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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.


Agricultural College, Board of Regents, member

Agricultural College, Board of Regents, member
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1871
A letter from S. D. Houston requests Kansas Governor Harvey appoint him as a member of the Board of Regents for the Agricultural College. In Houston's letter, he describes how his appointment can benefit the college, he explains the need for a better system and more backbone. The Kansas Board of Regents governs the state's universities and colleges as well as administers the state's student financial aid, adult education, high school equivalency, and career and technical education programs.


A map of  the route and land grant of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway

A map of the route and land grant of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway
Creator: Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company
Date: 1871
A large, sectional map of the central United States showing the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway with its land grants plus the connecting railroads. The Missouri, Kansas and Texas railroad runs from Junction City, Kansas, and Sedalia, Missouri, to meet at Parsons, Kansas, and continue on to the Mexican border and Houston, Texas. There is also a small, inset map of the entire United States with the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway and its connecting lines shown.


Attorney General's Office

Attorney General's Office
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1872
The documents in this file pertain to matters of the Attorney General Office. A letter from the A. Danford, Attorney General in 1861, gives his opinion to the Governor regarding him being able to appoint officers for new counties. A separate letter from A. L. Williams, Attorney General in 1871, answers questions from Governor Harvey concerning unpatented lands and if they are taxable. A letter from Williams provides Governor Harvey with his opinion declaring the eligibility of women in the office of Notary Public in Kansas.


Bird's eye view of Chetopa, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Chetopa, Kansas
Date: 1871
This black and white lithograph is a bird's eye view of the city of Chetopa, Kansas. The lithograph shows the location of churches, banks, mills, and railroad depots. A legend below the image identifies some of the buildings.


Bird's eye view of Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas
Creator: Glover, E. S. (Eli Sheldon), 1844-1920
Date: 1871
This colored lithograph is a bird's eye view of Neosho Falls, Kansas. The county court house, churches, a school, a railroad depot and land office for the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad, and several hotels have been identified in the bottom reference area. The Neosho River runs through the community. The Crescent Lake is in the lower left corner. The image was drawn by E. S. Glover and published by the Merchants Litho Company, Chicago, Illinois.


Blind, Asylum for the

Blind, Asylum for the
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1870 - 1871
A letter from W. W. Updegraff, Superintendent, reports the condition of the Institution since he took possession, he notifies the Governor there are no records or vouchers, there are thirteen pupils, and he is in the process of making an inventory. A letter from Updegraff acknowledges his appointment as the Superintendent for the Blind Asylum. A letter from members of the Kansas Senate informs the Governor of their observations of the Blind Asylum in Wyandotte. A letter from Thomas Plowman, a citizen of Leavenworth, writes to complain of the mistreatment of his son at the Blind Asylum.


Board of Agriculture Treasurer's Annual Reports

Board of Agriculture Treasurer's Annual Reports
Creator: State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1871-1873, 1876
These records include the treasurer's annual reports of the State Board of Agriculture and related vouchers. The January 10, 1872 report, written by treasurer Thomas Murphy, itemizes the proceeds of the Kansas State Fair. Murphy's reports were audited by J.K. Hudson and E.S. Niccolls. The 1873 report was prepared by treasurer George N. Veale and the 1876 report by J.C. Wilson. Additional auditors include A.J. Burdick, W.A. Johnston, J.P. Davis, C.H. Graham, and D.W. Finney.


Bonds, State

Bonds, State
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1871
A letter on February 11, 1869, from the commissioners of the State School Fund, accept the Governor's offer to sell $75,000 of State Bonds at ninety-two cents on the dollar. A letter from W. E. Suttiff asks Kansas Governor Harvey if he can use his influence to issue the bonds authorized for the payment of the militia battalion. Additional correspondence in this file pertains to the purchasing or inquiry of the bonds.


Buttons from the Billy Dixon Trading Post, 14EL311

Buttons from the Billy Dixon Trading Post, 14EL311
Date: 1870-1871
These metal buttons were recovered from the possible location of the Billy Dixon Trading Post in Ellis County during the 2013 Kansas Archeology Training Program field school. The button on the left is a 4-hole pants button. The two General Service buttons on the right were made by the Scoville Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut. Two dugouts were discovered at the site, which may have been a supply stop of early settlers and hunters.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1871
This sepia colored photograph shows an early view of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas. 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 a reflection of French Renaissance architecture and Corinthian details, was completed at a total cost of $3,200,588.92.


Cigar store Indian

Cigar store Indian
Creator: Hen, Edward
Date: 1871
Painted wooden cigar store Indian. Brought to Topeka in 1871 by Henry Moeser (1837-1876), who operated a cigar store in the 100 block of Kansas Avenue from about 1870 to 1876. The figure was reportedly also later displayed at the Windsor House Hotel, which operated at the corner of Kansas Avenue and 7th Street from 1882 to 1889. Moeser is believed to have acquired the carving from the New York tobacco supply house of Edward Hen.


