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Office of the President letterpress copybooks

  • 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

Edward Hodgson collection

  • 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

Ernest R. Nichols papers

  • 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

  • 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.

Royal Purple March sheet music

  • Collection
  • 1911

The Class of 1911 used the <emph render='italic'>Royal Purple March</emph> as a fundraiser for their senior arch at Kansas State Agricultural College. George August Westphalinger, retired chief musician for the Unites 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 isses of <emph render='italic'>The Kansas Industrialist</emph> on May 13 and June 17, 1911.

Clarence Etherington class notes

  • 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

Short Course photograph

  • 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

Lucille Byarlay Abel papers

  • 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

Julius T. Willard papers

  • Collection
  • 1847–1947

The Julius T. Willard papers include records related to his tenure at Kansas State University, personal records, the Students' Army Training Corps, financial documents, statistics related to the university, literary works, and various reports and printed materials.
The correspondence series, dating 1894-1926, includes letters from the chief of the United States Department of Agriculture, the Riley County Treasurer, Kansas Attorney, General Aretas Allen Gotard, professors at other universities, and many others. Correspondence also includes letters from the Agriculutral Experiment Stations throughout Kansas, the United States, and Cuba as well as correspondence related to Reports of the Agricultural Experiment Stations. Subjects in the correspondence series relate to Willard’s travels abroad, personal purchases, character references, normal schools, articles by Willard submitted to Farm Life, subscriptions to various publications, chemistry coursework, etc. Correspondence relates both to Willard’s work at Kansas State College as well as personal matters.  [ADD MORE INFO: people, subjects, etc.]
The subject file series includes both K-State and personal files. The K-State subject files are extensive, including academic calendars, applications for employment, correspondence about the selection of the official K-State college color, and information about various campus departments. The subject files also include information about various campus organizations as well as biographical information about various faculty members, including Nellie Kedzie Jones and Mary Van Zile. Personal subject files contain financial documents pertaining to the Tacoma Company and the Portland Cement Company, as well as various organizations with which Willard was a member.
Materials in the estate series include correspondence related to the Willard farm and estate, expenditures, and receipts.
The literary works series contains history of Kansas State College (KSC) in newspapers, history of KSC in letters, drafts of works, and autobiographical reminiscences. The history of KSC in newspapers includes copies of articles printed in newspapers connected to K-State. The history of KSC in letters contains letters and newspaper correspondence pertaining to acts by the Board of Regents from 1897 to 1899. Additionally, there is a chapter omitted from Willard’s 1940 book, <emph render='italic'>History of Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science</emph>, titled “Discussion of the Controversy of the Seventies" [1870s]. The literary works series includes drafts of his 1940 book and Willard’s autobiographical reminiscences.
The military file series includes business files related to the Students' Army Training Corps and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps as well as materials connected to training camp at Fort Sheridan. A bulk of the materials dates from 1918 and 1919.
The financial documents series of Willard’s papers contains receipts, vouchers, and other materials related to K-State expenses including laboratory charges.
The statistics series contains materials related to grade distribution, attendance, and enrollment.
The report series includes reports for American Universities and Colleges, the Department of the Interior Bureau of Education, the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, as well as other reports such as the cost of attending K-State.
The final series in the Willard papers includes a variety of printed materials including invitations, programs, a speech class syllabus, articles, and quotations.
Also included in the Willard papers are card files. The card files include lecture notes, names and positions of numerous faculty and students, and notes on various pieces of history related to K-State.

Willard, J. T. (Julius Terrass)

Ada Rice papers

  • Collection
  • 1896-1948

The Ada Rice papers include photocopied typescript and manuscript short stories of fiction and nonfiction, as well as digitized images from her life, between 1896 and 1948.  They are from the early twentieth century and cover subjects like children's literature, Filipino life and culture, genealogy, George Washington's first cabinet, gold mining, John Quincy Adams, King's College (now Columbia University), London (England) life and culture, and orphan trains.  The photographs include her portraits, her Manhattan home, the 1896 Mt. Pleasant (Kansas) school and students she taught, her international travels, and an American College Quill Club program.

Rice, Ada

"3 for Tonight" poster

  • Collection
  • 1954

The poster promotes a Paul Gregory-Charles Laughton Production of Marge and Gower Champion, Harry Belafonte, and the Voices of Walter Schumann in the play "3 for Tonight."  It was scheduled for the Kansas State College auditorium on Wednesday, 17 November 1954.

Nellie Kedzie Jones series

  • 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

Kansas Artificial Breeding Service Unit records

  • Collection
  • 1949–1960

Materials include meeting minutes, 1949–1951; annual reports, 1950–1954, 1957, 1959–1960; newsletters (<emph render='italic'>Bull Tales</emph>), 1953–1955, 1957–1958.

