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A. Cutler residence in Council, Grove, Kansas

A. Cutler residence in Council, Grove, Kansas
Creator: Anderson, Walt
Date: December 09, 1897
This photograph shows the Cutlers standing on the back porch of their home in Council Grove, Kansas.


A. J. Arnold to Joseph Hebbard

A. J. Arnold to Joseph Hebbard
Creator: Arnold, A. J.
Date: August 11, 1892
In this brief but informative letter A. J. Arnold, a Topeka, Kansas, druggist, informs Joseph Hebbard, treasurer of the Farmer's Alliance, of his decision to switch his allegiance from the Democratic Party to the People's (Populist) Party. He is eager to "release the state of Kansas from the misrule of the Republican Party." While Arnold is confident that he has made the right decision, he also notes that many other Democrats are wavering. Consequently, Arnold has prepared a letter to the Democrats that expresses the benefits of supporting Populism; he asks Hebbard to read through the draft of this letter and provide comments. This enclosure is not with the original letter and has not been located.


A. J. Eastman Drug Store, Burlington, Kansas

A. J. Eastman Drug Store, Burlington, Kansas
Date: 1897
This photograph shows an exterior view of the A. J. Eastman Drug Store in Burlington, Kansas. Also visible is the Pioneer Hardware and Implement Store. A few people are visible in front of the stores, and a carriage and a bicycle are also visible.


A Crisis for the Husbandman

A Crisis for the Husbandman
Creator: Daniels, Percy
Date: 1889--1891
The contents of this book are six lectures that were delivered to the Girard, Kansas, Grange by Colonel Percy Daniels, a civil engineer. The chapters correspond to individual speeches with titles such as "The Condition of Agriculture," "The Cause, a Living Octopus and a Dead Industry," "The Cause, The Annual Penalty Imposed on Labor," Our Idolatry--the Golden Calf," "The Remedy," and "American Despots to the Rear." Reviews of various lectures as well as some addition materials are included. Daniels later served as a Populist Lieutenant Governor of Kansas. Dates in the publication range from 1889 through 1891. It was published by Western Herald Print of Girard, Kansas.


A Plan to Place the Business of Farming Upon a Paying Basis

A Plan to Place the Business of Farming Upon a Paying Basis
Creator: Geary County Farmer's Alliance and Industrial Union
Date: 1891
At its meeting in Junction City on December 17, 1890, the Geary County Farmer's Alliance and Industrial Union appointed a committee of John Hay, J. L. Hulse and Jas. H. Gabby to report to the group on how farmers might be more profitable. They reported on Jan. 10, 1891, and their plan was adopted by the Geary County Farmer's Alliance and Industrial Union. It calls for farmers to work together to impact prices and supplies rather than being at the mercy of purchasers and speculators. It encouraged an effort to jointly hold back cattle from the Kansas City market for one day in an effort to increase the prices paid to farmers.


A common-sense view of the anarchist case, with some points apparently unnoticed by others

A common-sense view of the anarchist case, with some points apparently unnoticed by others
Creator: Clemens, G. C. (Gaspar Christopher), 1849-1906
Date: 1890s
This pamphlet, apparently, was written by G. C. Clemens. It presents the populist perspective on events related to the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, Illinois, on May 4, 1886. It is dedicated to Gov. Oglesby of Illinois who commuted the sentences of two of the men convicted in the case from death to life terms. The original is fragile but most of the text is available. A few letters or a word may be missing from what were the inside margins of the item.


A few financial facts, being a series of kindergarten lessons on the Silver Question

A few financial facts, being a series of kindergarten lessons on the Silver Question
Creator: King, S. S.
Date: 1895
S.S. King, a Populist, writes about the plight of the farmer and the small increases in farm values as compared to other sectors of the economy. He presents a number of statistics from the 1890 census. King contends that some government officials do not want the people to understand the implications of these statistics. His goal is to unite farmers and workers to address what he views as their common enemy. King lived in Kansas City, Kansas. The book's full title is "A few financial facts, being a series of kindergarten lessons on the Silver Question, with sixty-two illustrative diagrams, showing clearly the misfortunes that have come to the people, the causes that produce them, and the remedy that will remove."


