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Title Papers
Creator Thomas, Frank Young, Jr.
Description The bulk of this collection consists of letters sent from Congressman Robert Young Thomas, Jr., to his wife, Annie Lee Thomas (she later married W.J . Barber, and their children: Barber Nell Thomas and Annie Lee Thomas. Most of the letters were written after the couple divorced (1914) and are chiefly written to his children. Another significant set of letters was sent from Mrs. Barber to John W. Moore, who was assisting her in obtaining a small appropriation from Congress for the two children.

The collection also includes a small number of letters from the Helm and Kuykendall families of Butler County. The majority of these letters are addressed to W.A. Helm of Morgantown, Kentucky. Several of these letters discuss the real estate market and business environment of Kansas City, Missouri, and Independence, Missouri. One last item of interest is a letter written in 1931 from a young girl, Martha Belle Moore, to General Richard E. Byrd congratulating him after one of his South Pole exploratory trips.
Collection Manuscripts
Object Name Correspondence
Date 1853
Year Range From 1853
Year Range To 1931
Other Number MSS 167
Subjects Divorce
Divorced women
People Barber, Mary Lee
Byrd, Richard Evelyn, Jr., 1888-1957
Helm, W. A., 1857-1921
Kuykendall, M. W.
Moore, John William, 1877-1941
Thomas, Barber Nell
Thomas, Mary Lee
Search Terms Independence, MO
Kansas City, MO
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Catalog Number 2007.88.1
Dates of Creation 1853-1931
Extent 1/2 box. 9 folders. 90 items. Originals.
Number of Images 1