Kansas MemoryKansas Memory

Kansas Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society

-

Log In

Username:

Password:

After login, go to:

Register
Forgot Username?
Forgot Password?

Browse Users
Contact us

-

Martha Farnsworth

-

Podcast Archive

Governor Mike Hayden Interview
Details
Listen Now
Subscribe - iTunesSubscribe - RSS

More podcasts

-

Popular Item

undated 1977 (Box 49, Folder 4)

-

Random Item

Insurance building, Salina, Kansas Insurance building, Salina, Kansas

-

Site Statistics

Total images: 732,427
Bookbag items: 38,394
Registered users: 11,747

-

About

Kansas Memory has been created by the Kansas State Historical Society to share its historical collections via the Internet. Read more.

-

Syndication

Matching items: 40

Category Filters

Government and Politics - Federal Government - Federal agencies and programs - Agencies - Interior, Department of - General Land Office

Search within these results


       

Search Tips

Start Over | RSS Feed RSS Feed

View: Image Only | Title Only | Detailed
Sort by: TitleSort by Title, Ascending | Date | Creator | Newest

Showing 1 - 25 of 40 (results per page: 10 | 25 | 50)
Next Page >


Andrew H. Reeder to John A. Haldeman

Andrew H. Reeder to John A. Haldeman
Creator: Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864
Date: October 06, 1855
In this letter to John A. Haldeman, Andrew H. Reeder informs Haldeman that he has been told that "a new assessment of $5 per share to pay for a Wyandot float of 640 acres has been laid on the town of Tecumseh."


Andrew H. Reeder to John A. Haldeman

Andrew H. Reeder to John A. Haldeman
Creator: Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864
Date: August 11, 1856
In this letter to John A. Haldeman, Andrew H. Reeder discusses the "sacking of Lawrence," the loss of papers related to the sale on lands that once belonged to Indians, and the use of Haldeman as his agent for his lots in Leavenworth, Kansas. As Reeder's letter indicates, the transition of Indian lands into the hands of white settlers was often quite difficult and added to tension levels in Kansas in the wake of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854.


Andrew J. Mead to John A. Haldeman

Andrew J. Mead to John A. Haldeman
Date: July 12, 1856
In this letter to John A. Haldeman, Andrew J. Mead asks if he knows of a portion of the Wyandotte Float that was available for sale. The Wyandotte Floats were originally set aside for the Wyandotte Tribe. However, the flexible nature of the Floats allowed them to be more easily transferred to white settlers once the U.S. Government decided to remove Native Indians from the newly created territories of Kansas and Nebraska.


Appraisers of Salt Spring Lands

Appraisers of Salt Spring Lands
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters dated, May and June 1886, are from D. W. Finney, J. H. Billings, and A. J. Voorhis regarding the Salt Spring Lands to Kansas Governor John Martin. The letters discuss the appraisal of the Salt Spring lands and include a report of the appraisement. The Salt Spring lands were located in Saline, Lincoln, Mitchell, Cloud, and Republic counties.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Guthrie, Oklahoma

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Guthrie, Oklahoma
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: April 14, 1889
This black and white photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company depot at Guthrie, Oklahoma. In front of the depot, U.S. soldiers have gathered to prevent "sooners" from leaving the train to seek land for settlement in the Indian territory.


Auditor, Register of State Lands

Auditor, Register of State Lands
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning from 1885 to 1887, are from the office of the Auditor of the State and Register of State Lands to Kansas Governor John Martin. The letters include a summary of expenditures, land patent corrections, and granting land patents. In 1887, T. McCarthy succeeded E. P. McCabe as the State Auditor.


Boomer camp on Walnut River, Arkansas City, Kansas

Boomer camp on Walnut River, Arkansas City, Kansas
Date: Between 1886 and 1889
This black and white photograph shows a "Boomer" camp on the banks of the Walnut River in Arkansas City, Kansas. The "Boomers" were white settlers who were attempting to settle in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma. Some of the "Boomers" would camp near the Kansas Oklahoma border waiting to enter the territory to claim land that had not been assigned to Indian Tribes and was believed to be in the public domain under the Homestead Act of 1862. The land in question was some of the last land set aside for the settlement of Native American tribes who had been removed from their lands in other parts of the U.S.


Boomer camp on Walnut River, Arkansas City, Kansas

Boomer camp on Walnut River, Arkansas City, Kansas
Creator: Mitchell & DeGroff
Date: Between 1886 and 1889
This sepia colored photograph shows a "Boomer" camp on the banks of the Walnut River in Arkansas City, Kansas. The "Boomers" were white settlers who were attempting to settle in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma. Some of the "Boomers" would camp near the Kansas Oklahoma border waiting to enter the territory to claim land that had not been assigned to Indian Tribes and was believed to be in the public domain under the Homestead Act of 1862. The land in question was some of the last few sections of lands set aside by the U.S. Government for the Native American tribes who had been removed from their ancestral lands in other parts of the U.S.