Agitate, educate, organize:  price catalogue of books, documents and periodicals

Agitate, educate, organize: price catalogue of books, documents and periodicals
Creator: Breidenthal, John William, 1857-1910
Date: Unknown
List of published pamphlets for sale by the People's Party State Central Committee of Kansas.


A hand-book devoted mainly to the money question

A hand-book devoted mainly to the money question
Creator: Maxson, Perry Burdick, 1826-1920
Date: 1891
This handbook presents a discussion about what is wrong in the economic system, according to the Populist perspective. It was written by P. B. Maxson and J. C. Hebbard, both Kansans, who were active in the Alliance and Populist causes. It deals primarily with financial issues, but contains some information on the price of crops, railroads, etc.


A historical review of the causes and issues that led to the overthrow of the Republican Party in Kansas in 1892

A historical review of the causes and issues that led to the overthrow of the Republican Party in Kansas in 1892
Creator: Kent, W. H.
Date: 1893
This pamphlet recounts the rise of the Populist Party in Kansas and the events of the legislative war in Topeka. This history is written from the Populist perspective. It may have been written by William Henry Kent who died in 1916.


Al Nichols' General Store, Osborne, Kansas

Al Nichols' General Store, Osborne, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
This is a photo of the interior of Al Nichols' General Store in Osborne, Kansas. An unidentified man is in view.


Albert J. Stratton Drug Store, Reading, Kansas

Albert J. Stratton Drug Store, Reading, Kansas
Date: Between 1885 and 1895
This photograph shows an exterior view of the Albert J. Stratton Drug Store in Reading, Kansas. There are several men visible in front of the store, and a horse and carriage are visible on the right of the picture.


A lesson of to-day and a questions of to-morrow

A lesson of to-day and a questions of to-morrow
Creator: Daniels, Percy, 1840-1916
Date: October 01, 1892
This speech was delivered by Col. Percy Daniels, candidate of the People's and Democratic Parties for Kansas Lieutent Governor, at Girard, Kansas.


Alexander Warner to G. Norton Galloway

Alexander Warner to G. Norton Galloway
Creator: Warner, Alexander
Date: October 9, 1893
This is a letter written by Alexander Warner, Baxter Springs, Kansas to G. Norton Galloway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The letter is written on The House of 1893 stationery and members of the House of Representatives and officers are listed. Also, there are two illustrations one of the broken door and the other of Speaker Douglass' gavel.


Alliance Produce Co., Topeka Kansas.  Information

Alliance Produce Co., Topeka Kansas. Information
Creator: Alliance Produce Company
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This informational circular was developed by the Alliance Produce Company of Topeka, Kansas. One of the reasons the company had been organized was to aid farmers and other organizations to ship and market their own produce. The pamphlet contains the inspection critera for crops such as wheat, corn, oats, rye, and barley. It has information about grain inspection, grain storage, and other information related to shipping crops.


Alliance songster

Alliance songster
Date: Between 1890 and 1897
This Farmer's Alliance pamphlet includes populist political songs used to organize the farm community behind its political banner.


Allison and Denver Drugs and Groceries, Hutchinson, Kansas

Allison and Denver Drugs and Groceries, Hutchinson, Kansas
Date: 1897
This photograph shows an exterior view of Allison and Denver Drugs and Groceries in Hutchinson, Kansas. The building, located on the southeast corner of Sherman and Main streets, also houses Raff Brothers Dry Goods and other stores. Several people are visible in front of the stores, and a few people are visible sitting in the windows of the upper part of the store on the left side of the picture. A large American flag is also seen flying above the building.


A message and plan for county candidates

A message and plan for county candidates
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
This pamphlet was prepared by the chairmen and secretaries of the People's Party and the Democrats. They were working on a "fusion" or merged ticket that would be supported by both Democrats and Populists. The pamphlet gives very specific instructions about how to attract Republican voters who are discontented with that party. It is addressed to party workers at the county level and advocates a very grass roots approach to the campaign. The Peoples Party chairman was W. J. Babb and the secretary was J. H. Curran. The Democratic chairman was H. P. Farrelly and the secretary was Chas. McCrum.


