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1951 flood, Neosho County, Kansas

1951 flood, Neosho County, Kansas
Date: July 6, 1951
These are two aerial views of Neosho County, Kansas, that were taken by and published in the Chanute Tribune newspaper. The two photographs show a flooded oil storage facility and farmstead.


300 Mile Race over New Santa Fe Trail

300 Mile Race over New Santa Fe Trail
Creator: Moore Studio
Date: May 26, 1913
This black and white photograph shows one of the three Buick cars used during the 300-mile race over the new Santa Fe Trail in front of the Kansas City Star newspaper office. The three automobiles left the Hutchinson News office at 5:01 a.m., arriving at the Kansas City Star office at 4:24 p.m. proving a 300-mile automobile trip could be made on Kansas dirt highways in twelve hours. The only stop during the race was for lunch in Emporia, Kansas. Seated in the Buick are the following individuals from left to right: M.P. Newton, O.M. Wilhite, Ralph Faxton, in the middle, Kansas Governor George H. Hodges, and Fred Trigg.


70th anniversary edition supplement to the Washington County Register

70th anniversary edition supplement to the Washington County Register
Creator: Washington County Register
Date: September 16, 1938
This special anniversary edition supplement celebrates the seventieth anniversary of the Washington County Register. The supplement highlights the pioneers and businessmen of the county along with photos and advertisements. It contains short histories of Washington County towns and also brief descriptions of the businesses in the various communities. Many businesses also have adds in this supplement. It contains lists of pioneers, graduates from Washington County schools, and soldiers buried in Washington County cemeteries.


A.S. Harris to Thaddeus Hyatt

A.S. Harris to Thaddeus Hyatt
Creator: Harris, A S.
Date: September 22, 1856
A.S. Harris wrote from New York to Thaddeus Hyatt regarding an article in the Journal of Commerce that dealt with the upcoming Presidential election and the strife in Kansas. The clipping was attached to the letter, and it included a rather lengthy attack on emigrant aid societies.


Abilene reflector

Abilene reflector
Creator: Strother, Berzelius Leslie
Date: September 6, 1883-April 26, 1888
View and search this newspaper by clicking on the Chronicling America link below. This newspaper comes from the collections of the Kansas Historical Society and was digitized with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program. The Abilene Reflector, founded in the latter half of 1883, was an eight-page newspaper published every Thursday. By the early 1880s, Abilene had shed its rough cowtown image of the late 1860s to become a thriving commercial center with a rapidly growing population. In its own words, the paper was "conducted in the interest of the Democratic party, believing the party in its wisdom in the choice of candidates, from county offices to national, is greater than personal feeling or prejudice."


Abilene weekly reflector

Abilene weekly reflector
Creator: Reflector Pub.
Date: May 3, 1888-June 28, 1894
View and search this newspaper by clicking on the Chronicling America link below. This newspaper comes from the collections of the Kansas Historical Society and was digitized with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program. The Abilene Weekly Reflector was published from May 3, 1888 until February 21, 1935. Owned by the Reflector Publishing Company, consisting of John J. Cooper as president and Richard Waring as business manager, the Reflector began a new Republican Party affiliation. The new proprietors cited "the universal demand of republicans in this section of the state for a Republican newspaper at Abilene" and began the "anomalous task of converting a Simon-pure democratic paper into a live, progressive republican journal." In 1888, the Reflector became the official paper of Dickinson County, seizing the title from the Abilene Gazette.


Advocate newspaper office in Lakin, Kansas

Advocate newspaper office in Lakin, Kansas
Date: Between 1918 and 1920
This photograph is a halftone print showing Mr. Kimball in the Advocate offine in Lakin, Kansas with two women.


