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10,000th Kaydet is delivered Friday to armed forces

10,000th Kaydet is delivered Friday to armed forces
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: July 29, 1944
This article from the Wichita Eagle covers the release of the 10,000 Boeing/Stearman Kaydet training airplane and the B-29 "X" airplane. Both airplanes had their production numbers painted on their fuselage to represent their respective milestones in aircraft production. The "X" on the B-29 denoted the fact that the official production numbers for the B-29 were classified during World War II.


1000 B-29's

1000 B-29's
Creator: Boeing Airplane Company
Date: 1945
This article, published in the March 1945 edition of the Boeing Magazine, covers the completion of the 1,000 B-29 Superfortress in Wichita, Kansas.


101 Ranch Cowboy Band, Wichita, Kansas

101 Ranch Cowboy Band, Wichita, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1909
A photograph of a parade taken at the intersection of Douglas Avenue and Main Street in Wichita, Kansas. Visible is the float for the 101 Ranch Cowboy Band of Bliss, Oklahoma, as well as the Manhattan Cigar Company store and several other buildings and businesses along the city streets.


$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.


1904 Wichita, Kansas flood

1904 Wichita, Kansas flood
Date: 1904
Pictured here is the Manhattan Hotel, located on the Northwest corner of Douglas and Topeka at 328 East Douglas Avenue during the 1904 flood in Wichita, Kansas. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


1911 Mount Hope High School football team in Mount Hope, Kansas

1911 Mount Hope High School football team in Mount Hope, Kansas
Date: 1911
This is a postcard showing the 1911 Mount Hope High School football team in Mount Hope, Kansas. People in the photograph are back row (left to right) HenryTihen, Glen Hill, LeRoy Kaufman, Doc Watt, Lucian Tucker, Fern Lumbert; second row (left to right) Everett Dilley, Clyde Harris, Chas. Merryfield, John Caffrey, Ross Hitt; and front row (left to right) Earl Rhodes, John Culk, Frank Royse, Zade Jordan, and Herman Johnson.


1962 Wichita Dreamliners baseball bat

1962 Wichita Dreamliners baseball bat
Date: 1962
These photographs show the commemorative baseball bat received by Gil Carter as a member of the Wichita Rapid Transit Dreamliners semi-pro baseball team in 1962. That year, the Dreamliners won state and national semi-pro tournaments sponsored by the National Baseball Congress. Both tournaments were held in Wichita. In the state tournament, the Dreamliners defeated Wichita Instant Glass by a 2-1 score in the twelfth inning of the final game. In the 33-team national tournament, the Dreamliners advanced through the loser's bracket to win the title by defeating the Fairbanks Goldpanners, 7-6, in the championship game. Gil Carter, the Dreamliners' left fielder, had a .484 batting average and six home runs during the national tournament, which earned him a spot on the all-tournament team. Carter played for the Dreamliners again in 1963, when the team successfully defended its state and national semi-pro titles (see Kansas Memory number 310424). Digital images of the commemorative bat were created through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


1963 Wichita Dreamliners baseball bat

1963 Wichita Dreamliners baseball bat
Date: 1963
These photographs show the commemorative baseball bat received by Gil Carter as a member of the Wichita Rapid Transit Dreamliners semi-pro baseball team in 1963. That year, the Dreamliner team successfully defended its state and national semi-pro titles by winning tournaments at both levels sponsored by the National Baseball Congress. In the state tournament, the Dreamliners defeated Wichita Service Auto Glassmen by a 6-5 score in the eleventh inning of the final game. In the national tournament, the Dreamliners bested Ponchatoula, Louisiana by a score of 5-4 in the title game. Both tournaments were held in Wichita. Gil Carter was an outfielder for the 1963 Dreamliners. He also was in the starting lineup for the Dreamliners in 1962, when the team won its first state and national semi-pro titles (see Kansas Memory number 310423). Digital images of the commemorative bat were created through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


20th Century Mothers Club

20th Century Mothers Club
Creator: Dandridge, Deborah L., 1946-
Date: around 1950
These photographs show two group portraits of members of the 20th Century Mothers Club in Wichita, Kansas.


8,000 students affected, state officials see no trouble adjusting schools to new rule

8,000 students affected, state officials see no trouble adjusting schools to new rule
Creator: Topeka Journal
Date: May 17, 1954
This article discusses how the state of Kansas will work to conform to the ruling made in the Brown v. Board of Education decision on May 17, 1954. The U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that the segregation of schools based on race was unconstitutional. Many cities in Kansas, including Topeka, Atchison, Salina, Wichita, and Pittsburg were already working to integrate their schools. Topeka had an estimated 625 African American students who would be affected by the court's ruling, and the article lists the numbers for other cities and towns in the state.


9th & 10th Cavalry 116th anniversary

9th & 10th Cavalry 116th anniversary
Date: 1986
Shown in this photograph in Senator Billy McCray (1927-2012) who served in public office from 1966 to 1993 speaking at the 9th & 10th Cavalry's 116th anniversary in Wichita, Kansas.


9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary

9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary
Date: 1986
This photograph shows men standing on stage at the 9th and 10th Calvary's 116th Anniversary in Wichita, Kansas.


