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A. E. Touzolin portriat

A. E. Touzolin portriat
Date: Between 1883 and 1885
This is a portrait of A. E. Touzolin an official of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.


A family in front of their sod house, Thomas County, Kansas

A family in front of their sod house, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: 1885
A Thomas County, Kansas family and their dog pose in front of their sod home and outbuilding. The family is unidentified.


Agriculture Museum, Topeka, Kansas

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


A letter of proposal for the Leavenworth, Topeka and Mexican Railway

A letter of proposal for the Leavenworth, Topeka and Mexican Railway
Creator: Schofield, William H.
Date: Feb 10, 1885
A long letter of proposal from William H. Schofield to the members of the Board of Trade Association of Leavenworth, Kansas. Mr. Schofield proposes to build a railroad from Leavenworth, through Topeka, Hutchinson and continuing in a south westerly direction to the Cimmaron River and the Kansas state line. The proposed line would be the shortest distance by 50 miles from the pan handle of Texas to the Missouri River and onward to the markets Kansas City and Chicago. Initally, Mr. Schofield would like for Leavenworth to furnish $20,000 for the primary expenditure.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company roundhouse, Topeka, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company roundhouse, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 7, 1885
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's roundhouse and shop employees at Topeka, Kansas. In the background, are steam locomotives 3 and 29 and visible are the tender link and pin coupler arrangement on another locomotive.


Atlas of Elk County

Atlas of Elk County
Creator: Davy Map and Atlas Co.
Date: ca. 1885
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patron's directory and plats of towns as of the year of publication. The Kansas map on page 42 does not appear original to the book. It can be dated to 1907 and after.


Atlas of Marion County, Kansas

Atlas of Marion County, Kansas
Creator: Davy Map and Atlas Co.
Date: 1885
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory, and plats of towns as of the year of publication.


Atlas of Wabaunsee County, Kansas

Atlas of Wabaunsee County, Kansas
Creator: Gillen & Davy
Date: 1885
This atlas includes plats of the villages, cities and townships of the county with names of landowners, and a patron's directory by township.


Better than ever! The fifth annual fair of the Bourbon County Fair Association

Better than ever! The fifth annual fair of the Bourbon County Fair Association
Creator: J.B. Savage, Mammoth Show Print
Date: October 6 - 9, 1885
Advertising the approaching Bourbon County, Kansas fair, this poster tells of entertainment that will include horse racing, baseball, cycling, and live music. Fair officers are J. W. Davis, president; J. F. Cottrell, treasurer; and E. W. Hulbert, secretary.


Birdseye view of Alma

Birdseye view of Alma
Creator: Palenske, Louis F., 1858-1943
Date: around 1885
This birds-eye view of Alma was taken from atop a tall hill, looking to the north. It was taken in about 1885, before the Rock Island Railway laid its tracks through Alma. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Bismarck fair, Lawrence, Kansas

Bismarck fair, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: September 7 - 12, 1885
This poster announces the Bismarck Fair to be held in Lawrence, Kansas.


Brief for the State.  The State of Kansas versus Joseph E. McNaught

Brief for the State. The State of Kansas versus Joseph E. McNaught
Creator: Kansas. Supreme Court
Date: 1885
Brief for the State in the Supreme Court of the State of Kansas. The State of Kansas, plaintiff versus Joseph E. McNaught, Defendant.


Capital city rifle team in Topeka, Kansas

Capital city rifle team in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1885
This a photograph of the Capital City Rifle Team in Topeka, Kansas. In 1885, the club changed its name to the Topeka Rifle Club. Members are identified as: seated (right to left) Robert Thompson, George Morrison, J. T. Williams, E. W. Sherman, and Reed McCarter, and standing (right to left) John Leonard Paine, C. C. Trimmer, J. H. or L. Leonard, and F. H. Martin.


Clark County organization records

Clark County organization records
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: May 05, 1885
In order for an unorganized county to be recognized by the state of Kansas, a certain number of householders/legal electors had to petition the governor. The governor would appoint a census taker. Initially, unorganized counties were required to document that they had at least 600 inhabitants in order to be recognized as a county by the state legislature. Over time the number of residents needed to organize a county changed to 1500 and later to 2500 residents. The census was submitted to the governor who then issued a proclamation indicating that the requirements had been met, appointing county commissioners and a county clerk, and naming a county seat. Not all of these documents are available for each county. Included in this file is Governor Martin's proclamation appointing county officials and designating Ashland as the temporary county seat.


