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Alf M. Landon for Governor

Alf M. Landon for Governor
Date: 1932
This is a campaign poster for Alf M. Landon running for Kansas governor. Landon served as the 26th Governor of Kansas, from January 9, 1933 to January 11, 1937.


Drought report to Governor Landon

Drought report to Governor Landon
Creator: Kansas. State Board of Agriculture. Division of Water Resources
Date: August 28, 1936
This report by Ogden Jones, a geologist for the State Board of Agriculture, includes detailed information about the effects of the drought that struck Kansas during the 1930s and spawned the Dust Bowl. Jones cites precise figures about water levels in major rivers and wells, in addition to information about crops such as winter wheat, sorghum, oats, hay, rye, and fruits (apples, grapes, etc…). The report also contains maps.


F.A. Winfrey to Governor Alfred Mossman Landon

F.A. Winfrey to Governor Alfred Mossman Landon
Creator: Winfrey, F. A.
Date: June 17, 1933
F. A. Winfrey, Director of the Red Cross office in St. Louis, Missouri, responds to a request by Governor Alfred Landon of Topeka, Kansas, for assistance with drought conditions in Southwest Kansas. A survey of conditions in drought stricken areas had revealed desperate conditions in at least four Kansas counties with assistance needed, in some cases, as soon as twenty-four hours. The Governor had already negotiated emergency freight rates with railroad companies operating within the state. The area seriously effected by the drought involved at least three states including Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas.


Governor Alfred M. Landon drought correspondence

Governor Alfred M. Landon drought correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1933-1937 : Landon)
Date: 1933-1936
This is the correspondence of Governor Alfred M. Landon on drought conditions in Kansas between 1933-1936. The correspondence proceeds in reverse chronological order within each folder. The governor's response is usually filed with the original letter.


Governor Alfred M. Landon relief matters correspondence

Governor Alfred M. Landon relief matters correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1933-1937 : Landon)
Date: 1933-1937
Relief correspondence received and created by Governor Alfred M. Landon from 1933-1937. It largely concerns the appropriation of federal relief funds for Kansas relief projects and programs as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal program during the Great Depression.


Governor Alfred Mossman Landon to Red Cross

Governor Alfred Mossman Landon to Red Cross
Creator: Landon, Alfred Mossman, 1887-1987
Date: June 17, 1933
Governor Alfred Landon of Topeka, Kansas, appeals to the Red Cross office in St. Louis, Missouri, for drought relief assistance. A survey of drought conditions in Southwest Kansas had revealed desperate conditions. Landon, 1887-1987, had already negotiated emergency freight rates with railroads operating within the state. See F. A. Winfrey, Red Cross, to Governor Alfred Landon, dated June 17, 1933.


Harry Umberger to Governor Alf Landon

Harry Umberger to Governor Alf Landon
Creator: Umberger, Harry
Date: July 18, 1934
This letter from Harry Umberger, the Director of Extension at Kansas State Agricultural College (now Kansas State University), accompanied a map designating the drought relief counties as of July 1934. The map indicates the primary and secondary drought relief counties suffering the most through the Great Depression and Dust Bowl of the 1930s. The map includes a key to explain the highlighted portions.


Harry Umberger to Willard Mayberry

Harry Umberger to Willard Mayberry
Creator: Umberger, Harry
Date: December 23, 1933
This letter from Harry Umberger, the Director of Extension at Kansas State College (now Kansas State University), was addressed to Willard Mayberry, secretary to Gov. Alf Landon. The letter discusses the reduction of railroad transportation rates for livestock feed, because the depression, combined with the droughts of the 1930s, had made it difficult for farmers to feed their livestock. Umberger recommended that the rates be reduced for at least thirty days (preferably sixty days) in order to keep stock alive during the winter. The letter is accompanied by a state map labeling the counties who needed these rates, with the red shaded section indicating which counties were in the greatest need.


Howard Bucknell to Governor Alfred Landon

Howard Bucknell to Governor Alfred Landon
Creator: Bucknell, Howard
Date: June 2, 1934
In this letter Howard Bucknell, president of the Jewell County Farm Bureau, updates Governor Landon on the drought situation in his county. There was an acute water shortage, forcing Jewell county farmers to request aid from the relief funds being distributed by the state.


Map showing locations of lakes and ponds in Kansas

Map showing locations of lakes and ponds in Kansas
Creator: Kansas. State Board of Agriculture. Division of Water Resources
Date: 1936
This map of Kansas, created by geologist Ogden Jones for the State Board of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources, depicts the lakes and farm ponds in each county. At the bottom are notations about the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee, which had allocated funds that built 95% of the farm ponds in existence. The map was included in a drought report to Governor Alf Landon, dated August 28, 1936.


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