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Action of Other Cities on the 'Exodus' Question

Action of Other Cities on the 'Exodus' Question
Creator: Wyandotte Gazette
Date: April 25, 1879
This article includes information about Exoduster relief efforts in both Topeka and Lawrence. In Topeka, the Kansas Freedmen's Aid Association had appealed to other counties, asking them to form local aid societies to assist refugees in their respective areas. Lawrence citizens held a meeting in Fraser Hall to discuss the Exodus; the attendees recognized the legitimacy of the Exodus and were willing to provide aid and support for the emigrants.


Certificate of Incorporation for the Singleton colony

Certificate of Incorporation for the Singleton colony
Creator: Singleton Town Company
Date: June 24, 1879
This certificate of incorporation laid out the details of the Singleton Colony's town company, including its purpose, term of duration, and number of directors. The document was signed by Benjamin Singleton, William Sizemore, A. D. DeFrantz, Fuel Williamson, George Wade, George Moon, John Elliott, Austin Dozier, John Davis, William Shrout, and John Wade. It was also notarized by Thomas Archer and certified by James Smith, Kansas Secretary of State.


Charter of the Brown County Kansas University Students' Association

Charter of the Brown County Kansas University Students' Association
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: January 14, 1902
This is a charter for "The Brown County Kansas University Students' Association" filed in the office of the Kansas Secretary of State. The purpose of the organization was to maintain a scholarship at Kansas University for the benefit of students from Brown County. The charter includes the names of members Sara E. Greenfield, A. J. Eicholtz, Grant W. Harrington, Ida McKnight, Mabel McLaughlin, Edith Johnson, Stella W. Aten, Adele Baker, Scott Hopkins, and T. D. Smith.


Corporation Charter Files for Minute Men and Minute Women of America

Corporation Charter Files for Minute Men and Minute Women of America
Date: 1860-1929
These packets contain correspondences between the State of Kansas' Office of the Secretary of State and the State of Colorado's Minute Men of America and the Minute Women of America for corporation charters into the State of Kansas.


Endorsement & Application for Appointment

Endorsement & Application for Appointment
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: January 23, 1915
This file includes general correspondence relating to the endorsement and application of William E. Thompson and A. B. Dadd by Honor J. T. Botkin, Secretary of State, as janitor at the Memorial Building in Topeka, Kansas. The Memorial Building is also known as the G. A. R. Memorial Hall which is a historic hall for the Grand Army of the Republic. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Governor's proclamations

Governor's proclamations
Date: 1869-1977
This collection of proclamations issued by Kansas Governors declares first, second or third-class status for Kansas towns and cities. Proclamations are arranged in alphabetical order by town name. Included are descriptions of city limits, plat maps and censuses.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Secretary of State

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Secretary of State
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to the Secretary of the State. Topics in the correspondence cover but is not limited to biennial report and trade mark logos. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Frank Carlson to Larry Ryan, Secretary of State

Governor Frank Carlson to Larry Ryan, Secretary of State
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1947-1950 : Carlson)
Date: February 4, 1949
In January 1946, the states of Kansas and Colorado, with oversight from the federal government, entered into discussions to resolve a dispute concerning the waters of the Arkansas River and who controlled its flow across the state line. The compact was signed on December 14, 1948. This letter documents the filing of the Arkansas River Compact in the Kansas Secretary of State's office.


Governor William "Bill" Preston Graves

Governor William "Bill" Preston Graves
Date: Between 1995 and 2000
Two color slides showing Governor Bill Graves sitting at his desk in the capitol. Bill Graves was Kansas' 43rd governor. Born January 9, 1953 in Salina, Graves was first elected into public office as Kansas Secretary of State in 1990 and served five years. In 1995, he was elected governor and served two terms. After leaving the governor's office, he accepted a position as President of the American Trucking Association.


Governor William "Bill" Preston Graves

Governor William "Bill" Preston Graves
Date: Between 1995 and 2003
A portrait of William "Bill" Preston Graves who was first served in public office as Secretary of State of Kansas from 1987 to 1995. In 1994, he was elected the forty third Governor of Kansas and became one of the youngest Governors in Kansas history at the age of forty-one. Graves easily won re-election in 1998 by one of the largest margins of victory in a Kansas gubernatorial race. During his tenure, the largest tax cut in state history was passed into law and many state services were streamlined or privatized.