Albert G. Boone to Thomas Nesbit Stinson

Albert G. Boone to Thomas Nesbit Stinson
Creator: Boone, Albert G.
Date: January 16, 1860
Albert G. Boone, writing from Westport, Missouri, to Thomas N. Stinson, described his unsuccessful efforts to sell a printing press for Stinson. Boone suggested that Stinson contact "Free Statemen" with whom he was on good terms to see if they could help him sell it. Boone added a postscript to the letter asking about the prospects of a treaty with the Pottawatomie.


Alson C. Davis to John A. Halderman

Alson C. Davis to John A. Halderman
Creator: Davis, Alson C.
Date: June 19, 1857
Alson C. Davis, a Democrat legislator and party leader from Leavenworth (later Wyandotte) County, writes from Wyandotte that he strongly favors "the establishment of a first class democratic paper" in Leavenworth, Kansas Territory. Davis believes this was vital "to the Cincinnati Platform Democracy," and is willing to pledge an additional $400 to the cause. A Mr. Beach had previously offered to give John Halderman "a bonus of two thousand dollars" with which to start such a newspaper.


Amos A. Lawrence to Reverend Edward E. Hale

Amos A. Lawrence to Reverend Edward E. Hale
Creator: Lawrence, Amos Adams
Date: February 25, 1855
Amos Lawrence, writing from Boston to Edward Everett Hale, a Worcester, Massachusetts resident, expressed concern about the manner in which Worcester leaders in the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Company were doing business. Specifically, Lawrence was upset about Hale's and Eli Thayer's use of Emigrant Aid Company funds to make a loan to George Washington Brown, the editor of the Herald of Freedom.


Annals of Kansas, January - February, 1855

Annals of Kansas, January - February, 1855
Creator: Wilder, Daniel Webster, 1832-1911
Date: January, 1855 through February, 1855
D. W. Wilder's "Annals of Kansas," published in 1886, provides a day-by-day chronicle of significant events in Kansas. These are digital images of Annals of Kansas entries for the territorial period of 1854-1861.


Antislavery Mass Meeting

Antislavery Mass Meeting
Date: November 26, 1859
Advertisement of an antislavery meeting to be held on December 2, 1859, in Lawrence, Kansas Territory, on the day that abolitionist John Brown was executed.


"Ape war" to high court

"Ape war" to high court
Creator: Topeka Daily Capital
Date: July 22, 1925
This headline appeared in the Topeka Daily Capital and shows local reaction to the Scopes "monkey" trial on the teaching of evolution in schools. This image highlights the headlines only.


Appeal to Reason newspaper office

Appeal to Reason newspaper office
Date: 1880s
Appeal and Reason newspaper office in Girard, Kansas.


April 18, 1861 issue of The Kansas State Journal, Lawrence, Kansas

April 18, 1861 issue of The Kansas State Journal, Lawrence, Kansas
Creator: The Kansas State Journal
Date: April 18, 1861
An article on page 2 of this issue of The Kansas State Journal, Lawrence, Kansas, announces the start of the Civil War with the headline "The War Commenced!" Other articles in this issue report on the bombardment of Fort Sumter and the presidential proclamation calling for 75,000 volunteers.


Are these noble statesmen and lawmakers fighting for the interests of the workers? Oh, dear, NO

Are these noble statesmen and lawmakers fighting for the interests of the workers? Oh, dear, NO
Creator: Walker, Ryan, 1870-1932
Date: June 1, 1912
Political cartoon drawn by Ryan Walker for the socialist newspaper, Appeal to Reason, which was published in Girard, Kansas. The cartoon depicts a concerned worker watching Republican presidential candidate William Taft and Progressive presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt brawl and curse. Socialist candidate Eugene Debs and his running mate Emil Seidel received 6% of the popular vote in the 1912 election.


Arthur Capper

Arthur Capper
Date: 1920-1929
A portrait of Arthur Capper who owned several newspapers including Cappers Weekly and two radio stations. He was active in politics and served as Kansas Governor from 1915 to 1919 and United States Senator from 1919 to 1949. The portrait is autographed to his personal friend Art Schultz.


