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900 block on South Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas

900 block on South Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Wolfe, Harold B., 1898-1966
Date: Between 1930 and 1939
A panoramic view showing the east side of the 900 block on South Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas. Businesses visible in the photograph are: C.A. Karlan Furniture Company, Wholesalers Millinery Outlet, Kistler Auto Supply, Linge Maytag Company, Montgomery Ward & Company, and Royal Tailors.


Ancient Order of United Workmen baseball team in Shawnee, Kansas

Ancient Order of United Workmen baseball team in Shawnee, Kansas
Date: October 04, 1903
This is a photograph of the AOUW (Ancient Order of United Workmen) 394 baseball team in Shawnee, Kansas. People in the photograph are (standing left to right) Dan Bousman, Theo. Wertz, Chas. Van Bebber, Dr. Harvey Maloney, Bert Keeran, Carl Gillespie and seated (left to right) Earl Hughes, Frank Keeran, Harvey Kiser, and Frank Wendt. The Ancient Order of United Workmen was a fraternal, charitable, beneficial, benevolent society, organized for the promotion of the welfare of its members and those dependent on them. It was formed in response to individuals moving from farms into urban areas during the late nineteenth century, providing a social network among those migrants. The organization held lectures, read essays, discussed news, encouraged research and the arts, and provided financial aid for the support and improvement of its members.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway bridge, Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway bridge, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Booth, Norman C.
Date: July 28, 1951
Viewing the aftermath of the 1951 flood to the Santa Fe Railway bridge in Topeka, Kansas. The extremely heavy rains during June and July of 1951 caused some of the greatest flooding ever seen in Kansas history. These high waters affected all the area river basins of the Kansas, Neosho, Marais des Cygnes and Verdigris.


Atlas map of Johnson County, Kansas

Atlas map of Johnson County, Kansas
Creator: Heisler, E. F
Date: 1874
The atlas has over one hundred representative views of residences and public buildings, together with personal sketches of old settlers of the county and those contributing views as well as detailed plat maps with landowners' names.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Wolcott, J.C.
Date: 1898
This photograph shows a view of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas taken from the top of the Santa Fe building at Ninth and Jackson. The capitol is located on twenty acres of land once owned by Cyrus K. Holliday. Work began on the capitol October 17, 1866 when the cornerstone was laid for the east wing. Thirty-seven years later the statehouse, an example of French Renaissance architecture and Corinthian details, was completed at a total cost of $3,200,588.92.


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.


Interior of a Kanza lodge, 1841, near Menokin, Shawnee County

Interior of a Kanza lodge, 1841, near Menokin, Shawnee County
Creator: DeSmet, Pierre Jean
Date: 1841
Sketch of a Kanza lodge interior located near Menokin, Shawnee County, Kan. Copied from Father P. J. DeSmet's Letters and Sketches, Philadelphia, 1843. The sketch shows member of the Kansa Indian tribe gathered in a lodge.


Kansas Avenue and 4th Street

Kansas Avenue and 4th Street
Date: Between 1860 and 1870
View of Kansas Avenue and 4th Street in Topeka, Kansas.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject churches

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject churches
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. Churches are the subject included in this part of the collection.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject convention centers - courthouses

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject convention centers - courthouses
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. The subjects included in this part of the collection are convention centers (including livestock arenas), courthouses, and courtrooms.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject residences

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject residences
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. The subject of this part of the collection is residences, arranged alphabetically by city.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject stadiums - trains

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject stadiums - trains
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 in this part of the collection include stadiums, stockyards, studios, theaters, and trains.


Map of Johnson County

Map of Johnson County
Creator: Edwards, John P.
Date: 1886
The map illustrates the subdivisions of Johnson County along with a business directory listing the names and occupations of its citizens by township.


Report of Kansas U.S.O. Committee

Report of Kansas U.S.O. Committee
Creator: United Service Organization
Date: 1941
This item details the amount of contributions to the United Service Organizations (U.S.O.) from cities and counties in Kansas during 1941. Totaling almost $90,000, the U.S.O. campaign in Kansas was quite successful and helped support a number of services for Americans serving in uniform during World War II. The report lists the contributions by city and the nature of the fund raising. There was a campaign in movie theaters that raised almost $9,000 from 84 cities. The list includes the names of the theaters. Local newspapers, which provided publicity, are often listed as well. The members of the local U.S. O. committees are listed, occasionally.


Standard atlas of Johnson County, Kansas

Standard atlas of Johnson County, Kansas
Creator: Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Date: 1922
This atlas includes plats of the villages, cities and townships of the county, a map of the state, the United States and world, a patrons directory, and a reference business directory.


Standard atlas of Johnson County, Kansas

Standard atlas of Johnson County, Kansas
Creator: Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Date: 1902
This atlas includes plats of townships and principal towns in Johnson County with names of landholders. It also includes a patrons' directory and portraits.


Topeka State Hospital, Topeka, Kansas

Topeka State Hospital, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1930
An interior view of the Topeka State Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. The photo shows a room filled with empty rocking chairs. The hospital provided care and treatment for the mentally ill.


Topeka State Hospital, Topeka, Kansas

Topeka State Hospital, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1870 and 1920
General view of the main building at the Topeka State Hospital. The institution provided care and treatment for the mentally ill.


William Easton Hutchison to W. R. Branham

William Easton Hutchison to W. R. Branham
Creator: Hutchison, William Easton, b. 1860
Date: March 23, 1925
Pardon Attorney Wm. Easton Hutchison of Topeka (Shawnee County) replies to Oxford, Georgia, resident W. R. Branham concerning the effect the state's abolition of capital punishment has had on murder rates in Kansas. Hutchison responds that he has no data on the subject and cannot tell whether there has been an increase or decrease in murder rates since the abolition in 1907. Hutchison considers the change in the law a change in name only since previous governors refused to carry out the execution order, he explains, making the original law ineffectual. Kansas abolished capital punishment in 1907 and did not reinstate legal executions until 1935. Prior to 1907, the state hanged nine persons under state law between 1863 and 1870. No state executions occurred between 1870 and 1932, although historians suggest that as many as ninety illegal executions (lynchings) occurred in the state during that period. See W. R. Branham to Kansas State Prison Commission, March 20, 1925.


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