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CLOSED Jason Holcomb Custom Harvester oral histories

  • US US kmk 2016-17.037
  • Collection
  • 1980-2010

This collection consists of 58.7 hours of audio files and the accompanying transcripts of oral history interviews with custom harvesters. Those interviewed were all from the United States except for one participant from Saskatchewan, Canada. American participants were from Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, or North Dakota. The time period discussed in the interviews ranges from pre-World War II to 2010, with first-person accounts of harvest from the 1950s to 2010. All persons interviewed were retired or working custom harvesters, yet the project has a distinct group of interviews, 21.5 hours in length, exclusively with Mennonite custom harvesters. The interviews with Mennonite custom harvesters began when Mr. Schmidt recommended interviewing Waldo and Doris Froese of Inman, KS, one of the communities in the Mennonite settlement area of south-central Kansas. Other communities include Buhler and Moundridge. Dr. Holcomb then recruited others in this area for a separate project, which included interview questions pertaining specifically to Mennonite custom harvesters. Dr. Holcomb received grant funding from the Kansas Humanities Council for the Mennonite project, with sponsorship from the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum in Goessel, KS, which he used to pay for travel and transcription expenses. There is a subject index of the transcripts of the interviews with Mennonites.

Dr. Holcomb obtained 244 complimentary photos and news articles from participants to augment the interviews. Photos were either from the personal collections of those interviewed or were taken by the research team. There are two photo keys that provide captions for the photos. All interviews were conducted between 2008 and 2010. Interview questions were in the broad categories of family history and background, labor, origins of custom harvesting as a vocation, the work of custom harvesting, identity and lifestyle, equipment, places along the harvest route, changes in the communities where they harvest, crops harvested, weather, hardships, meals, lodging, relationships, and sense of place. Dr. Holcomb asked Mennonite participants additional questions, including details about their faith, the relationship between faith and their work, pacifism, and the alternative service conscientious objectors performed.

Holcomb, Jason

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

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.

George Wheatley Papers

  • US US kmk P2012.02
  • Collection
  • 1909-1923

These papers include the wartime correspondence and related documents of George Dudley Wheatley, a first lieutenant in the United States Army who was involved in several decisive actions of the Allied Expeditionary Forces (AEF) during the First World War.  The collection consists of 122 pieces and spans the years 1909; 1916-1919; 1923.
The documents presented in this collection offer a historically important window into the daily life of soldiers involved in America’s first major involvement in international military affairs beginning with a document from a friend stationed in the Dominican Republic in 1916 to a then stateside George Wheatley.  It describes the occupation and sentiments towards Americans, combat encountered by Army and Marine Corps units, along with personal commentary on college football and the reelection of Woodrow Wilson.
The majority of the collection involves letters mailed from George Wheatley to his parents. They begin with his time at the officer’s candidate training school at Plattsburg, New York, in 1917.  Among the items mentioned is the effects and treatment of a camp epidemic of German measles.  They are followed by letters referring to the accommodations and experiences aboard his transport ship to Europe in 1918 (the SS Mongolia), and travels through England and France, including tourism, military railway transportation, and the conduct of the French military, and his activities at an Allied Expeditionary Forces school in Chatillon-sur-Seine.  The remainder of the letters is an account of his experiences on the battle front in 1918.
The strength of the collection is the letters written to his father in 1919 from Springfield, Vermont, after he returned to the United States and was discharged from the U. S. Army.  Wheatley provides vivid descriptions of his involvement in combat on the front lines, including letters that describe his being wounded on two occasions while in combat, his association with Colonel William “Wild Bill” Donovan, and military engagements from the beginning of 1918 until the end of the war. A few of his letters provide eye witness accounts of Donovan’s leadership, participation in combat, and being wounded. Donovan later became head of the Office of Strategic Services and played an important role in forming the Central Intelligence Agency.  Among the pages of a small notebook is a chronological list Wheatley maintained of his whereabouts from the time he entered the military in January 1918, through his movements in Europe, and until his discharge on April 1, 1919.
The following are among the locations noted by Wheatley in his papers during the war: Chatillon, Rambervillers, Moyermont, Chattel sur Moselle, Coulars, Ecury-sur-Coole, La Borry, Jonchery, Suippes Valley, Vardeney, Epieds, Montport, Barritz, Bordeaux,  Paris, Blois, St. Organy, La Marche, Chateau Thierry, St. Mihiel, Verdin, Mountfaucon, Landres et St. Georges, St. Georges, Exermont, Les Petes Armoises, Le Vivier, Artaise, Chaumont, Sedan, Buzaucy, Thenorgnes, Argonne. Muese-Argonne.