Kansas Artificial Breeding Service Unit

Richard D. Rees papers

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  • Collection
  • 1910–1964

The Richard D. Rees papers are comprised of class notes from Rees’s tenure as a student at Kansas State University as well as various program documents, personal correspondence, market analysis of a feed firm, and milling industry bulletins. Class notes are from courses such as Elements of Milling, Elements of Dairy, General Biology I and II, Principles of Accounting, Agricultural Policy, and Money and Banking. Correspondence includes letters related to job interviews, employment at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and the Short Course and Feed Production School in Kansas City. Also included are program documents from the Midwest Feed Manufacturers Association’s Feed Production School, the Management and Manufacturing Seminar. Also included are Rees’s master’s thesis and PhD classwork outlines.

Rees, Richard D.

Department Head of Continuing Education records

  • Collection
  • 1951-1964

These materials comprise the files of Roman J. Verhaalen, who served as department head or acting head of continuing education from 1956 to 1964. The materials cover from 1951 to 1964 and topics include department activities and records, Abilene-Chapman college experiment, Advisory Council for General Extension, Continental Classroom movement, Faculty Senate activities, graduate and home study programs, instructional records, television and radio class publicity, and the 50th anniversary of the department.

Division of Continuing Education

Bob Newsome papers

  • Collection
  • 1961–1965

These materials include the 1965 dissertation of Robert Weldon "Bob" Newsome, extension faculty at Kansas State University from 1955 to 1994, titled "A Descriptive Study of the Origin, Development and Recent Major Trends of the Kansas Co-operative Agricultural Extension Service." Also included is his research for the dissertation and includes topics such as law and government, university budgeting, inservice training, adult education, and organzation of extension services. Materials range from 1961 to 1965.

Newsome, Bob

Abby Lindsey Marlatt papers

  • Collection
  • 1874-1966

The Abby Lindsey Marlatt papers include records from her academic career and personal life. They are divided into series covering her academic work, personal life, correspondence, and publications and art.
The academic series covers her undergraduate coursework at Kansas State College (KSC), graduate work at the University of California-Berkeley, and employment as associate professor at KSC. Types of material included are assigned work, study materials, notes, quizzes, and exams. Also, this series contains items from her academic year teaching at the Beirut College for Women in Lebanon.
The materials in the personal series include documentation of her life outside academia, including information about her church, travel documents, newspaper clippings, and programs, as well as a few personal effects such as a driver's license, budget book, and guest register.
The correspondence series represents much of Abby’s adult life, although the bulk is from the late 1930s though the late 1950s. Exchanges with her parents and friends include letters, telegrams, and postcards covering topics that include her personal and professional activities, as well as social issues such as pacifism, race relations, rationing, and religion.
The publications and art series contains books and artwork from Abby's collection usually focused on Kansas and KSC.

Marlatt, Abby Lindsey

Department of Zoology records

  • Collection
  • 1913–1969

These materials include correspondence and reports of the the Department of Zoology, as well as sheet music of and tributes to faculty member James E. Ackert, namely Ackert correspondence, 1913–1918; reports from faculty about extending a Ph.D. program in zoology, 1958; faculty proposals regarding a 20-year plan for zoology, circa 1934; faculty comments about uniting zoology and entomology, circa 1945; "Aggie Loyalty" sheet music with words by Florence T. Ackert and music by James E. Ackert, circa 1915; and tributes to Ackert in <emph render='italic'>Transactions of the American Microscopical Society</emph>, 1969.

Division of Biology

Vida A. Harris papers

  • Collection
  • 1915-1970

The collection documents the family, travels, education, and art practice of Kansas State Agricultural College graduate and teacher Vida Agnes Harris (March 29, 1893-May 25, 1985) from 1915-1970. Correspondence includes a letter Harris wrote while working as a domestic science instructor at the American Missionary Society's Tillotson College in Austin, Texas (1915), and letters received from Margaret Justin, Dean of Home Economics (1923-1954). Three diaries record Harris' international trips: Europe (1930); Mexico (1940) and India (1951). Sketches, block prints, paintings, and handmade greeting cards represent her art and design techniques. One folder contains photocopied, handwritten and typed recipes, a number of them credited to known associates.
Scant photographs and a notebook (1916-1918) pertain to her father, Samuel Murrell Harris (1858-1944), who operated the Hillside Dairy in Manhattan, Kansas. The photographs were taken during the early 1940s, and used by Ruth Linquist in her 1946 publication, <emph render='italic'>Using and Sharing Our Hours </emph>(Chapel Hill, N.C.). Samuel M. Harris is shown at the site of his old barn, located at 700 Harris Avenue. Kansas State's Memorial Stadium, Anderson and Seaton Halls, and power plant may be seen in the distance.

Harris, Vida A.

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