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$190,235,814 For Dairy Products

$190,235,814 For Dairy Products
Date: 1917
This promotional brochure was designed as a talk to encourage the construction of good roads in the state of Kansas. It described comparable rural roads in Wisconsin that promote crop and dairy production.


365-day roads an investment, not a tax

365-day roads an investment, not a tax
Date: 1910-1919
Brochure promoting good roads as a investment comparable to other enhancements financed by the farmer and found on his individual land holding.


50th-63rd Annual Kansas Day Meetings

50th-63rd Annual Kansas Day Meetings
Creator: Ackerman, Gertrude
Date: 1941-1954
This document represents the 50th - 63rd Annual Kansas Day Meeting Participant Lists, Speeches and Addresses, and Correspondence. This document is part of a bigger collection from Gertrude Ackerman.


After the great war is over

After the great war is over
Date: 1917
This promotional brochure argues that the construction of good roads in the United States will enhance agricultural productivity and economic development in the aftermath of World War I.


Alphabetical agencies created under the Roosevelt New Deal Party

Alphabetical agencies created under the Roosevelt New Deal Party
Creator: Biggers, E.M.
Date: 1932
This item, printed and issued by Biggers Printing Company of Houston, Texas, lists the many different agencies created under President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. In addition to well-known programs such as the WPA, the list contains many lesser-known agencies, providing an interesting glimpse into the expansion of the U.S. Government under the New Deal.


A new home in an old settlement

A new home in an old settlement
Date: May 1, 1876
This paper advertises for sale land formerly owned by the Pottawatomie Nation from 1837 to 1868, and then owned by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road Company. On the reverse side of the paper is a sectional map showing the area and identifying those lands that were still for sale by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad company. The text gives brief descriptions of the cities and towns in the area; the railroads available; fuel and lumber that are native to the area; descriptions and prices of the lands.


Citizens Committee on Civil Rights: The People, Fight Back

Citizens Committee on Civil Rights: The People, Fight Back
Date: 1948
This 1948 leaflet was created by the Citizens Committee on Civil Rights and used in conjunction with a citywide petition later rejected by the Topeka Board of Education. The Citizens Committee on Civil Rights was a group headquartered at the home of Lucinda Todd. The leaflet, circulated around Topeka's black community, requested funds to support the effort. Mrs. Todd and Mrs. Dan Sawyer walked the streets of Topeka to get the petition signed by almost every black household.


Civilian protection organization for a municipality

Civilian protection organization for a municipality
Date: Unknown
This organization chart depicts the Kansas State Council of Defense structure. Listing the Civilian Protection Organization for a Municipality (Citizen's Defense Corps), the chart details how civilians were to respond in the event of an attack on the U.S.


Colorado train service via Rock Island Lines, Summer 1912

Colorado train service via Rock Island Lines, Summer 1912
Creator: Rock Island Railroad Company
Date: 1912
This brochure advertises the services of four trains of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. Two of the trains are from Chicago and Omaha and the other two are from St. Louis and Kansas City. The trains from Chicago and Omaha are the "Rocky Mountain Limited" and the "Colorado and California Express" The two trains from St. Louis and Kansas City are the "Colorado-Pacific Coast Express" and the "Colorado Flyer." The daily schedules for each train are included. Such features as electric lighted cars; a buffet-library-observation car with barber, valet and Victrola recitals; and telegraphic bulletins.


Comparative Cost of Travel

Comparative Cost of Travel
Date: 1919
Promotional brochure exhorting the virtues of automobiles and trucks over team drive carriages in the hauling of agricultural products over good roads.


Good Roads Help Farmers

Good Roads Help Farmers
Date: 1919
Promotional brochure designed as a talk to encourage road construction to enhance agricultural productivity and rural community development.


Good citizenship temperance meeting

Good citizenship temperance meeting
Date: June 9, 1899
An announcement that Clinton N. Howard, a leading temperance worker in the country, will be speaking at the Good Citizenship Temperance meeting at the First Presbyterian Church in Topeka, Kansas, on June 9, 1899.


John Brown's fort on exhibition

John Brown's fort on exhibition
Date: Between 1892 and 1910
An illustration and description of the John Brown Fort on exhibition in Chicago, Illinois. The fort was originally part of the United States Gun Factory and Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, and was the part of the works seized and occupied by John Brown in 1859.


