Shane-Thompson papers, 1864-1944
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Shane-Thompson papers, 1864-1944


COLLECTION SUMMARY

Creator:Shane, James Boucher, b. 1840-
Title:Shane-Thompson papers
Dates:1864-1944
Quantity:7 boxes (3 linear ft.) 15 volumes; 54 boxes of prints and 870 boxes of glass plate negatives (approx. 16,950 negs)
Abstract:James Boucher Shane, a Civil War veteran, settled in Lawrence, Kansas in 1878, where he began to operate a commerical photography business. His daugther, Juno Belle Shane, and her husband, Herbert Thompson, eventually took over the business, which operated until 1953. The collection includes personal records of the Shane family, as well as business records of the Shane-Thompson studio, photographic prints, and glass plate negatives.
Language(s):English

Call Number:

RH MS 58

Call Number:

RH MS AK3

Call Number:

RH MS CK10

Call Number:

RH MS E88

Call Number:

RH PH 500

Repository:University of Kansas
Kenneth Spencer Research Library
Kansas Collection
1450 Poplar Lane, Lawrence, KS 66045-7616
Phone: (785)864-4334
Fax: (785)864-5803
URL: http://spencer.lib.ku.edu
Finding aid prepared by kl, 2005; revised by, cl 2010.
Finding aid encoded by amc, 2006


HISTORY of Shane-Thompson family

Captain James Boucher Shane was born in Kentucky in 1840. He served with distinction in the 16th Kentucky Infantry during the Civil War, and after the war was promoted to the rank of Captain. After the war, he moved his young family to Abilene, Kansas, where he tried a number of business ventures, including planting a crop of wheat on 2500 acres. This venture was sponsored by the railroad, and was one of the first attempts to farm wheat exclusively. He came to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1878. He operated a photography business out of a railroad car, and owned several studios on Massachusetts Street, eventually building his own home and studio at 615 Massachusetts in 1885. In May of 1902 he was convicted of murder and was sent to Lansing Prison. He was paroled in 1912, and was pardoned in December of 1913. Upon his incarceration, his daughter, Juno Belle Shane, took over the business. She was a graduate of the Illinois College of Photography. After her marriage in circa 1907, her husband, Herbert Thompson, joined her in the business. Thompson was a veteran and, after he got out of the army, he went back to school and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1910. Thompson died in 1929, and again Juno Belle operated the business alone until her death in 1953.


SCOPE and CONTENTS

The manuscript collection consists of family correspondence, business correspondence and records, some of Thompson's fraternal organization and Mason papers, and a file on the missionary work of Juno’s sister, Myrtle Shane. Also included are bound registers of cash and business accounts, as well as studio sittings.

The photographic collection contains some photographic work done by Capt. Shane, but the bulk of the collection seems to consist of portraits taken by Juno Belle and Herbert between 1903 and 1923. Considering that Shane, Shane and Thompson operated a photography business in Lawrence for 75 years, and given the number of photographs and negatives in the current collection, it is believed that the Library does not have all of the photos ever taken by the studio.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


Related Material

Captain Shane's Douglas County court file may be found at 90-06-24, box 13, case #1643. His court trial may be found in the Douglas County Journal, book W, 1901-1903

Shane, James B., Not Guilty: the story of a life, RH C5553


INDEX TERMS

Names:

Shane, Missouri Lee
Shane-Thompson, Juno Belle, 1871-1953
Thompson, Herbert, 1871-1929

Places:

Lawrence, Kan. - Description and travel

Subjects:

Commericial photography - Kansas - Lawrence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Shane-Thompson Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 58, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift,Juno Belle Shane Thompson, 1953


COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

  • RH MS 58 Papers, 1864-1944
    • Box 1
      • Folder 1 Correspondence; James B. Shane, 1864-1885
      • Folder 2 Correspondence; Missouri Lee Shane, 1878-1904.
      • Folder 3 Correspondence between Juno Belle Shane and Herbert Thompson, 1906-1919
        Includes letters from Cuba during Thompson's military service and letters from Thompson during his service in a government photography studio in Washington, D.C., during WWI.
      • Folder 4 Correspondence; Juno Belle Shane-Thompson, 1901-1943
      • Folder 5 Correspondence; Herbert Thompson, 1913-1920
      • Folder 6 Correspondence; Herbert Thompson fraternal organizations, 1916-1929
      • Folder 7 Insurance, Tax, and Pension Papers, 1913-1923
      • Folder 8 Correspondence; misc. personal, 1901-1916
      • Folder 9 Misc. notes; undated and authors unknown.
      • Folder 10 Misc. memorabilia and Christmas cards.
      • Folder 11 Studio envelopes for photographs and proofs.
      • Folder 12 Myrtle Shane and missionary work.
    • Box 2
      • Folder 1 Business correspondence, 1916
      • Folder 2 Business correspondence, 1917-1918
      • Folder 3 Business correspondence, 1919
      • Folder 4 Business correspondence, 1921-1929
      • Folder 5 Business correspondence, 1930
      • Folder 6 Business correspondence, 1931-1944
      • Folder 7 Correspondence from studio patrons, undated
      • Folder 8 Correspondence from studio patrons, 1910-1915
      • Folder 9 Correspondence from studio patrons, 1916
      • Folder 10 Correspondence from studio patrons, 1917
      • Folder 11 Correspondence from studio patrons, 1918
      • Folder 12 Correspondence from studio patrons 1919
      • Folder 13 Correspondence from studio patrons, 1920-1929
      • Folder 14 Correspondence from studio patrons, 1930-1931
      • Folder 15 Correspondence from studio patrons, 1943-1944
      • Folder 16 Misc. receipts from 1905 and 1907; receipts from the Univ. of Kansas for 1907; and undated Wells Fargo record book
    • Box 3
      • Folder 1 Bills; Agfa-Ansco Corporation, 1916-1931
      • Folder 2 Bills; McNish, Fred Lawrence Co., Lawrence Journal World, 1910-1931
      • Folder 3 Bills; Gas and Electric, 1910-1930
      • Folder 4 Bills; Telephone, water, U.S. Money Orders, 1910-1930
      • Folder 5 Bills; Mullett Brothers, 1884-1920
      • Folder 6 Bills; Mullett Brothers, 1921-1931
      • Folder 7 Bills; Sante Fe, Z.T. Briggs, 1910-1921
      • Folder 8 Bills; Misc., undated
      • Folder 9 Bills; Misc., 1891-1910
      • Folder 10 Bills; January-June 1911
      • Folder 11 Bills; July-December 1911
      • Folder 12 Bills; 1912-1929
      • Folder 13 Bills; January-October 1930
      • Folder 14 Bills; November 1930-May 1931
    • Box 4
      • Folder 1 Camera, etc., suppliers, 1914 and undated
      • Folder 2 Chemical processes, suppliers and manuals
      • Folder 3 Enlargements and color suppliers, 1916-1931
      • Folder 4 Light suppliers
      • Folder 5 Frames, mounting and envelope suppliers, 1884, 1916-18, 1930 and undated
      • Folder 6 Misc. photographic suppliers and equipment, 1887, 1916, 1931 and undated
      • Folder 7 Photographic suppliers, order blanks, etc.
      • Folder 8 Photography publications, 1917
      • Folder 9 Eastman School of Professional Photography 1915-16 and Marshall School of Photo Coloring, 1931
      • Folder 10 Misc. advertisements, clothing, etc.
      • Folder 11 Misc. advertisements, hardware.
      • Folder 12 Misc. advertisements, business investments, etc.
      • Folder 13 Processing journal or scrapbook, undated
      • Folder 14 Photo work log and print out of same
        (this log matches the numbered boxes of glass plate negatives that are on the east side of the Kansas Collection stacks, in the negative area, row __, half-way down section 3 to the end)
    • Box 5
      • Folder 1 Blank journal
