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Abel Alcala's VFW Membership Card

Abel Alcala's VFW Membership Card
Date: 1950
This is a photograph of Abel Alcala's Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) 1951 membership card for post number 1650 in Topeka, Kansas.


Boston Corbett's personal documents

Boston Corbett's personal documents
Date: 1855-1886
Personal documents belonging to Thomas P. "Boston" Corbett, the man who killed John Wilkes Booth following President Lincoln's assassination. Corbett moved to Kansas in 1878 and lived in a dugout near Concordia, Kansas. In 1887, Corbett was given the position of assistant doorkeeper for the Kansas House of Representatives in Topeka. However, when he brandished his pistol during a session of the legislative that same year, he was arrested and sent to an insane asylum. In 1888, he escaped and his whereabouts remained unknown until his presumed death. Documents include his Y.M.C.A. membership cards, signed checks, baptism certificate, a hatmaker's traveling card, and his naturalization certificate dated June 19, 1855.


Charles M. Sheldon and Central Congregational Church correspondence

Charles M. Sheldon and Central Congregational Church correspondence
Date: 1888-1984
Charles M. Sheldon (1857-1946) served as minister of the Central Congregational Church in Topeka, Kansas from 1889 to 1920. He was also an author of the international best seller, In His Steps, which was published in 1897. A series of correspondence, presented here, is arranged in chronological order. A complete description of the entire collection is available through a link below. The correspondence consists of letters, postcards, cards, one notebook containing letters and newspaper clippings, and assorted personal items such as his self-portrait drawings. The majority of the correspondence consists of handwritten and typed letters to and from individuals, members or groups related to the Central Congregational Church, and organizations associated with his lifelong activities as a pastor and author, including Theo Peers, Ethel Peers, Anna Heartburg, Dorothy Heartburg, Helen T. Capps, Lida R. Hardy, May Flickinger, Charles Warren Helsley, Luther D. Whittemore, Hamilton Holt, Robert Thomson Jr., Norman J. Rimes, Lloyd George, James Wise, Arthur Capper, Michael I. Pupin, Alf M. Landon, Roy B. Guild, Arthur E. Hertzler, Samuel J. Crumbine, Wilbert E. Dull, M. de Arrude Camargo, Frank J. Warren, Beatrice Hoover, Samuel C. Spalding, H. T. Chase, Bishop Wise, The Emporia Gazette, Green Gables (the Dr. Benjamin F. Bailey Sanatorium), The Atlantic Monthly, The World's Christian Endeavor Union, Plymouth Congregational Church, University of Illinois at Urbana Department of Physics, Abraham S. Hoyo, Harry Emerson Fosdick, International College in Turkey, Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America, Rollins College in Florida, The Topeka City Commission, Students' Christian Association of South Africa, Crosset & Dunlap Inc. Publishers in New York, Christian Herald Association, The Texas Herald, The Henry F. Henrichs Publications, Frankfort Rotary Club, and Notre-Dame de France/Jerusalem. There are letters involving other individuals, including Charles W. Helsley, Emma Crabb, H. J. Colburn, Robert Stone, Arthur G. Sellen, Henry F. Henrichs, Logan Shoop, Frank Jacobs, Hugh F. Mckean, Lee Braxton, Cady Hodge, Charles S. Lawrence, Elizabeth Turner Rawlings, Elisabeth Ebright, R. L. McNatt, Gale L. Beck, John H. Lehman, Helen Bradford, and Everett R. Daves. Charles W. Helsley was a minister at the Central Congregational Church after the passing of Charles M. Sheldon, and Emma Crabb was in charge of the Sheldon Collection at the Central Congregational Church.


Charles Schock permit

Charles Schock permit
Date: 1918
This card, issued by the U.S. Marshall, District of Kansas, is similar to many issued during World War I to German Americans that had not yet attained U.S. citizenship. This card permits Charles Schock to pass through areas otherwise forbidden to anyone classified as a resident alien such as the area near the state house and fairgrounds in downtown Topeka, Kansas.


Cowboy Band roster

Cowboy Band roster
Date: 1889
Cowboy Band Roster Season of 1889, Dodge City, Kansas.


Cowboy Band roster

Cowboy Band roster
Date: Between 1880 and 1889
This item is a roster of the Cowboy Band in Dodge City, Kansas. Roy Drake, director and C.M. Beeson, manager.


