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Putnam Hall collection

  • US US kmk U1999.1
  • Collection
  • 1953-1995

The scrapbooks, and related material, document the campus and dormitory activities of the residents of Southeast/Putnam Hall from 1953 through 1998 and contain photographs, newspaper clippings, invitations, programs, newsletters, information booklets, etc. Events covered in the albums include social activities (homecoming, dances, parties, holiday celebrations, etc.) and campus involvement of residents (queens, honors, athletics, etc.), as well as major happenings at KSU, such as the burning of Nichols Gym in 1968. The volumes were created and maintained by students in the hall (usually a historian) and donated to the University Archives in 1998.

Kansas State University. Putnam Hall Residence Hall

Postcard collection

  • Collection

This artificial collection includes postcards of subjects that include Kansas State University, Fort Riley, Manhattan, and Kansas.  Some cards are addressed and others are blank.

Photographic Services photographs

  • US US kmk U2011.08
  • Collection
  • 1866-2007

Photographic materials in this collection include images of campus buildings, visitors to campus, students, athletic events, and faculty and staff.  There also are images of Manhattan and community locations.  Dates range from the 1866 to 2007.

Photographic Services

Photographic Services photographs

  • US US kmk U2011.33
  • Collection
  • 1963-2008

The Photographic Services photographs include photo cards and digital copies (CDs) of Landon Lectures, campus buildings, sports, staff, and college activities. All photographs were taken by Photographic Services of Kansas State University, between 1963 and 2008. Notable lecturers include George Bush, Sr., Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford, John McCain, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Ronald Reagan. Also emphasized are photographs of football, student ambassadors, Nichols Hall, the Student Union, and the colleges of Agriculture, Architecture, and Engineering.

Photographic Services

Photographic Services digital photographs

  • US US kmk U2011.21
  • Collection
  • 2002-2003

These photographs include portraits, events, and other official photographs for the university, taken between April 30, 2002 and October 9, 2003.

Kansas State University

Photograph albums

  • Collection
  • 1860–1985

These photograph albums generally document the history of Kansas State University and Manhattan, Kansas.

Morse Department of Special Collections

Phi Kappa Phi records

  • Collection
  • 1915-1999

This collection contains material ranging from 1915 to 1999 from the Kansas State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and was aquired in two different accessions. Included are chapter minutes, membership records, financial reports, banquet programs, various correspondence, awards, original charter, and published materials.
<emph render='bold'>The first accession, U1990.03, includes the following:</emph> Secretary records of membership (1916-1988) organized alphabetically and then chronologically, initiation records (1979-1987), handbooks and minutes (1930s-1980s)
<emph render='bold'>The second accession, U2014.51, includes the following:</emph> Schriver, Edward. <emph render='italic'>In Pursuit of Excellence: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 1987-1971</emph>. Orono, Maine: Phi Kappa Phi. 1971. Ritual instructions (1933 and 1948), charter applications, by-laws (1940s), check reciepts (1942-1954), nationals paperwork and materials (1948, 1951, 1956), annual reports (1915-1935, 1944-1958), service hours (1951-1952), correspondence (1915-1935), chapter minutes (1915-1935, 1949-1959), honor roll (1934-), assembly programs (1923-1963), "Phi Kappa Phi Journal" 1.1 1915, and faculty lists (1954-1955).

Phi Kappa Phi, Kansas State University chapter

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity records

  • Collection
  • 1917–2017

The collection is composed of materials relating to the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, and the Delta chapter located at Kansas State University. A portion of the collection is devoted to chapter member Frank Marshall Davis, which includes three of his publications and correspondence between Davis and Kansas State University faculty member, Carol E. Oukrop. The chapter materials also include exhibit contents of physical items and web archives of a later online exhibit. The collection also has some of Phi Beta Sigma's Conclave programs, their national publication, The Crescent, and multiple yearbooks featuring Phi Beta Sigma members. Additional items include group photographs of the Alpha Sigma chapter, artifacts from previous conclaves, and a large Phi Beta Sigma banner. Another item of note is the George A. Parker scrapbook; Parker was a delegate to the 1964 Republican National Convention.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity

