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All hail prohibition!!

All hail prohibition!!
Creator: Eldridge, J.L.
Date: Between 1881 and 1913
An envelope with a poem printed on its front side. The poem, by J.L. Eldridge of Topeka, Kansas, centers on prohibition, the "only legal method that can suppress the liquor traffic." Eldridge states that the enactment and enforcement of prohibition will close many places that sell liquor and should bring much needed prosperity to the country.


An Appeal for Kansas

An Appeal for Kansas
Creator: Hyatt, Thaddeus
Date: October 10, 1856
Thaddeus Hyatt, president of the National Kansas Committee,writes this published "appeal" to the New York Tribune editor. It is subtitled "with practical suggestions for its relief." This committee, also known as the Kansas Relief Committee in its early years, worked to send free state settlers into Kansas Territory and to obtain support for Kansas Territory from the Northeast.


An appeal from Kansas!

An appeal from Kansas!
Creator: Parrott, Marcus J., 1828-1879
Date: December 14, 1860
This circular describes the beginnings of the Territorial Executive Committee, which was in charge of collecting relief to aid the struggling settlers of Kansas Territory during the 1860 drought. This committee met in Lawrence, Kansas Territory, on November 14, 1860, and passed several resolutions. From one hundred and one delegates were present from twenty-four Kansas counties. Out of this number, four men, including Samuel Pomeroy, were elected officers. The circular concludes with "Suggestions and Directions to those who purpose Aiding us in our Distress."


An appeal to the women of the State of New York

An appeal to the women of the State of New York
Creator: Nichols, Clarinda I. Howard
Date: Between 1855 and 1857
This circular is written by Clarina Nichols to the women of New York. In her eloquent letter, she attempts to persuade them to send support to the people of Kansas, appealing to their hearts and their experiences as mothers.


An invitation to an address written by Ralph Waldo Emerson

An invitation to an address written by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Creator: Channing, William F.
Date: November 8, 1856
A printed invitation issued by William F. Channing in repsonse to an address delivered by Ralph Waldo Emerson on the topic of aid to the sufferers in Kansas. This address was given at the Tremont Temple in Boston, Massachusetts, and sponsored by the Young Men's Kansas Relief Society.


Anniversary Ball

Anniversary Ball
Date: May 20, 1859
The citizens of Lawrence, Kansas Territory, were giving this ball to benefit the fire department but the event was to be held on the anniversary of the destruction of the Free State Hotel on May 20, 1856. The event was to be held at the Eldridge House and music was provided by the Lawrence Quadrille Band.


Appeal for the Kansas sufferers!

Appeal for the Kansas sufferers!
Creator: Foster, Daniel, 1816-1864
Date: 1860
This pamphlet, written by Daniel Foster, general agent of the New England Kansas Relief Committee, attempts to dispel any doubts about the severity of the nine-month drought in Kansas Territory. Many settlers had left Kansas Territory, and those remaining needed relief. Foster calls on people to provide aid to those in Kansas by contributing money or goods. The pamphlet lists names of people serving on a Boston committee who had met to discuss relief efforts in Kansas, including such well-known individuals as John A. Andrew, George Luther Stearns, Samuel Gridley Howe, and Thomas H. Webb.


Atchison and St. Joseph Railroad Company stockholders' meeting

Atchison and St. Joseph Railroad Company stockholders' meeting
Creator: Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891
Date: July 28, 1857
This advertisement, issued by company president S. C. Pomeroy, announces a meeting of the Atchison and St. Joseph Railroad Company's stockholders on August 8, 1857, in Atchison, Kansas Territory. The meeting is called to elect a new board of directors and officers.


Benefit Ball

Benefit Ball
Date: May 21, 1858
This invitation was to a ball to be held on the anniversary of the destruction of the Free State Hotel. It was to celebrate the opening of the Eldridge House, Lawrence, Kansas Territory. Tickets cost $5.00 and the proceeds were to be used for furnshing the new hotel. Thirty nine men from 17 different communities were listed on the invitation.


Beware of frauds!  Down with the disorganizers!

Beware of frauds! Down with the disorganizers!
Creator: Central Committee
Date: 1858
This poster discusses the slate of candidates for a constitutional convention (Leavenworth?), cautioning free state men to beware of attempts to divide them and thus weaken their ability to challenge the pro-slavery force. It also warns about split Free State tickets.


Boston Kansas Club No. 1

Boston Kansas Club No. 1
Date: 1857
Organizational information about the Boston Kansas Club No. 1, which was formed to encourage and assist emigration from New England into Kansas during the spring of 1857.


Central County Kansas Committee to the People of the county of Onondaga, New York

Central County Kansas Committee to the People of the county of Onondaga, New York
Creator: Hebbard, Russell
Date: August 7, 1856
The inflamatory rhetoric of this printed circular provided an antislavery perspective of events in Kansas. It urged the residents of central New York to provide aid to Kansas settlers. It also described plans to encourage a "a large emigration into the territory" to aid free state supporters living there but to also increase the number of "legal voters" for the fall elections. The chairman of the Central County Kansas Committee was Russell Hebbard. The document listed the names of other officers and committee members.


