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A. C. Griffith business card

A. C. Griffith business card
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A business card for dentist Dr. A. C. Griffith, D.D.S. His office was located on the second floor opposite the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) temple in Canton, Kansas.


Abel Alcala's VFW Membership Card

Abel Alcala's VFW Membership Card
Date: 1950
This is a photograph of Abel Alcala's Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) 1951 membership card for post number 1650 in Topeka, Kansas.


Alien registration card for Vena Peters Schock

Alien registration card for Vena Peters Schock
Date: July 25, 1918
This Alien registration Card, issued by the U.S. Department of Justice to Vena Peters Schock of Topeka, KS, was issued during World War I due to Schock's status as a non-naturalized citizen of the United States. During World War I many German Americans were issued similar registration cards that they had to carry at all times. If a non-naturalized German American was stopped without their card, they could face imprisonment until hostilities between Germany and the United States ceased.


Amelia Earhart Christmas card

Amelia Earhart Christmas card
Date: 1933
Christmas card from Amelia Earhart and George Putnam. Printed in black on off-white colored paper. The donor's family knew Earhart and Putnam, and the couple stayed with the family when they visited the British Isles. Putnam and Earhart met in 1928 when the publisher contacted the aviatrix to ask her to become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger. They were married in 1931. Earhart disappeared over the Pacific during an attempted around-the-world flight on July 2, 1937.


Amelia Earhart Christmas card

Amelia Earhart Christmas card
Date: between 1931 and 1936
Christmas card from Amelia Earhart and George Putnam. Printed in black on off-white colored paper. The donor's family knew Earhart and Putnam, and the couple stayed with the family when they visited the British Isles. Putnam and Earhart met in 1928 when the publisher contacted the aviatrix to ask her to become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger. They were married in 1931. Earhart disappeared over the Pacific during an attempted around-the-world flight on July 2, 1937.


Amelia Earhart Christmas card

Amelia Earhart Christmas card
Date: between 1931 and 1936
Christmas card from Amelia Earhart and George Putnam. Printed in black on off-white colored paper. The donor's family knew Earhart and Putnam, and the couple stayed with the family when they visited the British Isles. Putnam and Earhart met in 1928 when the publisher contacted the aviatrix to ask her to become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger. They were married in 1931. Earhart disappeared over the Pacific during an attempted around-the-world flight on July 2, 1937.


Anna Freud correspondence

Anna Freud correspondence
Creator: Freud, Anna, 1895-1982
Date: 1936-1971
These are handwritten and typed letters, mostly outgoing, from Anna Freud to Karl Menninger, Rudolph Ekstein, May D. Lee, and other Menninger Foundation staff. Anna Freud was the youngest child of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Topics include publishing and requesting reprints, visits (or apologizing for not visiting), professional organizations and conferences, comments and critiques on writings, family deaths, and greeting cards. Anna Freud came to the Menninger Clinic in Topeka on multiple occasions during the 1960s. These papers are part of the historic psychiatry material in the Menninger Archives.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's "The Grand Canyon Line"

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's "The Grand Canyon Line"
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: November 27, 1929
This card published by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's is promoting "The Grand Canyon Line".


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway pass

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway pass
Date: 1900
This Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway pass belonged to Louis Palenske. It was given to Palenske during his terms in the Kansas State Legislature, and it allowed him to ride to all ATSF stations in Kansas for free. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Boston Corbett's personal documents

Boston Corbett's personal documents
Date: 1855-1886
Personal documents belonging to Thomas P. "Boston" Corbett, the man who killed John Wilkes Booth following President Lincoln's assassination. Corbett moved to Kansas in 1878 and lived in a dugout near Concordia, Kansas. In 1887, Corbett was given the position of assistant doorkeeper for the Kansas House of Representatives in Topeka. However, when he brandished his pistol during a session of the legislative that same year, he was arrested and sent to an insane asylum. In 1888, he escaped and his whereabouts remained unknown until his presumed death. Documents include his Y.M.C.A. membership cards, signed checks, baptism certificate, a hatmaker's traveling card, and his naturalization certificate dated June 19, 1855.


Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen traveling card

Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen traveling card
Date: 1913
This is a Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Traveling Card for Edward Brown when he was president of Lodge NO. 65 in Osawatomie, Kansas. He had been a switchman on the railroad for ten years in 1913. Founded in 1883, by the time of its merger with three other railroad labor unions to form the United Transportation Union in 1969, it had the greatest membership of any of the operating railroad brotherhoods.


Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen traveling card

Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen traveling card
Date: 1902
This is a Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Traveling Card for Edward Brown. It includes his location (Osawatomie, Kansas) Lodge No. 65, names of the master and secretary, and a general description of Edward Brown's size, height, and hair color. Founded in 1883, by the time of its merger with three other railroad labor unions to form the United Transportation Union in 1969, it had the greatest membership of any of the operating railroad brotherhoods.


Charles M. Sheldon and Central Congregational Church correspondence

Charles M. Sheldon and Central Congregational Church correspondence
Date: 1888-1984
Charles M. Sheldon (1857-1946) served as minister of the Central Congregational Church in Topeka, Kansas from 1889 to 1920. He was also an author of the international best seller, In His Steps, which was published in 1897. A series of correspondence, presented here, is arranged in chronological order. A complete description of the entire collection is available through a link below. The correspondence consists of letters, postcards, cards, one notebook containing letters and newspaper clippings, and assorted personal items such as his self-portrait drawings. The majority of the correspondence consists of handwritten and typed letters to and from individuals, members or groups related to the Central Congregational Church, and organizations associated with his lifelong activities as a pastor and author, including Theo Peers, Ethel Peers, Anna Heartburg, Dorothy Heartburg, Helen T. Capps, Lida R. Hardy, May Flickinger, Charles Warren Helsley, Luther D. Whittemore, Hamilton Holt, Robert Thomson Jr., Norman J. Rimes, Lloyd George, James Wise, Arthur Capper, Michael I. Pupin, Alf M. Landon, Roy B. Guild, Arthur E. Hertzler, Samuel J. Crumbine, Wilbert E. Dull, M. de Arrude Camargo, Frank J. Warren, Beatrice Hoover, Samuel C. Spalding, H. T. Chase, Bishop Wise, The Emporia Gazette, Green Gables (the Dr. Benjamin F. Bailey Sanatorium), The Atlantic Monthly, The World's Christian Endeavor Union, Plymouth Congregational Church, University of Illinois at Urbana Department of Physics, Abraham S. Hoyo, Harry Emerson Fosdick, International College in Turkey, Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America, Rollins College in Florida, The Topeka City Commission, Students' Christian Association of South Africa, Crosset & Dunlap Inc. Publishers in New York, Christian Herald Association, The Texas Herald, The Henry F. Henrichs Publications, Frankfort Rotary Club, and Notre-Dame de France/Jerusalem. There are letters involving other individuals, including Charles W. Helsley, Emma Crabb, H. J. Colburn, Robert Stone, Arthur G. Sellen, Henry F. Henrichs, Logan Shoop, Frank Jacobs, Hugh F. Mckean, Lee Braxton, Cady Hodge, Charles S. Lawrence, Elizabeth Turner Rawlings, Elisabeth Ebright, R. L. McNatt, Gale L. Beck, John H. Lehman, Helen Bradford, and Everett R. Daves. Charles W. Helsley was a minister at the Central Congregational Church after the passing of Charles M. Sheldon, and Emma Crabb was in charge of the Sheldon Collection at the Central Congregational Church.


Charles Schock alien registration card

Charles Schock alien registration card
Date: February 25, 1918
This alien registration card, from the U.S. Department of Justice to Charles Schock of Topeka, Kansas, was issued during World War I due to Schock's statue as a non-naturalized citizen of the U.S. During World War I many German Americans were issued similar registration cards that they had to carry at all times. If a non-naturalized German American was stopped without their card, they could face imprisonment until hostilities between Germany and the U.S. ceased.


Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway pass

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway pass
Date: 1900
This free pass to travel between all stations in the state of Kansas on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway was given to Louis Palenske to use doing his term as a member of the Kansas State Legislature. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Christmas card

Christmas card
Creator: Glynn, Louis
Date: 1969
Christmas card with scene of "Old Fairgrounds," 1969. Louis Glynn was a stenographer for the Santa Fe Railroad. He was also a self-trained artist, and beginning in the 1940s, he created at least 300 Christmas cards by hand each year. He sketched a scene that was then printed on cards by a local print shop. Using an assembly line method, he hand colored and lettered each card and envelope.


Christmas card

Christmas card
Creator: Glynn, Louis
Date: 1970
Christmas card with scene of "Cedar Crest," 1970. Louis Glynn was a stenographer for the Santa Fe Railroad. He was also a self-trained artist, and beginning in the 1940s, he created at least 300 Christmas cards by hand each year. He sketched a scene that was then printed on cards by a local print shop. Using an assembly line method, he hand colored and lettered each card and envelope.


Christmas cards from the Martha Menninger Nichols family

Christmas cards from the Martha Menninger Nichols family
Date: 1954-1965
These are photographs of eight Christmas cards sent by the Martha Menninger Nichols and Bill Nichols family through the years. There is a message on the back of most of the cards.


Civil War Valentine

Civil War Valentine
Date: between 1861 and 1865
Joseph Forrest sent Valentines to Elizabeth Ehrhart during the Civil War. They were residents of Macon County, Illinois, and became engaged in 1858. Joseph enlisted on July 25, 1861 at Decatur, Illinois and fought as a private with Co. A of 8th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The couple married Aug. 9, 1863. The Forrests moved to Jewell County, Kansas in 1872, where Joseph served as a Methodist Minister. In 1875, they moved to Minneapolis, Kansas.


Civil War Valentine

Civil War Valentine
Creator: W. Momberger
Date: between 1861 and 1865
Joseph Forrest sent Valentines to Elizabeth Ehrhart during the Civil War. They were residents of Macon County, Illinois, and became engaged in 1858. Joseph enlisted on July 25, 1861 at Decatur, Illinois and fought as a private with Co. A of 8th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The couple married Aug. 9, 1863. The Forrests moved to Jewell County, Kansas in 1872, where Joseph served as a Methodist Minister. In 1875, they moved to Minneapolis, Kansas.


Civil War Valentine

Civil War Valentine
Date: between 1861 and 1865
Joseph Forrest sent Valentines to Elizabeth Ehrhart during the Civil War. They were residents of Macon County, Illinois, and became engaged in 1858. Joseph enlisted on July 25, 1861 at Decatur, Illinois and fought as a private with Co. A of 8th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The couple married Aug. 9, 1863. The Forrests moved to Jewell County, Kansas in 1872, where Joseph served as a Methodist Minister. In 1875, they moved to Minneapolis, Kansas.


Cowboy Band roster

Cowboy Band roster
Date: Between 1880 and 1889
This item is a roster of the Cowboy Band in Dodge City, Kansas. Roy Drake, director and C.M. Beeson, manager.


Cowboy Band roster

Cowboy Band roster
Date: 1889
Cowboy Band Roster Season of 1889, Dodge City, Kansas.


Dance card

Dance card
Date: 1891
Multi-page dance card from the Second Annual Ball of the Topeka Police Relief Association, January 22, 1891. Belonged to John W. Gardiner, who was Topeka's Chief of Police from 1889 to 1892.


Descriptive card of public animals issued to Dr. Seth A. Hammel

Descriptive card of public animals issued to Dr. Seth A. Hammel
Date: August 18, 1917
A Descriptive Card of Public Animals issued to Dr. Seth A. Hammel, Topeka, Kansas. This card was submitted by soldiers requesting permission to purchase their own horses for military service. It provided a general description, markings, and statements certifying the animal's soundness and suitability for military service. Hammel elected to purchase his personal mount when he served in the Kansas National Guard. During his military career, he was a hospital steward during the Spanish-American War with the 20th Kansas Regiment and spent 16 months in service including nine months in the Philippines. After the Spanish-American War, Hammel graduated from a medical school in Chicago, Illinois, and returned to Topeka, where he established a practice and taught at Washburn College. During World War I, he served with Ambulance Company 139 of the 35th Division. The Descriptive Card was issued when he was serving in a field hospital.


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