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$190,235,814 For Dairy Products

$190,235,814 For Dairy Products
Date: 1917
This promotional brochure was designed as a talk to encourage the construction of good roads in the state of Kansas. It described comparable rural roads in Wisconsin that promote crop and dairy production.


365-day roads an investment, not a tax

365-day roads an investment, not a tax
Date: 1910-1919
Brochure promoting good roads as a investment comparable to other enhancements financed by the farmer and found on his individual land holding.


A Kansas Pacific Railway map of Kansas and Colorado

A Kansas Pacific Railway map of Kansas and Colorado
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: Between 1865 and 1880
This map by the Kansas Pacific Railway Company features their "Golden Belt Route" from Kansas City to the "rich silver discoveries in Colorado." It advertises the "shortest and quickest, therefore the cheapest, route to Colorado." The map includes all of the counties of Kansas and eastern Colorado and most of the cities, towns and communities.


A Man's Reasons Against Woman Suffrage

A Man's Reasons Against Woman Suffrage
Date: March 9, 1910
Frank Foxcroft of Boston, Massachusetts, presented these remarks against woman's suffrage before the Judiciary Committee of the New York Legislature. He argues that most women do not want the ballot and that women already have too many burdens. He continues by discussing various other arguments opposed to woman's suffrage. He mentions Kansas on page 4 of the pamphlet. His remarks were printed by the Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women.


A Plan to Place the Business of Farming Upon a Paying Basis

A Plan to Place the Business of Farming Upon a Paying Basis
Creator: Geary County Farmer's Alliance and Industrial Union
Date: 1891
At its meeting in Junction City on December 17, 1890, the Geary County Farmer's Alliance and Industrial Union appointed a committee of John Hay, J. L. Hulse and Jas. H. Gabby to report to the group on how farmers might be more profitable. They reported on Jan. 10, 1891, and their plan was adopted by the Geary County Farmer's Alliance and Industrial Union. It calls for farmers to work together to impact prices and supplies rather than being at the mercy of purchasers and speculators. It encouraged an effort to jointly hold back cattle from the Kansas City market for one day in an effort to increase the prices paid to farmers.


Address to the Voters of Kansas

Address to the Voters of Kansas
Creator: Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891
Date: September 25, 1867
The numerous authors of this pamphlet (Republicans) support the constitutional amendments to approve voting rights for blacks, for women, and to restrict voting rights to "loyal persons." They offer arguments for their position as well as criticizing the Democratic Party in Kansas for their opposition to these amendments. Forty five men signed the document, which was the result of a meeting in Lawrence. The following signed the document S. C. Pomeroy, Atchison; E. G. Ross, Lawrence; S. J. Crawford, Topeka; N. Green, Manhattan; Chas. Robinson, Lawrence; Geo T. Anthony, Leavenworth; Lewis Bodwell, Topeka; R. B. Taylor, editor Wyandotte Gazette; J. P. Root, Whandotte; James Rogers, Burlingame; S. Weaver, Editor Lecompton New Era; L. R. Elliott, Editor Atchison Daily Free Press; W. A. Starrett, Lawrence; Wm. Larimer, Jr., Leavenworth; John Ritchie, Topeka; John Ekin, Topeka; Sol. Miller, Editor White Cloud Chief; A. H. Foote, Lawrence; C. B. Lines, Wabaunsee; R. G. Elliott, Jefferson county; G. A. Crawford, Bourbon county; John Speer, Kansas Tribune; A. Low, Doniphan; R. W. Jenkins, Pottawatomie county; Ed. Russell, Leavenworth; J. H. Pillsbury, Editor Manhattan Independent; S. D. Houston, Manhattan; W. K. Marshall, Atchison; F. G. Adams, Kennekuk; P. L. Hubbard, Atchison; A. Hunting, Manhattan; J. B. Abbott, De Soto; Joseph Denison, Manhattan; T. H. Baker, Manhattan, H. W. Farnsworth, Topeka; I. H. Smith, Topeka; D. R. Anthony, Leavenworth; G. W. Higginbotham, Manhattan; John Pipher, Manhattan, R. L. Harford, Manhattan; Jas. Humphrey, Manhattan; Wm McKay, Manhattan; R. P. Duvall, Manhattan; Pardee Butler, Pardee; and L. F. Green, Baldwin City. Only the language restricting voting to "loyal" persons was passed in the election on November 5, 1867. Blacks and women were not given voting rights as a result of the 1867 election.


After the great war is over

After the great war is over
Date: 1917
This promotional brochure argues that the construction of good roads in the United States will enhance agricultural productivity and economic development in the aftermath of World War I.


A geographically correct map of the Kansas Pacific Railway showing the only direct route to Denver and all the popular Rocky Mountain resorts . . .

