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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 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.


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 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 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.


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 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.


Kansas Emergency Relief Committee, bulletin 307

Kansas Emergency Relief Committee, bulletin 307
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: October 01, 1935
The Kansas Emergency Relief Committee was created in July 1932 to obtain and administer federal emergency loans made available to states through Herbert Hoover's Emergency Relief and Construction Act of 1932. President Franklin Roosevelt expanded on this act with the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) in 1933, leading the Kansas committee to change its name to the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee (KERC). Under the direction of Kansas's new governor, Alf Landon, the KERC managed direct and work relief programs in Kansas including emergency education, transient relief, rural rehabilitation, drought relief, and a slew of public works projects including the construction of farm ponds and lakes, and the renovation and construction of public buildings, roads, and quarries. This bulletin contains a report on county poor farms and examines their social and economic cost. In 1934, 77 out of the 105 Kansas counties had a county poor farm for the aged and ill. John Stutz was executive director of the KERC.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject buildings

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject buildings
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s and 1990s
These are panoramic photographs of locations in Kansas created by the Kansas Film Commission to promote scenes to film companies. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject and then location. This part of the collection contains photographs of buildings, including historic buildings, miscellaneous buildings, office buildings, unique buildings, and warehouses. Lecompton Constitution Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and as a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


Missouri Pacific Railroad Company's sign board, Belle Plaine, Kansas

Missouri Pacific Railroad Company's sign board, Belle Plaine, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: September 20, 1964
This photograph shows the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company's sign board in Belle Plaine, Kansas. The sign and tracks were part of the Midland Valley RR, Western District at milepost 293.2.


Odd Fellows orphans' home at Silkville, Kansas

Odd Fellows orphans' home at Silkville, Kansas
Date: 1893
The DeBoissiere house in Silkville was remodeled by the Odd Fellows (International Order of Odd Fellows, I.O.O.F.) for an orphans' home.


Resolution to retain the anti-cigarette law

Resolution to retain the anti-cigarette law
Creator: Kansas Branch National Congress of Mothers and Parent-Teachers Association
Date: January 13, 1923
A 1923 resolution to retain the present anti-cigarette law by the Kansas branch of the National Congress of Mothers and Parent-Teachers Association. The anti-cigarette law was passed in 1889 prohibiting anyone to sell, give, or buy cigarettes for individuals under the age of 16. Following WWI, public opinion about cigarette smoking had changed and the law was repealed in 1927.


Self & Mannekinpis, Brussels - Jardin Botanique

Self & Mannekinpis, Brussels - Jardin Botanique
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1919
Captain Hughes was photographed with this famous Brussels, Belgium landmark, Manneken Pis. The statue had occupied a prominent place in Brussels' history since 1619. Hughes was visiting the sites of Brussels while with the Army of Occupation in 1919. James C. Hughes, as part of the 35th Division, left Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey, where he boarded the troop ship "Ceramic" on May 18, 1918. Hughes arrived in Liverpool, England, on June 1, 1918 and then landed at Le Havre, France, on June 9, 1918. Hughes fought in the battles of St. Michael and the Meuse-Argonne. He was at Verdun on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. He took no photos of the actual fighting. He did take many photographs after the war as part of the Army of Occupation until he left France on July 18, 1919. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.


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