Boomer Camp on Walnut River, Arkansas City, Kansas

Boomer Camp on Walnut River, Arkansas City, Kansas
Creator: Mitchell & DeGroff
Date: Between 1886 and 1889
This sepia colored photograph shows a couple of "boomers" on the banks of the Walnut River in Arkansas City, Kansas. The "boomers" were white settlers who were attempting to settle in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma. Some of the "boomers would camp near the Kansas and Oklahoma border waiting to enter the territory to claim land that had not been assigned to Indian Tribes. Many of the settlers believed that the unassigned land was in the public domain under the Homestead Act of 1862. The land in question was some of the last land in the United States that had been set aside for Native American tribes, many of which had been removed from their ancestral lands.


Boomer Camp on Walnut River, Arkansas City, Kansas

Boomer Camp on Walnut River, Arkansas City, Kansas
Date: Between 1886 and 1889
This sepia colored photograph shows a "boomer" camp on the banks of the Walnut River in Arkansas City, Kansas. The "boomers" were white settlers who were attempting to settle in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma, which was the last area of the nation set aside for Native American tribes. Some of the "boomers" would camp near the Kansas and Oklahoma border waiting to enter the territory to claim land that had not been assigned to Indian Tribes. Many of the settlers believed that the unassigned land was in the public domain under the Homestead Act of 1862.


Boomer Camp on Walnut River, Arkansas City, Kansas

Boomer Camp on Walnut River, Arkansas City, Kansas
Creator: Mitchell & DeGroff
Date: Between 1886 and 1889
This sepia colored photograph shows a group of "boomers" near the banks of the Walnut River in Arkansas City, Kansas. The "boomers" were white settlers who were attempting to settle in the Indian Territory of Oklahoma. Some of the "boomers" would camp near the Kansas and Oklahoma border waiting to enter the territory to claim land that had not been assigned to Indian tribes. Many of the settlers believed that the unassigned land was in the public domain under the Homestead Act of 1862. The land was some of the last that had been set aside for the settlement of Native American tribes after they had been removed from their ancestral lands.


College and university lands

College and university lands
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1863-1865 : Carney)
Date: 1863
These letters, spanning 1863, are from government and university officials to Kansas Governor Thomas Carney regarding college and university lands. The correspondents wrote either applying for or recommending others for commissioner to locate university lands. Some wrote about conveying lands and providing reports.


Crossing the Plains, the journal of Harriett Bidwell Shaw

Crossing the Plains, the journal of Harriett Bidwell Shaw
Creator: Shaw, Harriet Bidwell
Date: 1851
Harriett Bidwell Shaw started a journal in September 18,1851, when she and her husband, Reverend James Milton Shaw traveled in a wagon train via the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico. Harriett was the only woman to accompany the wagon train. She documented their daily activities, the weather conditions, hardships on the trail, encounters with Indians, and buffalo hunting. When the Shaws passed through Kansas they stayed at Shawnee Baptist Mission, Council Grove, and Pawnee Rock and stopped near Fort Mackey on the Arkansas river. They reached Santa Fe on November 14, 1851, where the journal ends. The Shaws eventually went to Albuquerque and then Socorro to establish Baptist missions among the Spanish people. In sum, Shaws journal presents a remarkable picture of the difficulties and rewards of travel to the American West prior to the American Civil War.


David L. Payne expedition

David L. Payne expedition
Creator: Wickmiller, C.P. & Osburn, W.H.
Date: February 1883
This sepia colored photograph shows a group of settlers know as "boomers" crossing into the Indian Territory of Oklahoma from Kansas. The group lead by David L. Payne were attempting to claim land for settlement that had not been assigned to Indian tribes. Their efforts were not successful when the settlers were arrested by U.S. troops and escorted back to the Kansas border and released. The land that Payne and his party were attempting to settle had been set aside by the U.S. Government for Native American tribes that had already been removed from ancestral lands elsewhere in the nation. Therefore, the U.S. Government helped protect and preserve the lands of the nation's dwindling indigenous population.


David L. Payne expedition

David L. Payne expedition
Creator: Wickmiller, C.P. & Osburn, W.H.
Date: February 1883
This sepia colored photograph shows a group of settlers know as "boomers" who were crossing into the Indian Territory of Oklahoma from Kansas. The group lead by David L. Payne were attempting to claim land for settlement that had not been assigned to Indian tribes. Their efforts were not successful when the settlers were arrested by U.S.troops and escorted back to the Kansas border and released. The land that the "boomers" were attempting to settle had been set aside for Native Americans tribes after they had been removed from ancestral lands elsewhere in the U.S. Therefore, the U.S. Government's actions to prevent the "boomers" from moving onto Native American land helped preserve what little land remained for the nation's indigenous population.