Descriptive card of public animals issued to Dr. Seth A. Hammel

Descriptive card of public animals issued to Dr. Seth A. Hammel
Date: August 18, 1917
A Descriptive Card of Public Animals issued to Dr. Seth A. Hammel, Topeka, Kansas. This card was submitted by soldiers requesting permission to purchase their own horses for military service. It provided a general description, markings, and statements certifying the animal's soundness and suitability for military service. Hammel elected to purchase his personal mount when he served in the Kansas National Guard. During his military career, he was a hospital steward during the Spanish-American War with the 20th Kansas Regiment and spent 16 months in service including nine months in the Philippines. After the Spanish-American War, Hammel graduated from a medical school in Chicago, Illinois, and returned to Topeka, where he established a practice and taught at Washburn College. During World War I, he served with Ambulance Company 139 of the 35th Division. The Descriptive Card was issued when he was serving in a field hospital.


Fred Harvey system passes

Fred Harvey system passes
Date: Between 1897 and 1899
These are Fred Harvey eating house system passes issued to Harry Tisdale.


Funeral card for Jose Mora Alcala, Topeka, Kansas

Funeral card for Jose Mora Alcala, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1959
This is a funeral card for Jose Mora Alcala of Topeka, Kansas. Jose was born on May 19, 1881 and died on December 19, 1959.


Gonzales family album

Gonzales family album
Creator: Gomez, Sam
Date: 1920-1965
This family album contains numerous photographs and documents detailing the lives of Robert and Hazel Gomez and their family, who lived in Topeka, Kansas.


Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad passes

Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad passes
Date: Between 1875 and 1879
Railroad passes issued to Harry Tisdale for Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad stations.


Isaac T. Goodnow personal records

Isaac T. Goodnow personal records
Date: 1856-1892
Personal mementos and ephemera belonging to Isaac Tichenor Goodnow, including passes, invitations, certificates, recipes, weather records, and travel notes. Goodnow was an early resident of Manhattan, Kansas, and was a free-state supporter. He was a delegate to the Leavenworth Constitutional Convention and was one of the founders of Bluemont Central College.


Law enforcement subscription

Law enforcement subscription
Creator: Gleed, James W. (James Willis), 1859-
Date: Around 1900
This subscription obligated the subscribed person to pay a fee to aid the prohibition of liquor in Shawnee County. The fee appears to have been assessed for violations of the prohibitory liquor law in Shawnee County.


Leavenworth, Lawrence, & Galveston Railroad passes

Leavenworth, Lawrence, & Galveston Railroad passes
Date: Between 1870 and 1877
Railroad passes issued to Harry Tisdale to Leavenworth, Lawrence, & Galveston stations


Mail and stagecoach passes

Mail and stagecoach passes
Date: Between 1874 and 1877
Mail and stagecoach passes issued to Harry Tisdal by various companies.


Member's pass to the United States House of Representatives issued to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Edison Friend

Member's pass to the United States House of Representatives issued to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Edison Friend
Date: December 08, 1925
This is a member's pass to the United States House of Representatives' visitor's gallery issued to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Edison Friend of Lawrence, Kansas.


Missouri- Kansas- Texas Railroad passes

Missouri- Kansas- Texas Railroad passes
Date: Between 1875 and 1890
Railroad passes issued to Harry Tisdale to Missouri, Kansas & Texas stations.


Missouri- Kansas -Texas Railroad passes

Missouri- Kansas -Texas Railroad passes
Date: Between 1933 and 1948
Railroad passes issued to the Albert Waddell family & Mr. F.A. Melluish to Missouri, Kansas & Texas stations.


Missouri Pacific Railroad passes

Missouri Pacific Railroad passes
Date: Between 1877 and 1882
Railroad passes issued to Harry Tisdale for Missouri Pacific Railroad stations.


Missouri Pacific Railroad passes

Missouri Pacific Railroad passes
Date: Between 1917 and 1953
These railroad passes were issued to the R.A. Sheldon family by the Missouri Pacific Railroad stations.


Missouri River, Ft. Scott & Gulf Railroad passes

Missouri River, Ft. Scott & Gulf Railroad passes
Date: Between 1873 and 1879
Railroad passes issued to Harry Tisdale to Missouri River, Ft. Scott & Gulf railroad stations.


Order of Railroad Telegraphers pass

Order of Railroad Telegraphers pass
Date: January 01, 1908-December 31, 1908
Order of Railroad Telegraphers pass issued to R.F. Andrews.


Railroad passes

Railroad passes
Date: Between 1890 and 1901
Railroad passes issued to A.A. Hurd to various railroad stations.


Railroad passes from Western National Fair

Railroad passes from Western National Fair
Date: Between 1882 and 1887
Railroad passes issued to Harry Tisdale to the Western National Fair in Lawrence, Kansas.


Railroad passes to various stations

Railroad passes to various stations
Date: Between 1870 and 1887
Railroad passes to various stations issued to Harry Tisdale.


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