Kansas Farmer Seed Wheat Club history collection

Kansas Farmer Seed Wheat Club history collection
Creator: Kansas Farmer Seed Wheat Club
Date: 1913 - 1915
This collection consists of records from the Kansas Farmer Seed Wheat Club. It includes correspondence, index cards by county noting how much was deposited in each bank, what was outstanding and what had been paid, and other miscellaneous materials. The correspondence and other materials all regard the logistics of purchasing, shipping, and distributing the seed wheat, as well as monitoring how the crops fared and that loans were repaid. Frequent correspondents include Culver D. Yetter, secretary of the Kansas Farmer Seed Wheat Club, and Charles Manville Sawyer, state bank commissioner who became the first president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.


Kansas State flag

Kansas State flag
Creator: Kansas Secretary of State
Date: Between 1978 and 1980
This is a color postcard with the official Kansas state flag. The postcard was distributed by the Kansas Secretary of State.


Kris Kobach

Kris Kobach
Creator: Whitaker, Walt
Date: 2011
Two photographs of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State. Kobach graduated from Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, Kansas in 1984. Four years later, he earned an A.B. in Government from Harvard University. After graduation he was awarded a Marshall Scholarship which allowed him to earn M.A. and D.Phil. degrees in Politics from Oxford University. He then returned to the United States and attended Yale Law School where he earned his J.D. in 1995. He is a former chairman of the Kansas Republican Party and city councilman in Overland Park, Kansas. In May 2009, he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State. In November 2010, he won the election for Kansas Secretary of State.


Kris Kobach and Matt Veatch at Constitution Hall State Historic Site, Lecompton, Kansas

Kris Kobach and Matt Veatch at Constitution Hall State Historic Site, Lecompton, Kansas
Creator: Powell, Matthew
Date: February 10, 2013
Twelve photographs showing Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State and Matt Veatch, state archivist and chief information officer for the Kansas State Historical Society, at Constitution Hall State Historic Site, Lecompton, Kansas. Each spoke on Kansas' First Territorial Elections and the Lecompton Constitution as part of the Bleeding Kansas 2013 lecture series. Tim Rues, site administrator at the Constitution Hall State Historic Site and Paul Bahnmaier, president of the Lecompton Historical Society, also participated in the lecture series. Lecompton Constitutin Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and as a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


Memorial Building, Topeka, Kansas

Memorial Building, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1914
A photograph showing people gathered at the corner of Jackson and Tenth Streets for the dedication ceremony of the Memorial Building in Topeka, Kansas. The building housed the Kansas State Historical Society and later the Attorney General and Secretary of State.


Memorial Building, Topeka, Kansas

Memorial Building, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1914
A photograph showing people at the dedication ceremony for the Memorial Building located at the corner of Tenth and Jackson Streets in Topeka, Kansas. The building housed the Kansas State Historical Society and later the Attorney General and Secretary of State.


Memorial building in Topeka, Kansas

Memorial building in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1915 and 1920
This is a postcard showing the Memorial Building located at 120 W. 10th Street in Topeka, Kansas. The construction of Memorial Hall was financed by war claims paid to the State of Kansas by the federal government. In 1909, a legislative money appropriation act was passed. A commission selected the site, acquired the land title, and supervised construction of Memorial Hall. On September 27, 1911, President William Howard Taft laid the ceremonial cornerstone. The building was completed in 1914. In that same year, the Kansas State Historical Society moved to the Memorial Building and remained at that site for 80 years. In 1984 the Kansas Museum of History moved to an 80-acre site in west Topeka near the Potawatomi Mission leaving the remaining agencies still housed in the Memorial Building. The historic Stach School later joined the complex. During July and August 1995 the collections of library, archival, manuscript, and archeological materials were moved to new facilities in the Research Center adjacent to the museum. In this headquarters, the Historical Society was reunited at one location. Since 2000, Memorial Hall has served as headquarters for the Kansas Attorney General and Kansas Secretary of State.