Wheatley, George

Dick McDonald papers

  • US US kmk 2015-16.018
  • Collection
  • 1977–1996

This collection details the construction and 1981 collapse of the walkways in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City through the records of Richard (Dick) McDonald, an investigator of the accident. Included are preliminary designs and calculations, as well as finalized designs and plans for the hotel walkways. A large portion of the collection gives insight into the investigation by the National Bureau of Standards, including photographs, slides, and notes. Another feature of this collection is McDonald's teaching materials at Kansas State University in the subjects of architecture, applied mechanics, and design from 1969 to 1990. This collection includes detailed descriptions of his classes through his portfolios, as well as one folder of three sketches.

McDonald, Charles Richard (Dick)

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering records

  • Collection
  • 1866-1977

Series one of this collection contains photographs that cover Biological and Agricultural Engineering subjects.  The subjects represented in the photographs are building materials, soil water, farm machinery, farm power, rural electrification, education (classes and instruction), buildings, farmstead & household equipment, environmental studies, and miscellaneous items.  The years that the photographs cover range from 1866-1977.  Some of the photographs contain information beyond the subject and year, these photographs contain descriptions of the photograph as well as identifying information.
Series two contains slides from Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering faculty members Joseph P. Harner and Pat Murphy.  They show reduced tillage, corrals, and proper crop storage in bins and problems that could occur with them.
Series three contains documents with historical information about the Biological and Agricultural Engineering program at Kansas State University.

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

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

Kansas Young Farmers and Young Farm Wives (Women)