      • Folder 2 Deposit slips, cancelled checks, rent receipts.
      • Folder 3-4 Cancelled checks
      • Folder 5 5 account books.
      • Folder 6 3 bank books
      • Folder 7 1 customer order book
    • Box 6 Customer cards, 1910-1926 (do not appear to match the glass plate negatives that we have) "Bibliography Cards on Misc. Subjects"
    • Box 7 Customer cards, 1910-1926 (do not appear to match the glass plate negatives that we have)
  • RH MS AK3 Notebooks and Receipt book, 1898-19?
    (bound volumes)
    • v. 1 Receipt book, undated
    • v. 2 Notebook, 1898
    • v.3-8 Notebooks, undated
  • RH MS CK10 Studio Registers, 1911-1945
    (bound volumes)
    Registers include information by date, with negative number, name and address, proof and order numbers, payments on account, delivery information, and remarks.
    • Volume 1 1911-1915
    • Volume 2 1920-1923
    • Volume 3 1924-1930
    • 1916-1920,1941-1945
  • RH MS E88 Account Registers, 1904-1918
    (bound volumes)
    Registers appear to include information on both personal (cash) and business accounts
    • Volume 1 1901-1905
    • Volume 2 1912-1918
    • Volume 3 1918
  • RH PH 500 Photographs, circa 1870-1923
    • Box 1
      • Folder 1 Street scene, Massachusetts Street?,
      • Folder 2 Bowersock Opera House fire, 1911
      • Folder 3 Bowersock Opera House fire, balcony after fire, 1911
      • Folder 4 Bridge, N. Lawrence ca. 1880s
      • Folder 5 Bridge, N. Lawrence, ca. 1880s
      • Folder 6 Bridge to North Lawrence
      • Folder 7 Train Depot
      • Folder 8 Train wreck
      • Folder 9 Putting up structure, possibly at Bismarck Grove
      • Folder 10 Luncheon
      • Folder 11 1903 Flood?
      • Folder 12 1903 Flood, Kansas River
      • Folder 13 1903 Flood, 6th and New Hampshire
      • Folder 14 1903 Flood, North Lawrence
      • Folder 15 Salvation Army group
      • Folder 16 Universalist Church/1st Christian Church, side view, 11th and Kentucky. (Also see street car in picture.)
      • Folder 17 Universalist Church/1st Christian Church, front view.
      • Folder 18 Original St. Luke AME Church
      • Folder 19 Popcorn Stand
      • Folder 20 August M. Goethe, Blacksmith, 607 Massachusetts
      • Folder 21 Boener Brothers Cigar box
      • Folder 22 Lawrence Paper Mills, ca. 1900
      • Folder 23 Pierson's Roller Mills, ca. 1893
      • Folder 24 Carmean and Harbaugh Livery Stable, around 820-822 Vermont Street
      • Folder 25 Erickson Store
      • Folder 26 Eldridge Hotel
      • Folder 27 J.B. Shane's Railroad photo car
      • Folder 28 J.B. Shane's Railroad photo car
      • Folder 29 Men with horse
      • Folder 30 Farm; woman feeding chickens
      • Folder 31 Farmers with combine
      • Folder 32 Residence
      • Folder 33 Horse, buggy and family
      • Folder 34 Residence
      • Folder 35 Residence and carriage house
      • Folder 36 Residence
      • Folder 37 Residence; man in yard with hammock
      • Folder 38 F.M. Perkins residence
      • Folder 39 Residence; family gathered outside
      • Folder 40 Miller Jones Shoe Store window
      • Folder 41 Kentucky Street store
      • Folder 42 Front of store
      • Folder 43 Liberty Garage
      • Folder 44 Lawrence police
      • Folder 45 Lawrence police
      • Folder 46 African American police officer, Sam Jeans
      • Folder 47 Burnett School, number 62, Lotta Watson
      • Folder 48 Stony Point, Dist. 3, Miss Ida Steele ca. 1906-09
      • Folder 49 Lakeview School, Dist. 1, Erna Rudolph, ca. 1908
      • Folder 50-51 School group
      • Folder 52-53 School class
      • Folder 54 Miss Bunn in graduation cap and gown
      • Folder 55 Man in graduation cap and gown
      • Folder 56 Graduation class picture
      • Folder 57 Graduation class picture
      • Folder 58 Fairview School
      • Folder 59 Riverside School, District 53, Mildred Jenkins
      • Folder 60 Crowder School, District 69, Jessie Ady
