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Frank Hodder Correspondence, Lincoln Notes, 1905-1928

Manuscript Collection no. 52B




University of Kansas (Lawrence) American history and civics professor.  Notes for lectures on Abraham Lincoln pictures; letters, 12 items; and autographs. The correspondence has references to John Brown’s pikes and other historical matters.




0.1 ft. (2 folders)


Hodder, Frank Heywood, 1860-1935.


Frank Heywood Hodder correspondence ; Lincoln notes

Portions of title:

Correspondence ; Lincoln notes

Lincoln notes

Other titles:

Frank Heywood Hodder correspondence ; Lincoln notes

Frank Hodder papers



Ms. Collection 52B


Text is in English


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Kansas Historical Society (Topeka)


Frank Hodder was born in Aurora, Illinois, in 1860. He graduated from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 1883. After stints of teaching and study in the East and in Europe, he came to the University of Kansas (Lawrence) in the 1890s and became head of the Department of History in 1908.

In 1895, he wrote Government of the People of Kansas which was a source of controversy to some Kansas politicians and the subject of an attack by John Speer and others. Hodder decided to never again write on local Kansas history. He was a recognized authority on Western United States history and was president of the Kansas State Historical Society at the time of his death in 1935.

Contents List

Organization of Papers

Organized by type of material

Box List

Folder 1:

1) Letter dated Nov. 10, 1905 written to “Mr. Martin” in which Hodder states that there is a rule at KU against awarding honorary degrees.

2) One page advertisement from Charles L. Cooney, dealer in antiques, Boston.

3) 3 letters dated 1923 July 25, Aug 21, and Sept. 26 from Charles L. Cooney regarding the purchase and shipping of a pike originally belonging to John Brown.

4) Letter dated 1923 Oct. 22 regarding Hodder’s inquiry into pay records of John S. Cunningham and his service at Harper’s Ferry, Va. (now W. Va.) at the time of John Brown’s raid.

5) Letter dated 1924 Dec. 13 from the Art Institute of Chicago director in which he lists prices of reproductions of portraits of George and Martha Washington.

6) Letter dated 1927 Mar. 5 from Winfred Porter Truesdell, editor, The Print Connoisseur, offering to sell a reproduction of a portrait of George Washington.

7) Photocopy of letter written by George Washington in Oct. 1776.

8) Letter purported to be written by K. C. Wang of China in which he requests a job; seems to be a joke letter.

9) 6 pages of notes on historical matters Hodder was researching.

10) 5 letters of correspondence regarding purchase of reproductions of George Washington.

11) Note dated 1927 Jan. 5 from Archer B. Hulbert responding to request for maps of “Trails” to be sent.

12) Letter from Archer B. Hulbert dated Dec. 31 in which he describes his experience tracing western trails and offers to sell set of trails maps for whatever the university can pay.

13) Copies of original autographs of Thomas Nast, Josh Billings, Marlborough, and 2 others which are not identifiable.

14) Letter from W. J. Ghent dated 1928 Sept. 1 asking Hodder to clarify Ghent’s question regarding the main crossing of the Oregon Trail: Topeka or Uniontown.

Folder 2

1) Two page typewritten list entitled “Notes on Slides for Lincoln Lecture.”

2) A black notebook containing letters, newspaper clippings, a Christmas card depicting Lincoln, photos, magazine articles, and various notes kept by Hodder in regard to Lincoln sculptures and paintings.

Related Records and Collections

Associated Materials

The major collection of personal papers of Frank H. Hodder, 1891-1935, is at the University of Kansas Libraries (Lawrence), University Archives: collection PP 71: http://ead.diglib.ku.edu/xml/ksrl.ua.hodderfrank.html.

Index Terms


Brown, John, 1800-1859.

Hodder, Frank Heywood, 1860-1935.

Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865–Pictorial works.

Corporate Names

University of Kansas–Faculty.

University of Kansas–Faculty–Research.

Geographic Names


Lawrence (Kan.)


College teachers–Kansas–Lawrence.


Additional Information for Researchers

Restrictions on Access


Restrictions on Use

Notice: This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The user is cautioned that the publication of the contents of this microfilm may be construed as constituting a violation of literary property rights. These rights derive from the principle of common law, affirmed in the copyright law of 1976 as amended, that the writer of an unpublished letter or other manuscript has the sole right to publish the contents thereof unless he or she affirmatively parts with that right; the right descends to his or her legal heirs regardless of the ownership of the physical manuscript itself. It is the responsibility of a user or his or her publisher to secure the permission of the owner of literary property rights in unpublished writing.

At the time of donation, the subject of literary rights was not addressed, consequently it is presumed that copyright belong to Frank Heywood Hodder’s heirs or assigns.

Preferred Citation

Frank Heywood Hodder ms. collection, no. 52B, State Archives & Library, Kansas Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Lincoln notes: Gift, Mrs. Frank Heywood Hodder, 1937.
Remainder of collection: Gift, Frank Heywood Hodder estate, 1939.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Ruth Hite, volunteer, 1997


No additions to the collection are anticipated.