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William Izott Mitchell created this map while living in New York City. Mitchell apparently created the map for the amusement of his fellow members of the Kansas Society of New York City. The cartoon map pokes fun of Kansas history and culture (often through word play) and draws humorous parallels between Kansas and New York City. Prominent themes include Missouri-Kansas animosity, the underground railroad, temperance and prohibition, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, Quivera and early Kansas explorers, farmers and farming, tornadoes, women's suffrage, drought and grasshoppers, and miners and mining. The back of the map includes a partially obscured inscription that reads "W. Mitchell, Zoological Park, New York City." Mitchell was the Cashier (accountant) at the New York Zoological Park (now the Bronx Zoo). He was at one time the President of the Kansas Society of New York. The undated map appears to be a fragment of a larger work but the whereabouts or existence of an additional fragment representing western Kansas is unknown.

Creator: Mitchell, William Izott
Date: 1920s

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Item Number: 226303
Call Number: M G4201.A6 z1920.M5
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 226303

Agriculture - Crops - Wheat
Agriculture - Environment - Pests - Grasshoppers
Agriculture - Environment - Weather - Droughts
Agriculture - Environment - Weather - Storms - Tornadoes
Business and Industry - Mining and quarrying - Gold
Business and Industry - Mining and quarrying - Lead
Business and Industry - Railroad - Companies - Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
Business and Industry - Railroad - Companies - Union Pacific
Collections - Map
Date - 1920s
Education - Higher education - Institutions - Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia
Education - Higher education - Institutions - Kansas State University
Education - Higher education - Institutions - University of Kansas
Environment - Water - Rivers
Environment - Weather - Droughts
Environment - Weather - Storms - Tornadoes
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Antislavery - Abolition - Underground Railroad
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Prohibition and temperance
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Suffrage - Women
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Map
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Original Art - Drawing
Places - Other States - New York - New York City
Places - Rivers - Arkansas
Places - Rivers - Big Blue
Places - Rivers - Republican
Thematic Time Period - Age of Reform, 1880 - 1917
Thematic Time Period - Bleeding Kansas, 1854 - 1861
Thematic Time Period - Cattle Drives, 1867 - 1885
Thematic Time Period - Exploration, 1541 - 1820
Thematic Time Period - Immigration and Settlement, 1854 - 1890
Thematic Time Period - Indian Territory, 1820 - 1854
Thematic Time Period - Industrialization and the National Economy, 1870 - 1920
Transportation - Railroads - Companies - Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
Transportation - Railroads - Companies - Union Pacific Railway
Type of Material - Cartoons
Type of Material - Maps

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