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Final report of the Kansas Centennial Commission

Final report of the Kansas Centennial Commission
Creator: Kansas. Centennial Commission
Date: 1962
This is the final report of the Kansas Centennial Commission which was submitted to Governor John Anderson, Jr. and the Legislature. The Commission was formed for the 1961 observance and celebration of the Kansas Centennial. The report provides information on all of the activities of the Commission. It lists the members of the various committees, the chairman of each county's centennial efforts, and Centennial Commission staff. Maurice Fager, Topeka, served as chair of the Kansas Centennial Commission board of directors and Roger D. Kirkwood was the executive director. Members of the Kansas Centennial Commission Board of Directors were Miss Barbara Aldrich, Mrs. Lois Barrett, Arden Booth, F. W. Brinkerhoff, Rolla Clymer, Jack Harris, Mrs. Frank Hauke, Mrs. Max Jones, Sid Kross, John Montgomery, Z. Arthur Nevins, Jr., Lawrence Smith, and George Stanley. Nyle Miller of the Kansas State Historical Society served as the historical consultant.

Frederick W. Brinkerhoff correspondence

Frederick W. Brinkerhoff correspondence
Date: 1909-1966
This is correspondence to and from newspaper editor and publisher Frederick W. Brinkerhoff. The bulk of letters date from the 1940s and 1950s, His first newspaper job was with the Ottawa Herald, after which he worked for the Fort Scott Republican, Chanute Sun, Chanute Tribune, Kansas City Star, Pittsburg Headlight, and the Pittsburg Sun. Brinkerhoff was also vice-president and a director of Stauffer Publications as well as director of Capper Publications Inc., the Topeka State Journal Company, and Newton Publishing Company. In addition, he was vice-president of the KSEK Broadcasting Company in Pittsburg. Brinkerhoff was well known as a journalist, serving as president of the Kansas Press Association in 1935 and as chairman of the Kansas Associated Press in 1946-1947. He also served as a member of the Pulitzer Prize jury for editorial writing in 1950 and 1951. In 1956, he received the William Allen White award to a Kansas editor for journalistic merit. Active in community affairs, Brinkerhoff was a member of the board of the Pittsburg Public Library, served as chairman of the Pittsburg Industrial Commission, and was on the board of directors and served a term as president of the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce. He was also active in Republican party politics. Brinkerhoff was interested in the history of the state and served as president of the Kansas State Historical Society in 1944. The correspondence is arranged chronologically and grouped alphabetically by individuals with whom Brinkerhoff was in frequent contact, including Roy F. Bailey, Arthur Capper, Rolla Clymer, Harry W. Colmery, Harry Darby, Jess C. Denious, Myron George, Merl Huffman, Clyde M. Reed, Richard W. Robbins, Andrew Schoeppel, and Oscar Stauffer, among many others.

Kansas Civil War Centennial correspondence

Kansas Civil War Centennial correspondence
Date: 1960-1961
This collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, news releases, addresses and remarks, logistical and planning materials, invitations and confirmations or declinations, copies of historic materials and other reference materials, and other such records related to the Kansas Civil War Centennial Commission, of which Alan W. Farley was member and chairman of this particular activity. The records specifically relate to the centennial celebrations held at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, re-enacting Kansas' entry into the United States and flag-raising as the 34th state in 1861. The documents are mostly arranged roughly in reverse chronological order and include correspondence with various militia units and patriotic organizations. Kansas was celebrating the centennial of statehood in 1961, also, so there is some communication with the Centennial Commission in this correspondence.

Re-enacting President Lincoln raising of the 34 star flag

Re-enacting President Lincoln raising of the 34 star flag
Date: February 22, 1961
A photograph showing Kansas Governor John Anderson Jr. and Rolla Clymer portraying President Lincoln raising the thirty-four star flag in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at a centennial commemorative event.

Rolla Anderson Clymer

Rolla Anderson Clymer
Date: Between 1920 and 1940
Rolla Anderson Clymer, editor of the El Dorado Times for 59 years, wrote numerous articles and poems about the Flint Hills region. His best known poem "Majesty of the Hills" earned him the designation as Poet Laureate of the Flint Hills. He took an active role in Republican party politics and served on Alf Landon's presidential campaign in 1936.

Rolla Clymer correspondence

Rolla Clymer correspondence
Date: 1909-1977
This series of the Rolla Clymer collection includes sent and received correspondence arranged chronologically beginning in 1909. With few exceptions, the correspondence provides a continuous and very complete view of his activities. Much of the earliest correspondence in the Clymer collection pertains to information about the College of Emporia for the period Clymer was a student there. Scattered throughout the remainder of the correspondence is information about Emporia athletics and alumni activities and letters with former classmates. From 1914 to 1918, Clymer was editor and manager of the Olathe, Kansas, Register. In 1918, Rolla Clymer moved his young family to El Dorado, Kansas, where he became editor and manager of the El Dorado Republican. Except for a six month hiatus in 1937 as editor and manager of the Santa Fe New Mexican in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Clymer served the remainder of his professional career in El Dorado. In his later years, Clymer devoted much of his time to efforts to preserve the Kansas Flint Hills region which he dearly loved. In addition to newspaper editorials, he wrote and published numerous widely circulated articles and poems about the Flint Hills. Perhaps his best known tribute was his poem "Majesty of the Hills," which helped earn him the designation as Poet Laureate of the Flint Hills. Rolla Clymer died on June 4, 1977, having been the editor of the El Dorado Times for fifty-nine years. For a complete contents list of the Rolla Clymer collection, see the External Links below.

Trails correspondence

Trails correspondence
Date: 1905-2003
Letters, accounts, correspondence, and reminiscences of trails. Some trails covered are the Chisholm, California, Palo Duro, Jones and Plummer, Oregon, and the Butterfield Overland.

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