Federal government

Federal government
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1863-1865 : Carney)
Date: 1863 - 1864
These letters, spanning 1863 to 1864, are from federal government agencies to Kansas Governor Thomas Carney regarding their general affairs. The agencies that wrote included the Treasury Department, General Land office, War Department, Department of the Interior, and State Department. They wrote about the Kansas state budget, legislation, census, a historic register of war volunteers, and Native American affairs.


Federal government

Federal government
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1865-1868 : Crawford)
Date: 1865-1868
These letters, spanning 1865 to 1868, are from federal government agencies regarding to Kansas Governor Samuel Crawford their affairs with Kansas. The government agencies included were the General Land Office, Treasury Department, Department of State, Department of Interior, Department of Education, and Attorney General's office. The agencies wrote about various topics, such as providing donations, Kansas finances, the Paris Exposition, legislation, and a treaty with the Wyandotte nation.


George W. Clarke to General James William Denver letters

George W. Clarke to General James William Denver letters
Creator: Clarke, George W.
Date: April 18, 1858-April 19, 1858
In these two letters to General James W. Denver, Governor of the Territory of Kansas, George W. Clarke addresses injustices done to him. Clarke explains that a company controlled by George A. Crawford had begun to claim land that had been declared as off limits for settlement by the General Land Office of the United States.


Greenwood Town Association

Greenwood Town Association
Creator: Brewster, W.L.
Date: May 05, 1856
This item dates from the early territorial period of Kansas, and it indicates that one share of the town property belonging to the Greenwood Town Association was transferred to A.G. Otis. Once a part of the lands set aside for the settlement of Indians, Greenwood was established by white settlers shortly after the creation of the Kansas and Nebraska territories in 1854.


H.J. Alvord, departmental claim agent, Washington, D.C.

H.J. Alvord, departmental claim agent, Washington, D.C.
Creator: Alvord, H.J.
Date: 1870
This business card from attorney H.J. Alvord indicates that he was well-versed in dealing with Indian depredation claims. These were predominantly claims filed by Euro-Americans living in the West against Native Americans for crimes they allegedly committed in the years following the American Civil War.


Kansas land survey plats

Kansas land survey plats
Creator: U.S. Surveyor General of Kansas and Nebraska
Date: 1857-1861
Six land survey plat maps showing townships 11 through 15 south, range 16 east. The U.S. Surveyor General began surveying Kansas after the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. Plat maps were created at that time to document the surveys. The plats show public lands within the territory divided by range, township and section. Townships were measured in six mile increments starting from the Kansas-Nebraska border. Ranges were numbered in six mile increments east and west from the Sixth Prime Meridian, which crosses through present day Wichita, Kansas. This system is still the basis for legal land description in the state. The Kansas Historical Society acquired a collection of these original plats previously held by the Kansas Secretary of State. The National Archives and the Bureau of Land Management also hold copies of the plats. Kansas land surveyors are the most frequent users of these maps. They use them to verify section corners when surveying land.


Kansas Land Survey Plats

Kansas Land Survey Plats
Date: Bulk 1857-1861
These eighteen land survey plat maps show townships 18 through 23 south, ranges 23 through 25, east of the 6th principal meridian. The U.S. Surveyor General began surveying Kansas after the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. Plat maps were created at that time to document the surveys. The plats show public lands within the territory divided by range, township and section. Townships were measured in six mile increments starting from the Kansas-Nebraska border. Ranges were numbered in six mile increments east and west from the Six Prime Meridian, which crosses through present day Wichita, Kansas. This system is still the basis for legal land description in the state.


Land Matters : Miscellaneous

Land Matters : Miscellaneous
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1883-1885
These letters are from government offices regarding land matters to Kansas Governor G. W. Glick. The government offices writing about land matters are the State Auditor's office, Register of Deeds, and the Treasury Department. The topics of these letters include land surveys, deeds, land prices, land grants, and senate bills.


Land Matters : Oklahoma Territory

Land Matters : Oklahoma Territory
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1883-1885
These letters are from individuals and government offices regarding an incident in the Oklahoma Territory to Kansas Governor G. W. Glick. The editors of the Beacon, the Department of War, and D. L. Payne wrote to Glick about the land matter. D. L. Payne and seven others were arrested at Rock Hill and held at Fort Gibson in the "Indian" Territory. D. L. Payne sent a petition letter to Glick about their holding being without "law or authority." The petition got the attention of the Department of War and the Beacon.


Land matters : Railroad

Land matters : Railroad
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1883-1885
These letters are from various individuals in regards to railroad land matters to Kansas Governor G. W. Glick. The topics of the letters, on the matter of railroads, include Native American lands, land grants, cases of residents versus railroad companies, and requesting information on railroad lands. By 1883, Kansas had three major railroad companies: the Union Pacific Railway; the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway; and the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad.


Showing 1 - 25
Next Page >

Copyright © 2007-2021 - Kansas Historical Society - Contact Us
This website was developed in part with funding provided by the Information Network of Kansas.