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Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Milton, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Milton, Kansas
Date: 1954
Donated by Frank O Kelley in 1972.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Milton, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Milton, Kansas
Date: 1965
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot from Milton, Kansas. The one-story wooden structure has been moved to the town of Harper, Kansas where it houses the Harper Art Museum. The depot can also be seen in Kansas Memory item number 450475.


Birger Sandzen

Birger Sandzen
Date: Between 1940 and 1949
This is an informal portrait of artist Birger Sandzen, 1871-1954, seated in his Lindsborg, Kansas, study with samples of his artwork and art collection.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches for the statehouse mural entitled "Kansas Pastoral" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located on the west wall of the archway on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates a family and their farm as the night and evening sky merge together on the Kansas prairie.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches are a reflection of the sacrifice of life on the Santa Fe Trail and the oil field industry and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketch for the statehouse mural by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). The sketch illustrates an abundance of corn and a sea of water on the Kansas prairie. The proposed artwork was to be commissioned into a mural for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" prevented the sketch from becoming a reality.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketch on the statehouse mural entitled the "Kansas Pastoral" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located on the south wall on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates a Hereford bull with grazing steers and doves in Osage orange trees. In the distance wheat shocks and a grain elevator are depicted as the setting sun and white clouds meet on the prairie's horizon.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketch for a portion of the statehouse mural entitled "Tragic Prelude" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located north of the archway on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates a bison hunter with a slain bison and thundering herds of bison in the background. On the south side of the archway, Coronado and Padre Padilla, the Franciscan missionary, look across the Kingdom of Quivira as buzzards loom overhead. The mural's dimensions are 22 feet long and 11 1/2 feet high.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketch for the statehouse mural entitled "Tragic Prelude" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located on the north wall on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates abolitionist John Brown holding a bible and a Beecher Bible rifle. At Brown's feet, two slain soldiers from the North and South are symbolic of the struggle during the Civil War. In the background, pioneers with their wagons are heading west as raging prairie fires and destructive tornadoes move over the prairie. The mural's dimensions are 31 feet long and 11 1/2 feet high and it is painted with oil and egg tempura paint.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches are a reflection of the homestead and the building of barb wire fences. These panels were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches are a reflection of the oil industry and the cattle drives and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects of "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches were a reflection of the "historic struggle of man with nature" and how the hand of erosion was moving toward the abandoned farm house. These panels were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary work on a portion of the statehouse mural entitled "Tragic Prelude" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located north of the archway on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates a bison hunter with a slain bison and thundering herds of bison in the background. The mural's dimensions are 22 feet long and 11 1/2 feet high.


Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas

Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Strickrott, John F.
Date: Between 1902 and 1920
This sepia colored photograph shows the mural of "plenty" located on the fourth floor ,under the north side of the, capitol dome in Topeka, Kansas. The panel was completed in 1902 under the supervision of painter Abner Crossman at a cost of $7,600 dollars. The fresco panel depicts the allegorical figure of "Plenty" in a mosaic background with fruit arranged in her lap. To her right, "Labor" sits with pick and shovel in hand while on the left "Agriculture" is holding a sickle and a bundle of wheat.


Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas

Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Strickrott, John F
Date: Between 1902 and 1920
This sepia colored photograph shows a mural of "peace" located on the fourth floor, under the west side of the, capitol dome in Topeka, Kansas. The panel was completed in 1902 under the supervision of painter Abner Crossman at a cost of $7,600 dollars. The fresco panel depicts the allegorical figure of "Peace" in a mosaic background holding a sword intertwined with roses. To her left is "Art" painting at an easel while "Science" measures the globe with a compass on her right.


Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas

Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Strickrott, John F
Date: Between 1902 and 1920
This sepia colored photograph shows the mural of "knowledge" located on the fourth floor, under the east side of the, capitol dome in Topeka, Kansas. The panel was completed in 1902 under the supervision of painter Abner Crossman at a cost of $7,600 dollars. The fresco panel depicts the allegorical figure of "Knowledge" holding an open book in her lap. To her right, "Temperance" is pouring from a pitcher and on the left is "Religion" with a bible in hand and a cross at her side.


Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas

Dome mural, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Strickrott, John F
Date: Between 1902 and 1920
This sepia colored photograph shows the mural of "power" located on the fourth floor, under the south side, of the capitol dome in Topeka, Kansas. The panel was completed in 1902 under the supervision of painter Abner Crossman at a cost of $7,600 dollars. The fresco panel depicts the allegorical figure of "Power" in a mosaic background holding a half drawn sword. To her left sits a Civil War Veteran and on the right a Spanish-American War Veteran.


John Steuart Curry's preliminary scketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas

John Steuart Curry's preliminary scketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946
Date: 1937
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches were a reflection of the "historic struggle of man with nature" and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects, "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas

John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946
Date: 1937
This black and white photograph shows preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches were a reflection of the "historic struggle of man with nature" and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects, "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas

John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946
Date: 1937
This black and white photograph shows preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches were a reflection of the "historic struggle of man with nature" and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects, "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas

John Steuart Curry's preliminary sketches for the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Curry, John Steuart, 1897-1946
Date: 1937
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry,(1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches were a reflection of the "historic struggle of man with nature" and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects, "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


Major James B. McPherson, McPherson, Kansas

Major James B. McPherson, McPherson, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1938
This postcard shows the statue of Major James Birdseye McPherson in McPherson, Kansas. This bronze monument honors the career of a Union General and the namesake of McPherson, Kansas. Located in the city park and across from the county courthouse, it was unveiled in July of 1917 and is considered the first life-sized equestrian statue erected in the state. The inscription on the base reads "James B McPherson Post No 187 G.A.R.".


Mary Short pottery, Topeka, Kansas

Mary Short pottery, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Industrial Development Commission
Date: Between 1950s and 1960s
These three photographs show Mary Short Pottery in Topeka, Kansas. A Topeka artist during the 1940s and 50s, Mary Short, (1879-1967), specialized in pottery that featured colors of pink and aqua in the clay. The first photograph shows the pottery building where she worked. The second and third images show Mary with her collections of work.


Statehouse statue, Topeka, Kansas

Statehouse statue, Topeka, Kansas
Date: July 23, 1981
These two black and white photographs show the statue of Amelia Earhart being moved into the capitol in Topeka, Kansas. The 2,000 pound native limestone statue, sculpted by artist Peter "Fritz" Felten, Jr., of Hays, Kansas, was placed on the second floor of the statehouse rotunda.


Statehouse statue, Topeka, Kansas

Statehouse statue, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Kintner, Earl
Date: July 27, 1981
These four black and white photographs show the statue of newspaper publisher and Pulitzer Prize winner William Allen White at the capitol in Topeka, Kansas. The 2,000 pound native limestone statue, sculpted by artist Peter "Fritz" Felten, Jr., of Hays, Kansas, was placed on the second floor of the statehouse rotunda.


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