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STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

Compliments of the

Kansas State Historical Society,

F. G. ADAMS, Secretary,

Topeka, Kansas.



TOGETHEH WITH A BTATJSMJSfll UU" THJli UULLEUT1UNS OT THE (SUUJJfiT I , FROM
ITS ORGANIZATION, IN 1875, TO JANUARY, 1881.



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FIRST AND SECOND BIENNIAL REPORTS,

TOGETHER WITH A STATEMENT OF THE COLLECTIONS OF THE SOCIETY, FROM
ITS ORGANIZATION, IN 1875, TO JANUARY, 1881.



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TOPEKA, KANSAS:




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OFFICERS FOR THE YEARS 1881 AND 1882.



T. DWIGHT THACHER, President.

CYRUS K. HOLLIDAY, 1 A7 „

, ^„ , „^ y Vice Presidents.

JAMES F. LEGATE, J

JOHN FRANCIS, Treasurer.

FRANKLIN G. ADAMS, Secretary.



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

JOHN P. ST. JOHN, ALBERT H. HORTON,

P. I. BONEBRAKE, F. P. BAKER,

C. K. HOLLIDAY.



DIRECTORS WHOSE TERM OF OFFICE EXPIRES JANUARY, 1883:



JOHN P. ST. JOHN,
ALBERT H. HORTON,
JOHN FRANCIS,
CHARLES ROBINSON,
D. R. ANTHONY,
IRA F. COLLINS,



JAMES F. LEGATE,
HENRY INMAN,
A. P. RIDDLE,
GEORGE H. CASE,
ALLEN B. LEMMON,
EDWARD RUSSELL,



F. P. BAKER,
E. N. MORRILL,
SOL. MILLER,
JOHN A. MARTIN,
N. GREEN,
B. F. SIMPSON.



DIRECTORS WHOSE TERM OF OFFICE EXPIRES JANUARY, 1882:

P. I. BONEBRAKE, T. D. THACHER, J. S. EMERY,



C. K. HOLLIDAY,
J. S. WATERS,
F. G. ADAMS,
GEO. A. CRAWFORD,
J. C. HEBBARD,



THOS. W. WATERSON,
HENRY BOOTH,
M. M. MURDOCK,
S. N. WOOD,
JOHN S. GILMORE,



B. F. STRINGFELLOW r
J. M. HARVEY,
GEO. W. MARTIN,
JNO. A. HALDERMAN,
JOS. P. ROOT.



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VOLUME I.

Transactions from 1875 to 18T8, inclusive.



REPORT.



At the annual meeting, January 21st, 1879, the President of the Society,
Col. John A. Martin, in the chair, Secretary Adams submitted the following
report in behalf of the Board of Directors for the years 1878 and 1879,
which was read and adopted:

THE COLLECTIONS OF THE SOCIETY.

It has been the aim of the Society to carry out the declared purpose of its
organization : chiefly the collection of materials of Kansas history ; the col-
lection of books, maps, charts, newspapers, pamphlets, reports of societies
and institutions, pictures, printed documents and papers, manuscripts, and
materials of whatever kind especially calculated to exhibit and illustrate the
history, growth and development of Kansas in all respects; and to arrange
such materials and place them in condition for permanent preservation, and
for the convenient use of the public. In the acquirement of books, pam-
phlets and other printed accessions, especial effort has been made to procure
copies of everything published in relation to Kansas, from the earliest time
to the present, whether published in Kansas or elsewhere, and also copies of
all publications printed in Kansas. Beyond these, publications other than
those of Kansas, but coming within the general objects of the Society, have
been acquired. The book and pamphlet accessions have been procured by
donations, exchange, and purchase. Not a few persons who have become
interested in the work of the Society have generously contributed to its col-
lections by donation. In the employment of the facilities for exchange af-
forded by the Legislature through the State publications donated the Society,
exchanges have been effected as far as practicable with other societies and
institutions throughout the country. Through this means, besides historical
publications, books and pamphlets of a character to exhibit the growth and
condition of the public institutions and social organizations, of every kind, in
the other States, have been procured; thus affording such facilities for the use
of our own people and of the Legislature for the study of the progress of every
portion of the country in political and social growth, that lessons may be
derived for application in molding our own institutions.

