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700 block of South Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas

700 block of South Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Wolfe, Harold B., 1898-1966
Date: Between 1930 and 1939
A panoramic view showing the east side of the 700 block on South Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas. Businesses visible in the photograph are: Cozy, L.C. Rahn, E.B. Guild Music Company, Cremerie Restaurant and Cafeteria, Joe Haskins Tailoring, Antiseptic Barber Shop, Sport Shop and Samuels.


Advertisement for Russell Brothers Circus

Advertisement for Russell Brothers Circus
Date: Between January 01, 1930 and December 31, 1939
Photo of an advertisement for Russell Brothers Circus presenting Reb Russell and his horse, Rebel


Air Dome Theater, Ellsworth, Kansas

Air Dome Theater, Ellsworth, Kansas
Creator: Lewis Photograph
Date: 1915
This black and white photograph shows three men and a boy in front of the Air Dome Theater in Ellsworth, Kansas. One man has a foghorn. Signs of the side of the structure indicate the theater shows "polite vaudeville and moving pictures" and it is "catering to ladies and children." Tickets are ten and twenty cents but only five cents for children under 8 years of age.


Apex Theater, Topeka, Kansas

Apex Theater, Topeka, Kansas
Date: June 10, 1933
These African American adults and children are assembled outside of the Apex Theater at 122 E. 4th Street in Topeka, Kansas. Also visible are the brick street with trolley tracks, a Meadow Gold ice cream truck, and a street light.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's theatrical directory

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's theatrical directory
Date: June 1, 1907
This theatrical directory published by the Santa Fe Railroad Company provides a list of theaters and opera houses with their locations along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company system. At the back of the book, a map illustrates the locations of the theatrical facilities along the Santa Fe lines. The directory was a useful guide in determining routes and bookings for the season's theatrical tour.


A traveling group of entertainers from Sharon Springs at Tribune, Greeley County, Kansas

A traveling group of entertainers from Sharon Springs at Tribune, Greeley County, Kansas
Date: 1925
A traveling group of actors from Sharon Springs, Kansas perform at Tribune, Greeley County, Kansas in June 1925.


Best Theater, Topeka, Kansas

Best Theater, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Around 1938
This black and white photographs shows a man hanging a movie poster outside of the Best Theater at 402 Kansas Avenue in Topeka, Kansas. Also visible are a street light and buildings and businesses along the city street.


Bill to Tax Moving Picture Shows Protested

Bill to Tax Moving Picture Shows Protested
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: February 1915
H.P. Trothe is a movie theater owner. He is writing to Governor Capper to express his opposition to a tax that is being proposed in the legislature that would cost movie theaters $300.00 a year. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Billy Olsen interview, Kinsley, Kansas

Billy Olsen interview, Kinsley, Kansas
Creator: Olsen, Billy Jerome
Date: February 23, 2011
This transcript of an interview with Billy Olsen is part of an oral history project entitled "Patterns of Change, Edwards County, Kansas 1950-1970" conducted by the Kinsley Public Library. The project was supported by a Kansas Humanities Council Heritage Grant. Olsen talks of his family, education, military career, and his memories of the Edwards County community.


Brown Grand Opera House, Concordia, Kansas

Brown Grand Opera House, Concordia, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1970
These six photographs show the Brown Grand Opera House in Concordia, Kansas. The Brown Grand Opera House was built in 1907 and became a national bicentennial landmark in 1976.


Buster Brown show at Star Mercantile in Alta Vista, Kansas

Buster Brown show at Star Mercantile in Alta Vista, Kansas
Date: 1905-1910
Exterior photograph of the Star Mercantile in Alta Vista, Kansas, as a group of people watch a scene from a Buster Brown show. The Brown Shoe Company hired an actor to travel the country drawing crowds at stores which sold the brand of shoes.


Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton
Date: Around 1905
This is a photograph of silent film comedian and director Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton, 1895-1966, as a child. Keaton was born in Piqua, Kansas, and performed as a member of his parents' vaudevillian act from the age of three.


Cartoon drawing

Cartoon drawing
Creator: Maguire, Gregory
Date: 2010
Drawing of the character Elphaba (a.k.a., The Wicked Witch of the West) rendered by Gregory Maguire. Elphaba appears in the novel entitled "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West," which was written by Maguire. He created this drawing in September 2010. That year, a member of the Library/Archives staff contacted the author to see if he would donate materials from the book or musical to the Kansas Historical Society. Maguire believed he had nothing of interest to donate, so he created this drawing of Elphaba, the main character of his novel, specifically for the society.