Phi Beta Kappa (Beta of Kansas chapter) records

  • Collection
  • 1924-2013

The Phi Beta Kappa, Beta of Kansas chapter, records include materials documenting the local and national organizations.  The local chapter began in 1974, and records pre-dating that year include national records such as constitutions, by-laws, newsletters and other publications, a history, manuals, and letterhead.
The local Beta of Kansas chapter includes organizational operating records such as minutes, officer records, financial records, membership rolls, and chapter correspondence.  These local records also include society honors records such as initiation rites, speeches, and honors banquets.
A letter of note is one from Aldous Huxley responding to a request for him to speak.

Kansas State University. Phi Beta Kappa. Beta of Kansas

Pat Patton collection

  • Collection
  • 1880–2008

This collection is composed of materials that were gathered and donated by department staff member Pat Patton and includes artifacts, photographs, articles, books, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia related to the history of Kansas State University between the late 1880s and 2008. The materials described in the container list include 1) research topics of Ms. Patton, such as Minnie Howell Champe (first African American woman to graduate from K-State) and the local chapter of Phi Beta Sigma, and 2) items she collected, including athletics materials and documentation of student life and culture.

Patton, Patricia A.

Pat O'Brien papers

  • Collection
  • 1965–2005

Materials held in this collection pertain to professor emerita of archeology and anthropology Patricia "Pat" J. O’Brien and her nearly 31-year career at Kansas State University. The collection includes proposals for expanded curricula within the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, reviews of this department from the Kansas Board of Regents, and documentation of events relative to the 500th anniversary of Columbus reaching the New World. Other contents include photographs from 2005 razing of the Kansas Artificial Breeding Service buildings that were on the original site of Bluemont Central College (K-State predecessor and the first site of K-State), documentation related to the Bluemont Central College monument, recorded and scripted correspondence between Pat and her friends, her latest curriculum vitae (2004), and limited correspondence with other renowned archeologists and anthropologists. Also included are oral histories with Abby Lindsey Marlatt in September 2005.

O’Brien, Patricia J.

Office of the Provost records

  • US US kmk U2012.51
  • Collection
  • 1936-2009

This collection is made up of documents created by the office of the provost and senior vice president at Kansas State University.  Documents in the collection consist of a wide range of material from the office administrative files, class documents, department and dean files, program reviews, role and aspirations, strategic planning, university events, COCAO, president's staff, Board of Regents, Dean's Council, grievances, university awards, and vice provost papers.  Some records document the interactions with other universities in the state of Kansas and universities nationally.  The bulk of the materials are from the 1980s to 2010 with most of the other documents dating back to the 1970s.

Office of the Provost (1980-)

