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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.


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.


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.


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.


Finney County organization records

Finney County organization records
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: 1884
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 governor's proclamation appointing county officials and designating Garden City as the temporary county seat.


George W. Hutchinson, Charter of the City of Lawrence

George W. Hutchinson, Charter of the City of Lawrence
Creator: Hutchinson, George W.
Date: c. 1857
This reports that a meeting was held to approve the charter of the city of Lawrence, Kansas Territory. The text of the charter was included. In addition, this report included a message from five citizens regarding reasons for establishing city government.


Governor's Proclamation

Governor's Proclamation
Date: August 22, 1873
This is a Governor's Proclamation issued by Governor Thomas A. Osborn for the arrest of William Thompson who murdered C. B. Whitney, Sheriff of Ellsworth County, Kansas. A $500.00 reward was offered for the arrest and conviction of Thompson.


Josephine Blakely Martin material

Josephine Blakely Martin material
Date: Between 1858 and 1881
Material relating to Josephine Blakely Martin and William S. Blakely. Included in this folder are journals, letters, appointments, and a diploma. Several pages of the journal have been skipped or cut out. Some of the letters discuss the Civil War, one noting a fight between troops of the Second Kansas Calvary and William Quantrill's men at David Tate's farm on March 22, 1862.


Kansas Territory citizens to the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America

Kansas Territory citizens to the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America
Date: c. 1860
This unsigned statement was written to protest "the practice of taxing the people of the Territories for the support of a Government in which they are not represented." The residents of Kansas Territory complained that they had had no voice in how these tax dollars were appropriated, and they asked this "honorable body" to remit to them these taxes. Since this was during the drought of 1860, they declared that they would use these funds for famine relief.


Labor Day proclamation

Labor Day proclamation
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1889-1893 : Humphrey)
Date: August 13, 1890
In August of 1890, Kansas Governor Lyman U. Humphrey issued this proclamation officially recognizing Labor Day in Kansas as September 1st. He issued the proclamation at the request of the Topeka Trades and Labor Assembly and the Kansas State Federation of Labor. The proclamation was then, and is now, considered to be the first official recognition of Labor Day by any head of state and became an example that others states would soon follow. In the proclamation, Humphrey expressed an interest in improving the working conditions for laboring people and asked that business be suspended on Labor Day so that working people could enjoy the holiday.


Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, proclamation

Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, proclamation
Creator: Murphey, William E.
Date: September 29, 1856
This proclamation, written by William E. Murphy, the mayor of Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, announces that he would use the forces of the law against any person who sent an anonymous communication requesting that a citizen of Leavenworth leave the territory. Murphy encourages the citizens of the city to "frown down any secret Conspiracy against law." It also mentions that such action is contrary to the interests of both the government and the Law and Order Party.


Methodist Episcopal Church in Kansas, Educational Convention

Methodist Episcopal Church in Kansas, Educational Convention
Creator: Oakley, Walter
Date: March 17-18, 1857
This item described an education convention held by the Methodist Episcopal Church in Kansas at Blue Mound, Kansas Territory. The purpose of the convention was to "found a University." L. B. Dennis was chosen as the chairman and Walter Oakley was the secretary. The document stated the need for the university and indicated that proposals had been received from the towns of Blue Mound, Prairie City, Centropolis, Topeka, Palmyra, and Lawrence. The proposal from Palmyra was accepted and they promised to provide eight hundred acres of land and to purchase $20,000 in "university stock." The institution founded by this convention was named Baker University and the town of Palmyra became Baldwin City. An association was set up to support the "erection and endowment" of the university.


Notice!  This is to warn you that the H.B. Howard Electrical Company hasn't a single licensed electrician in their employ

Notice! This is to warn you that the H.B. Howard Electrical Company hasn't a single licensed electrician in their employ
Creator: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Date: November 1911
A notice to the public that the H.B. Howard Electrical Company does not employ any licensed electrician or one who can lawfully do electrical work in the city of Topeka without the constant supervision of an electrician. It also states that anyone finding a person doing the job by themselves to notify the members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers or other proper authorities. This notice was signed by the Local Union 226 of the I.B.E.W., and committee members J.R. Woodhull, J.J. Carnahan, and J.W. Keele.


