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A.M. Coville to George W. Martin

A.M. Coville to George W. Martin
Creator: Coville, A.M.
Date: March 27, 1909
In this letter to Kansas State Historical Society Secretary Geroge W. Martin, A.M. Coville relates his knowledge of the Kaw Indian White Plume. Coville explains that when he first met White Plume in 1875 he "claimed to be over 90 years old, and he certainly looked to be 100. His hair was white his face wrinkled and features shrunken." Coville also mentions that White Plume had survived an attack with the "Plains Indians" in which he had been scalped, surviving only by being rescued by his tribesmen.


A.S. Wilson to Henry J. Allen

A.S. Wilson to Henry J. Allen
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1919-1923 : Allen)
Date: January 24, 1919
A.S. Wilson, an attorney in Galena, Kansas, writes to Governor Henry J. Allen to indicate his interest in a law that would allow second class cities to separate the schools based on "white and colored children." He included a petition with signatures with the letter.


Businesses, Galena, Kansas

Businesses, Galena, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1930
Photographs showing the interior of two Galena businesses.


Eagle-Picher Mining and Smelting Company, Galena, Kansas

Eagle-Picher Mining and Smelting Company, Galena, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1975
Two photographs of the Eagle-Picher Mining and Smelting Company in Galena, Kansas.


Eagle Picher Mining & Smelting Company, Galena, Kansas

Eagle Picher Mining & Smelting Company, Galena, Kansas
Creator: Curtis, Delmer L.
Date: October 12, 1945
This is an aerial view of the Eagle - Picher Mining & Smelting Company in Galena, Kansas. The company's general offices were in Joplin, Missouri.


Empire City and Galena, Kansas

Empire City and Galena, Kansas
Creator: Missouri Publishing Co.
Date: 1902
This plat map shows the blocks and lots of Empire City and Galena, Kansas. It also shows street names, railroad lines, and the names of property owners. The map was published in the Plat Book of Cherokee County, Kansas in 1902 available as unit 209386.


Empire School reunion, Galena, Kansas

Empire School reunion, Galena, Kansas
Date: December 8, 1929
This photograph shows students who attended Empire School from 1878 to 1908 at the Old Schoolmates Reunion in Galena, Kansas. The schoolhouse is visible in the background.


Frank Morford, World War I soldier

Frank Morford, World War I soldier
Date: 1918
Around 1919, the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion solicited biographical information from returning veterans (primarily members of the 35th and 89th infantry divisions) and the families of those who died in service, notably from the Gold Star Mothers. Each veteran or family member was asked to provide letters, photographs, a biography, and military records. This file contains information on Frank Morford, Company D, 351st Machine Gun Battalion. Morford was killed in France on September 12, 1918.


Galena Market, Galena, Kansas

Galena Market, Galena, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1910
Photograph of the Galena Market, with meat carcasses hanging outside of the store. A sign on the front of the buildings indicates the market pays cash for hides.


Governor's proclamations

Governor's proclamations
Date: 1869-1977
This collection of proclamations issued by Kansas Governors declares first, second or third-class status for Kansas towns and cities. Proclamations are arranged in alphabetical order by town name. Included are descriptions of city limits, plat maps and censuses.


H. A. Clifford to Governor John St. John

H. A. Clifford to Governor John St. John
Creator: Clifford, H. A.
Date: September 04, 1880
In this letter, Kansas Governor St. John is invited to deliver a temperance lecture at a newly organized Lodge in Galena.


H. A. Clifford to Governor John St. John

H. A. Clifford to Governor John St. John
Creator: Clifford, H. A.
Date: October 19, 1880
A letter to Kansas Governor St. John from H. A. Clifford requesting that the Governor speak before the Galena Lodge of Good Templars.


High school orchestra, Galena, Kansas

High school orchestra, Galena, Kansas
Date: 1914
A photograph of the Galena High School double quartette and orchestra.


High school tennis club, Galena, Kansas

High school tennis club, Galena, Kansas
Date: 1914
A photograph of the Galena high school tennis club.


J. J. Bulger to O. W. Sparks

J. J. Bulger to O. W. Sparks
Creator: Bulger, J. J.
Date: December 20, 1919
J. J. Bulger, counselor for the Wichita Trades and Labor Assembly, writes state senator O. W. Sparks, of Galena, Kansas, concerning pending legislation that would create an industrial court to mediate relations between labor and industry. Bulger lists the causes of labor strikes and asks Sparks to work for an unbiased court.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject old west towns - prairie

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject old west towns - prairie
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s-2000s
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. Subjects included in this part of the collection are old west towns, parks, people, and prairie.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subjects airports - attractions

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subjects airports - attractions
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s - 2000s
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. Subjects included in this part of the collection are: airports, animals, antiques, and attractions.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, towns Fall River - Hutchinson

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, towns Fall River - Hutchinson
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s and 1990s
These are panoramic photographs of Kansas towns beginning with Fall River and ending with Hutchinson. The Kansas Film Commission created the photos to promote Kansas locations to film companies. Many of the photographs show business districts and buildings. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. Towns and cities included in this part of the collection are: Fall River, Falun, Florence, Ford, Fostoria, Fredonia, Ft. Scott, Galena, Garden City, Garnder, Geneseo, Gove, Grainfield, Great Bend, Greeley, Greensburg, Grenola, Grinnell, Gypsum, Hall's Summit, Halstead, Hamilton, Hanston, Harrison, Hartford, Harveyville, Havana, Hays, Hazelton, Headville, Herndon, Hewins, Highland, Hillsboro, Howard, Hoyt, Hudson, Hugoton, Humbolt, and Hutchinson. Some of the photos of communities show churches, grain elevators, water towers, parks, public/government buildings, railroad depots and tracks, and residences.


Leslie Wells, World War I soldier

Leslie Wells, World War I soldier
Date: 1919
Around 1919, the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion solicited biographical information from returning veterans (primarily members of the 35th and 89th infantry divisions) and the families of those who died in service, notably from the Gold Star Mothers. Each veteran or family member was asked to provide letters, photographs, a biography, and military records. This file contains information on Leslie Wells, 353rd Ambulance Company.


Lowell dam, Galena, Kansas

Lowell dam, Galena, Kansas
Creator: Ober, M.E.
Date: 1910
Postcard view of Lowell Dam in Galena, Kansas.


Mining scene, Cherokee County, Kansas

Mining scene, Cherokee County, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1910
A photograph of the Morning Star Mine in Galena, Kansas. Several men are in the foreground.


Mining scene, Galena, Kansas

Mining scene, Galena, Kansas
Creator: Ober, M.E.
Date: Between 1890 and 1910
A postcard view of a mining scene in Galena, Kansas.


Mining scenes, Galena, Kansas

Mining scenes, Galena, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1910
Photographs of mining scenes in Galena, Kansas. One photograph includes a scene of an Empire City concentrating plant.


Missouri - Kansas-Texas Railroad depot, Galena, Kansas

Missouri - Kansas-Texas Railroad depot, Galena, Kansas
Date: 1962
This black and white photograph shows the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad depot at Galena, Kansas.


Murphy open pit mine

Murphy open pit mine
Date: Between 1940 and 1970
Murphy open pit mine, Cherokee County, Kansas.


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