Office of the President letterpress copybooks

  • US US kmk U2015.01
  • Collection
  • 1871–1901

These thirty-four (34) volumes of letterpress copybooks document presidential and college administration correspondence at Kansas State Agricultural College, now Kansas State University, between 1871 and 1901. Only one volume is incoming correspondence and the remaining volumes are copies of outgoing correspondence. The following is a list of the volumes with the order of each line thus: current volume number and type of correspondence, description and date(s), and old volume number.
Vol. 1 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1879–1884 (and Regents Secretary Elbridge Gale, 1871–1873) (old vol. 1), available at <extref href='http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/34956'>http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/34956</extref>.
Vol. 2 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1880–1882 (old vol. 2)
Vol. 3 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1882–1883 (old vol. 3), available at <extref href='http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/34957'>http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/34957</extref>.
Vol. 4 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1883–1885 (old vol. 4)
Vol. 5 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild and secretary, 1884–1886 (old vol. 5)
Vol. 6 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1885–1886 (old vol. 6)
Vol. 7 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1886–1888 (old vol. 7, possibly not numbered)
Vol. 8 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1886–1889 (old vol. 8)
Vol. 9 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1888–1889 (old vol. 9)
Vol. 10 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1889–1890 (old vol. 10)
Vol. 11 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1890–1891 (old vol. 11)
Vol. 12 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1891–1892 (old vol. 12)
Vol. 13 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1892 (old vol. 13)
Vol. 14 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1892–1893 (old vol. 14)
Vol. 15 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1894 (old vol. 15)
Vol. 16 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1894–1895 (old vol. 16)
Vol. 17 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1895–1896 (old vol. 17), available at <extref href='http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/34958'>http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/34958</extref>.
Vol. 18 outgoing presidential correspondence, President George T. Fairchild, 1896–1897, and President Thomas E. Will, 1897–1898 (old vol. 18)
Incoming correspondence, former president George T. Fairchild, 1897–1899 (old vol. 19), available at <extref href='http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/34959'>http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/34959</extref>.
Vol. 19 outgoing presidential correspondence, President Thomas E. Will (Will, Vol. I), 1897 (old vol. 20)
Vol. 20 outgoing presidential correspondence, President Thomas E. Will (Will, Vol. II), 1897 (old vol. 21)
Vol. 21 outgoing presidential correspondence, President Thomas E. Will and secretary (Will, Vol. III), 1897–1899 (old vol. 24), available at <extref href='http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/34960'>http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/34960</extref>.
Vol. 22 outgoing presidential correspondence, President Thomas E. Will and secretary (Will, Vol. IV), 1898 (old vol. 22)
Vol. 23 outgoing presidential correspondence, President Thomas E. Will and secretary (Will, Vol. V), 1898–1899 (old vol. 23)
Vol. 1 outgoing secretarial correspondence, Secretary (to president) Ira Graham, 1888–1891 (old vol. 25)
Vol. 2 outgoing secretarial correspondence, Secretary (to president) Ira Graham, 1890–1897 (old vol. 26)
Vol. 3 outgoing secretarial correspondence, Secretary (to president) Ira Graham, 1891–1893 (old vol. 27)
Vol. 4 outgoing secretarial correspondence, Secretary (to president) Ira Graham, 1897–1898 (old vol. 28)
Vol. 5 outgoing secretarial correspondence, Secretary to president, 1898–1901 (old vol. 29)
Vol. 6 outgoing secretarial correspondence, Secretary to president, 1899 (old vol. 30)
Vol. 1 outgoing loan commissioner correspondence, KSAC loan commissioner, 1871–1872 (old vol. 31)
Vol. 2 outgoing loan commissioner correspondence, KSAC loan commissioner, 1872–1879 (old vol. 32)
Vol. 3 outgoing loan commissioner correspondence, KSAC loan commissioner, 1882–1891 (old vol. 33)
Outgoing treasurer’s correspondence, KSAC treasurer's office, 1893–1895 (old vol. 34)

Office of the President

Office of Student Activities and Services records

  • Collection
  • 1946-2013

The records of the Office of Student Activities and Services (OSAS) at Kansas State University span from 1946 to 2013. The office oversees student organziations on campus, including the Student Governing Association, and contents relate to the administration of student activities and services by the office, as well as Student Governing Association (SGA) records and information about student organizations.
SGA records include agendas, minutes, election information, and legislation and statutes of the student senate. Agendas include some years between 1998-1999 and 2003-2004. Minutes cover most years between 1946-1947 and 1996-1997. Election information is from 1989-1990 to 1992-1993. Legislation and statutes span from 1967-1968 to 2008-2009. Additional types of materials include reports, fine arts council annual reports, committee documentation, and budget and allocation records from some years between 1995-1996 and 2005-2006.
A small portion of the materials relate to student government efforts to save Nichols Gym between 1975 and 1984, and include correspondence, reports, a petition, flyers, clippings, and materials related to the Nichols Hall art competition. People frequently appearing in the collection include Greg Musil, Larry Weigel, Eric Bransby, and many faculty and administrators at the university.
OSAS records include the office newsletter, "Paper Money Plus," from 1972 to 1992, as well as reports, procedures and guidelines, and budget items from 2006 to 2012. Much of the latter content focuses on fiscal procedures, financial reports, and budget allocations for student organizations.
The largest series of records are student organization registration records, which are in alphabetical order. Included are names of officer, constitutions, bylaws, and similar types of information.

