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About labor trusts

About labor trusts
Creator: Martin, George W. (George Washington), 1841-1914
Date: June 6, 1900
A letter written by George W. Martin of Kansas, to Representative Chester I. Long in Washington, D.C., on labor trusts and their economic impact on the nation.


B. F. Wright to Governor John St. John

B. F. Wright to Governor John St. John
Creator: Wright, B. F.
Date: March 31, 1880
This letter serves as an invitation from B. F. Wright in Charles City, Iowa, for Kansas Governor St. John to speak there in July. Wright was corresponding secretary of the Iowa State Temperance Meetings.


Child labor

Child labor
Creator: The Club Member
Date: December 1907
This article, published in a women's club magazine, discusses the importance of the child labor laws in Kansas. These laws improved child welfare and worked alongside school truancy laws. The article also discusses the duties of industrial inspectors and the areas of the system that need improvement. Toward the end of the article, the unnamed author also cites statistics to place Kansas within a national context; Kansas was one of nine states that prohibited employment of children under the age of 14 in factories, stores, offices, hotels, laundries, theaters, bowling alleys, and bakeries.


Child labor and woman suffrage

Child labor and woman suffrage
Creator: The Club Member
Date: January 1907
This brief article in The Club Member describes the problem of child labor, arguing that in states where women had the right to vote "child labor and illiteracy have ceased to be problems." This information is taken from an article called "Treason of the Senate" by David Graham Phillips.


Constitution of the Kansas State Federation of Labor

Constitution of the Kansas State Federation of Labor
Creator: Kansas State Federation of Labor
Date: July 3, 1890
This constitution of the Kansas State Federation of Labor, adopted on July 3, 1890 in Topeka, Kansas, declares the purpose and functions of the organization. The KSFL sought to organize the many labor organizations of Kansas into a federated union in support of general labor concerns. Its members advocated for an eight hour work day, better working conditions, and other industrial and social reforms of interest to all workers.


Extracts from reviews of leading journals

Extracts from reviews of leading journals
Date: Between 1890 and 1920
Extracts from reviews of leading journals on labor unions.


George H. Hodges

George H. Hodges
Date: 1914
This campaign billboard urges for the reelection of Governor George Hartshorn Hodges, 1866-1947. Hodges as Kansas governor for one term from 1913 to 1915.


J. C. Regier to State Bank Commissioner

J. C. Regier to State Bank Commissioner
Creator: Regier, J. C.
Date: April 09, 1918
This letter was written by J. C. Regier, Secretary-Treasurer, Petrole Oil & Gas Company, Hutchinson, Kansas, to Frank Organ, State Bank Commissioner. The letter contains a list of Petrole Oil & Gas Company's stockholders, stock certificate numbers, and amounts


John Sullivan to Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs

John Sullivan to Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs
Creator: Sullivan, John
Date: February 7, 1912
A letter written by John Sullivan, Kansas City, Missouri to Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs requesting a copy of an article written by Stubbs on the Blue Sky Law. Kansas was the first state to enact the Blue Sky Law, which protects investors from securities fraud. It served as a model for similar statutes in other states.


Joseph Little Bristow

Joseph Little Bristow
Creator: Harris & Ewing
Date: Unknown
This is a portrait of Joseph Little Bristow,1861-1944. He served as United States Senator from Kansas, 1909-1915.


Kansas State Council of Carpenters of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

Kansas State Council of Carpenters of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
Creator: Farley, O.E.
Date: November 21, 1927
A letter written to E.E. Frizell from O.E. Farley, Secretary of the Kansas State Council of Carpenters. The letter lists the resolutions introduced and passed at the Ninth Annual Convention of the K.S.C.of C. held in Manhattan, Kansas.


Labor free your prisoners

Labor free your prisoners
Creator: Amnesty Committee of the Central Federated Union of Greater New York and Vicinity
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
A leaflet passed out to convey the plight of imprisoned laborers who have been arrested for exercising their civil and political rights. This item asks that amnesty be given to all labor and political prisoners in American jails.


Letter from E. T. Merritt to Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs

Letter from E. T. Merritt to Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs
Creator: Merritt, E. T.
Date: December 30, 1912
This letter written by E. T. Merritt, Minneapolis, Minnesota to Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs requests a of copy the Blue Sky Law. Kansas was the first state to enact the Blue Sky Law, which protected investors from securities fraud. It served as a model for similar statutes in other states. Merritt felt his state needed such a law to protect "it's citizens from the confidence sharks". Merritt is from Minnesota but the letter is written on stationery from the Hotel Statler, Cleveland, Ohio.


Letter from H. J. Fitzgerald to Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs

Letter from H. J. Fitzgerald to Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs
Creator: Fitzgerald, H. J.
Date: July 09, 1912
This letter was written by H. J. Fitzgerald, Charles City, Iowa, to Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs requesting a copy of an article written by Stubbs on the Blue Sky Law. Kansas was the first state to enact the Blue Sky Law, which protected investors from securities fraud. It served as a model for similar statutes in other states.


Letter from John Wight to Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs

Letter from John Wight to Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs
Creator: Wight, John
Date: October 12, 1912
This letter from John Wight, Rapid City, South Dakota to Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs requests a copy of the Blue Sky Law. Kansas was the first state to enact the Blue Sky Law, which protected investors from securities fraud. It served as a model for similar statutes in other states.


