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Stephen and Peter T. Curran Correspondence

Identifier: MSN/EA 10010

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of six letters sent to Stephen Curran and his son, Peter T. Curran, in the seven decades following Stephen’s emigration from County Galway, Ireland to the United States. The correspondence consist of two letters to Stephen from his father, Peter Curran, and two from Stephen’s nieces, all sent from Kilkerrin, County Galway, Ireland. The final two letters are written to Stephen’s son, Peter T. Curran, in Kinsley, Kansas, from nieces in Chicago. Also included are a United States certificate of naturalization for Stephen Curran, a receipt for a burial plot he purchased in Morris, Illinois, and a receipt for one share of Butler Oil Company stock purchased by Peter T. Curran.


  • Creation: 1855 - 1916


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Stephen Curran was a farmer born in 1823. In 1846, the second year of the Great Famine, he immigrated to the United States from Ireland, where he married Ellen Flood Curran, also of Ireland. He became a naturalized United States citizen in Norfolk County, Virginia, in 1855. Stephen moved west to Morris, Illinois, and, years later, to Sterling, Kansas. Stephen Curran’s youngest son, Peter T. Curran, moved to Kansas with his father. He worked as a laborer and lived in Kinsley, Kansas until his death in 1929.


.209 Linear Feet (1 half document box)

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