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Short Course photograph

  • US US kmk U2014.02
  • Collection
  • 1917

Photograph of short course students and instructors at Kansas State Agricultural College in February 1917.  One student was Maurice E. Dubbs, maternal grandfather of the donor.  He lived in Ransom, Ness County, Kansas, and took blacksmithing and woodworking courses in Manhattan.

Holt Feature Film Company

Clarence Etherington class notes

  • US US kmk U2015.28
  • Collection
  • 1914–1916

This collection includes materials from Clarence Etherington's time as a student at Kansas State Agricultural College (KSAC), 1914–1916. Items include student handbooks from both KSAC (1914–1915) and the YMCA; notes and drawings from a course in Rural Economics; lab books and manuals from courses between 1914 and 1916 in Physics (AI and AII), Farm Machinery, Engineering - Tractor Engine, and General Botany; and loose papers that include drawings and a study of plants.

Etherington, Clarence Jinks

Royal Purple March sheet music

  • US US kmk 2015-16.021
  • Collection
  • 1911

The Class of 1911 used the Royal Purple March as a fundraiser for their senior arch at Kansas State Agricultural College. George August Westphalinger, a retired chief musician for the United States Army who led the K-State College Band in 1909-1910 and 1910-1911, wrote the piece in 1911. More details are available in issues of The Kansas Industrialist on May 13 and June 17, 1911.

Ernest R. Nichols papers

  • US US kmk U1990.27
  • Collection
  • 1900-1909

The Ernest R. Nichols Papers, 1900-1909, cover the years in which Nichols was president of the Kansas State Agricultural College. He had come to KSAC in 1890 as an instructor in the Department of Physics. When Thomas E. Will was removed from the presidency in 1899, Nichols was appointed acting president until 1900, when he was officially given the position. He was considered a strong administrator and was able to control the financial business of the college, which had been left to the individual departments before. Because of the financial losses and debts accumulated by the college, it became unfeasible for the practice to continue. Because of the firm grip on spending, and the increasingly authoritarian style of Nichols administration, some members of the faculty began to complain about their loss of effective control in college matters. The resentment increased through the years, and played a part in the resignation of Nichols. He resigned in 1908, effective July 1909, due to controversies and personality conflicts between himself and the faculty and Board of Regents.
The papers are organized in four series consisting of nine cubic feet. The papers are arranged chronologically within the series. The first series is incoming general correspondence, the second is outgoing correspondence, the third consists of materials concerning the Board of Regents, and the fourth series is secretary's office and miscellaneous. Within each chronological unit, the papers are arranged alphabetically with materials in the folders organized chronologically under each letter.
The papers in the collection consist primarily of general correspondence, including the following categories: advertisements, inquiries and applications by prospective students, letters concerning payment on the YMCA building fund for which Nichols was treasurer, and applications from teachers agencies and private individuals concerning college jobs. On several occasions, Booker T. Washington and staff members at Tuskegee Institute wrote Nichols, inquiring about candidates for openings at Tuskegee. Other areas included in the correspondence are Board of Regents, the Experiment Station at Hays, Farmers Institutes, discipline of students, pay raises, and letters from former faculty members, written in friendship, or occasionally in regards to payment delays.
The collection's strengths are limited to giving insight to student and faculty life at the turn of the century as well as a look at the material goods available at the time, evidenced by the many advertisements. Administrative paper work is included in one box, the material pertaining to the Board of Regents. Student and faculty grievances are interspersed throughout the collection, as are letters from minority students and graduates. The materials are not extensive concerning events, rather the papers tend to make short references to them.
Inconsistency is also a problem. The years 1905-1909 are nearly complete, however the early years of the collection, 1900-1904, are incomplete. The only major administrative problems documented in great detail are included in the Board of Regents materials. Prominent or recurring correspondence was received from Albert Teaching Agency, W. E. Blackburn, H. W. Calvin, Arthur Capper, M. A. Carelton, Wm. R. Carter, E. B. Cowgill, E. T. Fairchild, Harry Freese, J. G. Haney, Governor Hoch, H. G. Maxwell, J. S. McDowell, J. H. Miller, G. W. Owens, Capt. P. M. Shaffer, Governor Stubbs, A. M. Thurston, Dr. TenEyck, Albert Todd, J. O. Tulloss, Booker T. Washington, H. Z. Wilber, Davies Wilson.

Nichols, Ernest R.

Thomas E. Will papers

  • US US kmk U2005.29
  • Collection
  • 1896-1909

The Thomas E. Will papers contain business correspondence, printed material, Board of Regents minutes, reports, legal documents, notes and drafts, and newspaper clippings from 1896 to 1909, some of which is connected to Will's time as president of Kansas State Agricultural College (KSAC) from 1899 to 1901. There are approximately 430 items in the collection, which is housed in one document box. The papers are divided into seven series: 1) correspondence, 2) minutes, 3) legal documents, 4) reports, 5) printed material, 6) financial records, and 7) notes and drafts.
Correspondence with Regents, KSAC executive department members, KSAC faculty and staff, and the governor of Kansas make up a large portion of the collection. Also among correspondence are letters between J. D. Walters and Will. Many of the letters deal with normal procedures at KSAC, however, some of the correspondence concerns the resignation of President Will. The series is contained in five folders.
Board of Regents minutes make up the second series and they are contained in a single folder. Among the minutes are reactions of Regents (especailly Carl Vrooman and Susan St. John) to the dismissal of President Will and other college professors. Legal documents are filed in one folder, and many of them are contracts written up by the Board of Regents for college faculty and staff. Some of the contracts are actually signed by the Regents, but many of them are blank forms. Other legal records consist of statements of college debts owed and changes within the Board of Regents.
Reports, the fourth series, concern the political controversies around populism that caused outrage in Manhattan and KSAC. The fifth series, printed material, makes up a large portion of the collection. Such items as programs and articles concerning KSAC, articles written by Will, a Kansas Supreme Court brief by G.C. Clemons, and newspaper clippings are included in this series. Financial documents include statements and expenditures concerning the treasury department of KSAC. Also included in this series are copies of the college deficits for the fiscal years 1886–1899. Notes and drafts make up the final series of this collection. The authorship of many of these handwritten items is unknown and they are difficult to read.

