Milton Frank Kemble Papers: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Mitchell W. K. Toda, June 6, 2002.
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Overview of the Collection

Title: Milton Frank Kemble Papers
Dates (inclusive): 1827-1887
Collection Number: mssKemble papers
Creator: Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888.
Extent: 47 pieces in 1 box
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2129
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: The bulk of this collection consists of the diaries, account books, weather diaries, and notebooks of American Midwestern farmer Milton Frank Kemble (1829-1888). Of particular interest is the diary Kemble wrote while traveling by train from Iowa to California in 1873.
Language: English.

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Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Milton Frank Kemble Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Gift of Ira Oscar Kemble, June 27, 1945.

Biographical Note

Milton Frank Kemble (1829-1888) was born in Elkton, Ohio, on July 15, 1829. He spent most of his life in Kansas and Oskaloosa, Iowa, and made occasional trips to Santa Clara County, California. He dedicated a great deal of his time to farming and taking notes on the weather and land. He died in July 1888.

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of the diaries, account books, weather diaries, and notebooks of Milton Frank Kemble (1829-1888). Of particular interest is the diary Kemble wrote while traveling by train from Iowa to California in 1873. The rest of the collection is of materials from other members of the Kemble family.

Arrangement

The collection is in one box and is arranged alphabetically by author, followed by miscellaneous manuscripts and ephemera.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Subjects

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888.
Farmers -- Iowa -- Diaries.
Farmers -- Kansas -- Diaries.
Frontier and pioneer life -- California -- Santa Clara County.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Iowa.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Kansas.
Overland journeys to the Pacific.
Railroad travel -- West (U.S.) -- History -- Sources.
Weather -- Observations.
California, Northern -- Description and travel.
Kansas -- Description and travel.
Oskaloosa (Iowa) -- Description and travel.

Forms/Genres

Account books -- 19th century.
Diaries -- 19th century.
Notebooks -- 19th century.


Collection Contents

Box 1

Manuscripts and ephemera

Folder 1

Chambers, John. Deed to Thomas Vernon. 1864

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 2

Kamal, John and Mary. Promissory note to John Kemble. 1871

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 3

Kemble, John. Hughe Chain. 1873

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 4

Kemble, John. Account book. 1827-1874

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 5

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Account book. 1864-1869

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 6

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Account book. 1874-1875

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 7

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Account book. 1884

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 8

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Account book and weather diary. 1881-1883

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 9

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Account book and weather diary. 1885

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 10

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Account book and weather diary. 1886

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 11

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Diary. 1873

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 12

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Diary. 1874-1875

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 13

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Diary. 1876-1877

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 14

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Diary. 1878-1880

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 15

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Diary. 1879-1880

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 16

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Diary. 1880-1881

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 17

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Diary. 1883-1884

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 18

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Notebook. 1853-1860

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 19

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Notebook. 1869-1872

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 20

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Notebook. 1875

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 21

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Notebook. 1880

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 22

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Notebook. 1881-1882

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 23

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Notebook. 1885

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 24

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Notebook. 1886-1887

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 25

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Weather diary. 1873

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 26

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Weather diary. 1873-1874

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 27

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Weather diary. 1874

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 28

Kemble, Milton Frank, 1829-1888. Weather diary. 1884-1885

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 29

Kemble, S. S. Letter to “Dear Father”. 1869

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 30

Kemble, S. S. Balance record. 1874

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 31

Richy, J. B. and John Kemble. Promissory note to Eden Ira. 1871

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 32

Manuscript notes. 1840-1873, undated

Physical Description: 5 pieces
Folder 33

Accounting notes. 1869-1873, undated

Physical Description: 7 pieces
Folder 34

Ephemera and receipts. 1873-1874, undated

Physical Description: 5 pieces
Folder 35

Newspaper clippings. 1859-1873, undated

Physical Description: 4 pieces