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Laura Kirkwood Nelson Collection

Identifier: MSS-004

Scope and Contents Note

The collection consists of a Liberty Memorial Association honorary membership certificate dated November 21, 1922, and an honory degree given to her father, as well as a map of the Rockhill neighborhood, and a small catalog of the Laura Nelson Kirkwood estate sale in 1944.


  • Creation: 1922-1944

Restrictions on Access

Open to researchers. Appointments are necessary for the use of manuscript and archival collections. Due to the fragility of the original estate sale catalog, researchers must use the photocopy provided.

Conditions Governing Use Note

These records are the property of the Nelson Gallery Foundation and it retains all rights, including possible copyright, which they may contain.

Biographical / Historical Note

Laura Nelson Kirkwood was born on February 14, 1883, in Kansas City. She was the only child of William Rockhill and Ida Houston Nelson. She attended the Barstow School in Kansas City and Miss Emerson's School in Boston, and spent two years at a school in Paris. She is supposed to have met her future husband, Irwin Kirkwood, at a polo match in Kansas City. They were married November 10, 1910 in New York City.

Mrs. Kirkwood shared many of her father's interests, and, after his death in 1915, she and her husband made certain that these continued. Mr. Kirkwood was actively involved with the operation of Sni-A-Bar Farm, and he served as managing editor of the Kansas City Star while she managed the money. She died suddenly in Baltimore in 1926. Her will provided for the construction of a gallery of art bearing her father's name and for the purchase of art.


4 Folders (In 1 letter size folder(MSS004_04) and 3 oversize folders (MSS004_01, MSS004_02, MSS004_03).)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of miscellaneous items belonging or related to Laura Nelson Kirkwood.


Due to the size and nature of this collection, it has not been divided into series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Catalog: gift of Estelle Sosland; accession number associated with this gift is 1994-11. There are no other accession numbers associated with this collection and the form of acquisition for the other materials within the collection are unknown.

Accruals Note

Additions to the collection are not anticipated.

Finding Aid of the Laura Nelson Kirkwood Collection, MSS 004
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Repository Details

Part of the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Archives Repository

4525 Oak St.
Kansas City MO 64111 United States