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Address to the American People on the Affairs of Kansas, pamphlet

Address to the American People on the Affairs of Kansas, pamphlet
Date: 1857
This address recounted the history and purpose of the formation of the Kansas State Government of Topeka, in peaceful opposition to that of the Territory. The free state message accused the systems of the Territorial Government of encouraging influence from abroad in their election process, and indicated that they had nothing inherently against Missouri's citizens as a whole, but implored that they not attempt to violate the rights of Kansas settlers. The address stated that the Territory was "organized for defence" by a pledge from Governor Walker, and appealed that outsiders remain in their homes for the benefit of all.


Asylum for Imbecile & Idiotic Youth, Lawrence

Asylum for Imbecile & Idiotic Youth, Lawrence
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1883-1885
These letters ranging from Dec. 11, 1883 to Jan. 3, 1884 are from H. M. Greene, Superintendent of the Kansas State Asylum for Imbecile and Idiotic Youth, and Geo. J. Barker, attorney, to Kansas Governor G. W. Glick. They are discussing a shooting that took place in one of the rooms of the asylum. One letter is a description of the whole incident according to H. M. Greene. Both Greene and Barker are writing to Kansas Governor G. W. Glick to delay the governor's proclamation of this case.


Attorney General

Attorney General
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1883-1885
These letters, memorandums, and proclamations are from the Attorney General's office to Governor G. W. Glick. The subjects of many of these correspondence is O. C. Muncie, Joseph Lucas, W. H. Amsbaugh, and Clarence A. Seward. Joseph Lucas was appointed an agent of the state in the delivery of O. C. Muncie, who was charged with grand larceny. W. H. Amsbaugh is another subject who is noted as a fugitive with a case against him. Clarence A. Seward is another appointed agent for the prosecution of a couple railway companies. The rest of the correspondence are on other issues related to the Attorney General's office for which Kansas Governor G. W. Glick wanted information.


Barber county organization records

Barber county organization records
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: 1872 to 1873
In order for an unorganized county to be recognized by the state of Kansas, a certain number of householders/legal electors had to petition the governor. The governor would appoint a census taker. Initially, unorganized counties were required to document that they had at least 600 inhabitants in order to be recognized as a county by the state legislature. Over time the number of residents needed to organize a county changed to 1500 and later to 2500 residents. The census was submitted to the governor who then issued a proclamation indicating that the requirements had been met, appointing county commissioners and a county clerk, and naming a county seat. Not all of these documents are available for each county. Included in this file is the memorial to Governor Osborn asking for a census to be taken of Barber County, an affidavit by H.T. McCarty to be the census taker, the completed census, and the proclamation by the governor naming county officials and designating Medicine Lodge as the temporary county.


Barton County organization records

Barton County organization records
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: 1872
In order for an unorganized county to be recognized by the state of Kansas, a certain number of householders/legal electors had to petition the governor. The governor would appoint a census taker. Initially, unorganized counties were required to document that they had at least 600 inhabitants in order to be recognized as a county by the state legislature. Over time the number of residents needed to organize a county changed to 1500 and later to 2500 residents. The census was submitted to the governor who then issued a proclamation indicating that the requirements had been met, appointing county commissioners and a county clerk, and naming a county seat. Not all of these documents are available for each county. Included in this file is the completed 1872 census for Barton county, several letters about the organization and census of the county, a list of people stating that the census that was taken did not comply with legislative law, and the proclamation by Governor Harvey appointing county officials and designating Great Bend as the temporary county seat.


By the President of the United States, a proclamation: whereas it appears that the public good will be promoted by eliminating certain lands within the State of Kansas from the Kansas National Forest

By the President of the United States, a proclamation: whereas it appears that the public good will be promoted by eliminating certain lands within the State of Kansas from the Kansas National Forest
Creator: Taft, William Howard, 1857-1930
Date: February 24, 1913
This proclamation by President William H. Taft changes the boundaries of the Kansas National Forest. The original forest boundaries are illustrated on the diagram from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The forest was located west of Garden City and south of the Atchison, Topeka, and Sante Fe Railroad in Finney, Haskell, Grant, Kearny, and Hamilton counties. The proclamation excludes land west of Syracuse, Kansas and east of the Colorado border.