Office of Student Activities and Services

Office of Military Affairs records

  • US US kmk U2011.16
  • Collection
  • 2009-2011

These records include a partnership agreement between Fort Riley and Kansas State University, as well as the Fort Riley-2015 Campaign Plan and a pamphlet about on-campus housing at Saunders Barracks, all between 2009 and 2011.

Office of Military Affairs

News Services subject files

  • US US kmk U2011.25
  • Collection
  • 1925–2010

The subject files cover numerous aspects of the university, mainly between 1960 and 2010.  A few items exist from 1925 to 1960.  The series of buildings include many helpful photographs, and many other files include photographs and negatives.

Kansas State University

Nellie Kedzie Jones series

  • US US kmk U1989.16
  • Collection
  • 1860–1955

The Nellie Kedzie Jones series is part of the College of Human Ecology historical files at Kansas State University. Nellie Sawyer Kedzie Jones was an 1876 alumna who returned to lead domestic science instruction from 1882 until 1897. This series reflects papers related to her and her relatives and friends.
The first subseries pertains to Nellie Sawyer Kedzie Jones with dates between 1889 and 1955. Contents include developments in human ecology and are reflected in publications, printed materials, published works, manuscripts, typescripts, awards, and correspondence. Materials are organized chronologically within each group.
The second subseries is devoted to Howard Murray Jones, Nellie's husband from 1901 until his death in 1953. He was a minister, including time as a professor and administrator at Berea College. Contents include minimal correspondence along with writings, sermons, and printed materials. His sermons are arranged chronologically divided between typed and handwritten. Because he often used sermons twice, there are two dates on the manuscripts. The bulk of the materials pertains to religion and Christianity.
The third through ninth subseries contain information about friends and relatives of Howard and Nellie. Included are documents associated with the Fairchild family (Frank, David, and George Fairchild), Abby and Charles Marlatt, Gertrude and Theodore Jessup, Robert Clark Kedzie (Nellie's first husband who died in 1882), Addison Jones, his father, Ada Alice Tuttle, and Helen M. Jones. Types of material include news articles, correspondence, memoranda, printed materials, scrapbooks, and biographical information.
The tenth subseries includes five items relevant to Nellie: an autograph book, a scrapbook, a personal Bible, an award ribbon, and a leather pouch or wallet (unknown origin or ownership).
The final subseries includes photographs of Nellie and those associated with her. They are divided by group photos, photos of her, and photos of others who include Robert Clark Kedzie, Howard Murray Jones, the Fairchilds, and others.

College of Human Ecology

Michaeline Chance-Reay papers

  • Collection
  • 1999-2011

Materials include research notes from Ms. Reay's 1999 book, Land Grant Ladies: Kansas State University Presidential Wives, typescript with handwritten notes of a speech given in 2009, Christmas card and letter from 2008 that Joseph Denison's great-grandson sent to Ms. Chance-Reay, a scrap of fleece that bears the Kansas State University imprint from 2011, a letter from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor from 2011, Cherokee Area Archives first lady photograph, Land Grant Ladies Book Review, A first lady cookbook, PEO magazine and yearbook, and Domestic Science Club information and materials.