A geographically correct map of the Kansas Pacific Railway showing the only direct route to Denver and all the popular Rocky Mountain resorts . . .
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: May 1877
This large brochure contains a full map on one side of Kansas, Colorado, and portions of surrounding states including the Black Hills of South Dakota. The reverse side has a myriad of information encouraging immigration to Kansas with the purchase of Kansas Pacific Railway lands; freighting between the Missouri River and Denver; $45.00 round trip tickets for tourists between Kansas City and Denver; enjoying the Switzerland of America and its many resorts; the railway line with Pullman sleepers, steel tracks and Westinghouse brakes; gold and silver mining in the San Juan and Black Hill regions; health resorts with pure air for weak lungs, sulfur springs, iron springs and hot springs; and a time table for the Kansas Pacific Railway. All of this was meant to promote travel on the Kansas Pacific Railway. NOTE: Because of the design of the brochure, pages 2 and 3 are duplicates but the right side up of the text is in the lower half of each image.


A glimpse of the Southwest;  New Mexico, the Santa Fe Route

A glimpse of the Southwest; New Mexico, the Santa Fe Route
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1884
This brochure advertises the "Fertile Rio Grande Valley" of New Mexico. Rich in gold, silver, copper, lead, iron and coal along with forests, farms, orchards, vineyards, meadows and flocks and herds. The brochure describes the history of territory and the State of New Mexico; describes the land; tells of the natural resources that are being mined; and, of the agricultural crops being raised. The climate, the towns and educational opportunities are described. Two maps show the route of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road System in the United States and Mexico; and, the whole State of New Mexico.


Albert H. Thayer, Tariff Truths

Albert H. Thayer, Tariff Truths
Creator: Thayer, Albert H.
Date: August 1888
Albert F. Thayer of Maple Hill, Kansas, wrote this pamphlet addressed to the farmers of Wabaunsee County to explain why he was going to vote a Democratic ticket in the upcoming election. He wrote that he had voted for Republicans since 1861. The pamphlet deals with tariff issues from what became the Populist perspective. He gives examples of the cost of groceries and clothing with and without protective tariffs.


Alphabetical agencies created under the Roosevelt New Deal Party

Alphabetical agencies created under the Roosevelt New Deal Party
Creator: Biggers, E.M.
Date: 1932
This item, printed and issued by Biggers Printing Company of Houston, Texas, lists the many different agencies created under President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. In addition to well-known programs such as the WPA, the list contains many lesser-known agencies, providing an interesting glimpse into the expansion of the U.S. Government under the New Deal.


A message and plan for county candidates

A message and plan for county candidates
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
This pamphlet was prepared by the chairmen and secretaries of the People's Party and the Democrats. They were working on a "fusion" or merged ticket that would be supported by both Democrats and Populists. The pamphlet gives very specific instructions about how to attract Republican voters who are discontented with that party. It is addressed to party workers at the county level and advocates a very grass roots approach to the campaign. The Peoples Party chairman was W. J. Babb and the secretary was J. H. Curran. The Democratic chairman was H. P. Farrelly and the secretary was Chas. McCrum.


An Address Issued by the Shawnee County, Kansas, Old Soldiers' Bryan Free Silver Club, Embracing Over 300 Members

An Address Issued by the Shawnee County, Kansas, Old Soldiers' Bryan Free Silver Club, Embracing Over 300 Members
Date: 1896
The members of the club in the title of this pamphlet were Civil War veterans. They were supporters of William Jennings Bryan and his efforts to promote the unlimited coinage of silver. Populists believed that the free coinage of silver would increase the money supply and thus the wealth of the working class. J. J. Miller, the president of the club, was a veteran of an Ohio regiment who had settled in Kansas after the Civil War. This address may have been given at a meeting of the club at 420 Kansas Avenue on Friday, September 11, 1896.


An Appeal for Kansas

An Appeal for Kansas
Creator: Hyatt, Thaddeus
Date: October 10, 1856
Thaddeus Hyatt, president of the National Kansas Committee,writes this published "appeal" to the New York Tribune editor. It is subtitled "with practical suggestions for its relief." This committee, also known as the Kansas Relief Committee in its early years, worked to send free state settlers into Kansas Territory and to obtain support for Kansas Territory from the Northeast.


An Open Letter to the Legislatures of Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado

An Open Letter to the Legislatures of Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado
Creator: Packard, Mrs. E. P. W.
Date: 1883
Mrs. Packard of Chicago, Illinois, was asking the legislatures of Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado for their support for two laws--one to end censorship of the correspondence of inmates of insane asylums and the second to protect the legal identity of married women. The pamphlet explains that she has a petition of 804 signatures that includes the governors the the three states; numerous state, county and municipal officers; various judges; clergymen; and many other respected officials. She includes excerpts from letters of endorsement and 18 of those are Kansans.


An appeal for help in behalf of the colored refugees in Kansas

An appeal for help in behalf of the colored refugees in Kansas
Creator: Rust, Horatio Nelson, 1828-1906
Date: January 22, 1881
This flyer, distributed by the Southern Refugee Relief Association of Chicago, Illinois, describes the dire situation of the African-American refugees relocated in Kansas. The secretary of this association, Horatio N. Rust, had taken this opportunity to pass along information relayed to him by Elizabeth Comstock, an aid worker in Topeka. Comstock was thankful for the donations of food and other goods, but asked for more assistance in feeding, clothing, and sheltering these refugees. The flyer also includes short excerpts of letters by agents of the refugee association who had direct knowledge of the emigrants' situation.


