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Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas

Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas
Date: 1852
This photograph represents an illustration of the State-House, more commonly known as Constiution Hall, in Lecompton, Kansas from Henry Howe's "Historical Collections of the Great West". Lecompton Constitution Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Place in 1971, and as a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


Edward James Mitchell to Elizabeth Anne Mitchell

Edward James Mitchell to Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Creator: Rottluff, Blanche
Date: 1852
This is folder 44 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.


Henry B. Douglass

Henry B. Douglass
Date: 1852
This a photograph showing Henry B. Douglass who was born March 9, 1827 at West Point, where his father David Bates Douglass was Professor of Engineering. Henry Douglass graduated from West Point in 1852, and was promoted to Bvt. Second Lt. and assigned to the 7th Infantry. He was stationed at Fort Dodge, Kansas.


McDanield family papers

McDanield family papers
Creator: Rottluff, Blanche
Date: 1852-1871
This is folder 23 of the Rottluff Family papers collection. The papers relate to the establishment of present-day Bonner Springs, Kansas. This file comes from box 1 of the collection.


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.


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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