  • US US kmk 2019-20.004
  • Collection
  • 1962-1999

This collection includes organizational records: state and national, publications, conference programs & pamphlets, and photographs from Kansas Young Farmer & Young Farm Wives (Women) from 1962-1999. The majority of the records are from 1973-1995. Please note that in 1987/1988 the organization changed its name to Kansas Young Farmers & Young Farm Women. Within the records, the larger joint organization is often referred to as KYFW. The larger organization is often broken into its parts for meetings and organizing events, those are Kansas Young Farmers (KYF) and Kansas Young Farm Wives/Women (KYW).
KYFW was an organization created by the Kansas State Board of Vocational Agriculture to promote vocational agricultural education past high school and was administered through Kansas State University. The organization was formed in 1960, with its first articles of incorporation being filed on 5/24/1962 The organize and its members are closely tied to their younger counterpart, Future Farmers of America (FFA) often sharing the same administrators and being involved in FFA events either via sponsorship or as program presenters. KYFW placed heavy emphasis on continuing education within the agriculture field. Encouraging its members to actively share and develop new techniques and technology. They also valued strong leadership skills, asking their members to not only be actively involved in the organization, at the leadership level but also within their community.
Series 1: Conferences/Conventions (1968-1977, undated)
a. National Young Farmer Institute: 1968-1990, 1944, 1997
b. Kansas
    Registration: undated
    Booth Information
    State Fair: 1975
    Kansas Young Farmers & Wives State Convention: 1964, 1966-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1995
    State Tour: 1964-1992
    Young Farmers & Wives Day: 1977-1979, 1980-1988, 1990, 1992
    Young Farmer Leadership Conference/Day: 1977-1979, 1985, 1991
    Kansas Vocational Agriculture Teachers State Conference: 1967-1970
    AIC Institute for Young Farmers
Series 2: Awards (1968-1999, undated)
a. Applications: 1972, 1993
b. Kansas Young Farmer Awards: undated, 1968-1972, 1988, 1992, 1999
c. Advisor Award
d. Community Service Award
e. Young Farmer Spokesman Contest: undated, 1976-1982
Series 3: Vocational Education (1975-1990, undated)
a. Adult Teaching Methods
b. Farmer Management Workshop: 1975-1977
c. Guidelines for Developing Adult Vocational Education
d. Occupational Experience Supervision
e. Research Studies: 1973, 1975
f. Discussion Methods
g. Education Correspondence
h. National Survey of Adult Education in Agriculture: 1990
i. Directory of Resources: 1978
Series 4: Organizational Records (1960-1998, undated)
a. Organizational
    Articles of Incorporation
    Annual Report: 1973-1977, 1979-1981, 1983
    Annual Reporting Forms
    Tax Exempt Correspondence
    Reimbursement Policies
    IRS 990’s: 1973-1992
    Visitation Schedules
    Sponsors
    Photographs: undated
b. Handbooks
    Leadership Manuals
    Ceremony for Installing Officers
    Development Committee
c. Membership Roosters/List
    Young Farmers & Young Farm Wives (Women); 1975, 1977-1991
    Young Farm Wives (Women): undated
d. Directories
    Young Farmers & Young Farm Wives (Women): 1971-1972, 1976, 1981-1989, 1990-1992, 1994-1998
    Vocational Agriculture Resources: 1983
e. Yearly Records
    National Young Farmer Minutes: 1990
    Young Farmer & Ranchers: 1973-1974, 1976
    Young Farmers & Young Farm Wives (Women): Undated;1970-1995
    Young Farmer: Undated;1963-1995
    Young Farm Wives (Women): Undated; 1964-1965,1970-1992;1994-1995
    District Meeting: 1971-1976
f. County Records
<emph render='bold'>Series 5: Published Materials </emph><emph render='bold'><emph render='italic'>(1970-1994, undated)</emph></emph>
a. News and Views (newsletter): 1970-1995 (incomplete)
    Drafts
    Layouts
    Materials: 1964-1695,1967-1971, 1975, 1977
    Photographs: 1964, 1968, 1970-1974, 1977-1978, undated
    Newsletters: 1964-1965, 1967-1969, 1971-1995
b. Star Young Farm Families: 1976
c. Young Farmer Spokesman Report: 1977-1978
d. Landmarks: 1981
e. Hesston Today: 1979-1890
f. The National Young Farmer
    Newspaper:1978-1983, 1985-1988, 1990-1993
    Young Farmer Update: 1990-1991
    Young Farmer News: 1994
g. Hillsboro Star-Journal: 1977
h. The Citizen Patriot: 1978
i. Nation Young Farmer Annual Report: 1989, 1991
j. Pamphlets
k. A study of scope and content of farm mechanics courses and organization for teaching same in the vocational agricultural high schools of Kansas / by Lester B. Pollum.
l. The organization of and a plan for teaching through the laying flock class project / by Lawrence Fenhor Hall.
m. A study of the methods of teaching sciences underlying agriculture and their application to the teaching of vocational agriculture/ by Henry W. Schmitz
n. Misc. Newspaper Articles
<emph render='bold'>Series 6: Artifact</emph>
<emph render='bold'>Series 7: Materials from other States</emph>

Kansas Young Farmer and Young Farm Wives (Women)

Joseph M. Tucker Massey Harvest Brigade Collection

  • US US kmk 2019-20.001
  • Collection
  • 1939-1949, 2000, 2005, 2013, undated

Collection includes documents, photographs, magazines, personal records, and other materials related to the life of Joseph Maxwell Tucker and his work in formulating and organizing the Massey-Harris Harvest Brigade in 1944 and 1945 which used Massey-Harris self-propelled combines to harvest wheat and other crops in a wartime environment of both scarce labor and rationing of raw materials. The combines were used to harvest crops in the Great Plains states, Pacific Northwest states, Arizona, and California.

