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Advertisement for Summerfield & Jacobs in Lawrence, Kansas

Advertisement for Summerfield & Jacobs in Lawrence, Kansas
Creator: Atkinson, J. T.
Date: January 23, 1894
This is an advertisement for M. Summerfield and George J. Jacobs, Attorneys at Law, 77 Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Kansas. It is published in the Lawrence City Directory, 1871, page 116.


Atchison city directory and business mirror for 1859-60

Atchison city directory and business mirror for 1859-60
Creator: Sutherland & McEvoy
Date: 1859
This was the first city directory published for Atchison, Kansas. In addition to advertisements, a street directory, and information about various civic institutions in Atchison, it also contained an historical sketch of the city written by Dr. J. H. Stringfellow, one of Atchison's "earliest pioneers." Some women are listed in the directory if they operated a business such as a boarding house, if they had a job, or, apparently, if they were widowed or unmarried. The "business mirror" section listed individual businesses grouped by the type of business or profession. The appendix included a listing of city and county officials.


Barclay's Business Directory of Leavenworth for 1859

Barclay's Business Directory of Leavenworth for 1859
Creator: Pierse, Allen
Date: 1859
In addition to a listing of businesses and advertisements, the directory included the elected officials for the city of Leavenworth for 1858-59 and the newspapers published in Leavenworth. A few women are listed as owners of businesses. The information for the directory was compiled by Allen Pierse.


Colored directory:  information, history, facts, also buyer's guide of the best business places appreciating your patronage

Colored directory: information, history, facts, also buyer's guide of the best business places appreciating your patronage
Date: April 1928
This directory primarily deals with African Americans living in Topeka, Kansas, but it also contains listing for Alma, Burlingame, Council Grove, Dunlap, Eskridge, Osage City, Oskaloosa, Paxico, Perry and rural Shawnee County. Listings of the residents of the smaller communities include name and occupation. The address is included only if it is rural with the RFD numbers. The listings for Topeka include name, occupation or place of employment, and home address. The Topeka portion includes a listing of churches with some sketches, colored schools, lodges, biographical sketches of some community members, article about the police and fire departments, the Kansas Vocational School in Topeka, and "Some Topeka Institutions" (African American organizations and businesses). The publication includes a listing of call letters for radio stations, driving distances in Kansas, and railroad rates from Topeka to various locations for the railroad lines through Topeka. The directory also includes a number of advertisements.


Colored Directory, Topeka, Kansas

Colored Directory, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1934; copyright 1934
This "Colored Directory" is similar to other city directories. It lists African American churches, organizations, businesses and professionals. The bulk of the directory lists the names of African Americans and their addresses. Page 59 lists the names of the faculty, what they teach, and where they received their education for the Kansas Vocational School, as well as other employees. The directory does not list occupation. It also contains a number of advertisements from Topeka and Shawnee County businesses.


Leavenworth City Directory, and Business Mirror for 1859-60

Leavenworth City Directory, and Business Mirror for 1859-60
Creator: Sutherland & McEvoy
Date: 1859
In addition to advertisements, and information about various civic institutions in Leavenworth, this city directory also contained an historical sketch of the city attributed to H. Miles Moore, one of Leavenworth's early settlers. Some women are listed in the directory if they operated a business such as a boarding house, if they had a job, or, apparently, if they were widowed or unmarried. The "business mirror" section listed individual businesses grouped by the type of business or profession. The appendix included a listing of city and county officials and community institutions. The volume contained a number of ads for businesses in St. Louis, Missouri. The item referenced a map that was supposed to serve as a street guide but it was not contained in the KSHS copy of this item.


Polk's Kansas state gazetteer and business directory

Polk's Kansas state gazetteer and business directory
Creator: R. L. Polk & Co.
Date: 1900
This gazetteer lists all of the towns in Kansas in 1900 alphabetically, regardless of size. The information for each town includes the population, information about the town, and a list of business people in that community. The town listings begin on page 95. The classified business directory (see general index for page number) groups information by business, profession, industry, etc. for the entire state. The gazetteer also includes advertisements for many businesses, lists of state and county officials, district courts and judges. There is a general index on page 12 but it does not include the town listings. An index to advertisers begins on page 13. The original volume that was scanned was missing pages 9-10 and 87-92. There are no pages numbered 69-78 as page 68 is numbered 68-78. The gazetteer also contains a business directory for Kansas City, Missouri.


Prewitt's El Dorado, Kansas, directory

Prewitt's El Dorado, Kansas, directory
Creator: Prewitt's Directory Co.
Date: 1906
This business and residential directory of El Dorado, Kansas, includes an alphabetically arranged list of business firms and private citizens including state, city and county offices, colleges, churches, public and private schools, buildings, banks, railroads, secret and benevolent societies, and taxpayers and assembled residents of Butler County outside of El Dorado with a complete classified business directory.


Topeka street photograph

Topeka street photograph
Creator: Leonard & Martin
Date: Between 1870 and 1880
This is a photograph showing the southeast corner of 6th and Kansas Avenue in Topeka, Kansas. It was copied from Radge's Topeka Directory, 1876-1877. It includes buildings with signs identifying them as the American Express Co., Commonwealth Office, Kansas State Record, C. R. Jones Co., Wholesale Liquors, House Sign Painting, Topeka Marble Works, Bakery and on the opposite corner, Rowley Brothers Drug Store and a sign advertising Carbon Coal & Mining.


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