Letter from Wade H. Barnes to Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs

Letter from Wade H. Barnes to Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs
Creator: Barnes, Wade H.
Date: August 28, 1912
This letter from Wade H. Barnes, Brooklyn, Pennsylvania to Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs requess information on the Blue Sky Law. Kansas was the first state to enact the Blue Sky Law, which protected investors from securities fraud. It served as a model for similar statutes in other states.


Notice! The Crawford Theatres grand, majestic and novelty are unfair to organized labor and will not employ any of our craft

Notice! The Crawford Theatres grand, majestic and novelty are unfair to organized labor and will not employ any of our craft
Creator: Theatrical Employees' Union
Date: Between 1890 and 1920
A notice to the public that states that the Crawford Theatres are unfair to organized labor. This notice was circulated by the Theatrical Employees' Union.


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.


Organized labor in Wyandotte County

Organized labor in Wyandotte County
Creator: Martin, George W. (George Washington), 1841-1914
Date: 1899
An address by George W. Martin, editor of the Kansas City Gazette, to the Mayor and City Council of Kansas City, Kansas, focusing on organized labor in Wyandotte County.


P. J. McBride to Arthur Capper

P. J. McBride to Arthur Capper
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: December 12, 1917
This letter by P. J. McBride, Commissioner of Labor and Industry, informed the governor of Kansas about the enforcement of child labor laws in Sabetha, Nemaha County. Edith Enderton, an agent of the Department of Labor and Industry, had visited Sabetha in order to enforce compliance with the child labor law, and she found "a considerable number of children employed in violation" of this law. McBride specifically mentions a 10-year old boy, Teddy Grimm, who delivered groceries and sometimes worked 14 or 15 hours lifting heavy boxes and sacks of flour. While McBride acknowledges that Enderton may "have possibly been a little over-zealous in the application of the law where children are employed by their own parents"?which was not the case with Teddy Grimm?McBride agrees that young children should not be required to work outside the home.


P. J. McBride to Emma Grimm

P. J. McBride to Emma Grimm
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: December 12, 1917
In this letter P. J. McBride, the commissioner of labor and industry, responds to Emma Grimm's letter to Governor Arthur Capper dated November 27, 1917. Grimm had expressed her displeasure with the enforcement of the child labor law in her hometown of Sabetha, which had forced her 10-year old son Theodore to leave his job as a grocery delivery boy. McBride informed her that, because the Legislature passed this law, the governor could not make any exceptions. McBride also emphasized that "play and recreation" were an important element in children's development and that after schoolwork and household chores had been completed, children should have unstructured time to play. McBride refers to the 1917 amendment to the Industrial Welfare Act of 1915; this amendment prohibited work at night or for more than 8 hours daily or 48 hours weekly and required that school superintendents issue work permits to eligible students prior to the students' employment. Also, children could not be employed until they had completed elementary school.


P. J. McBride to Ralph Tennal

P. J. McBride to Ralph Tennal
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: December 8, 1917
This letter was written in response to Ralph Tennal's earlier letter (dated December 2) to Gov. Arthur Capper, which had been referred to P. J. McBride, the Commissioner of Labor and Industry. In it, McBride responds to Tennal's concerns that the child labor law prevented children from learning the value of hard work. McBride politely states that the state legislature enacted this law, and thus complaints should be directed to the legislators. While he concurs with Tennal's assertion that children who are bored can get into mischief, McBride argues that "the solution to this problem is the proper control and direction of play and recreation of our children by parents and public welfare officials rather than by putting them at work in our industries." Consequently, child labor laws not only prevented abuses, but they also allowed children the free time deemed necessary for their development, as well as ensuring that these girls and boys receive a solid education. In closing, McBride encourages Tennal to rethink his position and help ensure compliance with these laws. Tennal had also written a letter about this issue on November 22, 1917.


President Theodore Roosevelt at Osawatomie, Kansas

President Theodore Roosevelt at Osawatomie, Kansas
Date: August 30, 1910
This is a postcard showing President Theodore Roosevelt addressing a crowd from a train car at the John Brown monument dedication, Osawatomie, Kansas.


Roster of the labor unions

Roster of the labor unions
Creator: Palmer
Date: 1904
A 1904 roster of labor unions in Topeka, Kansas. Also shown are a number of advertisements from area merchants.


State Bank Commissioner to Doniphan County Oil & Gas Company

State Bank Commissioner to Doniphan County Oil & Gas Company
Creator: Bank Commissioner
Date: April 08, 1918
This letter was written by a special assistant of the State Bank Commissioner to E. A. Sinclair, Doniphan County Oil & Gas Company, Troy, Kansas. The letter acknowledges receiving the listed Doniphan County Oil & Gas Company's stock certificate numbers, the stockholders' names, and the number of shares owned by each person that were submitted to be held in escrow by the Bank commissioner to comply with the recently passed Blue Sky law.. Also, the letter states that the Doniphan County Oil & Gas Company cannot refer to the Blue Sky Board, Charter Board, or the Banking Department in their advertising.


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