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A Collection of short stories and music produced, collected, and owned by Mary Virginia Holstine Gray.

Mary Virginia Erskine Holstine Gray was born on January 21st, 1908 in Pittsburg, Kansas to Ralph and Myrta Erskine. She married Lawrence Holstine in 1931 and ran the Ritz Tavern with him until the late 1960s. In the mid-1940s she began to write her own music, and throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s she wrote short stories. In 1967, Lawrence Holstine passed away. After his death, Mary moved to Frontenac, Kansas. In 1971, she married Roland Gray, who passed away in 1974. Mary passed away on Feb. 26th, 1996.

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Fine Arts, Business and Industry, Languages and Literature



Size of Collection

1 linear foot

Dates of Collection


Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0284

Gray, Mary Virginia Holstine, Collection, 1901-1991

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Music Commons



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