Collection - Phillip F. Schlee papers

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Phillip F. Schlee papers


  • 1748-1954 (Creation)


8.10 Linear Feet

Name of creator

(1950- )

Biographical history

Phillip F. Schlee was born on March 10, 1950 at Pittsburg, Kansas. He received a B. A. in History and a Minor in Music ifrom Pittsburg State n December 1973. In May 1975, Schlee earned a M. M. in Music History from Pittsburg State and that same month he published <emph render='italic'>The Isaac Standford Family </emph>history. Schlee earned a Master's of Library Science from Emporia State University in May 1978 and shortly afterward moved to Manhattan, Kansas. From 185 to 2006, Schlee was Guest Services Coordinator in Housing and Dining at Kansas State University. It was during this time (November 2002) he started collecting letters in extension to his genealogy research. The primary thing he looked for was genealogical information on the families mentioned in the letters. In some cases, letters are the only source of information, e.g., births and marriages in the 19th Century. Most of the letters were purchased on eBay. Schlee donated his collection to the Morse Department of Special Collections in 2006, when he left Kansas State Universty.

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Scope and content

The Correspondence Series consists of 16 boxes.  Twelve boxes are organized in chronological order while two boxes are arranged in alphabetical order and two boxes are transcribed copies of the original letters and are organized in chronological order.
The Subject Series is contained in one box and the contents are arranged in alphabetical orders.  This series include information such as the Abijah and Lucy Adams Cady Family, custom forms, land deeds, merchandise lists, and information on the town of Tyingham, Massachusettus.
The Printed Materials are housed in five boxes.  Four of the boxes contain almanacs dating from 1779 to 1869.  Some of the almanacs included are the 1847 <emph render='italic'>Brother Jonathan’s Almanac</emph>, <emph render='italic'>The Cultivator’s Almanac and Cabinet of Agricultural Knowledge</emph> of 1840,  the 1851-1855 and 1863-1864 <emph render='italic'>Middlebrook’s New England Almanacs</emph>, <emph render='italic'>The Old Farmer’s Almanac</emph> of 1852 and 1869 and the 1787 copy of the <emph render='italic'>Weatherwise’s Town and Country Almanack</emph>.
Other items in the Printed Materials include N. P. Willis’ book, <emph render='italic'>Sacred Poems</emph> dated 1851, newspaper clippings reference to Market Prices of 1836-1869 and the <emph render='italic'>Farmer and Mechanic Newspaper </emph>and the <emph render='italic'>Niles’ Weekly Register</emph>.
The Oversize Series consists of a letters by Catherine Pinneo dated 1838 to 1839, a 1954 Agriculture Census Questionnaire, the <emph render='italic'>Farm Field Stockman</emph> journals, and three newspapers: <emph render='italic'>Current Events, The Scientific American</emph>, and <emph render='italic'>The Youth’s Company.</emph>

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series by type of material: 1) Correspondence, 1748-1945, Undated; 2) Subject Series, 1823-1887; 3) Printed Material, 1779-1869, Undated; and 4) Oversize Series, 1838-1889, 1954.

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No access restriction: All materials are open for research.

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Conditions governing reproduction

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Languages of the material

  • English
  • Creole or Pidgin
  • German

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Custodial history

It received accession number P2006.06 and the department housed the materials.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acqusition Source: Phillip F. Schlee
Acqusition Method: Donation
Acqusition Date: 20060920

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Acquired because it documents some early history of agricultural.


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General note

Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Phillip F. Schlee papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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Archivist's note

Finding Aid Author: Cynthia A. Harris
Processing Info: Cynthia Harris, Manuscript/Collections Processor processed the collection at folder level.
Publication Date: 2014-02-17

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  • Box: 23 Boxes