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A.M. Campbell on the Battle of Washita

A.M. Campbell on the Battle of Washita
Creator: Campbell, A.M.
Date: October 10, 1905
In this item, A. M. Campbell relates his experiences regarding the Delawares, the Southern Cheyennes, Black Kettle, and the Battle of Washita. Serving as a ferry boat operator in Lawrence, Kansas Territory during the early 1850s, Campbell explains that he was "well acquainted" with Black Kettle and the members of his band. As the item indicates, Black Kettle was killed in 1868 during the Battle of the Washita in Oklahoma.


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.


Abzuga (Zu)  Adams diary

Abzuga (Zu) Adams diary
Creator: Adams, Abzuga (Zu), 1859-1911
Date: 1908-1910
This is the fourth diary in Abzuga (Zu) Adams' papers from November 19, 1908 to October 9, 1910. It contains family, domestic and work news with several entries about building the Memorial building in Topeka, Kansas. Zu Adams was born in Atchison, Kansas, in 1859, and named after for her father's mother who also went by the nickname Zu. As a child, she lived in various Kansas towns including Waterville, Wichita, and Topeka. In 1876, when Zu was seventeen, her father became Secretary of the Kansas Historical Society where she worked as his unpaid assistant. Later she was given a salary and the title of librarian. At the time of her father's death in 1899, Zu and her late Father had hoped she would succeed him as secretary but when George Martin emerged as a candidate, Zu withdrew her candidacy. She worked as Martin's assistant until her death in 1911. From her experience as a secretary, the diary contains sections of short hand unique to Zu and are left to interpretation by the reader. Zu never married, remaining in the family home and raising her younger brothers and sisters and Helen who she adopted in 1896.


Adolph Roenigk and George W. Martin correspondence

Adolph Roenigk and George W. Martin correspondence
Creator: Roenigk, Adolph, 1847-1938
Date: October 10, 1904-January 24, 1908
In this correspondence with George W. Martin of the Kansas State Historical Society, Adolph Roenigk addresses issues related to the Pawnee Indians. In the letter dated October 10, 1904, Roenigk explains that "a Battle between the Potowatomie and the Pawnee Indians was fought here [Lincoln, Kansas] in 1863." According to Roenigk, between 14 and 16 Native Indians were killed during the fighting. Similarly, Roenigk's letter of October 24, 1906, concerns violence between Kansans and Native Indians during the late 1860s when a man named Solomon Humbarger and Solomon's brother were attacked by Native Indians. After killing one of their chiefs Roenigk states that Humbarger was shot in the thigh with an arrow.


Aerial view of the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka, Kansas

Aerial view of the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1984
This is an aerial view showing the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka, Kansas. The photograph was taken shortly after the museum was built.


Aerial view of the Pottawatomie Indian Mission and surrounding area, Topeka, Kansas

Aerial view of the Pottawatomie Indian Mission and surrounding area, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Kansas. Dept. of Transportation
Date: February 11, 1969
An aerial view of the area west of Wanamaker Road, south of the Kansas River, north of 10th Street, and east of Urish Road showing the Pottawatomie Indian Mission and property. The Kansas State Historical Society's complex is located on this property.


Aerial view of west Topeka, Kansas

Aerial view of west Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Dept. of Transporation
Date: February 18, 1965
An aerial view of west Topeka, Kansas, showing the Kansas River, Interstate 70, and the Pottawatomie Indian Mission property. The Kansas State Historical Society's complex is located on the Pottawatomie Indian Mission property.


Aerial view of west Topeka, Kansas

Aerial view of west Topeka, Kansas
Creator: United States. Dept. of Agriculture
Date: May 24, 1942
An aerial view of west Topeka, Kansas, showing the Kansas River, Pottawatomie Indian Mission, and the Secruity Benefit Association buildings and grounds. This photograph was taken prior to the construction of Interstate 70. The Kansas State Historical Society built a complex on the Pottawatomie Indian Mission property.


Agriculture Museum, Topeka, Kansas

Agriculture Museum, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1885
This is an image of the Agriculture Museum at the Kansas Capitol, Topeka, Kansas.


Albert Henning to George W. Martin

Albert Henning to George W. Martin
Creator: Henning, Albert
Date: August 16, 1905
In this letter to George W. Martin of the Kansas State Historical Society, Albert Henning describes finding "the body of an indian with a number of bullet holes in his body." According to Henning, the Indian that he found was killed by a party of men from Oberlin who had gathered together in the aftermath of a March 1879 attack by the Northern Cheyenne under Dull Knife.


Albert R. Greene to Franklin G. Adams

Albert R. Greene to Franklin G. Adams
Creator: Greene, A.R.
Date: August 18, 1897
In this letter to Franklin G. Adams, Albert R. Greene explains that he recently met with Charles C. Haynes, with whom he discussed the waning days of the Overland Stage. Greene explains that Haynes was old but that his eye was as "keen as when he ran the gauntlet of hostile Indians and brought his coach into the home station bristling with arrows."


Annals of Kansas, volume one, 1886-1910

Annals of Kansas, volume one, 1886-1910
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society
Date: 1954
Volume one of Jennie Owen's Annals of Kansas covers 1886-1910. The annals is a chronological listing of significant events in Kansas history. Kirke Mechem edited this work. Published by the Kansas State Historical Society, this work continues the work of Daniel W. Wilder's Annals of Kansas, 1541-1885.