Chance-Reay, Michaeline

McCain Auditorium records

  • Collection
  • 1951–2010

These materials are records documenting the development and history of McCain Auditorium, the campus cultural center for the live performing arts since 1970. The bulk of the collection consists of programs, broadsides, contracts, newspaper articles, administrative files, and photographs. Of note, are programs from the first performance in the auditorium and early performance broadsides.
The McCain Performance Series includes handbills, programs, and season brochures of performances between the years of 1970 and 2010.
The Internal Records includes advertisements of McCain performances, contracts with performers, correspondence between McCain and the performers, financial reports on the cost of events, grants that were written to help pay for various events, and press kits made available to newspapers, television, and radio stations to advertise events. There are also 105 3.5" floppy disks and 62 5.25" floppy disks with internal documents.  The 3.5" floppy disks include material such as advertisements, brochures, database files, events, and Friends of McCain mailing list.  The 5.25" floppy disks include material such as advertisements, brochures, budgets, calendar events, fonts, lighting information, mailing lists, newsletters, photographs, postcards, posters, press releases, programs, sponsors information, surveys, system disks, and workshop information.  There are two boxes that are oversized that house advertisement mock-ups of performances and events.
Photographs and Slides include some of the artists participating in the McCain Performance Series and the Other McCain Performance and Events Series. Box 59 houses oversize photographs that include photographs of McCain Auditorium and the Philharmonic of China.
Other McCain Performances and Events include Kansas State University (KSU) organizations such as KSU Bands, KSU Chamber Music Series, Department of Music, Theater, and Dance, K-State Orchestra, K-State Players, K-State Singers, Men and Women's Glee Clubs, and Spring Dance.
The Friends of McCain includes advertising and promotion of Friends events, list of board of directors, monthly board minutes, yearly budgets, correspondence between the board of directors and members of Friends, financial reports of funds raised and spent on events, reports from the KSU Foundation Center of donors designating their donations to Friends of McCain, fundraising brochures and campaigns such as the Yearly Holiday Home Tours, membership lists of Friends of McCain, Friends of McCain newsletters, and season campaign brochures.
Media: CDs, Audio Cassettes, and Reel-to-Reel Tapes are made up of one box. It contains two CDs, 24 audio cassettes, three reel-to-reel tapes. The two CDs are titled McCain Movie and are not dated.  The audio cassettes titles include Women Light 21, Women Heavy 40, Men Light 10 and 5, Men Heavy 13, 16 and 22 Dolby, Men Heavy 28 and 40, McCain Auditorium with Tag, Frances Mayes Lecture, Posing Music, Cathy Hougland, and Women Light 25, David and Cathy Hougland "Cool the Exgines," Big River "Running to the River," and Reduced Shakespeare Company, "The Bible."  The titles of the Reel-to-Reel tapes are New York City Opera National Company "Figaro" and La Boheme Radio Ads and Gypsy Radio Ad.
Newspaper articles about McCain Performance Series and Events are from the K-State Collegian and The Manhattan Mercury </emph>as they covered performances and events.
Oversize is made up of McCain Performance Series and Other McCain Performance and Events Broadsides and Blueprints of McCain Auditorium.  The broadsides are extra large posters advertising the date and time of a particular performance. The broadsides include performances such as ballets, plays and musical plays, operas, and concerts.  Some ballets performed were The Nutcracker by Ballet Oklahoma, Kyiv Ballet and the Tulsa Ballet, Swan Lake by the Russian National Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty by Houston Ballet, and Romeo & Juliet by Ballet West and The St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre.  Plays and musical plays performed include Winnie the Pooh, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by the Montana Repertory Theatre, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Hairspray, Babes in Toyland, Fiddler on the Roof, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Diary of Anne Frank by the Montana Repertory Theatre, The Sound of Music, John Amos in Halley's Comet and Ted Neely in Jesus Christ Superstar.  Some operas performed include La Boheme by the Texas Opera Theatre, Rigoletto and Madame Butterfly by the New York City Opera National Touring Company, The Barber of Seville by the Western Opera Theatre, Die Fledermaus by the Kansas State University Opera Theatre, The Merry Widow by the London City Opera and Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) presented by Mozart Festival Opera. Concerts performed include Vienna Choir Boys, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Russia, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The Uptown String Quartet, Canadian Brass, Venice Baroque Orchestra, and the Kronos Quartet.
The Blueprints of McCain Auditorium are of when the auditorium was first being built.  These blueprints are of the lighting systems throughout the auditorium.

McCain Auditorium

Lucille Byarlay Abel papers

  • US US kmk P2011.11
  • Collection
  • 1928-1937

The Lucille Byarlay Abel papers include diaries of Lucille's time as a student at Kansas State Agricultural College and Kansas State College from 1928 to 1937.  She created the entries in the day books and collected comments and signatures in the autograph books from classmates, friends, and acquaintances.  Additional materials include transcriptions of the diaries, Kansas maps, genealogy charts, photographs, newspaper clippings, legal documents, and a name index.  Subjects include her courtship with Orval Abel, her teaching duties in Clay County, Kansas, rural social activities in the 1930s, and genealogy.

Abel, Lucille Byarlay

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