Jackson Kemper papers, 1787-1972

Kemper, Jackson, 1789-1870

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Microforms; Photos, Drawings, Prints
  • Physical Details
    • 16.2 c.f. (14 archives boxes, 50 volumes, and 1 oversize folder)
    • 4 reels of microfilm (35 mm)
    • 24 photographs
    • 0.2 c.f. of photographs (1 archives box)
    • 1 lithograph, and
    • 1 piece of ephemera in 1 archives box
  • OCLC ocn173712444
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  • Papers, mainly 1801-1870, of Jackson Kemper, the first missionary bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church and the first bishop of Wisconsin, together with papers of the Relf-Poyntell family, to whom Kemper was related by marriage. The collection includes correspondence; church minutes; diaries primarily covering the post-1835 years as a missionary bishop; and lists of sermon subjects, marriages and baptisms performed, notes on religious subjects, and fundraising records pertaining to the General Theological Seminary. In addition, the collection includes biographical information about Kemper; photographs of and related to Kemper, Elizabeth Kemper Adams, and the Adams and Relf families; and the papers of Kemper's two wives, Jerusha Lyman and Ann Relf Kemper; his daughter, Elizabeth Kemper Adams, and various in-laws.


  • A card index to the correspondence prepared by Gilbert Doane is in Box 10-11 of the Doane Papers (Mss 936).
  • The diaries of Kemper's early trips to Wisconsin are published in Wisconsin Historical Collections, 14:394-449, and in the Wisconsin Magazine of History, 8:423-45 (June, 1925).
  • Volumes 77-80, diaries for November 12, 1837- August 15, 1838, are also available on microfilm.
  • Portions presented or loaned for copying by Elizabeth Kemper Adams, Conway, Mass., 1946 and n.d.; John Johnston, n.p., n.d.; Lucia Kemper Durand, Milwaukee, Wis., December, 1949, July 1959, and January 1960; Mrs. Frederick C. Best, April 14, 1946; Frank W. Radford, Oshkosh, Wis., Jan. 22, 1959; Church Historical Society, Philadelphia, Pa. (the Mrs. Murray Galt Motter collection), January 26, 1949; Rebecca Greene Henshaw, Mary Gorham Henshaw, and Joseph Greene Henshaw, August 1948; Gilbert Doane, Madison, Wis., 1959; Mrs. Russell Barber Street, 1963; and Mrs. Arthur C. Miller, Eau Claire, Wis., n.d.
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