Charles Robinson Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866
Creator -
Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894
Creator -
Robinson, Sara T. L., (Sara Tappan Lawrence), 1827-1911
Charles Robinson papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 reel

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Biographical Note

Charles Robinson (1818-1894) had a long and varied career. This collection relates to his interest in Kansas, and his eventual move there in 1854 as an agent of the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Company. He became a leader in the movement to have Kansas admitted as a free state, and under the Topeka Constitution of 1855, Robinson was elected governor. This effort failed, and in 1861 when Kansas was finally admitted to the Union under the Wyandotte Constitution, Robinson was again elected governor and assumed office. From 1864 to 1874, he was a regent of the University of Kansas. He re-entered the political arena in 1882 and served in the State House of Representatives as well as the Senate. In 1893, he was again appointed a regent of the University of Kansas, which office he held until his death in 1894. Sara Tappan Doolittle Robinson (1827-1911) shared with her husband the fight for a free Kansas. She became a noted historian of that period of Kansas history.

Additional biographical information can be found in the Robinson family papers (LG 16).

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of a reel of microfilm containing correspondence of Charles Robinson, first governor of Kansas, and his wife Sara, relating to Kansas and national politics. Among the correspondents are N. P. Banks, G. A. Crawford, J. W. Denver, John C. Fremont, Alfred Gray, Amos A. Lawrence, G. P. Lowrey, R. Z. Mason, William Phillips, J. P. Root, S. B. Stebbins, Charles Sumner, and Henry Wilson. Also included are two letters (1853, 1858) and a typewritten newspaper article (1858) by James Henry Lane dealing with the Democratic Party and the struggle for Kansas.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Reproduction and publication restricted, University of Kansas Libraries.

Ownership and Custodial History

Purchased from the University of Kansas Libraries.

Location of Originals

Charles Robinson Papers, University of Kansas Libraries, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, Department of Special Collections, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

See also Robinson Family Papers (LG 16)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Free Soil Party (U.S.). -- Chronological subdivision--1850-1865; Geographic subdivision--Kansas;
  • New England Emigrant Aid Company.
  • United States. Land Grant Act of 1862.


  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Microfilms

Geographic Name(s)

  • Kansas -- History
  • Kansas -- Politics and government
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century


  • Public lands -- United States
  • State universities and colleges -- United States

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Reproduction Note

Microfilm. University of Kansas Libraries, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, Special Collections, 1967. 1 reel, 35 mm.

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Collection Inventory


Papers (copies)