      • Folder 61 Rural school
      • Folder 62 Kaw Valley, District 12, Marijane Brune
      • Folder 63 Vermont Street School
      • Folder 64 Rural School
      • Folder 65 Group of women in creek with woman pointing rifle
      • Folder 66 Five member band with instruments
      • Folder 67 Athletic team (football?), taken on Mount Oread
      • Folder 68 Man seated in horse-drawn sleigh
      • Folder 69 Clemmer Class
      • Folder 70 Banner (religious?)
      • Folder 71 Picnic
      • Folder 72 Reform dress or "American Dress," 1860s era carte-de-visite
      • Folder 73 Drawing of Lawrence town site, 1854 (5744)
    • Box 2
      • Folder 1 Captain James Boucher Shane, wearing his G.A.R. ribbon, undated
        tintype
      • Folder 2 Captain James Boucher Shane, RR photo car, undated
        cabinet card
      • Folder 3 Captain James Boucher Shane, standing with cane and wearing bowler hat, undated
      • Folder 4 Captain James Boucher Shane
      • Folder 5 Captain James Boucher Shane
      • Folder 6 Missouri Lee Quinlan Shane, undated
        tintype
      • Folder 7 Missouri Lee Quinlan Shane, undated
        cabinet card
      • Folder 8 Juno Belle Shane, undated
        cabinet card
      • Folder 9 Juno Belle Shane, undated
        tintype
      • Folder 10 Juno Belle Shane in Indian costume, undated
      • Folder 11 Juno Belle Shane in "celestial" costume, undated
      • Folder 12 Juno Belle Shane with tambourine, undated
      • Folder 13 Karl Shane "with" his head, undated
      • Folder 14 Karl Shane and wife, Mattie (Stewart), undated
        cabinet card
      • Folder 15 Karl Shane, undated
        cabinet card
      • Folder 16 Myrtle Shane
      • Folder 17 Myrtle Shane
      • Folder 18 Myrtle Shane
      • Folder 19 Possibly one of Shane's daughters
      • Folder 20 Possibly one of Shane's daughters
      • Folder 21 William or John Shane
      • Folder 22 William or John Shane
      • Folder 23 Shane home, Abilene, Kansas
      • Folder 24 Woman (82)
      • Folder 25 Girl (19)
      • Folder 26 Young man (269)
      • Folder 27 Young man (263)
      • Folder 28 Young man (248)
      • Folder 29 Woman and girl in furs (782)
      • Folder 30 Two young women (1036)
      • Folder 31 Young couple (263)
      • Folder 32 Middle-aged man (J.B. Shane or his brother?) (32)
      • Folder 33 Two young women (784)
      • Folder 34 Man with mustache (268)
      • Folder 35 Man with glasses and mustache (251)
      • Folder 36 Young man in overcoat (252)
      • Folder 37 Young man (250)
      • Folder 38 Group of 4 young women (93)
      • Folder 39 Group of 4 young men, two seated, two standing (82)
      • Folder 40 African American young woman in large hat with plume (27)
      • Folder 41 African American young woman in large hat, standing (54)
      • Folder 42 Young man wearing wishbone pin (383)
      • Folder 43 Young man (382)
      • Folder 44 Young man (381)
      • Folder 45 Young man in large bow tie (401)
      • Folder 46 Young man, side view (420)
      • Folder 47 Young man (422)
      • Folder 48 Young man with large mustache (380)
      • Folder 49 Young woman (104
      • Folder 50 Woman, same as 2.46 (132)
      • Folder 51 Woman, same as 2.45 (119)
      • Folder 52-53 Photo album pages
    • Box 3
      • Folder 1 Girl in costume, raising a wand above her head (one of Captain Shane's children?) (399)
      • Folder 2 Girl (294)
      • Folder 3 Couple (324)
      • Folder 4 Young man (one of Captain Shane's sons?) (217)
      • Folder 5 Child (7)
      • Folder 6 Baby (138)
      • Folder 7 Baby (284)
      • Folder 8 Young woman (412)
      • Folder 9 Young woman
      • Folder 10 Juno Belle Shane group
      • Folder 11 Man, (40)
        Tintype, barely visible
      • Folder 12 Man (40)
        Tintype
      • Folder 13 Baby (40)
        Tintype
      • Folder 14 Child (40)
        Carte de Visite
      • Folder 15 Very young man (40)