A pamphlet statement of the work of the Society was published in April,
1877, showing the collections made up to that time. The list of books and
pamphlets then shown is appended to this report. Since that date, 1,237



STATE HISTOEICAL SOCIETY.



volumes of books have been added to the collection, of which 115 volumes
were acquired by purchase; 412 by donation; 550 received from the United
States Government, not credited as donations; and 160 volumes received as
exchanges. The pamphlet additions have been 1,184 in number, nearly all
of which have been acquired by donation and exchange.

PRINCIPAL BOOK ACCESSIONS.
W. A. Johnson's History of Anderson County, Kansas ; Ball's History of
Lake County, Indiana; Joel Moody's Science of Evil, a Kansas book;
American State Papers, 5 vols. ; Tribute to Memory of Lieut. E. C. D.
Lines ; Governor and Council of Vermont, 2 vols. ; Pennsylvania Archives,
second series, 7 vols. ; J. B. Linn's Annals of Buffalo Valley, Pa. ; Ioway
Indian Grammar; Roll of Honor of Soldiers Interred, 28 vols.; Cushing's
Historical Letters on the First Charter of Massachusetts ; Belden, the White
Chief; Douglass's My Bondage and My Freedom; Jesse H. Butler's Poems;
Redpath's Life of Capt. John Brown; Proceedings of the Grand Chapter
R. A. M. of Kansas, from 1866 to 1874; Lykens's Matthew and Acts, in Pot-
tawatomie ; American Archives, fifth series, vols. 2 and 3 ; McClellan's Art
of War in Europe; Delafield's do. do.; Young's Labor in Europe; King's
European War Ships; Report Vienna Exposition, 4 vols.; Smith's Bouquet's
Expedition in 1764; Walker's History of Athens County, Ohio; Clark's
Campaign in the Illinois; McBride's Pioneer Biography ; Smith's Captivity
with the Indians; Dr. Drake's Pioneer Life in Kentucky; Ohio Valley His-
torical Collections; Wheeler's United States Geographical Report, vol. 4;
Smithsonian Annual Reports, from 1862 to 1877, 16 vols.; Riley's Locust or
Grasshopper Plague; Canada Trade and Navigation Report, 1875; do.
Militia; Burch's Kansas As It Is, 1878; Steele's Sons of the Border; Con-
gressional Report on Kansas Affairs, 1856 ; Nature and Practice of
Real Actions, 1701; Memorial Addresses, Andrew Johnson; Ferris's States
and Territories of the Great West; Taylor's Colorado, A Summer Trip;
Richardson's Field, Dungeon, and Escape; Report Senate Committee Har-
per's Ferry Invasion; Stansbury's Expedition to Great Salt Lake; Marcy's
Thirty Years of Army Life on the Border; View of the Valley of the
Mississippi; Hudson's History of Journalism; Mrs. Robinson's Kansas, Its
Interior and Exterior Life ; Second Report Boston Record Commissioners ;
Seymour's Trenton, N. J., Its First Settlement; Documents of Colonial
History of New York, 12 volumes; Hinton's English Radical Leaders;
Hinton's Hand -Book to Arizona; The Vendetta and Other Poems, Thos.
Brower Peacock ; Frank Leslie's Historical Register ; Captain John Smith's
True Relation of Virginia ; Michigan Pioneer Collections ; Oldport Days,
Thos. W. Higginson ; Biennial Reports New York Chamber Commerce, 6
volumes; Reports Board Charities, Pennsylvania, 2 volumes; Memorial Ad-
dresses, Gov. John W. Geary; Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, Last Writings of;
McCoy's History of Baptist Indian Missions, in Indiana, Michigan and Kan-
sas; Marbois' History of Louisiana; Nebraska-Kansas Speeches in Congress,



