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Charles and Sara T. D. Robinson papers

Identifier: LG-16

Scope and Contents

This collection consists microfilm of correspondence, diaries, writings, accounts, clippings, and miscellaneous papers of Charles and his wife Sara T. D. Robinson The papers relate to the fight for a free Kansas and the early statehood period (1861-1863); personal, family, and business matters; construction of the University of Kansas; and local and national politics. Correspondents include F. G. Adams, Nathaniel Banks, George S. Boutwell, G. W. Brown, James H. Canfield, Charles Chadwick, James Christian, Schuyler Colfax, Mark W. Dalahay, William A. Emmerson, John C. Fremont, Isaac T. Goodnow, John A. Gorman, Arthur Grabouskii, John J. Ingalls, James H. Lane, Amos A. Lawrence, Frank B. Lawrence, Samuel C. Smith, Samuel F. Tappan, Eli Thayer, and Margaret L. Wood.

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  • 1834 - 1911


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Production and publication restricted, Kansas State Historical Society

Biographical Note

Charles Robinson (1818-1894), medical doctor and first governor of Kansas, had a long and varied career. With his wife Sara, he moved to Kansas in 1854 as an agent of the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Company and became a leader in the free Kansas movement. In 1861, when Kansas was finally admitted under the Wyandotte Constitution, he was elected governor. From 1864-1874, he was a regent of the University of Kansas. He re-entered the political arena in 1882 when he served in the state House of Representatives as well as the Senate. In 1893, he was again appointed regent of the University of Kansas, an office he held until his death in 1894.

Biographical Note

Sara Tappan Doolittle Robinson (1827-1911) shared with her husband the fight for a free Kansas. She became a well-known historian of this period of Kansas history.


0.25 Cubic Feet (, 13 reels)

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Ownership and Custodial History

Purchased from the Manuscript Division, Kansas State Historical Society.

Location of Originals

Charles and Sara T. D. Robinson Papers, Kansas State Historical Society, 120 West Tenth St., Topeka, KS 66612, USA

Reproduction Note

Microfilm. Topeka, Kan. : Kansas State Historical Society, 1967. 13 reels ; 35 mm.

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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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