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Samuel Reader's diary, volume 8

Samuel Reader's diary, volume 8
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: August 16, 1872-October 01, 1874
Volume eight of Samuel James Reader's diary during which time the community of Silver Lake, near Topeka, Kansas, was suffering from an outbreak of smallpox. About a dozen people died in Silver Lake from the disease but none of Reader's relatives were afflicted. However, his family did suffer a death on August 6, 1873 when their infant son died. In addition to English, much of the diary is written in shorthand.

Smallpox Epidemic in Columbus

Smallpox Epidemic in Columbus
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: January 1915
This file includes general correspondence relating to the smallpox epidemic in Columbus. Topics included in the correspondence is closing public buildings such as schools and churches to decrease the spread of smallpox in Columbus, Kansas. The Governor's office replies with directing them to Dr. Samuel Crumbine and the State Board of Health. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.

United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 34, Correspondence

United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 34, Correspondence
Creator: United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Central Superintendency
Date: 1836-1839
This volume of received correspondence from the Central Indian Superintendency at St. Louis, Missouri, includes holograph copies of letters received primarily from agents providing information about agency operations and contacts with various Indian nations, requests, and answers to questions of the Superintendent of Indian Affairs. Included in the correspondence are reports of Indian warfare and murders, alcohol abuse, conflicts between employees, the treaty with and emigration of the Potawatomi, supply requisitions, and smallpox. A searchable, full-text version of this volume is available by clicking "Text Version" below. Partial funding for the digitization of these records was provided by the National Park Service.

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