The Subject Series is made up of five folders and includes an organization chart for VP & GSM Sales Department, Joseph Tucker's 1941 job application with the War Food Administration, a 1943 memorandum on the organization of the Massey-Harris Emergency Harvest Brigade, the 1943 proposal of the Massey-Harris Harvest Brigade, and two War Production Board certificates.

The Printed Material Series consists of fourteen folders and includes a calendar, four journal articles, a speech Joseph Tucker gave in 1946, and seven publications.

The Don & Kay Kluck Series is comprised of seven folders. This series pertains to The Kluck Brothers: Custom Harvesters (Emil Kluck, Ray Kluck, and Roy Kluck), the combines they purchased, and a few photographs.

The Photograph Series contains four folders. There are photographs of Lawrence John Letnes, Joseph Tucker, and a photograph of the medal, Order of the British Empire give to Joseph Tucker by King George VI in 1946.

The Oversize Printed Materials Subseries consists of three journal articles, three publications, and two advertising posters.

The Oversize Photographs Subseries has two photographs: 1) Proclamation by King George VI, 1946 September 9, that nominates and appoints Joseph Maxwell Tucker “to an Honorary Officer of the Civil Division of Our said and Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" and 2) a newspaper advertisement poking fun at Joseph Tucker titled “Retribution Overdue."

Tucker, Joseph M.

John W. Minor papers

  • US US kmk 2016-17.043
  • Collection
  • 1971-2001

The John W. Minor papers are a part of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Research Collection, a resource for the study of agricultural cooperatives.  This collection includes training programs, presentations, publications, annual reports, and artifacts related to John W. Minor’s career in cooperative agriculture, in particular his work with the regional cooperatives FAR-MAR-CO and Farmland Industries.  Training programs and presentations include a variety of courses spanning accounting, business planning, grain storage, and professional development, many with handwritten notes and additions.  Publications include assorted booklets and circulars relating to cooperative farming.  Annual reports from Farmland Industries and FAR-MAR-CO (as well as its PROMARK system) range discontinuously from 1975 to 2001.  Artifacts include paperweights and other commemorative items.

Minor, John W.

Harriet Parkerson Papers

  • US US kmk P2007.01
  • Collection
  • 1874-2007

The Harriet Parkerson papers contain writings for the Domestic Science Club (some were not presented), financial records in the forms of receipts and cancelled checks and a copy of the published version of her sister's, Julie Etta Parkerson Reynolds 1874 journal.  The papers are housed in two boxes.
Literary Works makes up the bulk of the collection and contains papers Harriet wrote to present to the Domestic Science Club and one paper written by Ellen Goodnow.  For the most part, these presentations are random topics that the women appear to have picked themselves.  They bridge a wide array of subject matter and are all not focused on the matters of what people would tend to think of as Domestic Science.  While Harriet wrote about topics such as baking, soaps and soap making, and wardrobe maintenance, she also wrote about historical figures like Anne Louise Germaine Necker, Leo Tolstoy, and Michael Faraday.  One of the more interesting items from this series is the story of Soonboonagen Ammal, a female martyr from India.
The Financial Series contain receipts and canceled checks.  The receipts are organized chronologically and are mostly from the years between 1909 and 1912.  Many of the receipts are for magazine subscriptions and the rental of a post office box.  Other receipts are for necessities and items such as landscaping, flowers, and oats.  The canceled checks are from three different banks and sorted alphabetically by the bank.  The checks are from the financial institutions First National Bank, Manhattan State Bank, and Union National Bank.  The checks are mostly made out to individuals including her nephew Louis and herself (checks labeled "myself"); a few are also written out to institutions or businesses like Kansas State Agricultural College, Montgomery Wards, and Kimball Printing Co.
Printed Material is made up of Harriet's sister's, Julie Etta Parkerson Reynolds 1874 Journal, an agricultural magazine, the 1936-1937 Domestic Science Club booklet, and a few newspaper clippings.
The Department of Special Collections has Harriet Parkerson's journal on microfilm and the original is located at the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka, Kansas.  Additional information about Harriet can be found in the History Index located in Special Collections.

