October 29, 2022

James Kennedy, 1836- [RG1128.AM]

HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID

RG1128.AM:  James Kennedy, 1836-

Reminiscences:  1836-1903; mainly 1856-1887
Kansas City, Missouri:  Riverboat captain
Size:  One folder

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The collection contains a letter dated January 10, 1903, from James Kennedy of Kansas City, Missouri to A.E. Sheldon, director of the Nebraska State Historical Society, along with a copy of an undated newspaper interview of Kennedy. The article relates Kennedy’s life as a riverboat captain on the Missouri River from 1856-1879. He mentions ships’ names, their working history, ship accidents, pilots’ names, etc. He reflects on the causes of the demise of Missouri River navigation. Kennedy’s sister Ellen is mentioned as having escaped from an 1858 ship fire.

INVENTORY

Letter and interview


Subject headings:

Ballantine, Ellen Kennedy
Kennedy, James, 1836-
Missouri River — Navigation
Riverboats
Shipping
Steamboats


Revised TMM         04-21-2008

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