Central Congregational Church play programs

Central Congregational Church play programs
Date: 1910-1947
These are programs for plays presented by the Central Congregational Church in Topeka, Kansas, including In His Steps, The High Calling, Betty Lee's Adventure, Fifty-Fifty, Today and Tomorrow, The Silent Harp, and Investments in Men.


Charles Robinson to Sara Robinson

Charles Robinson to Sara Robinson
Creator: Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894
Date: January 25, 1860
A letter written by Charles Robinson, from Boston, Massachusetts, to his wife, Sara Tappan Doolittle Robinson. He writes about attending Octoroon, a play about slavery, and his feelings for the "infernal institution of slavery." Robinson thinks the play conveys a true picture of conditions in the South. A searchable, full-text version of this letter is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Claire Eva Paine diary

Claire Eva Paine diary
Creator: Paine, Claire Eva
Date: 1942
This is a diary written by Claire Eva Paine, who lived at 900 Mulvane in Topeka, Kansas. She lived with Annie Paine Atkinson, her sister. At the time the diary was written, Claire was employed as an assistant in Dr. Don R. Paine's office. According to census records, Dr. Paine was an optometrist and Claire Eva Paine's brother. The diary documents her activities in 1942. She writes about family members, World War II, social events, movies, and expresses her displeasure with President Roosevelt. She did not record information for each day so there are gaps.


Costume

Costume
Date: between 1910 and 1930
Circus costume consisting of pants, trunks, shirt, and shoes. Worn by Rube Perkins, the stage name of Archie William Dickie (1881-1948) of Holton, Kansas. Rube Perkins toured the country as a circus, carnival, vaudeville, and minstrel performer, working both with larger touring troupes and as solo performer. He was most noted as an acrobat and loose-wire artist, but also performed in comedy routines and other acts.


Crawford Theater, Topeka, Kansas

Crawford Theater, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1905
An interior view of the Crawford Theatre, 612 Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas.


Crest Theatre, Great Bend, Kansas

Crest Theatre, Great Bend, Kansas
Date: unknown
A view of the Crest Theatre at 1905 Lakin Avenue in Great Bend, Kansas.


Crest Theatre, Great Bend, Kansas

Crest Theatre, Great Bend, Kansas
Date: unknown
A view of the lobby and furnishings of the Crest Theatre at 1905 Lakin Avenue in Great Bend, Kansas.


Croweburg mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Croweburg mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1940
Photographs of Croweburg, a small unincorporated community in Crawford County located halfway between Arma and Mulberry. Croweburg was made up of four separate mining camps: #14 Croweburg Camp, #15 Croweburg Camp, #16 Croweburg Camp, and New Camp. Being about a half mile apart from one another, the community unified as Croweburg. The town took its name from the Crowe Coal Co., the principal employer of the miners. Croweburg had its own post office from 1908 until 1972. The community still exists. Photographs include images of a church, community hall, a local lake, street scenes, a school, and a meeting hall.


Dewey Theatre, New York, New York,  with signs promoting an appearance by Carry Nation

Dewey Theatre, New York, New York, with signs promoting an appearance by Carry Nation
Date: 1901
View of the Dewey Theatre, New York, N. Y., with signs promoting an appearance by Carry Nation.


Edison mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Edison mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1940
Here are several photographs of Edison, a mining town located in Crawford County along what is now Highway K-47 about two miles west of US Highway 69. At its peak, the population was approximately 300. There are currently a few houses in the area. Photographs include images of a mine, a theater, schools, a church, a store, and street scenes.


Electric Theatre in Kansas City, Kansas

Electric Theatre in Kansas City, Kansas
Date: Between 1929 and 1931
A photograph of the Electric Theatre, 546 Minnesota Avenue, in Kansas City, Kansas.


Emily White interview, Kinsley, Kansas

Emily White interview, Kinsley, Kansas
Creator: White, Emily Kay (Lancaster)
Date: April 07, 2011
This transcript of an interview with Emily White is part of an oral history project entitled "Patterns of Change, Edwards County, Kansas 1950-1970" conducted by the Kinsley Public Library. The project was supported by a Kansas Humanities Council Heritage Grant. White talks of her family, education, and her memories of the Edwards County community. The interviewers were Joan Weaver and Rosetta Graff of the Kinsley Public Library.


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