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Rhoads family scrapbooks, 1881-1916

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1587 Series 1 Sub-Series 5

Scope and Contents

This subseries is composed of scrapbooks made by Dorothy, Frances, and Fannie Rhoads and Sarah Cook. Scrapbooks span several years, and include Dorothy and Frances' high school memories and papers, childhood drawings, and college experiences. Sarah Cook, Fannie's mother, made one scrapbook in 1881, and the last scrapbook was finished around 1916. Materials in scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, event programs, photographs, and other momentos. One scrapbook made by Fannie contains color postcards, pictures, and advertisements from around 1900.


  • 1881-1916


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical History

The Franklin Koons and Frances May Cook Rhoads family lived in Pekin and Rock Island, Illinios. Franklin Koons Rhoads was born October 23, 1867 in Pekin, Illinois to Samuel Rhoads and Anna Koons. Frances (Fannie) May Cook was born around 1880 to John Spafford Cook and Sarah Dexter. Franklin and Fannie got married April 27, 1892, and they had two children, Dorothy Mary and Frances Louella. Dorothy was born March 19, 1895 and Frances was born September 8, 1898. The family lived in Illinois for many years, near other family members. Frances May died March 28, 1924 and Franklin died March 27, 1943 in Rock Island, Illinois. Dorothy and Frances moved to Sante Fe, New Mexico in about 1920, and Dorothy lived there until 1986, when she died. In 1927, Frances married Sylvanus Morley, and spent her remaining years between Mexico and Sante Fe. Dorothy was a children's book author, and spent time with her sister in Mexico. The family had a Maya godchild named Dorita, who was featured in one of Dorothy's books. Frances died in 1955 and Dorothy died in 1986, both in Sante Fe. Both Franklin and Frances were amateur photographers, and took hundreds of photographs on family trips and other events.


1 carton

2 oversize folders

3 folders