Size: 0.25 linear feet
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This collection of the Park brothers papers contains the correspondence of three brothers: John Wesley Park, Frank M. Park, and Jesse Park, all of whom lived in Kansas from 1857 to 1869. Most of the letters are written to family and friends in their hometown of Higgensport, Ohio. Life along the Kansas-Missouri border from 1857 to 1861 is the subject of John Wesley Parks letters. He observes the embattled pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions and their quests to determine Kansas future. Another brother, Frank M. Park, describes the Western Kansas frontier and its buffalo and Indian populations while the third brother, Jesse, comments on life in Sheridan, Kansas at a time when the town was the end of the line for the Union Pacific railroad.
This collection is part of Special Collections' digital library pilot project. One letter is presented digitally in the container list.
Acquisition: Purchased March 27, 1993 from RIBA Auction
Processed by: MWU, 5-12-1994; JEF, 5-14-1998