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Arthur Capper, Ben Paulin, Charles Curtis, and Carl R. Gray at Pawnee Capitol, Pawnee, Kansas

Arthur Capper, Ben Paulin, Charles Curtis, and Carl R. Gray at Pawnee Capitol, Pawnee, Kansas
Date: August 1, 1928
This photograph shows Senator Arthur Capper, Kansas Governor Ben Paulin, Vice President Charles Curtis, and Carl R. Gray standing from left to right while visiting the Pawnee Capitol in Pawnee, Kansas on August 1, 1928. The men visited the Pawnee Capitol, commonly referred to as the First Territorial Capitol at Fort Riley, when Senator Capper was visiting Kansas. The First Territorial Capitol was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.


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.


Charles Curtis

Charles Curtis
Date: 1928
These three sepia colored photographs show U.S. Senator Charles Curtis campaigning for the vice-presidency of the United States. Curtis and presidential running mate Herbert Clark Hoover, were elected in 1928 by defeating Democratic candidate Al Smith and running mate Joseph Taylor Robinson. The Hoover-Curtis ticket sought re-election in 1932, but the overwhelming economic problems facing the country cost them the election to Democratic candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt and his running mate John Nance Garner.


Charles Curtis

Charles Curtis
Date: 1928
Charles Curtis in 1928 during his political campaign to become United States Vice President, under soon to be elected, President Herbert Hoover.


Charles Curtis

Charles Curtis
Date: 1929
This black and white photograph shows U.S. Vice-President Charles Curtis casting his ballot during a possible tie breaking vote in the United States Senate. Curtis, the thirty-first vice-president of the United States (1929-1933), was the first Native American to be elected to public office in the United States.


Charles Curtis' home, Topeka, Kansas

Charles Curtis' home, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1929
This photograph shows Charles Curtis' home at 1101 Topeka Avenue in Topeka, Kansas.


Charles Curtis' notification day in Topeka, Kansas

Charles Curtis' notification day in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1928 and 1932
Two photographs showing Charles Curtis' notification ceremony at the Kansas capitol in Topeka, Kansas. The ceremony celebrated Curtis' nomination as United States Vice President. Curtis, a member of the Kaw tribe, represented Kansas in the United States House of Representatives,1899-1907 and Senate, 1907-1929. He and Herbert Hoover, the presidential candidate, were on a ticket which was victorious in November 1928, over the Democratic ticket of Alfred Smith and Joseph T. Robinson. Hoover and Curtis served one term before being defeated by Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner in 1932.


Charles Curtis, Pawnee, Oklahoma

Charles Curtis, Pawnee, Oklahoma
Creator: Merryman Studio, Pawnee, Oklahoma
Date: September 29, 1928
This black and white photograph shows U.S. Senator Charles Curtis, standing before "The Pawnee Bill" stage coach at the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot at Pawnee, Oklahoma. In the background a crowd has gathered to meet the Kansas senator.


Charles Curtis, Vice President of the United States

Charles Curtis, Vice President of the United States
Date: Between 1920 and 1933
Portrait of Charles Curtis, 1860-1936, United States Congressman, 1893-1907, U. S. Senator, 1907-1913 and 1915-1929, and Vice President of the United States, 1929-1933.


Charles Curtis, Vice President of the United States

Charles Curtis, Vice President of the United States
Date: Between 1928 and 1933
Vice President of the United States, Charles Curtis, 1860-1936, standing on the steps of the United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.


Charles Curtis and Herbert Clark Hoover

Charles Curtis and Herbert Clark Hoover
Creator: Underwood & Underwood
Date: Between 1928 and 1933
This black and white photograph shows Charles Curtis and Herbert Clark Hoover. The gentlemen were respectively elected in 1928, as the thirty-first Vice-President and President of the United States. The Hoover-Curtis ticket would seek re-election in 1932, but the overwhelming economic problems facing the country cost them the election to Democratic candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt and running mate John Nance Garner.


Charles Curtis political button

Charles Curtis political button
Date: 1893
Small political campaign button featuring Charles Curtis. Born in Topeka, Kansas, Curtis served in the United States Congress and was later elected Vice President. He was the first individual of American Indian ancestry to reach that high office. This button depicts a very young Curtis and was probably used in his early campaigns for the Kansas seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Henry J. Allen, Charles Curtis, and Arthur Capper

Henry J. Allen, Charles Curtis, and Arthur Capper
Date: July 11, 1929
An informal portrait of U. S. Senator Henry J. Allen (left of the child in the center), Vice President Charles Curtis, and U. S. Senator Arthur Capper, standing with fellow celebrants at the 75th Anniversary celebration of Atchison, Kansas. Capper (1865-1951) a native of Garnett, Kansas, served as Kansas Governor from 1915 to 1919 and then as U. S. Senator from 1919 to 1949.


Herbert Clark Hoover and Charles Curtis

Herbert Clark Hoover and Charles Curtis
Date: Between 1928 and 1933
This black and white photograph shows the thirty-first President of the United States Herbert Clark Hoover and his Vice President, Kansas native Charles Curtis, (1929-1933). The gentleman were elected in 1928 by defeating Democratic candidate Al Smith and running mate Joseph Taylor Robinson. The Hoover-Curtis ticket would seek re-election in 1932, but the overwhelming economic problems facing the country eventually cost them the election, losing to Democratic candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt and his running mate John Nance Garner.


Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis

Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis
Date: 1928
This photograph shows a campaign poster promoting Republican nominees for U.S. President and Vice President, Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis. The two were elected in 1928 in a landslide victory over Democratic candidate Al Smith and running mate Joseph Taylor Robinson.


Homestead deed, Kaw Indian roll no. 138

Homestead deed, Kaw Indian roll no. 138
Date: May 13, 1903-May 15, 1903
A homestead deed for Charles Curtis, a member of the Kaw tribe of Indians, signed by Wah-shun-gah, head chief of Kansas or Kaw tribe. Photostat copy made from original lent by Doctor Berlin B. Chapman, Oklahoma, A. & M., August 1946. Curtis served in the U.S. Senate for Kansas from March 4, 1907 - March 3, 1913 and was vice-president to Herbert Hoover from March 4, 1929 - March 3, 1933.


Jerome Ashby "Rome" Colvin

Jerome Ashby "Rome" Colvin
Creator: Typographical Union Label, Topeka, KS
Date: Between 1890s and 1930s
This political card shows Jerome Ashby "Rome" Colvin as a candidate for sheriff of Shawnee County, Kansas. Colvin, (1863-1932), was a livestock merchant and brother- in- law of U.S. Vice- President Charles Curtis.


Letter from Charles Curtis to Lalla Maloy Brigham

Letter from Charles Curtis to Lalla Maloy Brigham
Creator: Curtis, Charles, 1860-1936
Date: February 03, 1922
This is a letter written by United States Senator Charles Curtis to Lalla Maloy Brigham, Council Grove, Kansas. In the letter, he corrects information about the Cheyenne Indians' raid on the Kaw Indians which is printed in Brigham's book, The Story of Council Grove on the Santa Fe Trail.


Members of the Topeka, Kansas Bar Association

Members of the Topeka, Kansas Bar Association
Date: 1931
This black and white photograph panel shows members from the Topeka Bar Association, the Kansas Supreme Court and the District Judges of Kansas. In the center of the panel images have been inserted of U.S. Vice-President Charles Curtis, U.S. Circuit Judge Geo. T. McDermott, and U.S. District Judge Richard J. Hopkins. In the lower portion of the panel, on the left-hand side, are seven African American lawyers. One of them is Elisha Scott who prosecuted the civil rights case of Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education.


Members of  the Topeka Kansas Bar Association

Members of the Topeka Kansas Bar Association
Date: 1880s
This black and white photograph shows a panel with members of the Topeka Kansas Bar Association. On the first row, in the middle, is an image of a young Charles Curtis.


Opening of the Santa Fe Trail

Opening of the Santa Fe Trail
Creator: Howes, Cecil, 1880-1950
Date: 1940-1950
This item, titled "Opening of the Santa Fe Trail," was written by Charles Cecil Howes in the 1940s. Howes explains that "the commissioners of the United States completed [1825], at Council Grove, the treaty under which the Osage Indians agreed to let the traffic through their lands without molestation and without price." Howes also explains that the Santa Fe Trail had long been in use, and began with "the movement of the nomadic tribes of the Indians in the prairie area. Then the Indians walked and carried their housing and whatever goods they owned upon their backs."


Orren Arms Curtis

Orren Arms Curtis
Creator: Wolfe, Harold B., 1898-1966
Date: Between 1861 and 1868
This photograph shows Orren Armas Curtis (1829-1898), Civil War veteran and father of Charles Curtis. He served as captain of Company F,15th Regiment Cavalry, Kansas Volunteers. In April of 1865 Curtis was court martial and sent to the military prison in Joplin, Missouri. He was paroled in May of 1865. Curtis resumed his military career by joining Company H, 19th Regiment Kansas Cavalry. In October of 1868, he was appointed to the ranks of quartermaster sergeant before mustering out of service on April 18, 1869.


Political vehicle tag

Political vehicle tag
Creator: Kansas State Industrial Reformatory School
Date: 1928
Yellow and black vehicle tag promoting the 1928 presidential campaign of Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis. The tag was a souvenir of the Republican National Convention held in Kansas City, Missouri, where Hoover and Curtis were selected as the party's presidential and vice presidential nominees. Born in Topeka, Kansas, Curtis served in the United States Congress and was later elected to Vice President. He was the first individual of American Indian ancestry to reach that high office. The tag was made by inmates at the Kansas State Industrial Reformatory in Hutchinson, Kansas.


Senator Charles Curtis to Ida M. Ferris

Senator Charles Curtis to Ida M. Ferris
Creator: Curtis, Charles, 1860-1936
Date: December 18, 1909
In this letter to Ida M. Ferris, Senator Charles Curtis of Kansas provides information on the Sac and Fox tribe that Ferris had requested at an earlier date for an article that she was writing. The information provided by Senator Curtis, chairman of the Senate's Committee on Indian Depredations, contains a brief list of treaties made between the Sac and Fox tribe and the United States.


The Indian tribes of Kansas

The Indian tribes of Kansas
Creator: Howes, Cecil, 1880-1950
Date: 1940-1950
This item was written by Charles Cecil Howes sometime after World War II in order to educate the public about the Native American tribes in Kansas. As Howes indicates, the "fourth Saturday of September of each year has been designated by the Kansas legislature as American Indian Day when the schools and the public are to make proper observance in honor of the Native Americans and their service to the country. Most patriotic organizations and many of the schools provide special programs for the day particularly honoring the thousands of Indians who served well and honorably in two World Wars."


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