Cheyenne County organization records

Cheyenne County organization records
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: April 01, 1886
In order for an unorganized county to be recognized by the state of Kansas, a certain number of householders/legal electors had to petition the governor. The governor would appoint a census taker. Initially, unorganized counties were required to document that they had at least 600 inhabitants in order to be recognized as a county by the state legislature. Over time the number of residents needed to organize a county changed to 1500 and later to 2500 residents. The census was submitted to the governor who then issued a proclamation indicating that the requirements had been met, appointing county commissioners and a county clerk, and naming a county seat. Not all of these documents are available for each county. Included in this file is Governor Martin's proclamation appointing county officials and designating Bird City as the temporary county seat.


Circular of the State Impartial Suffrage Association

Circular of the State Impartial Suffrage Association
Date: 1867
This circular describes the efforts to secure suffrage for blacks and women in the state of Kansas. The flyer indicates the Henry B. Blackwell of New York and Mrs. Lucy Stone were traveling in Kansas at that time. The Association was being organized in 1867. S. N. Wood was the corresponding secretary for the association. There is a hand written note on the back from H. C. Whitney, Lawrence, Kansas, indicating his willingness to speak for the group.


Cities and Towns

Cities and Towns
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1883-1885
These letters are from city councils, mayors, and other Kansas citizens regarding their cities and towns to Kansas Governor G. W. Glick. The topics of these letters include the board of education, Enterprise, Kansas as a railroad station, invitations to visit, and the appointment and removal of city officials. Many letters pertain to Olathe and a water works building contract named the Holmes Contract because of the owner's last name. There are also Governor Proclamations and letters responding to or requesting the proclamations for the cities of Arkansas City, Girard, Hiawatha, and Pittsburg.


Clark County organization records

Clark County organization records
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: May 05, 1885
In order for an unorganized county to be recognized by the state of Kansas, a certain number of householders/legal electors had to petition the governor. The governor would appoint a census taker. Initially, unorganized counties were required to document that they had at least 600 inhabitants in order to be recognized as a county by the state legislature. Over time the number of residents needed to organize a county changed to 1500 and later to 2500 residents. The census was submitted to the governor who then issued a proclamation indicating that the requirements had been met, appointing county commissioners and a county clerk, and naming a county seat. Not all of these documents are available for each county. Included in this file is Governor Martin's proclamation appointing county officials and designating Ashland as the temporary county seat.


Comanche County organization records

Comanche County organization records
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: 1873-1875
In order for an unorganized county to be recognized by the state of Kansas, a certain number of householders/legal electors had to petition the governor. The governor would appoint a census taker. Initially, unorganized counties were required to document that they had at least 600 inhabitants in order to be recognized as a county by the state legislature. Over time the number of residents needed to organize a county changed to 1500 and later to 2500 residents. The census was submitted to the governor who then issued a proclamation indicating that the requirements had been met, appointing county commissioners and a county clerk, and naming a county seat. Not all of these documents are available for each county. Included in this file is the memorial to the governor asking for a census to be taken, an affidavit by A. Updegraff to be census taker, the completed census, and the proclamation by the governor appointing county officials and designating Coldwater as the temporary county seat.


Constitutional Convention Proclamation

Constitutional Convention Proclamation
Creator: Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866
Date: 1855
This broadside signed by J. H. Lane was addressed "to the legal voters of Kansas Territory." It contained a great deal of free state rhetoric about the failure of the territorial government. The proclamation was issued in support of the elections that were to be held by the Topeka Movement to elect delegates to a constitutional convention. This document listed the polling places, instructions to elections judges and qualification for legal voters. J. K. Goodin was listed as secretary.


Counties : Finney County

Counties : Finney County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1884
These letters are from or about Finney county to Kansas Governor G. W. Glick. Many of the letters are concerned with the organization of the county. There are many signed petitions advocating for the organization of the county as well. The appointment of individuals to the county's seat and offices is also discussed. Among the letters and petitions, there are Governor Proclamations on these issues with the official decisions. Finney county was founded on February 22nd, 1883.


Counties : Graham, affidavits of citizens

Counties : Graham, affidavits of citizens
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: March 30, 1880
The following letters are affidavits from residents in Graham County informing Kansas Governor St. John that there was a misrepresentation in petitions for Roscoe and Hill City for Temporary County Seat. The letters explain that they thought the Roscoe and Hill City petitions were thrown out of the contest for Temporary County Seat by the Governor. A few of the citizens request to have their signatures on different petitions such as the Roscoe petition.