Orly Taitz at the Memorial Building in Topeka, Kansas

Orly Taitz at the Memorial Building in Topeka, Kansas
Date: September 17, 2012
Here are nine photographs of Orly Taitz, a California lawyer, who is a leading figure in the "birther" movement, which challenges whether Barack Obama is a natural-born citizen eligible to serve as President of the United States. The Bias Busters of Kansas group protested outside the Memorial Building where Taitz met with Secretary of State Kris Kobach and spoke to reporters. She represented plaintiffs seeking an emergency preliminary injunction keeping President Obama off the general election ballot until the original identification papers were finally produced and examined by experts. Ultimately, a Shawnee County District Court judge rejected Taitz's request for an emergency injunction blocking Kansas from placing President Barack Obama's name on the election ballot.


Political "triple play" resignations and oaths of office

Political "triple play" resignations and oaths of office
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: 1956-1958
This item contains the resignations of Fred Hall and William A. Smith and the oaths of office for John McCuish, Fred Hall, and George Docking. These records are part of what is known as the political "triple play" involving Kansas Governor Hall, Lieutenant Governor John B. McCuish, and William Smith, the Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. Incumbent Governor Hall was defeated in the 1956 Republican primary by Warren Shaw, who lost in the general election to George Docking. Then Chief Justice Smith resigned from the Supreme Court due to ill health on December 31, Hall quickly resigned as governor on January 3, 1957, and Lieutenant Governor McCuish became governor for the next eleven days. McCuish immediately appointed Hall to the newly vacated Supreme Court seat. While perfectly legal, this sequence of actions was considered by many to be highly unethical. In response to the "triple play," the 1957 Kansas legislature passed a resolution for a constitutional amendment concerning the way judges were appointed. The amendment was passed in the 1958 general election.


Ron E. Thornburgh

Ron E. Thornburgh
Date: Between 1995 and 2005
This is a portrait of Ron E. Thornburgh, born December 31, 1962, in Burlingame, Kansas. He was the 29th Secretary of State of Kansas. Thornburgh was elected to his first term in 1994 and was subsequently re-elected in 1998, 2002, and 2006. In July 2007, Thornburgh announced his intentions to run for governor in 2010. After polls showed him losing the Republican primary, Thornburgh dropped out of the race in June 2009. He resigned as Secretary of State on February 15, 2010 and accepted a position in the private sector.


Ron E. Thornburgh

Ron E. Thornburgh
Creator: Ham, Nathan
Date: 2005
This is a portrait of Ron E. Thornburgh, born December 31, 1962, in Burlingame, Kansas. He was the 29th Secretary of State of Kansas. Thornburgh was elected to his first term in 1994 and was subsequently re-elected in 1998, 2002, and 2006. In July 2007, Thornburgh announced his intentions to run for governor in 2010. After polls showed him losing the Republican primary, Thornburgh dropped out of the race in June 2009. He resigned as Secretary of State on February 15, 2010 and accepted a position in the private sector.


Secretary of State's Office, Topeka, Kansas

Secretary of State's Office, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1908
This view shows the interior of the Kansas Secretary of State's Office in Topeka. The office was located in the Kansas Capitol building at this time.


Secretary of State's office, Topeka, Kansas

Secretary of State's office, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1906 and 1908
A photograph of the Secretary of State's office located in the Kansas Capitol, Topeka, Kansas. Visible in the photograph are staff members seated at their desks.


Secretary of State's office at the Kansas Capitol

Secretary of State's office at the Kansas Capitol
Date: Between 1995 and 2000
Here are two slides showing the Secretary of State's office in the Kansas Capitol. One slide shows the door to the office and the other a desk.


Senate Concurrent Resolution no. 42 ratifying the Thirteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution abolishing slavery

Senate Concurrent Resolution no. 42 ratifying the Thirteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution abolishing slavery
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: February 7, 1865
The United States Congress proposed the Thirteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution on January 31, 1865, and the Kansas Legislature moved rapidly to ratify it. Senate Concurrent Resolution no. 42 was introduced on February 6th and the Committee On The Judiciary recommended passage as a concurrent resolution the morning of February 7th. The resolution then passed unanimously.


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