americana 1
George, Henry, 1839-1897 1
Golde, Marcy Lane Johnson 1
Grand Army of the Republic. Washington Post No. 12 (Lawrence, Kan.) 1
Grover, Joel, 1825-1879 1
Halderman, John Adams, 1833-1908 1
Harris, Doris 1
Haskell Institute 1
Holmes, James H., 1833-1907 1
Holsinger family 1
Holsinger, Frank, 1836-1916 1
Hubbard, J. M. 1
Johnson, Annie Lane, 1855-1927 1
Johnson, Arthur Lane 1
Kellogg, Charles, active 1856 1
Lawrence, Abbott, 1792-1855 1
Learnard, Mary S., 1842-1932 1
Leavenworth, Lawrence, and Galveston Railroad Company 1
Litchfield, Lewis Timothy, 1838-1861 1
Manhattan and San Juan Silver Mining Company 1
Medary, S. (Samuel), 1801-1864 1
Merrill, O. N. 1
Michael Brown Rare Books 1
Miller family 1
Miller, Josiah, 1828-1870 1
Mix, Charles E. 1
Montgomery, James, 1814-1871 1
Moore, Richard E., 1932-2018 1
New England Mining Company (Kansas City, Kan.) 1
Nichols, Alice, 1905-1969 1
Old Settlers Association (Lawrence, Kan.) 1
Owen, Lena Miller 1
Parker, Caroline Updegraff 1
Parrott, Marcus J. (Marcus Junius), 1828-1879 1
Phillips, Maude Gooch, 1871-1965 1
Plymouth Congregational Church (Lawrence, Kan.) 1
Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891 1
President's Commission on White House Fellowships (U.S.) 1
Quantrill, Caroline Clarke, 1819-1903 1
Randlett, Reuben A., 1837- 1
Raynesford, Howard C. 1
Richards, Oscar G., 1836- 1
Riverside Tunnel and Mining Company 1
Rodgers, William Redfield 1
Roe, George, active 1856 1
Rogue River Tribe 1
Rose family 1
Ruble, Roland 1
Sabin, I. 1
Sarcoxie, John 1
Scott, W. W. (William W.) 1
Shannon, Wilson, 1802-1877 1
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