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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Reed-Glynn papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1881-2003
    Collection Number: mssReed-Glyn papers
    Extent: 119 items in two boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection chiefly contains material related to the Reed and Glyn families of Kansas.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Reed-Glynn papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Merry Ovnick, August 12, 2008.


    Carlos L. Reed was born on October 15, 1875 in Zanesville, Ohio and married Laura Alice Glyn Reed (born August 29, 1880 in Trego County, Kansas) on August 1, 1900 in Topeka, Kansas. Carlos and Laura had four daughters, Gladys Leona Reed Dickson (1901-1946), Mabel Louise Reed Tanner (1903-1950), Dorothy Mildred Reed (1909-1934) and Kathleen Bernice Reed Wickham (1917 - ). Per the family history, Carlos helped his mother raise his seven siblings by selling papers and "blacking boots" after his father abandoned them in 1887. In 1910, Carlos and Laura moved to Garden City, Kansas. He was a farmer whose mortgage was foreclosed on during the Great Depression, after which time he worked for the WPA. Carlos died on June 23, 1953 in Colton, California. Laura died on December 8, 1959.
    Laura was the daughter of Henry Glyn and Sarah Samantha Shelby Glyn, one of seven children. Her father, Henry, was born on January 29, 1841 in Indiana and married Sarah in 1866. They owned a 40 acre farm in Pike County, Illinois which they sold to homestead in Trego County, Kansas. After suffering from poor crop yields, they sold the 160 acres for $50 and relocated to a 20 acre farm near Grantville, Kansas. Per the family history, Henry experimented with potato crops and was "one of the pioneers of the huge Kaw Valley potato industry." Henry's date of death is unknown.

    Scope and Content

    The Manuscript series is arranged chronologically and contains nine journals written by Henry Glyn from 1881 to 1909 regarding his farming and life in Kansas. They include daily entries regarding growing and selling his produce, details regarding family matters, and calculations related to his finances and business income and expenses. The Correspondence series is arranged chronologically and predominantly contains letters amongst various family members, including Merry Ovnick, from the 1980s to 2003 as they worked on genealogical projects. Also included in the series are letters by and for the Round Robin Reeders, a set of circulating letters written by members of the Reed family from the 1950s through the 1960s. The Ephemera series is arranged alphabetically and contains genealogical trees and histories, government and legal documents, newspaper clippings, miscellaneous personal papers (including a graduation announcement and report card) and forty-one photographs. The genealogical trees and histories include the Reed-Glyns' efforts to trace their ancestors. The photographs of the Reed-Glyn families are divided into two folders, ranging from 1884 to 1949. Included is one tintype from circa 1884. There is also a copy of a printed book: "History of Grantville Kansas: 1954-1976."


    Arranged in the following series: 1. Manuscripts; 2. Correspondence; and 3. Ephemera.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Glyn, Henry
    Ovnick, Merry
    Reed, Carlos
    Reed, Laura


    Agriculture -- Kansas
    Frontier and pioneer life -- Kansas

    Geographic Areas

    Kansas -- History -- 19th century -- Sources


    Genealogical tables -- United States -- 20th century
    Journals (accounts) -- Kansas-- 19th century
    Journals (accounts) -- Kansas-- 20th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 21st century
    Photographs -- United States -- 19th century
    Photographs -- United States -- 20th century
    Tintypes (prints) -- United States