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A collection of newspaper and magazine articles about Kansas History, two plates made for centennial celebrations, and family history documents.

Doris Rachel (Gibson) Schlacks, born in 1932, grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Monmouth College in Illinois. She and William H. Schlacks were married in 1954, but later divorced. Doris lived in Houston, Texas for 25 years before moving back to Pittsburg. She was a member of many organizations like Kappa Kappa Gamma and the PEO Sisterhood. Doris passed away in 2009. The family documents belonged to Doris’ great-grandfather Archibald “Archie” Burns (1836-1921). He kept a ledger and a journal documenting several events that happened nearly every day, from 1903 to 1912. Archibald and his family moved to Beulah, Kansas in the mid-1880s and to Girard in the early 1900s after he was elected county treasurer. Archie held many elected positions, eventually becoming mayor. Archibald also had some documents on his family history, describing his parents, Sarah Gillespie (1802-1890) and Stuart Burns (1793-1863), and other relatives.

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Government and Law, Recreation and Tourism, Social Life and Customs


Arts and Humanities

Size of Collection

.4 linear feet

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Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0253

Schlacks, Doris, Collection, 1891-1976



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