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Anna G. (Smith) Irvin's memories of early days in Kansas

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P68
Overview Reminiscences of early days near Blue Mound. Recounts family's departure from England and trip West. Describes pioneer life in Douglas County, raids during the civil War, and Indians in the area. A 4-page "Excerpt" and map is included with the account.
Dates: 1935

Autobiography of Mary F. Beeson: James Warfield family in Old Shawneetown

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P615
Overview Typescript of the autobiography of Mary F. Beeson, including Beeson's account of the murder of her father, James Lot Warfield, by William Quantrill's guerrilla band on October 17, 1862 at Shawneetown, Kansas.
Dates: 1905-1910

Barnabas Dorr Palmer personal papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P111
Overview The papers include (1) a testimony to his recent left-handness sworn before Douglas County Clerk in 1867, (2) a manuscript titled "A sketch of my military history" which he entered in a penmanship contest, sponsored by William Oland Bourne, editor of the "Soldier's Friend", (3) a letter from General U.S. Grant awarding Palmer first prize in the contest, and (4) letter awarding Palmer a $50 prize.
Dates: 1867 - 1868

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

Civil War diary of Douglas O. Lilley

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: RH VLT MS A3
Overview This Civil War diary of Douglas O. Lilley, a private in Company D of the Kansas 8th Regiment, contains his daily entries for the entirety of 1863, describing his military duties at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, his transfer as a prisoner to Benton Barracks in Missouri, his service in Tennessee and Georgia, and his return to Kansas and resumption of civilian life following disability discharge in December 1863. A letter enclosure is at RH MS P619.
Dates: 1863 - 1864

Clipping scrapbooks compiled by Sara Robinson

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

Commission certificate for Samuel P. Wemple, 2nd Lieutenant of the 7th Company G.

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P70
Overview Printed form, signed by Edward Clark, Adjutant General, and C. W. Topliff, Major General Commanding the Kansas Militia.
Dates: Other: Majority of material found within between October 9–October 29, 1864

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

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

George W. Collamore papers

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

James Henry Lane Papers

Call Number: RH MS 28
Overview The collection includes correspondence, notes and source material, clippings, maps, photographs, documents, and other related items, dating primarily from 1841-1923.
Dates: 1841 - 1923

John Henry Vansickle letters

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

Joseph A. Cody correspondence

Call Number: RH MS 8
Overview Joseph A. Cody, the uncle of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, was born in Scott County, Iowa. Joseph's letters to his wife, Elvira, and those received from other friends, arranged chronologically from 1854-1885. It also includes letters written by Elvira and those she received from friends prior to her marriage to Joseph A. Cody, arranged chronologically from 1847-1853. Letters written by Elvira's father, Eleazer Cable, a nurseryman in Ohio concerned with the maintenance of the Cable nursery...
Dates: 1837 - 1884

Josiah Miller papers

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

Kansas Union Military Scrips

Call Number: RH MS P912
Overview The collection is comprised of three state-issued Union Military Scrips, for $1, $5, and $22. Issued to James Aitken, C. C. Johnson, and B. Allen, respectively. Issued June 1st, 1867, to "provide for the assumption and settlement of the claims growing out of the Price Raid in 1864, and Indian Expedition under Gen. Curtis in July and August, 1864."
Dates: 1867

Katie Armitage papers

Call Number: RH MS 1479
Overview This collection of Lawrence, Kansas-based historian Katie Hart Armitage's papers includes Armitage's correspondence spanning from the 1970s until 2016, as well as her historical research materials and preparatory notes for tours and presentations centered primarily on the American Civil War, the Oregon-California Trail, and the Santa Fe Trail.
Dates: 1953 - 2017

Letter from George E. Young

Call Number: RH MS P620
Overview This letter from George Edwin Young, a survivor of William Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, Kansas, August 21, 1863, was written to his father two days following the massacre. A typed and annotated transcription of the letter is included.
Dates: August 23, 1863

Letter to the editor of the Leavenworth Standard in 1881 concerning Price's raid of 1864

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: RH MS D187
Overview Mounted newspaper clippings of a letter to the editor of the Leavenworth (Kansas) Standard, dated November 26, 1881, concerning Price's Missouri Expedition, 1864.
Dates: 1881

Lewis A. Waterman letters

Call Number: RH MS 515
Overview The Lewis A. Waterman Collection contains twenty-nine letters that were written by him from 1864 to 1865 while serving in the United States Signal Corps, stationed chiefly at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The collection also includes cartes de visites of Waterman's Signal Corps comrades at Fort Leavenworth.
Dates: 1864 - 1865

Memoir of early days in Kansas

 Collection — Box: 1
Call Number: RH MS 128
Overview Eldridge was active in the efforts to make Kansas Territory a free state. Formerly a Democrat, Eldridge joined the Kansas delegation at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. Memoir of early days in Kansas, miscellaneous stock certificates, and account sheets, 1859-1898.
Dates: 1859 - 1898

Narrative of Andrew Williams, a formerly enslaved African American

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P42
Overview Andrew Williams' autobiographical narrative gives an account of Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, Kansas in 1863. Williams wrote it at the urging of William E. Connelley.
Dates: 1861 - 1910

Newspaper clippings regarding James Henry Lane

 Collection — Volume: 1-2
Call Number: RH MS E85
Overview These volumes are compilations by members of the Watson Library staff of newspaper clippings dated 1861-1959 about James Lane and his descendants.
Dates: 1939 - 1952

Pillsbury-Weston family correspondence

Call Number: RH MS 233
Overview This collection consists of photocopied family correspondence from the 19th century, including family members who lived in New York City, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Kansas before, during, and after the United States' Civil War.
Dates: 1828 - 1896

Pioneer life in Kansas

 Collection — folders: 1-2
Call Number: RH MS P114
Overview This collection consists of a single, three-page typescript reminiscence by Caroline Updegraff Parker, relating the experiences of her brother William W. Updegraff and her own family in Osawatomie, Kansas from 1855 to 1869, as well as a photograph of her brother William later in his life.
Dates: [between 1875-1910]

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