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Adjournment from constitutional convention in Minneola, Kansas

Adjournment from constitutional convention in Minneola, Kansas
Date: March 23, 1858
Motion for adjourning the constitutional convention from Minneola in Franklin County to Leavenworth, Kansas. The motion states, "We have organized temporarily and are now getting ready to adjourn if possible to some other place to show our utter detestation of the Minneola Swindle." The controversy began when the Kansas Legislature passed a bill designating Minneola as the new state capital. The town existed only on paper, and the public accused the legislature and delegates attending the convention of looking for personal gain in establishing a new town. The motion to adjourn from Minneola received 60 votes in favor and 13 votes opposed. Isaac Goodnow wrote about the swindle to a friend on April 1st, 1858 (see Kansas Memory unit 3763).


A resolution approving and requesting legislative action on a program of basic military training and drill in the high schools of the state of Kansas

A resolution approving and requesting legislative action on a program of basic military training and drill in the high schools of the state of Kansas
Creator: Sunflower Junior Statemens Club
Date: October 4, 1942
This resolution, produced by the Sunflower Junior Statemen's Club: Alumni Association of Sunflower Boys' State, asks that "a program of military drill and training" be required for all junior and senior high school boys throughout Kansas.


Articles of agreement for the exchange of prisoners following battle of Black Jack

Articles of agreement for the exchange of prisoners following battle of Black Jack
Creator: Brown, John, 1800-1859
Date: June 2, 1856
On June 2, 1856, John Brown, et al, signed this "article of agreement" with their defeated foe, Captain H. C. Pate and his lieutenant for the exchange of prisoners, including John Jr. and Jason Brown, at the home of John T. "Ottawa" Jones.


Bluemont Central College records

Bluemont Central College records
Date: 1855-1869
Series of records in the Isaac T. Goodnow collection relating to Bluemont Central College and its successor, the Kansas State Agricultural College, in Manhattan, Kansas. Goodnow was a land agent for the college from 1867-1873.


By-laws of Labette Creek

By-laws of Labette Creek
Date: January 5, 1867
The settlers of Labette Creek formed a club that adopted and incorporated twelve by-laws to protect club members from losing their claims to other settlers. If any part or parts of the by-laws conflicted with any of the provisions of the U.S. Claim or Homesteader Laws, part or parts were considered null and void and had no affect.


Citizens Alliance No. 41

Citizens Alliance No. 41
Creator: Zercher, Daniel C.,
Date: 1890s
A People's Party Citizens Alliance publication enumerating their political platform, resolution and by-laws.


City Liquor Ordinance

City Liquor Ordinance
Creator: Kansas State Temperance Union
Date: Unknown
A city liquor ordinance comprised of 14 sections making it "unlawful for any person to sell or barter any spirituous, mault, vinous, fermented or other intoxicating liquor." This copy is written for Saline County but was most likely used as a template for prohibition across the state of Kansas.


Colored citizens of Winfield County to Governor Henry Justin Allen

Colored citizens of Winfield County to Governor Henry Justin Allen
Creator: Colored citizens of Winfield Cowley County, Kansas
Date: October 6, 1919
The colored citizens of Winfield (Cowley County) sent Governor Henry Allen of Topeka, Kansas, a resolution condemning the racial discrimination occurring in Kansas and the United States in 1919. The resolution asks the Governor to use his power to reverse these conditions. The resolution cites the Negro community's allegiance and loyal service to the U. S. Government, especially during World War I, as one reason supporting their right to equal citizenship.


Colored people of Topeka to Governor Samuel J. Crawford

Colored people of Topeka to Governor Samuel J. Crawford
Creator: Colored People of Topeka (Kan.)
Date: February 25, 1867
Black residents of Topeka submitted a resolution to Governor Samuel J. Crawford concerning impartial suffrage. The resolution expresses the residents' gratitude to the legislature and the governor for their support of an amendment to the state constitution on impartial suffrage. Propositions put before the voters proposing to strike the words "white" and "male" from the state constitution were ultimately defeated. The proposed amendments followed Governor Crawford's submission of the proposed Article XIV of the United States Constitution to the Kansas Legislature for ratification. The Fourteenth Amendment defined U.S. citizenship and compelled Confederate states to adopt impartial (male) suffrage.