Arthur Capper

Arthur Capper
Date: 1918
Portrait of Arthur Capper, 1865-1951, shown here at the age of fifty-three. Capper, a native of Garnett, Kansas, served Kansas as Governor from 1915 to 1919, and as U. S. Senator from 1919 to 1949.


Atchison land sale between Samuel Pomeroy and Theodore Hyatt

Atchison land sale between Samuel Pomeroy and Theodore Hyatt
Date: June 29, 1857
"This agreement made this 29th day of June 1857 Between Samuel C. Pomeroy of the City of Atchison Kansas Territory. . .and Theodore Hyatt of the City of New York" addresses the sale of certain portions of city lots in Atchison and other land to the latter, as well as "one half of said Pomeroy's interest in the Squatter Sovereign," etc. Pomeroy received several thousand dollars in this exchange.


Augustus Wattles to James Smith

Augustus Wattles to James Smith
Creator: Wattles, Augustus, 1807-1876
Date: June 18, 1857
From Lawrence on June 18, 1857, Augustus Wattles wrote Jas. Smith (Is this a Brown alias?) regarding affairs in Kansas Territory, specifically referring to several of the Free State Party's leaders: "Holmes' is at Emporia plowing. Conway's here talking politics. Phillips is here trying to urge the free State men to galvanize the Topeka Constitution into life. . . ." and Robinson had "dispirited the Free State party" by his absence from the legislature last winter, making it "difficult to make them rally again under him." Although one hears "much against Brown" he is "as good as ever."


Augustus Wattles to John Brown?

Augustus Wattles to John Brown?
Creator: Wattles, Augustus, 1807-1876
Date: August 21, 1857
Augustus Wattles wrote to John Brown from Lawrence, August 21, 1857, regarding several matters but focused again on problems within the Free State movement because of a loss of confidence in Charles Robinson's leadership. Robinson had openly criticized G. W. Brown and the Herald of Freedom and the factious party could accomplish little, but Wattles was confident that free staters would vote in and win the October election for territorial legislature.


Barclay's Business Directory of Leavenworth for 1859

Barclay's Business Directory of Leavenworth for 1859
Creator: Pierse, Allen
Date: 1859
In addition to a listing of businesses and advertisements, the directory included the elected officials for the city of Leavenworth for 1858-59 and the newspapers published in Leavenworth. A few women are listed as owners of businesses. The information for the directory was compiled by Allen Pierse.


Betty Murray at the Shawnee County Reporter's linotype, Rossville, Kansas

Betty Murray at the Shawnee County Reporter's linotype, Rossville, Kansas
Date: Between 1953 and 1967
Bill Murray and his wife, Betty, purchased the Rossville Reporter in March of 1953. The name was then changed to The Shawnee County Reporter. The Murrays sold the paper in 1967 to the Pictorial Times, a Topeka paper. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


Betty Murray at the Shawnee County Reporter, Rossville, Kansas

Betty Murray at the Shawnee County Reporter, Rossville, Kansas
Date: 1961
Bill Murray and his wife, Betty, purchased the Rossville Reporter in March of 1953. The name was changed to The Shawnee County Reporter. The Murrays sold the paper in 1967 to the Pictorial Times, a Topeka paper. This picture was taken in August of 1960. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


Big blue union

Big blue union
Creator: Manning, Edwin Cassander, 1835-1915
Date: March 29, 1862 - May 19, 1866
View and search this newspaper by clicking on the Chronicling America link below. This newspaper comes from the collections of the Kansas Historical Society and was digitized with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program. The Big Blue Union was published in Marysville, Kansas, appearing on Saturday mornings beginning with the first issue on March 29, 1862, and continuing through its last on May 19, 1866. Taking its title from the Big Blue River that flows through the town, the paper boasted a Republican affiliation and maintained a pro-Union stance in a community whose founder and early residents were decidedly proslavery.


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