Claims, Indian Depredation, Commission to Examine, member

Claims, Indian Depredation, Commission to Examine, member
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1871
A letter from R. W. Wood recommends Kansas Governor Harvey appoint D. D. Colley as one of the Commissioners to audit claims for damages by Native American raids. A letter from A. A. Moor suggests Thomas W. Bown as Commissioner. The following documents are applications from prospective candidates or people recommending specific applicants for the appointment as one of the Commissioners to investigate claims against the Native Americans.


Claims, Price Raid

Claims, Price Raid
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1872
The following documents are related to claims made concerning the Price Raid. A telegraph on December 7, 1870, from Sidney Clarke, requests the Governor to come or send someone to Washington, D.C. immediately to aid in the passage of the Price Raid bill. A letter from W. Banks informs Kansas Governor Harvey he has some Price Raid scrip certificates and asks if they will be paid by winter. A separate letter from x inquires whether the gratuity of the Price Raid scrip will be paid under the recent legislation of Kansas. A message from James A. Hardie states that the Commissioners plan to meet in Topeka to audit the growing claims of the Price Raid.


Commissioner of deeds : California

Commissioner of deeds : California
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1872
An application from Edward Cadwalader to Kansas Governor Harvey for the appointment as Commissioner of Deeds for the State of Kansas in California. A separate submission from Frank V. Scudder of San Francisco, California, requests the Governor offer him the job.


Commissioner of deeds : Florida

Commissioner of deeds : Florida
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1872
A letter from W. C. Danelly requests Governor Harvey offer him the position as Commissioner of Deeds for the State of Kansas in Florida. Danelly explains that he has already secured the appointment as Commissioner for many states and is trying to acquire as many as possible. A separate submission from Joseph H Durkee applies for the opening as Commissioner of Deeds.


Commissioner of deeds : Illinois

Commissioner of deeds : Illinois
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1872
A letter of application from William Andrews for the position as Commissioner of Deeds for Kansas at Chicago, Illinois. A document about the Appropriation Bill passed by Kansas Legislature to give funds towards the improvement and enlargement of the State Normal School. Additional letters are from other applicants requesting the Governor select them for the job.


Commissioner of deeds : Kansas

Commissioner of deeds : Kansas
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1871
A letter from E. N. O. Clough asks for Kansas Governor Harvey to provide recommendations to his application to the Governors of other States for his appointment as Commissioner of Deeds. A follow-up letter from Clough encloses blank recommendations for the Governor's signature and seal.


Commissioner of deeds : Louisiana

Commissioner of deeds : Louisiana
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1872
An application from Oren D. Bragdon for the position as Commissioner of Deeds for the State of Kansas, residence in Louisiana. An application from John M. Cooney of New Orleans, Louisiana, along with an endorsement for his appointment as Commissioner of Deeds for Kansas. A letter from William F. Robb asks the length of the term in the office of Commissioners of Deeds as this information was not provided to him when he was tendered the position.


Commissioner of deeds : Maine, Maryland

Commissioner of deeds : Maine, Maryland
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1872
A letter from James O'Donnell asks Kansas Governor Harvey for the appointment as Commissioner of Deeds for the State of Kansas in Maine. A separate application from James H. Buchanan for Commissioner of Deeds in Maryland, along with an endorsement of Buchanan's qualifications. The following documents are from candidates applying for the appointment as the Commissioner of Deeds in the State of Maine or Maryland.


Commissioner of deeds : Missouri

Commissioner of deeds : Missouri
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1872
A letter of application from John R. Boas requests Governor Harvey appoint him as the Commissioner of Deeds for Kansas in the State of Missouri the letter includes a recommendation for his appointment. A separate application from John Baxter for the position as Commissioner of Deeds.


Commissioner of deeds : Montana, Nebraska

Commissioner of deeds : Montana, Nebraska
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1872
A letter of application from Seth Bullock requests Governor Harvey offer him the appointment as Commissioner of Deeds for Kansas in Montana. In Bullocks' letter, he informs the Governor he can send endorsements and references. A letter from Edwin F. Warren applies for the appointment as Commissioner of Deeds for Kansas in Nebraska.


Commissioner of deeds : New Hampshire, New Jersey

Commissioner of deeds : New Hampshire, New Jersey
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1872
A petition recommending J. B. Rand for the position as Commissioner for the State of Kansas in New Hampshire. A letter of application from George P. Kingsley for the opening as Commissioner of Deeds in New Jersey. Other correspondence are from applicants requesting the appointment to act as Commissioner of Deeds for Kansas in either New Jersey or New Hampshire.


Commissioner of deeds : New York

Commissioner of deeds : New York
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1872
The letters in this file pertain to the appointment of Commissioner of Deeds for the State of Kansas in New York. A letter from William H. Clarkson to Kansas Governor Harvey for the position as Commissioner of Deeds, including a recommendation below his application. Additional correspondence are from candidates applying for the job as Commissioner of Deeds for Kansas in New York.


Commissioner of deeds : Ohio

Commissioner of deeds : Ohio
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1872
A letter of application from J. B. Conklin for the position as Commissioner of Deeds for Kansas in Ohio. A letter from S. M. Southward, Executive Clerk for the State of Ohio, suggests the Governor appoint J. F. Brown as the Commissioner of Kansas, residents of Ohio. Other letters are from applicants applying for the position as Commissioner of Deeds in Ohio.


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