Annals of Kansas, volume two, 1911-1925

Annals of Kansas, volume two, 1911-1925
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society
Date: 1956
Volume two of Jennie Small Owen's Annals of Kansas covers 1911-1925. The annals is a chronological listing of significant events in Kansas history. Kirke Mechem edited this work. Published by the Kansas State Historical Society, this work continues the work of Daniel W. Wilder's Annals of Kansas, 1541-1885.


Architectural drawing of the Kansas Museum of History, Topeka, Kansas

Architectural drawing of the Kansas Museum of History, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Kansas. Dept. of Administration
Date: Between 1980 and 1984
Here is an architectural drawing for the Kansas Museum Of History, created by the Department of Administration, Division of Architectural Services. The museum is located at 6425 SW 6th Ave.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway locomotive No. 132 at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway locomotive No. 132 at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1985
This is a photograph of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's steam locomotive No. 132 on display in the Kansas Museum of History at the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka, Kansas.


Banquet for the opening of the new museum, Topeka, Kansas

Banquet for the opening of the new museum, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society
Date: June 22, 1984-June 24, 1984
Five photographs showing a banquet being held at the Ramada Inn as part of the opening activities for the new museum in Topeka, Kansas. Gordon Jump can be seen in several of the photographs.


Belle R. Greene to George W. Martin

Belle R. Greene to George W. Martin
Creator: Greene, Belle R.
Date: March 28, 1907-April 3, 1907
In this correspondence with George W. Martin, Belle R. Greene, daughter of Jesse Greene, discusses the material covered in her father's papers from the period when he worked at the Shawnee Indian Methodist Manual Labor School. As Belle Greene indicates in her letters to G.W. Martin, her father's papers are full of details regarding the individuals he dealt with at the Methodist school.


Bill signing ceremony in Governor Mark Parkinson's office, Topeka, Kansas

Bill signing ceremony in Governor Mark Parkinson's office, Topeka, Kansas
Date: April 06, 2010
This photograph shows Governor Mark Parkinson signing HB 2195, an act relating to maintenance and certification of electronic state government records. People in the photograph are front row (left to right): Terri Clark, Assistant Director, Legislative Computer Services; Pat Michaelis, Director, State Archives & Library, Kansas State Historical Society; Governor Mark Parkinson, Kansas Governor; Jennie Chinn, Executive Director, Kansas State Historical Society; Don Heiman, Legislative Chief Information Technology Officer; and back row (left to right): Carey Brown, Kansas Information Technology Office; Joe Hennes, Executive Chief Information Technology Officer; Rep. Mike Burgess, Kansas House of Representatives; Bill Roth, Chief Information Technology Architect, State of Kansas; and Matt Veatch, State Archivist, Kansas State Historical Society.


Biographical circulars

Biographical circulars
Date: 1890-1899
This collection consists of biographical forms sent by F. G. Adams, secretary of the Kansas Historical Society, to individuals whose names appeared in historically significant materials in the collections of the Kansas Historical Society. The responses are arranged alphabetically by last name. Biographical information may include full name, place and date of birth, place and date of settlement, present residence, place and date of death, official positions, and/or addresses of family members.


Blackhoof or Catahecassa, the famous Shawnee Chief

Blackhoof or Catahecassa, the famous Shawnee Chief
Date: February 19, 1907
This item provides a detailed history of the Shawnee Native American warrior Blackhook (Catahecassa). Born in Florida, Blackhoof moved with his tribe as it was pushed north and west during the early expansion of Colonial America and, later, the United States.


Bob Keckeisen speaking at an exhibit opening at the Kansas State Historical Society

Bob Keckeisen speaking at an exhibit opening at the Kansas State Historical Society
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society. Library and Archives Division
Date: Between 2000 and 2003
A slide showing Bob Keckeisen speaking at the Moments of Glory exhibit opening at the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka, Kansas.


Boy Using a Scapula Hoe

Boy Using a Scapula Hoe
Creator: Stein, Martin
Date: June 07, 1981
This slide shows a young boy using a scapula hoe. In the background, is a grass house under construction.


Charles R. Green to George W. Martin

Charles R. Green to George W. Martin
Creator: Green, Charles R.
Date: June 20, 1910
In this letter to George W. Martin, Charles R. Green addresses information related to the Sac and Fox tribe. Green, proprietor of Green's Library and Museum in Olathe, Kansas, explains that he interviewed a missionary named Samuel Black, who once served as a missionary for the Sac and Fox. Green explains that Black assisted in recruiting African American men to fight in Company K, 1st U.S. Colored Troops.


Charles R. Green to George W. Martin

Charles R. Green to George W. Martin
Creator: Green, Charles R.
Date: June 28, 1910
In this letter to George W. Martin, Charles R. Green addresses details of Sac and Fox history.


Clara Gowing reminiscence

Clara Gowing reminiscence
Creator: Gowing, Clara
Date: 1908
A series of letters written by Clara Gowing describing Gowing's experiences such as her "Early Mission life among the Indians of the west," "Miss Elisabeth S. Morse," "An Indian Payment," "Indian Traditions," "A Wedding Among the Indians," and "Mission School Among the Indians."


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