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An act to legalize certain marriages therein named

An act to legalize certain marriages therein named
Creator: Washington, Chief James
Date: April 8, 1851
This item, approved by Wyandott Chief James Washington, provides a list of people married within the Wyandott territory in the spring of 1851.


Certificate of Indenture

Certificate of Indenture
Creator: Rottluff, Blanche
Date: 1851
This is folder 43 of the Rottluff Family papers collection. The papers relate to the establishment of present-day Bonner Springs, Kansas. This file comes from box 2 of the collection.


Notes by the Way

Notes by the Way
Creator: Goodnow, Isaac T. (Isaac Tichenor), 1814-1894
Date: July 3, 1851 - July 18, 1851
Three small notebooks kept by Isaac Tichenor Goodnow while on summer vacation from teaching at the Providence Seminary in Rhode Island. A searchable transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Samuel J. Reader's autobiography, volume 1

Samuel J. Reader's autobiography, volume 1
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: 1901-1908
"Autobiography of an old Jayhawker" gives an early account of Samuel James Reader's childhood and family (1849-1856) written when Reader was in his sixties. This autobiography is of particular interest because the first volume of Reader's diary, which covered a similar time period, was destroyed by a fire. It also includes a number of illustrations drawn by Reader. It describes his life in Virginia and Illinois, before he came to Kansas. In the early pages, Reader writes about a cousin Sydney Rigdon who was a Mormon and lived in Nauvoo, Illinois.


Soup Bowl from Quindaro, 14WY314

Soup Bowl from Quindaro, 14WY314
Date: 1851
This soup bowl was found in pieces in the area that was the approximate location of the Quindaro Hotel in Quindaro, Wyandotte County, Kansas. It was reconstructed after excavation. The maker's mark on the back of the bowl reads "PRIZE MEDAL 1851" in the upper arch and has a lion and a unicorn flanking a Parcel 4 Registry Mark that dates to September 2, 1851. Below this the potter's name appears in the banner: "T. J. & J. Mayer." In the lower arch appears "LE HALL POTTERY, Longport. IN IRONSTONE," which when complete read Dale Hall Pottery and Improved Berlin Ironstone. T. J. & J. Mayer were the Thomas J. and John Mayer potters of Longport, England.


Three-cent Coin from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367

Three-cent Coin from the Last Chance Store, 14MO367
Date: 1851
This unique three-cent silver coin was recovered during the excavation at the 2016 Kansas Archeology Training Program at the Last Chance Store in Council Grove. The coin was minted in New Orleans from 1851 to 1853. Later version of the three-cent coin were minted with less silver than was this first type. The Last Chance Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places 1971.


United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 16, Property returns

United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 16, Property returns
Creator: United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Central Superintendency
Date: 1843-1853
This volume contains property returns as recorded by David D. Mitchell, Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, in St. Louis, Missouri. Some of the property accounted for includes stationary, books, office furniture, safes, agricultural implements, blacksmith's tools, and rifles. Partial funding for the digitization of these records was provided by the National Park Service. Volumes 16 and 17 are bound together.


United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 17, Accounts

United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 17, Accounts
Creator: United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Central Superintendency
Date: 1843-1853
This volume contains records of current accounts of the Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, at St. Louis, Missouri. David D. Mitchell held this position from 1849-1853. Expenditures are recorded for several sub-agencies, including Fort Leavenworth, Upper Missouri, Council Bluffs, Great Nemaha and Osage River, and the various Indian tribes in each region. These expenditures included salaries for blacksmiths and interpreters, annuities, and provisions. Partial funding for the digitization of these records was provided by the National Park Service. Volumes 16 and 17 are bound together.


United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 9, Correspondence

United States Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency, St. Louis, Missouri. Volume 9, Correspondence
Creator: United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Central Superintendency
Date: 1847-1855
This volume contains correspondence sent by the Office of Indian Affairs, Central Superintendency in St. Louis, Missouri from 1847-1855. The correspondence was sent by the Superintendents of Indian Affairs to the Commissioners of Indian Affairs. During this period the superintendents included Thomas H. Harvey, David D. Mitchell, and Alfred Cumming; the commissioners included William Medill, Orlando Brown, Luke Lea, and George Washington Manypenny. Topics of discussion focused on the appropriation of federal funds for treaties, the hiring and firing of Indian agents, and the transportation and storage of goods and supplies. Partial funding for the digitization of these records was provided by the National Park Service. A searchable, full-text (PDF) transcription is available under "External Links" below.


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