Parkerson, Harriet

Lynn Murphy papers

  • US US kmk P2006.01
  • Collection
  • 1965-1986

Murphy, Lynn

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.

North American Alfalfa Improvement Conference papers

  • Collection
  • 1934-2000

The North American Alfalfa Improvement Conference is a community of public- and private-sector scientists and educators that promotes the exchange of information among researchers involved in alfalfa improvement and utilization in North America and around the world.

North American Alfalfa Improvement Conference

Bonnie Baringer Coryell Hatch papers

  • US US kmk 2019-20.006
  • Collection
  • 1877 - 2010

Five boxes containing the papers of Bonnie Baringer Coryell Hatch, an educator, and homemaker in Kansas and Oklahoma between the early 1920s and 2010. Papers include letters, photographs, diaries, daybooks, ephemera, oral history cassette tapes, and other items. Letters and related materials reflect life in Depression-era Kansas and Oklahoma, and touch on education, politics, farming practices and home-making activities undertaken by Bonnie, her husband, Allen, her three sons, her sister, Donis, and her parents, Sylvester and Minnie Baringer. Among the correspondence files is a large collection of Bonnie’s letters to her parents and smaller groups of letters between Bonnie and Allen, Bonnie and her second husband, Homer Hatch, and Sylvester and Minnie. Included in Sylvester’s correspondence, some dating to the late 1890s, are letters related to his activities as a Kansas Master Farmer and Kansas legislator from Coffey County from 1943-1951. Also in the collection is a printed copy and PDF file of "Letters from the Heartland," a compilation of Bonnie’s letters to her parents transcribed and edited by Janet L. Coryell.

Hatch, Bonnie Baringer Coryell

Roderic Simpson papers

  • US US kmk 2016-17.040
  • Collection
  • 1937-1984

The Roderic Simpson papers are a part of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Research Collection, a resource for the study of agricultural cooperatives.  This collection includes papers, publications, photographs, film strips, 35 mm slides, and books related to Roderic Simpson's long career in agriculture, first as a fieldman with the Consumers Cooperative Association, followed by 15 years as a local cooperative fieldman for the Dodge City Exchange Cooperative, and finally as a territory fieldman for FAR-MAR-CO in Hutchinson, KS.  Papers and publications include a variety of training programs and presentations, speeches and papers presented at professional farm cooperative associations, government circulars, industry printed materials, and periodical clippings.  Photographs include tour groups and one photograph of the All Farm Supper, 1949.  The film strips and 35 mm sides include educational materials and commemorative footage.  Books include bound circulars and newsletters, as well as histories of farmer cooperatives.  Additional items include film and slide projectors.

Simpson, Roderic

Richard B. Myers papers

  • US US kmk U2015.08
  • Collection
  • 2001-2005

Approximately 7,000 images on DVDs filed in four notebooks.  They include photos of meetings, events, and ceremonies taken by photographers affiliated with the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Myers, Richard B.

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

Thomas Cruise Palmer papers

  • US US kmk 2019-20.007
  • Collection
  • 1913-2019

Photographs, correspondence, articles, news clippings, personal papers and other documents describing the life and career of Thomas Cruise Palmer (KSC, 1938), who from 1952 to 1977 served in various editorial positions with the Kansas City Star and Times, including ten years as executive editor. An advocate and supporter of K-State and its journalism program, Palmer was instrumental in acquiring the endowment establishing the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications. News articles, photographs and military records describe Palmer’s service in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II, including his experience onboard the first Navy ship to enter Shanghai after the end of the war. Materials also include articles written by Palmer during his time at the Star, items related to his activities as a student and, later, a supporter of K-State, personal and family history-related documents and photographs with Robert Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ginger Rogers and other notables.

Palmer, Thomas Cruise

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