People's Proclamation

People's Proclamation
Creator: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900
Date: 1855
This broadside represented the efforts of free state supporters to encourage residents to vote in the election for the delegate to represent Kansas Territory in Congress that was held October 9, 1855. It listed the polling places, the instructions to judges, and the qualifications for "lawful" voters. This document was probably related to a circular letter signed by Charles Robinson that encouraged free state supporters to see that elections were conducted according to the printed procedures for both the election for delegates to Congress and for delegates to the constitutional convention. The broadside indicated that it had been signed by nearly 1000 persons but space allowed for the printing of the following names only: C. K Holliday, J. A. Wakefield, C. Robinson, J. H. Lane, C. A. Foster, M. J. Parrott, S. D. Sylvester, W. Y. Roberts, G. W. Smith and J. S. Emery. This election was held under the auspices of the Topeka Movement.


Political Antislavery Convention

Political Antislavery Convention
Date: May 29, 1860
This announcement called for a political antislavery convention to be held in Boston on May 29, 1860. The men who called the convention, who were listed at the end of the announcement, believed that neither of the current political parties truly represented their antislavery sentiments. They stated their goal in terms of liberty for all people, both black and white.


Proclamation Activating the 19th Kansas Volunteer Regiment

Proclamation Activating the 19th Kansas Volunteer Regiment
Creator: Crawford, S. J. (Samuel Johnson), 1835-1913
Date: September 14, 1868
This proclamation, signed by Governor Samuel J. Crawford in 1868, activated the 19th Kansas Volunteer Regiment. This regiment was created specifically to fight in any impending conflicts between native tribes and the U.S. government. According to this proclamation, the 19th Kansas would be composed of five companies of cavalry (80 to 100 each) serving for a period of three months.


Proclamation for strike cessation

Proclamation for strike cessation
Creator: Marmaduke, John S.
Date: March 15, 1885
In this proclamation, Missouri Governor John Marmaduke asks union leaders and railroad officials to accept the demands of the workers and restore wages without prejudice. The Missouri Pacific Railway workers had been on strike for several months disrupting businesses and family life. Both the Missouri and Kansas governors were instrumental in ending the strike.


Railroad strike proclamation

Railroad strike proclamation
Creator: Marmaduke, John S.
Date: March 24, 1886
This proclamation, issued by Missouri governor John S. Marmaduke, calls upon the Missouri Pacific Railway Company to resume traffic of all kinds following a disruption caused by striking workers. The governor warns all persons against interposing any obstacles and pledges the "whole" power of the state of Missouri to restrain and punish anyone who may oppose the proclamation. The proclamation was issued after local authorities and private citizens demanded an end to disruption of business and community life following railroad workers riotous activities.


Robert John Walker, Proclamation : To the people of Kansas

Robert John Walker, Proclamation : To the people of Kansas
Creator: Walker, Robert J. (Robert John), 1801-1869
Date: October 19, 1857
Regards the examination of election returns, particularly Oxford Precinct, Johnson County.


Robert John Walker, Proclamation : To the people of Lawrence

Robert John Walker, Proclamation : To the people of Lawrence
Creator: Walker, Robert J. (Robert John), 1801-1869
Date: July 15, 1857
This open letter from Gov. Walker concerned the differences between the city charter of Lawrence approved by legislature, and the charter approved by citizens of Lawrence.


To the people of Kansas

To the people of Kansas
Date: 1872
A circular that urges Kansas towns to send delegates to an anti-temperance convention at Topeka on January 30, 1872; signed by M. Hofmann, H. Gronheim, E. Fritsche, M. Shmidt, M. Przybylowicz, C. Linck, and A. Geveke.


To the people of Leavenworth County

To the people of Leavenworth County
Date: June 3, 1857
Opposition ticket in support of having the people of Kansas vote on the Lecompton Constitution before it is sent to Congress.


Voters of Riley County

Voters of Riley County
Creator: Citizen's Committee
Date: October 25, 1890
A leaflet encouraging the voters of Riley County to vote for prohibition in the upcoming election. It suggests that voters should put minor issues aside and vote solely on prohibition.


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