County and railroad map of Kansas

County and railroad map of Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1885
A detailed map of Kansas showing the grazing lands of the upper Arkansas Valley and the land grant of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. This is a brochure promoting immigration to Kansas and advertising the advantages of land purchase there. Climate, market, crops, schools and livestock are all detailed.


Creator's Cornet Band, Leavenworth, Kansas

Creator's Cornet Band, Leavenworth, Kansas
Date: 1885
Creator's Cornet Band, Leavenworth, Kansas.


Criminal matters: bender family

Criminal matters: bender family
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1883-1885
This series of letters are pulled from the correspondence files of Kansas Governor George Washington Glick. They are about the murder case in Labette County, Kansas involving the Bender Family, sometimes referred to as the Bloody Benders. The family consisted of John Bender; his wife, Elvira Bender; son, John, Jr.; and daughter, Kate.


Custer's Last Fight

Custer's Last Fight
Creator: Adams, Cassilly C., 1843-1921
Date: 1885
A photograph copy of Custer's Last Fight, painted by Cassilly Adams, which depicts the Battle of Little Bighorn. Funds for digitization provided by Mr. Steve Peckel in memory of William Chalfant.


Dodson family

Dodson family
Date: 1885
A photograph of the Dodson family taken in Urbana, Illinois, just before they came to Gray County, Kansas. Family members are identified as (top row) Henrietta, Clara B. (Yeiter), Bessie B., (second row) John W., Henry J. (father), Frank E., Mary Jane (mother), Fannie M, J. Fred (seated on his father's lap), and Arthur G. (seated on the floor).


Drug Store and businesses on Main Street, Russell, Kansas

Drug Store and businesses on Main Street, Russell, Kansas
Date: 1885
This photograph shows a view of the businesses along Main Street between 7th and 8th Streets in Russell, Kansas. At the left side of the picture a drug store is visible. Other businesses visible include Butler Brothers Jewelers, a bakery with a sign for ice cream, Ahsing Laundry, W. E. Banks Hardware, Land Office of K. W. Robbins, a law office, a bank, and the Spot Cash Store grocery. Most of the buildings on this block later burned in 1889, except for the ones on the far left end of the block. A few boys are visible standing in front of the businesses, and a few horses are visible in the street. Several wooden crates and a wooden barrel are visible in front of the Spot Cash Store, and a large clock hanging from a pole is visible in front of the Butler Brothers Jewelers store. (The W. E. Banks building and the First National Bank building were rebuilt after the fire, and in 2006 they were nominated for the National Register of Historic Places as virtually unaltered examples of Victorian-era commercial buildings.)


E.B. Guild Music Company

E.B. Guild Music Company
Date: Between 1885 and 1890
This series of photographs shows the E.B. Guild Music Company in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. Photographs represent the exterior of the building at 630 Kansas Avenue, a warehouse for pianos and organs at 108 West 8th Street and a repair shop.


E.H. Claar and J.L. Trowbridge to unknown

E.H. Claar and J.L. Trowbridge to unknown
Creator: Claar, E.H.
Date: July 30, 1885
This is a letter from E.H. Claar and J.L Trowbridge, Decatur County, Kansas, to an unknown recipient. In the letter, the authors tell of camping in the outdoors, several possible Indian scares, the railroad coming through New Kiowa, and the condition of the crops. The letter is on letterhead for the Kiowa Town Company of Kiowa, Barber County, Kansas. There is printed information about New Kiowa on the back of the letter. NOTE: It is not clear why this item was associated with Decatur County for collection storage purposes.


Edward's atlas of Cloud County, Kansas

Edward's atlas of Cloud County, Kansas
Creator: Edwards, John P.
Date: 1885
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It also includes a history of Cloud County, a patrons' list, and an advertising directory. Plats of towns are included as of the year of publication.


Elk County Agricultural Association's sixth annual fair, Howard, Kansas

Elk County Agricultural Association's sixth annual fair, Howard, Kansas
Creator: Elk County Agricultural Association
Date: September 16 - 19, 1885
This poster announces a fair to be held at Howard, Kansas, sponsored by the Elk County Agricultural Association. Highlights of the fair include a half-mile track, three races each day, and reduced railroad rates. The poster includes illustrations of livestock and sulky racing.


Ellsworth, Kansas

Ellsworth, Kansas
Creator: Brown, E. C.
Date: 1885
A birds-eye view of Ellsworth, Kansas, taken from the northwest. In the upper left corner is a portrait of Elwood A. Bower who owned and operated a book and stationery store in Ellsworth from 1885 to 1890.


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