An appeal from Kansas!

An appeal from Kansas!
Creator: Parrott, Marcus J., 1828-1879
Date: December 14, 1860
This circular describes the beginnings of the Territorial Executive Committee, which was in charge of collecting relief to aid the struggling settlers of Kansas Territory during the 1860 drought. This committee met in Lawrence, Kansas Territory, on November 14, 1860, and passed several resolutions. From one hundred and one delegates were present from twenty-four Kansas counties. Out of this number, four men, including Samuel Pomeroy, were elected officers. The circular concludes with "Suggestions and Directions to those who purpose Aiding us in our Distress."


An appeal to the conscience and manhood of every Topeka and Shawnee County, Kansas, voter

An appeal to the conscience and manhood of every Topeka and Shawnee County, Kansas, voter
Date: Between 1890 and 1910
A leaflet appealing to Shawnee County, Kansas, citizens on the November 4th election to vote for prohibition. The leaflet also tells the story of Jake Kilroy indictment. Kilroy, who was on trial for murdering his wife, blamed his behavior on liquor and asks that support of this vice be stopped.


An appeal to the women of the State of New York

An appeal to the women of the State of New York
Creator: Nichols, Clarinda I. Howard
Date: Between 1855 and 1857
This circular is written by Clarina Nichols to the women of New York. In her eloquent letter, she attempts to persuade them to send support to the people of Kansas, appealing to their hearts and their experiences as mothers.


An epoch marking opinion by Justice John Dawson of the Supreme Court of Kansas

An epoch marking opinion by Justice John Dawson of the Supreme Court of Kansas
Creator: Monroe, Lilla Day, 1858-1929
Date: 1921
Lilla Day Monroe authored this pamphlet on behalf of the Topeka Good Government Club's Committee on Legislation. It includes excerpts concerning the property rights of married women and the rights of children to inherit from their mother. The pamphlet discusses the efforts of the Good Government Club of Topeka to secure passage of a law supporting property rights for women. Monroe was writing about an opinion of Justice John Dawson of the Kansas Supreme Court in case 104 (pp. 47-57), which she felt provided legal interpretation supporting women's property rights. She applauded the support for abused wives but felt the opinion did not adequately discuss the rights of children. Her retelling of the plantiff's case describes in detail the abuses that Ida Doe suffered at the hands of her husband.


An evening with the stars, Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

An evening with the stars, Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: April 4, 1911
A small flyer announcing a lecture on the stars and sun by Mary Proctor, the daughter of a noted astronomer. Mary will use the Santa Fe's stereopticon, which has one of the finest lens ever made, to throw eighty-one pictures on the screen. She will be accompanied musically by Maud Haldane. The lecture and musical dramatization of the stars will be held at Carnegie Hall in Newton, Kansas, on Tuesday evening, April 4, 1911.


A new home in an old settlement

A new home in an old settlement
Date: May 1, 1876
This paper advertises for sale land formerly owned by the Pottawatomie Nation from 1837 to 1868, and then owned by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road Company. On the reverse side of the paper is a sectional map showing the area and identifying those lands that were still for sale by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad company. The text gives brief descriptions of the cities and towns in the area; the railroads available; fuel and lumber that are native to the area; descriptions and prices of the lands.


Annual Convention of the Kansas League of Women Voters

Annual Convention of the Kansas League of Women Voters
Creator: League of Women Voters of Kansas
Date: March 1, 1923-March 2, 1923
One page program lists the speakers for the Fourth Annual Convention of the Kansas League of Women Voters. The convention was held at the Hotel Lassen in Wichita, Kansas, March 1-2, 1923. The heading includes the names of the directors, officers and committee chairs.


An outline of the plan proposed by this company for handling and marketing farm products (circular no. 3)

An outline of the plan proposed by this company for handling and marketing farm products (circular no. 3)
Creator: Alliance Produce Company
Date: 1890 through 1900
This pamphlet is addressed to the "Grain-Growers of Kansas" and explains how the Alliance Produce Company plans to assist farmers in generating greater profits from the sale of their crops. It proposes to sell crops at a "market center" such a Chicago where there is more competition among purchasers than at the local level in Kansas. Other details of the company are included. Portions of the upper corners of some pages have been lost and the text is incomplete.


Anti-Saloon League materials

Anti-Saloon League materials
Date: 1920
This correspondence and financial documents are from the records of the Anti-Saloon League of Kansas, including mass mailings from Treasurer J. C. Mohler saying "we have just closed perhaps the most remarkable year in the history of the Prohibition Movement." Mohler solicited financial subscriptions to aid missionaries around the world and to uphold the National Prohibition Act, also known as the Volstead Act. There is also correspondence from W. J. Herwig, superintendent, of the Kansas Department, The Anti-Saloon League of America.


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