These two scrapbooks were kept by P. P. Wilcox, who settled in Atchison, Kansas Territory. The volumes are, primarily, newspaper clippings from Kansas Territory in 1855 and 1856. Some pre-1854 clippings relate to Dardanelle, Arkansas. Many of the clippings have a pro-slavery bent but there are also a number that contain local news items. Several contain information about actions of abolitionists. Many are from the Squatter Sovereign published in Atchison. The right hand page of the inside cover of volume 1 has a business card that lists Wilcox as a Justice of the Peace in Atchison, Kansas Territory. His office was on C Street, one door west of Dickson's Store. The card indicated he handled collection of claims, procurement of bounty land warrants, and all kinds of legal writings. It indicated he was familiar with the Pre-emption Law. It also listed four references including General J. W. Whitfield, Kansas Territory. Additional Wilcox business cards appear throughout both volumes. There are a number of clippings about J. W. Whitfield running for Congress on the proslavery ticket. Early in volume one is a printed copy of a document by Franklin Pierce titled "Kansas Affairs, Message of the President of the United States to Both Houses of Congress, January 24, 1856 (8 pages). Volume 2 has a pamphlet of the speech by M. Oliver of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives "On the resolution from the Committee on Elections in the Contested Election case from the Territory of Kansas."
Creator: Wilcox, P. P.
Item Number: 221210
Call Number: K 040 W65
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 221210
Collections - Library
Date - 1854-1860
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Antislavery - Abolition
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Pro-Slavery
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Newspaper - clipping
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Scrapbook
People - Notable Kansans - Whitfield, John W.
People - Notable People - Pierce, Franklin, 1804-1869
Places - Cities and towns - Atchison
Places - Counties - Atchison
Places - Other States - Arkansas
Places - Other States - Missouri
Thematic Time Period - Bleeding Kansas, 1854 - 1861
Type of Material - Newspapers - Clippings
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Scrapbooks