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1880 census of Nicodemus Township, Graham County, Kansas

1880 census of Nicodemus Township, Graham County, Kansas
Creator: United States. Census Office. 10th census, 1880
Date: June 8, 1880 through June 23, 1880
This census schedule provides details--including the name, age, race, and occupation--of both white and black settlers in Nicodemus Township in Graham County, Kansas. This township had been settled by African Americans in 1877 along the south fork of the Solomon River.


Constitution and by-laws of Journeymen Bricklayers' Union No. 9

Constitution and by-laws of Journeymen Bricklayers' Union No. 9
Creator: Journeymen Bricklayers' Union No. 9
Date: January 14, 1907
The constitution and by-laws of the Journeymen Bricklayers' Union No. 9 of Coffeyville, Kansas. The purpose of this union was to unite and associate all bricklayers to help secure work that was in their best interests.


John and Rudolph Feiden

John and Rudolph Feiden
Date: Between 1895 and 1905
Two studio portraits glued together of brothers and stonemasons John Feiden, left, and Rudolph Feiden. The Feiden brothers constructed many prominent buildings and stone structures in Alma, Kansas.


John W. Robinson to Hiram Hill

John W. Robinson to Hiram Hill
Creator: Robinson, John W
Date: August 17, 1857
John Robinson, President and Agent of the Manhattan Town Association, wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Robinson responded to Hill's interest in investing in the town, describing the town's current situation, climate, and development rate. He provided specific and dramatic examples of increasing property values, and assured Hill that there would be no land speculation; he would only sell lots to those investors who were willing to build.


L. W. Halbe Collection

L. W. Halbe Collection
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: 1908-1912
The L. W. (Leslie Winfield) Halbe photo collection consists of 1500 glass plate negatives produced by Halbe during his teenage years. Halbe lived in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas, and began taking photographs of the region with an inexpensive Sears and Roebuck camera when he was fifteen years old.


Memorandum of agreement between Klaus and Gray

Memorandum of agreement between Klaus and Gray
Date: June 13, 1857
Gray agreed to transfer lot number 77 on the levee in Quindaro to Klaus in return for $100 in cash in six months and $1000 worth of mason work, labor, and materials for building in Quindaro. The document outlined various prices for mason work with cut sand stone corners, dust sand stone window and door caps and sills, etc. Gray was to deliver a design for the building before the memorandum was signed but the purpose of the building was not specified.


Part 12: Exodusters, in first annual report of the Bureau of Labor and Industrial Statistics

Part 12: Exodusters, in first annual report of the Bureau of Labor and Industrial Statistics
Creator: Kansas Bureau of Labor
Date: 1886
This excerpt of the Kansas Bureau of Labor report includes only Part 12, the portion of the report focusing on the Exodusters in Wyandotte, Kansas. The report includes transcribed testimonies of Exodusters as well as a detailed table showing statistics compiled from seventeen families, including their location, ages, health, and occupations. The report also includes a few references to Exodusters in Topeka.


Silo construction

Silo construction
Date: Between 1900 and 1940
This black and white photograph shows a view of six men, some of whom are holding trowels, constructing a concrete block and mortar silo in Chase County, Kansas. Also visible are a ramshackle shed and other structures in the background.


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