Kansas People To "Travel on Gravel"

Kansas People To "Travel on Gravel"
Date: 1919
This Kansas Good Roads Association promotional literature highlights the construction of durable and beneficial roads for southeastern Kansas.


Kansas post offices and routes supplied by a railroad

Kansas post offices and routes supplied by a railroad
Creator: Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company
Date: Between 1870 and 1880
This is a listing of the major towns (post offices) along the Neosho and Cherokee Divisions of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad. Some of the towns included are Council Grove, Emporia, Neosho Rapids, Hartford, Strawn, Burlington, Neosho Falls, Bramlett, Humboldt, New Chicago, Parsons, Oswego and Chetopa. The routes related to each of these cities are also listed.


Kansas road and bridge funds

Kansas road and bridge funds
Date: Bulk 1917-1918
This Kansas Good Roads Association pamphlet argues that Kansas should invest more in road and bridge construction and maintenance. The card provides one in a series of eleven talks. An illustration demonstrates the difficulties poor roads cause for farmers. Frank Smith is the general manager in Topeka, Kansas.


Lands in the Great Neosho Valley; Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway Co.

Lands in the Great Neosho Valley; Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway Co.
Creator: Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company
Date: Between 1869 and 1876
This leaflet advertises 1,000,000 acres of land in the Neosho Valley of Kansas for sale by the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway. On one side are two large illustrations of Neosho Falls. The reverse side describes how the land may be purchased.


Letter from S.S. Prouty to Crawford

Letter from S.S. Prouty to Crawford
Creator: S.S. Prouty
Date: Between 1870 and 1890
A letter from S.S. Prouty, Junction City, Kansas, of the "Junction City Union", to his friend, Crawford. Prouty writes that he has seen and liked the "Ideal Colored Musical Combination" in Topeka, Kansas.


Meridian Highway to be paved road

Meridian Highway to be paved road
Creator: Nicholson, John Charles, 1862-1942
Date: 1919
This circular, by John C. Nicholson, describes the history and present conditions of the Meridian Highway. Nicholson advocates for the highway's expansion and for the expansion and improvement of the federal highway system of which it is a part. Nicholson was among the organizers of the highway in Salina, Kansas, in 1911. He claimed it was the first north-south highway completed across the United States. The pamphlet also includes examples of Meridian Highway road signs. Nicholson was president of the Meridian Highway Association with offices in Newton, Kansas. The Meridian Highway ran along the 6th Principal Meridian and was later called U.S. Highway 81.


Ottawa Chautauqua Assembly, Forest Park, Ottawa, Kansas

Ottawa Chautauqua Assembly, Forest Park, Ottawa, Kansas
Date: June 1896
Pamphlets and handbill for the 18th Chautauqua assembly at Forest Park in Ottawa, Kansas.


Right-to-Work laws aim to destroy unions

Right-to-Work laws aim to destroy unions
Creator: Oxnam, Bishop G. Bromley
Date: 1958
This commentary, excerpted from an address by Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam, was reproduced by the Kansas State Federation of Labor in 1958. It provides an opposing view to "right to work" legislation. In this article, Bishop Oxnam states "right to work" laws are fraudulent. They are neither intended nor designed to guarantee work or to establish the right to work. The "Right to Work" Amendment was ratified in Kansas in 1958.


Santa Fe injunction suit

Santa Fe injunction suit
Date: Between 1893 and 1896
This is a paper distributed by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway concerning a lawsuit in which they were the plaintiffs. The paper calls attention to a circular being distributed by a Mr. Stebbins which contained information the railroad company claims to be incorrect.


Secretary McAdoo's announcement of the Third Liberty Loan

Secretary McAdoo's announcement of the Third Liberty Loan
Date: 1918
KS: 11th: 1.7: challenges German Americans faced in Kansas during World War I


Swat the fly

Swat the fly
Creator: Kansas. Board of Health
Date: Between 1910 and 1915
This leaflet titled "Swat the Fly" was produced by the Kansas State Board of Health. Samuel J. Crumbine, Secretary of the Board of Health, helped promote awareness of flies and the diseases they carried.


The land that gives birth to freedom

The land that gives birth to freedom
Date: Between 1878 and 1881
A small leaflet containing hymns and choruses, most likely used by Exodusters leaving the South after Reconstruction, as they moved westward.


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