      • Folder 16 Young woman (80)
      • Folder 17 Young woman, standing (535)
      • Folder 18 Young woman (36)
      • Folder 19 Child, girl (African American?), leaning on hand (558)
      • Folder 20 Child, girl, standing by chair (414)
      • Folder 21 Man (386)
      • Folder 22 Man (385)
      • Folder 23 Man (384)
      • Folder 24 Woman (1040)
      • Folder 25 Woman, side/back view (1039)
      • Folder 26 Young woman (1038)
      • Folder 27 Young woman (1015)
      • Folder 28 Young woman (853)
      • Folder 29 Young woman (789)
      • Folder 30 Young woman in paisley blouse (786)
      • Folder 31 Young woman (788)
      • Folder 32 Young woman (298)
      • Folder 33 Young woman, side view (297)
      • Folder 34 Two young women (106)
      • Folder 35 3 young men, by Juno (410)
      • Folder 36 Young woman, standing, by Juno (261)
      • Folder 37 Woman, by Thompson (277)
      • Folder 38 Family, by Thompson (562)
      • Folder 39 Wedding couple, by Thompson (561)
      • Folder 40 Woman, by Thompson (276)
      • Folder 41 Girl, by Thompson (275)
      • Folder 42 Two children, by Thompson (274)
      • Folder 43 Young woman, by Thompson (273)
      • Folder 44 Family, by Thompson (60)
      • Folder 45 3 women, by Thompson (119)
      • Folder 46 Man and baby, by Thompson (11)
      • Folder 47 3 young women in "H" letter sweaters (Haskell?), by Thompson (3)
    • Box 4
      • Folder 1 Hugh Cameron, the Lawrence Hermit
      • Folder 2 Costumed teenagers
      • Folder 3 Lone Star group
      • Folder 4 African American family
      • Folder 5 Residence
      • Folder 6 Gilbert, soldier (8196)
      • Folder 7 Soldier
      • Folder 8 Feed cooker, made in Lawrence by C.J. Cartright, ca. 1886
      • Folder 9-10 Feed cooker
      • Folder 11 Girl, child
      • Folder 12 Man, standing
      • Folder 13 River
      • Folder 14 Family
      • Folder 15 Woman with hat
      • Folder 16 Woman, two girls with roses
      • Folder 17 Helen Bahnmeir, 1913
      • Folder 18 Parents and baby
      • Folder 19 Byrd family (African American)
      • Folder 20 Fishback, soldier (African American)
      • Folder 21 Runyon boy, dressed as cowboy, Jan. 1910
      • Folder 22 Clyde Miller, dressed as cowboy, Jan. 1910
      • Folder 23 Mennonite family (4567 and 5001)
      • Folder 24 Mennonite family
      • Folder 25 Indian family, Robinson (4207)
      • Folder 26 Indian couple, Robinson (4206)
      • Folder 27 Mrs. Or Miss Williams (African American)
      • Folder 28 Helen Edwards (African American)
      • Folder 29 Mrs. Or Miss Harvey (African American)
      • Folder 30 L. Lee (African American)
      • Folder 31 Mrs. Or Miss Rice (African American)
      • Folder 32 Mr. West (African American)
      • Folder 33 Mr. West (African American)
      • Folder 34 Walter Johnson (African American)
      • Folder 35 Walter Holt (African American)
      • Folder 36 M.C. Kissack or McKissack girl (African American)
      • Folder 37 M.C.Kissack or McKissack girl and mother (African American)
      • Folder 38 African American man, standing
      • Folder 39 Man, standing
      • Folder 40 Group of six men, one holding sword, one holding rifle, one holding umbrella
      • Folder 41 Men and boy posed around log cabin
      • Folder 42 Men and boy posed around log cabin
      • Folder 43 Theo Harvey
      • Folder 44 Three African American men
      • Folder 45 Group of Hispanic men with instruments
      • Folder 46 Family (girl holding doll)
      • Folder 47 Three children,
        carte de visite
    • Box 5-20 Women
    • Box 21-23 African American women
    • Box 24-29 Men
    • Box 30 African American men
    • Box 31 African American men, families. Funeral flowers.
    • Box 32-41 Families.
    • Box 42-51 Children
    • Box 52 Native American men and women
    • Box 53 Scenery
    • Box 54 Taken by George Shane, Captain Shane's oldest son