An Address Issued by the Shawnee County, Kansas, Old Soldiers' Bryan Free Silver Club, Embracing Over 300 Members

An Address Issued by the Shawnee County, Kansas, Old Soldiers' Bryan Free Silver Club, Embracing Over 300 Members
Date: 1896
The members of the club in the title of this pamphlet were Civil War veterans. They were supporters of William Jennings Bryan and his efforts to promote the unlimited coinage of silver. Populists believed that the free coinage of silver would increase the money supply and thus the wealth of the working class. J. J. Miller, the president of the club, was a veteran of an Ohio regiment who had settled in Kansas after the Civil War. This address may have been given at a meeting of the club at 420 Kansas Avenue on Friday, September 11, 1896.


An Address to the Republicans of Kansas

An Address to the Republicans of Kansas
Creator: Turner, R. W.
Date: 1896
R. W. Turner, J. S. Caldwell, and J. A. Davis are listed as the authors of this pamphlet that advocates the idea of free silver to the Republicans in Kansas. They present arguments from various Republicans about increasing the money supply and state that the Republican Party did not advocate for the "gold standard" until 1896. The pamphlet argues that partisan politics must sometimes be rejected for what is right. This pamphlet was issued by the Free Silver Republicans of Kansas.


An appeal to true Populists

An appeal to true Populists
Creator: Clemens, G. C. (Gaspar Christopher), 1849-1906
Date: Unknown
A historical analysis of the progression of the People's Party in the political process of the 1890s.


Annie (Le Porte) Diggs

Annie (Le Porte) Diggs
Creator: Snyder
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
A portrait of Annie (Le Porte) Diggs, who was born in 1848 in Canada to an American mother and French father. Two years later the family moved to New Jersey, where she attended school. Diggs moved to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1873 and married Alvin S. Diggs shortly thereafter. While in Kansas, Diggs began to attend the local Unitarian Church and developed a strong sense of moral responsibility that prompted her to work for temperance and women's suffrage. During 1882, Diggs and her husband published the newspaper Kansas Liberal, and beginning in 1890 she was the associate editor of the Alliance Advocate. As a radical reformer seeking to wipe out injustice, Diggs also allied herself with the Farmer's Alliance, aiding in the creation of the People's (Populist) Party, serving on the Populist National Committee, and supporting the fusion of the Populist and Democratic parties in the 1898 election. Throughout this time she continued to work actively for women's voting rights and served in the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association. In 1898, she was appointed the state librarian of Kansas, and she was also elected president of Kansas Press Women in 1905. Diggs moved to New York City in 1906, where she worked on two publications: The Story of Jerry Simpson (1908) and Bedrock (1912). She relocated to Detroit, Michigan, in 1912 and died there on September 7, 1916.


Another shrewd scheme of our enemies: they try to mislead the people and drive men into the support of the old parties

Another shrewd scheme of our enemies: they try to mislead the people and drive men into the support of the old parties
Creator: Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873
Date: 1890s
The State Central Committee of the People's Party had the statement addressed "To the Voters of Kansas" printed to warn of the corrupt practices of the two established political parties. The statement charges the Republicans of trying to discredit the People's Party in order to maintain control of Kansas government. S. W. Chase signed this document as chairman of the State Central Committee.


An outline of the plan proposed by this company for handling and marketing farm products (circular no. 3)

An outline of the plan proposed by this company for handling and marketing farm products (circular no. 3)
Creator: Alliance Produce Company
Date: 1890 through 1900
This pamphlet is addressed to the "Grain-Growers of Kansas" and explains how the Alliance Produce Company plans to assist farmers in generating greater profits from the sale of their crops. It proposes to sell crops at a "market center" such a Chicago where there is more competition among purchasers than at the local level in Kansas. Other details of the company are included. Portions of the upper corners of some pages have been lost and the text is incomplete.


Anti-Populist political ribbon

Anti-Populist political ribbon
Date: 1894
A blue political campaign ribbon sponsored by the Emporia Gazette (newspaper) promoting "more [corn], less hell" in 1894. The slogan is a rebuttal of the Populist appeal that farmers raise "less corn and more hell" often attributed to Populist agitator Mary Elizabeth Lease.


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