Constitution of the Kansas State Federation of Labor

Constitution of the Kansas State Federation of Labor
Creator: Kansas State Federation of Labor
Date: July 3, 1890
This constitution of the Kansas State Federation of Labor, adopted on July 3, 1890 in Topeka, Kansas, declares the purpose and functions of the organization. The KSFL sought to organize the many labor organizations of Kansas into a federated union in support of general labor concerns. Its members advocated for an eight hour work day, better working conditions, and other industrial and social reforms of interest to all workers.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, League of Kansas Municipalities

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, League of Kansas Municipalities
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to the League of Kansas Municipalities. Included in the file is correspondence from municipalities throughout Kansas and a resolution regarding the affected cities by the Kansas Tax Code Commission by the League of Kansas Municipalities. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Hall of Irish American Protections Club to Governor John Martin

Hall of Irish American Protections Club to Governor John Martin
Creator: Irish American Protection Club
Date: March 17, 1885
In this resolution, the Irish American Protections Club in Atchison, Kansas, thanks Kansas Governor John Martin for his effort in ending a railroad strike. The resolution notes that "It is the first time in the history of strikes that a Governor was found on the side of labor?"


Isaac Tichenor Goodnow to Ellen Douglas Denison Goodnow

Isaac Tichenor Goodnow to Ellen Douglas Denison Goodnow
Creator: Goodnow, Isaac T. (Isaac Tichenor), 1814-1894
Date: August 4, 1856
Isaac Goodnow wrote from Rhode Island, as he was traveling on the East Coast, to his wife in Kansas Territory, reporting on his efforts to fundraise for the creation of a college in the Territory. Goodnow thought he should "be able to put the college, through right, by staying East long enough." He made mention of contribution amounts he had garnered already, and was sending the cash home.


Joe J. Wilson and George Hedrick to Representative Albert Cole

Joe J. Wilson and George Hedrick to Representative Albert Cole
Creator: Wilson, Joe J.
Date: November 11, 1947
This is a letter from Joe J. Wilson and George Hedrick, representing the Chamber of Commerce of Lawrence, Kansas to United States Representative Albert Cole, Washington, D.C. Wilson and Hedrick enclosed a resolution which was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce supporting the comprehensive flood control plan developed by the Army Engineers for the Kansas River valley.


Joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, S. J. Res. 17

Joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, S. J. Res. 17
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: December 28, 1917
This article proposes the amendment of the U.S. Constitution to ban the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcoholic beverages in the United States, what is commonly known as Prohibition. On the first page the official seal of the Department of State is visible. After the article was ratified in 1919, it became the 18th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. National prohibition of alcoholic beverages did not begin for another year, on January 17, 1920, as set forth in Section 1 of this resolution.


Leavenworth County Alliance resolutions

Leavenworth County Alliance resolutions
Creator: People's Party of Kansas
Date: February 1, 1890
This circular presents state monetary reform measures passed unanimously by the Leavenworth County Farmers Alliance and Industrial Union at Tonganoxie, Kansas., Feb. 1, 1890.


Legislative assembly resolutions, 1858-1861

Legislative assembly resolutions, 1858-1861
Date: 1858-1861
Legislative resolutions from Kansas Territory covering a wide range of topics, including a resolution allowing the Secretary of the Territory to correct clerical errors in laws, a resolution requiring the printing committee to provide detailed membership lists of the legislative assembly, and a resolution initiating an investigation into the Administration of Indian Affairs in Kansas Territory.


Liberty Association of Wilbraham, Massachusetts

Liberty Association of Wilbraham, Massachusetts
Date: 1841-1846
An anti-slavery resolution and constitution for a Liberty Association in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. At the time, Isaac Tichenor Goodnow was a professor at the Wesleyan Seminary in Wilbraham. He brought his strong anti-slavery ideals with him when he came to Kansas in 1855 with the New England Emigrant Aid Company. Goodnow was a co-founder and the first president of Bluemont Central College in Manhattan, Kansas.