9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary

9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary
Date: 1986
This photograph represents Chief Warrant Officer George Johnson receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross award for his service in Vietnam at the 116th anniversary for the 9th and 10th Cavalry in Wichita, Kansas. Johnson served in Korea and Japan from 1962 to 1965 and was transferred to Vietnam where he was the first African American to receive the award.


9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary

9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary
Date: 1986
This photograph shows Senator Eugene Adams addressing the 116th Anniversary of the 9th and 10th Cavalry.


9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary

9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary
Date: 1986
Shown in this photograph is a speaker for the 9th & 10th Cavalry's 116th anniversary banquet in Wichita, Kansas. On the reverse of the photo it calls the speaker the "Parlimentian" which may have been misspelling to represent a parliamentarian, a member of parliament.


9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary

9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary
Date: 1986
Shown in this photograph is United State Air Force Lieutenant Colonel M. Jordan addressing the 9th & 10th Cavalry's 116th anniverary in Wichita, Kansas.


9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary

9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary
Date: 1986
Two men and a woman are shown sitting at a table in evening dress at the 9th & 10th Cavalry's 116th Anniversary banquet in Wichita, Kansas. The man seated at the far right is identified as Charles Scott.


9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary

9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary
Date: 1986
This photograph shows a Chaplain addressing the 9th & 10th Cavalry at their 1116th Anniversary in Wichita, Kansas.


9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary

9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary
Date: 1986
Sergeant at Arms Riley Banks is shown addressing the 9th and 10th Cavalry at their 116th Anniversary held in Wichita, Kansas in this photograph.


9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary, Buffalo Soldier's awards

9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Anniversary, Buffalo Soldier's awards
Date: 1986
This photograph shows Senator Billy McCray (1927-2012) who served in public office from 1966 to 1993 presenting awards at the 116th anniversary of the 9th and 10th Cavalry for Buffalo Soldiers. Buffalo Soldiers were part of the 10th Cavalry Regiment established in 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.


9th & 10th Cavalry 116th anniversary dinner

9th & 10th Cavalry 116th anniversary dinner
Date: 1986
This photographs shows a dinner for the 9th & 10th Cavalry's 116th anniversary event in Wichita, Kansas in 1986.


9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Reunion, Wichita, Kansas

9th & 10th Cavalry 116th Reunion, Wichita, Kansas
Date: 1986
This photographs shows one of the guest speakers at the 9th & 10th Cavalry's 116th reunion in Wichita, Kansas in 1986.


Abbie Bright correspondence

Abbie Bright correspondence
Creator: Bright, Abbie, 1848-1926
Date: 1861-1903
Abbie Bright was born on a farm near Danville, Pennsylvania, on December 17, 1848. She had three brothers, Dennis, Hiram and Philip, all of whom enlisted in the army when the Civil War broke out. Abbie had three sisters, Rebecca, Peninah, and Mary, all of whom aided the war effort. In 1870 Abbie traveled to Indiana and Kansas to visit Hiram and Philip and wrote an account of her trip in a diary (also available on Kansas Memory as record unit 223662). While in Kansas she acquired 160 acres as an investment. This series of correspondence includes letters describing the brother's wartime activities. There are also letters to and from other individuals who were involved in the Civil War. These writings make a significant contribution to Civil War research. Other letters pertain to Philip and Abbie Bright's westward migration. Philip moved to Wyoming, Kansas, Texas, and Arizona but died in 1873 and the letters at that time mostly concern his death. The 1902 and 1903 correspondence apparently regards the sale of Abbie's land in Kansas. A complete transcription is available by clicking on "Text Version" below.


Abbie Bright diary

Abbie Bright diary
Creator: Bright, Abbie, 1848-1926
Date: 1868-1921
Born in Pennsylvania in 1848, Abbie Bright traveled to Kansas in 1870 as a young woman and her diary is primarily an account of this trip. It gives excellent accounts of daily life and settlement activities. The "diary" is actually composed of two different manuscripts and both are presented here. The first is an eighty-six page loose-leaf diary with consistent entries from September 2, 1870 - December 20, 1871. The second is a bound composition book with 129 written pages. This book begins with a childhood reminiscence written in Iowa in 1914 (p1-23), followed by a reminiscence of her Kansas trip written in Iowa in 1921 (p24-36) that covers Aug 23, 1870 - Jan 30, 1871. The book then includes some recipes dated 1868-1871 and a receipt dated 1884 (p37-41), and finally consistent diary entries from February 2, 1871 - December 21, 1871 (p41-129). A complete, revised transcription of both manuscripts is available by clicking on "Text Version" below. A previous, annotated transcription that combines the 1870-1871 entries from both manuscripts was published in the Kansas Historical Quarterly in 1971 and is available through a link below.


Abbie Bright miscellaneous items

Abbie Bright miscellaneous items
Creator: Bright, Abbie, 1848-1926
Date: 1870-1878
These documents comprise the miscellaneous series in the Abbie Bright collection. The series includes an undated drawing of the camp of the Fifteenth Regiment on Elk Fork; notes of W[illiam] Ross dated 1870 on frontier life in Kansas; and an 1878 land patent written out by J. A. Williamson, Washington, DC, to the late Philip Bright.


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