County Affairs, Hamilton County

County Affairs, Hamilton County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885 to 1886, are from the residents and offices of Hamilton County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming the population requirements are met for the county's organization. A Governor's Proclamation appoints an official to verify that the county meets requirements. Other letters request the appointment of the county seat and county officials like the commissioners, clerk, and census taker. Hamilton County was organized on January 29, 1886 and named for Alexander Hamilton.


County Affairs, Kiowa County

County Affairs, Kiowa County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885 to 1886, are from the residents and offices of Kiowa County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming the population requirements are met for the county's organization. A Governor's Proclamation appoints an official to verify that the county meets requirements. Other letters request the appointment of the county seat and county officials like the register of deeds, commissioners, clerk, and census taker. Kiowa County was founded on March 23, 1886 and named for the Kiowa Indians.


County Affairs, Lane County

County Affairs, Lane County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1886 to 1887, are from the residents and offices of Lane County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming the population requirements are met for the county's organization and requesting the location of the temporary county seat. Governor's Proclamations appoints an official to verify that the county meets requirements as well as appoints county commissioners, county clerk, and a temporary county seat. Other letters request the appointment of county officials like the commissioners, clerk, surveyor, and census taker. Lane County was organized on June 3, 1886 and named for James H. Lane.


County Affairs, Meade County

County Affairs, Meade County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885, are from the residents and offices of Meade County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Letters discuss the appointment of county officials like the coroner, commissioners, clerk, and census taker. There are official certificates of election. A Governor's Proclamation appoints an official to verify that the county meets requirements. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming the population requirements are met for the county's organization and a temporary county seat. Meade County was organized on November 4, 1885.


County Affairs, Miami County

County Affairs, Miami County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885 to 1887, are from the residents and offices of Miami County, Kansas regarding the county surveyor to Kansas Governor John Martin. The resignations of two county surveyors, R. Boyd and J. E. Wright, are included. Other letters are from residents endorsing candidates and from the county clerk's office with signed official petitions appointing the county surveyor, J. E. Wright. J. E. Wright's resignation, two years later in 1887, is included. Miami County was originally named Lykins County when created as one of the original 33 by the Territorial Legislature in 1855. The county was not organized until April 2, 1857.


County Affairs, Morton County (1)

County Affairs, Morton County (1)
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1886, are from the residents and offices of Morton County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming the population requirements and requesting a temporary county seat. Other letters request the appointment of census taker, coroner, sheriff, commissioners, and clerk. The Governor's Proclamation confirming the organization of the county is included. Morton County was organized on November 17,1886 and named for Indiana Governor, and later U. S. Senator, Oliver P. Morton.


County Affairs, Scott County

County Affairs, Scott County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1886, are from the residents and offices of Scott County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming the population requirements are met for its organization. There are Governor's Proclamations electing an official to verify the requirements as well as claiming the official organization of the county. Other letters discuss the appointment of a census taker, register of deeds, and probate judge. Scott County was organized on June 29, 1886 and named for General Winfield Scott.


County Affairs, Seward County

County Affairs, Seward County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1886, are from the residents and offices of Seward County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming the population requirements are met for its organization. There is a Governor's Proclamation electing an official to verify the requirements. Other letters and signed petitions discuss the appointment of a census taker, temporary county seat, commissioners, and clerk. Seward County was organized on June 17, 1886 and named for William H. Seward, Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln.


County Affairs, Sherman County (1)

County Affairs, Sherman County (1)
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1886, are from the residents and offices of Sherman County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming the population requirements are met for its organization. There are Governor's Proclamations electing an official to verify the requirements as well as claiming the official organization of the county. Other letters and signed petitions discuss the appointment of a temporary county seat, census taker, commissioners, and clerk. There are also letters from the Notary Public verifying residents. Sherman County was organized on September 20, 1886 and named for General William T. Sherman.


County Affairs, Stanton County

County Affairs, Stanton County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1887, are from the residents and offices of Stanton County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming the population requirements are met for its organization. There is a Governor's Proclamation electing an official to verify the requirements. Other letters and signed petitions discuss the appointment of a temporary county seat, census taker, commissioners, clerk, and sheriff. Stanton County was organized on June 17, 1887 and named for Edwin M. Stanton, Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of War.


County Affairs, Thomas County

County Affairs, Thomas County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885, are from the residents and offices of Thomas County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming the population requirements are met for its organization as well as requesting a temporary county seat. There are two Governor's Proclamations appointing an official to verify the population requirements and claiming the official organization of the county. Other letters discuss the appointment of county commissioners and clerks. Thomas County was organized on October 8, 1885 and named for Major General George H. Thomas.


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