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Louise Barry research collection

Creator: Barry, Louise

Date: circa 1819-1974 (bulk 1960-1974)

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Ms. Coll. 271

Unit ID: 40271

Biographical sketch: Louise Barry was a librarian and indexer at the Kansas State Historical Society until her retirement in 1974. She was interested in Kansas history and was known to study and collect records relating to numerous Kansas and frontier topics. Barry is known for her publication, The Beginning of the West: Annals of the Kansas Gateway to the American West, 1540-1854, published in 1972.

Space Required/Quantity: 6.95 cubic feet

Title (Main title): Louise Barry research collection

Scope and Content

Scope and content: This collection contains the research notes, clippings, and copies of historical documents used by Louise Barry for her research on a variety of Kansas and Midwestern topics. Also included is correspondence. Topics include the Santa Fe Trail, Clarina Nichols, 1825 land surveys for the Kansas Indians, Osage Indian peace treaty, Kansas River navigation of 1854-1861, John Brown, the blizzard of 1886, county histories, cattle trains, various notable Kansans, Kansas colleges, the Kansas constitution, Buffalo Bill, Kansas laws, early exploration, First Christ Church, and other topics. The correspondence from the early 1970s discusses her publication, The beginning of the west along with a few book reviews. Copies of historical documents date as far back as 1822, while the correspondence is largely dated from the 1960s to 1974. Some files of research notes are organized by year of event, ranging from 1850 until the 1870s.


Locator Contents
006-12-03-04  1819-1950 
013-03-03-07 to 013-03-03-08  c1855-1860: index cards of historical events 
013-03-03-10 to 013-03-03-11  1850C-1948C 
013-03-04-01 to 013-03-04-04  1962-1968 correspondence; 1854, 1974 
121-17-03-07  Osage Indian peace treat; 1822, 1825, 1833 

Index Terms


    Kansas -- Description and travel
    Kansas -- Discovery and exploration
    Kansas -- History
    Barry, Louise
    Counties -- Kansas -- History
    Indians of North America -- Kansas -- History
    Universities and colleges -- Kansas -- History

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