Church Encampment to be held at Bismarck Grove near Lawrence, Kansas

Church Encampment to be held at Bismarck Grove near Lawrence, Kansas
Date: 1879
This church encampment was non-denominational. Its purpose was to provide "instruction, recreation, and social intercourse to Christian workers." The leaflet includes the daily schedule, the various institutes--juvenile, Sunday school, Bible, lay workers and ministers, the evening speakers, and a partial list of lecturers. Sunday worship services, including a combined choir, and other events are described. This item also includes the regulations, costs, and information about accommodations. Governor John P. St. John of Kansas was a speaker at the event.


Circular Letter, Underground Rail Road Depot, To the Friends of the Fugitives from Slavery

Circular Letter, Underground Rail Road Depot, To the Friends of the Fugitives from Slavery
Creator: Abbott, William E.
Date: March 4, 1858
This printed, circular dated Syracuse, March 4, 1858, announce the dissolution of the Syracuse Fugitive Aid Society and directed all "Fugitives" interested in such assistance in the future to contact Rev. J. W. Loguen of that place who would assume "the entire care of the Fugitives who may stop at Syracuse.


Clothing for Kanzas

Clothing for Kanzas
Creator: Massachusetts State Kansas Committee
Date: Between November 28, 1856 and December 3, 1856
This printed document includes three reports, written by Samuel Cabot of the Massachusetts State Kansas Committee, concerning the distribution of clothes and packages sent to Kansas Territory. The first report deals with how they were sent, and how they kept records of the packages. The report ends with a table listing New England communities that sent packages to Kansas. The second report also deals with shipping of packages. The third is a brief expense report.


Complimentary admission ticket

Complimentary admission ticket
Creator: Western National Fair Association
Date: 1887
This complimentary press ticket was to "admit one Gentleman and one Lady" from "The Weekly Mail." The Western National Fair was held September 5-10, 1887, at Bismarck Grove, Lawrence, Kansas.


Complimentary admission ticket

Complimentary admission ticket
Creator: Western National Fair Association
Date: 1884
This complimentary admission ticket to the Western National Fair was issued to F. G. Adams "and lady." The 1884 fair was held from September 1-6 at Bismarck Grove, Lawrence, Kansas.


Confidential circular.  Kansas corn is king!

Confidential circular. Kansas corn is king!
Date: Between 1890 and 1890
This circular was a marketing ploy to sell People's Party members newly invented wind mill with economic incentive to benefit party organization.


Constitution Convention opposition to the Lecompton Constitution, Kansas Territory

Constitution Convention opposition to the Lecompton Constitution, Kansas Territory
Creator: Winchell, James M
Date: March 30, 1858
An address, by James M. Winchell, chairman of the Constitution Convention's Committee on Remonstrance, against passage of the Lecompton Constitution. The address is formulated as an open letter ("Remonstrance of the Constitutional Convention against the passage of the Lecompton Constitution") to the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, members of President Buchanan's cabinet, and state governors. The address cites five strong reasons (among them "It is not the act of the people of Kansas.") why Congress should reject the proslavery Lecompton Constitution despite "the aid of Federal bribery and corruption."


Cotillon Party

Cotillon Party
This invitation was for a party to be held at William Chestnut's house in Osawatomie, Kansas Territory on December 30, 1858


Descandum Kansas Improvement Company constitution

Descandum Kansas Improvement Company constitution
Creator: Soule, Amasa
Date: 1855
The document contains seven articles which relate to the purpose of the company and how to become a member. The companyseeks to improve Kansas Territory by civilizing and enlightening the settlers. The "constitution" is signed by the treasurer of the company. The organization appears to be a satirical one, perhaps aimed at the various emigrant aid companies.


Education, temperance, freedom, religion in Kanzas

Education, temperance, freedom, religion in Kanzas
Creator: Beecher, Lyman, 1775-1863
Date: July 2, 1855
This printed item, written by Lyman Beecher, encourages clergymen to become life members in the New England Emigrant Aid Company,and to make statements about the four topics of freedom, education, temperance, and religion, as mentioned in the title. He also asks for investments in the New England Emigrant Aid Company.


Eldridge House rules and regulations

Eldridge House rules and regulations
Creator: Eldridge, T. B.
Date: May 10, 1856
The Eldridge House (or hotel) was built in Lawrence, Kansas Territory by the New England Emigrant Aid Society. It was an unofficial headquarters for the free state movement and, as such, it was targeted for destruction by Sheriff Jones' proslavery posse, which sacked Lawrence on May 21, 1856, less than two weeks after this document was created. This pocket-sized card contained twelve "rules and regulations" for residents, including the admonition to "lock and bolt the door when you retire," a prohibition against "all kinds of Gaming," and the notice that "persons without Baggage are expected to pay in advance."


Emigration to Kansas Territory

Emigration to Kansas Territory
Creator: Shurtleff, A. Havington
Date: 1857
This printed letter, written by A. Havington Shurtleff, agent for the New York State Kansas Aid Society, provided twenty points of infomation about traveling to Kansas Territory as part of four emigrant companies organized to depart from Buffalo, New York, for the Kansas Territory.


Environmental issues in the 1980s

Environmental issues in the 1980s
Creator: League of Women Voters of Kansas
Date: 1980
The League of Women Voters of Kansas initiated a project to participate in development of an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Kansas. This leaflet identifies twelve problems ranging from ground water depletion, contamination of streams, solid and hazardous water management, vehicle emissions, to drinking water standards. The information for each issue included background and way was proposed for the 1981 program. The flyer also included a survey asking respondents to comment on each of the twelve issues. The information was to be sent to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.


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