Will, Thomas E.

Edward Hodgson collection

  • US US kmk U2013.09
  • Collection
  • 1903–1906

Materials include photographs of Edward Hodgson's (B.S., Agronomy, 1903) college friends at Kansas State Agricultural College: Thomas Warner Buell (1903), Walter Otis Gray (1904), Martin Roy Schuler (1906), Orrin Pomeroy Drake (1903), and Clark Stewart Cole (1904), as well as portraits of faculty and staff that include Julius Terrass Willard, Albert Dickens, Benjamin Franklin Eyer, Alice Ruff, Herbert F. Roberts, Albert M. Ten Eyck.
Other photos include formal family photos, an aerial photo of Manhattan during the 1903 flood, and several undated portraits of unidentified people.

Hodgson, Edward Howard

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

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.

Curtis Kastner papers

  • US US kmk 2015-16.055
  • Collection

The collection maintains the papers of Curtis Kastner, Ph.D. regarding his educational and professional career at Kansas State University. The bulk of the collection is included in the Instructional Material and Research/Professional Development series’ which hold research proposals, class syllabi, presentations, and conference materials. The carcass disposal research is contained in the Research and Professional Development series, however, the information is particularly important to the development of the Food Science Institute and the later Biosecurity Research Institute. Both of which Kastner played a large role in developing. Other records include faculty meeting agenda, faculty correspondence, and developmental material related to the Food Science and Biosecurity Research Institutes at Kansas State.

Kastner, Curtis L.

K-Laires Square Dance Club records

  • US US kmk U2011.35
  • Collection
  • 1978-1993

This collection includes an undated information sheet describing the K-Laires in a question and answer format. It includes information about purpose, activities, cost, membership requirements, benefits and meeting times. A constitution and bylaws from 1978 provide details about name, purpose, membership, officers, meetings, dues, amendments, and rules of order. There is no explanation of what the name K-Laires means. Advisor responsibilities are listed on a separate document. An undated organization information sheet for the Royal Purple yearbook and a 1992 registration form for the University Activities Board provide additional information including a number of members, membership composition, activities, and contact information for officers.
Agendas for 1991-1992 and 1992-93 list activities for each academic year.  There are two meeting agendas and a Spring Festival Committee sign-up sheet from 1992. Minutes from the spring business meeting in 1983, 1984, and 1985 name newly elected officers and describe plans and assignments.  Extensive minutes from meetings held during the 1986-1987 academic year provide the most insight into the K-Laires. The minutes' record member recruitment, event planning, announcements, voting outcomes, budget reports, activity calendars, elections, and faculty advisor selection.  Brief notes from two fall 1987 meetings describe events. Minutes from the 1988-1989 academic year record business meeting topics and describe dances giving an indication of how they were viewed by participants.  From 1992, there is an agenda for the 30 August meeting, and minutes; dues, membership, activities, and a treasury report were covered. Minutes from the 27 September meeting state there are only two to four student members and that the club will shut down for the year and try again in 1993-94.
Correspondence consists of four letters. From 1986 there is a letter to officers and a letter requesting a public service announcement about the K-Laires be made. From 1992, there is a letter to University Activity Board registered organizations and a letter from a caller requesting calendar dates. Financial documents consist of a checkbook register covering 1985-1991 and an undated checkbook register, receipts from 1991-1992, student union room reservation rental information, a bank statement showing a balance of $11.66 in July 1993, and detailed financial ledgers from 1982-1990. Membership information consists of contact information lists from 1991-1993, dance attendance sheets from 1991-1992, undated name badges, and guest book pages from 1982-1986 and 1991-1992. A computerized printout of names and addresses is identified as an alumni list current as of 14 September 1986.
Numerous colorful flyers advertise square dance lessons, dances on campus sponsored by the K-Laires, square dances held in Manhattan, and square dances sponsored by various clubs throughout Kansas.  The flyers have dates and locations and most provide the name of the callers and the cuers. The K-Laires were members of the North Central District of the Kansas Square Dance Association (KSDA); there is a 1991 bylaws book for the District and an undated blank dance booklet. A 1992 copy of Travel On -- Square Dancing in Kansas, a quarterly KSDA publication, lists a K-Laires’ dance. A collection of “dangles” or badges collected from various dances are undated. There are two large purple and white felt banners with the name of the club and figures of a square dancing couple.

K-Laires

Library Suggestion Box

  • US US kmk U2011.13
  • Collection

The suggestion box was made by Chester Peters.  He made it to resemble a book, with "Library Improvement" as the title, "A. Wild Cat" as the author, and "Chdokas Press" as the publisher.

Peters, Chester E.

Raymond Calvel papers

  • US US kmk 2016-17.030
  • Collection
  • 1987–1997

These materials document a 1987 workshop at Kansas State University, "Principles and Techniques of Quality French Bread" by French baking professor Raymond Calvel, and 1995 and 1997 programs for meetings of the Amicale des Anciens Eleves et des Anis du Professeur Calvel, an association of former students and friends of Calvel.

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