Methodist Episcopal Church in Kansas, Educational Convention

Methodist Episcopal Church in Kansas, Educational Convention
Creator: Oakley, Walter
Date: March 17-18, 1857
This item described an education convention held by the Methodist Episcopal Church in Kansas at Blue Mound, Kansas Territory. The purpose of the convention was to "found a University." L. B. Dennis was chosen as the chairman and Walter Oakley was the secretary. The document stated the need for the university and indicated that proposals had been received from the towns of Blue Mound, Prairie City, Centropolis, Topeka, Palmyra, and Lawrence. The proposal from Palmyra was accepted and they promised to provide eight hundred acres of land and to purchase $20,000 in "university stock." The institution founded by this convention was named Baker University and the town of Palmyra became Baldwin City. An association was set up to support the "erection and endowment" of the university.


Records of a settlers' organizaton on the south fork of the Nimeha [Nemaha]

Records of a settlers' organizaton on the south fork of the Nimeha [Nemaha]
Creator: Settlers of the south fork of the Nimeha
Date: April 07, 1855-August 11, 1855
These are the originals and a transcript of the laws, rules, resolutions, and regulations of the settlers of the south fork of the Nimeha [Nemaha]. Also included are meeting minute notes and names of members.


Resolution from Lawrence, Kansas residents to O.F. Short

Resolution from Lawrence, Kansas residents to O.F. Short
Creator: Rankin, John K.
Date: September 05, 1874
A resolution from the citizens of Lawrence, Kansas to O.F. Short, also of Lawrence, Kansas, protesting the current Indian policy, after four local land surveyors were murdered by Indians.


Senate Concurrent Resolution no. 42 ratifying the Thirteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution abolishing slavery

Senate Concurrent Resolution no. 42 ratifying the Thirteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution abolishing slavery
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: February 7, 1865
The United States Congress proposed the Thirteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution on January 31, 1865, and the Kansas Legislature moved rapidly to ratify it. Senate Concurrent Resolution no. 42 was introduced on February 6th and the Committee On The Judiciary recommended passage as a concurrent resolution the morning of February 7th. The resolution then passed unanimously.


Sterling Price to Governor Charles Robinson

Sterling Price to Governor Charles Robinson
Creator: Price, Sterling, 1809-1867
Date: March 22, 1861
Sterling Price, President of the Missouri State Convention at St. Louis, writes Governor Charles Robinson of Topeka, Kansas with a resolution affirming states' rights. The resolution outlines Missouri's position with respect to the conflict between the federal government and those states recently seceded from the United States. The resolution proposes a peaceful solution to the conflict through the adoption of amendments to the federal constitution. The resolution also condemns the use of military force by the federal government to coerce the seceding states to return to the union. In an attempt to capture Missouri for the South, Price led a Confederate army into Kansas in October 1864 resulting in the only civil war battle on Kansas soil at Mine Creek.


Tahlequah Compact and note signed by Ottawa chiefs

Tahlequah Compact and note signed by Ottawa chiefs
Creator: Meeker, Jotham, 1804-1855
Date: 1843
This compact, with an attached note signed by five Ottawa chiefs, was passed in a general council of twenty-one Indian nations held at Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Apparently this compact was a way for emigrant tribes, who were now living in close proximity, to "cultivate just and friendly relations among our several communities." It included eight resolutions regulating the contact between nations; for instance, it condemned the practice of revenge killings and bans alcoholic beverages. The chiefs' closing note explained that the council would reconvene in seventy days to hear if each individual nation had accepted the terms of this compact. The Ottawa chiefs had not yet decided if they would agree to these terms. The compact and note are both in Jotham Meeker's handwriting; Meeker was a Baptist missionary at the Ottawa Mission near present-day Ottawa, Kansas.


The resolution of the Ministerial Union of Topeka

The resolution of the Ministerial Union of Topeka
Creator: Harris, Theo W.
Date: January 3, 1892
The Ministerial Union of Topeka, a group composed of ministers of all denominations representing their churches, requests the support of the Senators and Representatives of Kansas in the effort to prohibit the sale of liquor.


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