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1854, 2 volumes; Edwards's Noted Guerrillas; Mrs. Fremont's Story of the
Guard; Brackenridge's Views of Louisiana; Holloway's History of Kansas;
Harvey's History of the Shawnee Indians; Morse's Indian Affairs, 1822;
Sheridan's Troopers of the Border, Keim ; Our New West, Bowles ; Tuttle's
History of Kansas; Hildreth's Dragoon Campaigns; Richardson's Beyond
the Mississippi; Doniphan's Expedition from Fort Leavenworth to Mexico,
in Mexican War, Hughes; Legends of the Missouri and Mississippi, Hope-
well; Two Thousand Miles on Horseback, Meline; Indian Sketches, Paw-
nees, Irving, 2 volumes ; Swallow's Geological Survey of Kansas ; Parkman's
Oregon Trail ; Geological Survey of Michigan, 3 volumes, with maps; Geol-
ogy of Iowa, White, 2 volumes; Birds of the Northwest, Coues; Ethnog-
raphy of theHidatsa Indians, Mathews; Monograms of the North American
Rodentia, Coues and Allen; The Tertiary Flora, Lesquereux; Monograph
of the Geometrid Moths, Packard ; List of Elevations West of the Missis-
sippi, Gannett; Dall'sNorth American Ethnology; Powers'sdo.; Proceedings
of the Davenport Academy of Science; The Commonwealth of Missouri;
PettiDgill's Newspaper Directory, 1876 and 1877; Annual Report of the
American Institute, 1866 ; Col. Philip St. George Cooke's Conquest of New
Mexico and California; Sanborn's Memoirs of John Brown; Smith's Guide
to Northwestern Kansas; Chase's Guide to the Great West; Holland's Kan-
sas and Nebraska State Directory; Smith's Guide to the Southwest; U. S.
Official Register for 1877; Brewerton's War in Kansas; Parker's Kansas
and Nebraska Hand-Book ; Tomlinson's Kansas in Eighteen Hundred Fifty-
Eight; Gladstone's Englishman m Kansas; Phillips's Conquest of Kansas;
Three Years on the Kansas Border; Mrs. Ropes's Six Months in Kansas;
Green's Kansas Border; Hale's Kansas and Nebraska; Covode Investiga-
tion; Harper's Ferry Invasion; Report Commissioner of Education; His-
tory of Public Libraries in the United States; Prentis's Kansan Abroad;
Proceedings American Philological Society; Explorations in Nebraska and
Dakota, Warren ; Capt. Ludlow's Reconnoissance of the Black Hills; do.
Carroll, to Yellowstone Park; Capt. Simpson's Exploration Across the
Great Basin of Utah ; Annual Report of Chief of Engineers, U. S. A., 2
vols.; Polk's Kansas State Gazetteer, 1878; Parker's Exploring Tour Be-
yond the Rocky Mountains; Bryant's "What I saw in California; " Mrs.
Ropes's Cranston House; Gallaher's Western Sketch Book; Reid's Scouting
Expedition; McCulloch's Texas Rangers ; Ferris's Utah and the Mormons;
Speeches of Gerrit Smith in Congress; Life and Adventures of James P.
Beckwourth ; Gregg's Commerce of the Prairies, 2 vols. ; Jones's Border War ;
Helper's Impending Crisis; Gihon's Geary in Kansas; The Mock Auction,
A John Brown Burlesque written in verse ; Redpath's Echoes of Harper's
Ferry; Olmstead's Journey Through Texas; Parker and Durrie's History
of Missouri; Curley's History of Nebraska; Burnet's Notes on the North-
west; Ford's History of Illinois; Dillon's History of Indiana; Beggs's Early
History of the Northwest ; Stratton's Captivity of the Oatman Girls ; Big-
elow's Life of John C. Fremont; Meeker's Life in the West; Wilkie's Da-



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venport, Past and Present ; Cist's Cincinnati in 1841 ; Shelden's Early History
of Michigan ; Neill's History of Minnesota ; Adjt.-General's Report of Mis-
souri, 1863; Our Labor Difficulties, Moody; Catalogue of Wisconsin Histori-
cal Society, 4 vols.; Transactions of the Wisconsin Agricultural Society, 8
vols. ; Transactions of the Horticultural Society, 2 vols. ; do. Northern Wis-
consin Agricultural Department, Mechanical Association, 2 vols.; do. Wiscon-
sin Academy of Science, Art, &c, 3 vols. ; Wisconsin Geological Report, with
Maps, 1877 ; Collections of Wisconsin Historical Society, 7 vols.; Murray's
Travels in North America and Residence with the Pawnees; Penhollow's
History of Wars with Eastern Indians; Owen's Geological Survey of Wis-
consin, Iowa and Minnesota; Historical Atlas of Wisconsin; Annual Re-
ports, Department of Agriculture, U. S., 15 vols.; Monthly do., 11 vols.:
Hough's Report on Forestry; Report on Diseases of Cattle in the United
States; Catalogue of United States Exhibit at Paris in 1878; do. Educational
Exhibit; Genealogy of the Leavenworth Family; Indiana Geological Re-
ports, 4 vols.; American State Papers, 5 vols.; Frothingham's Life of Gerrit
Smith; Illinois Atlas and History, 1876; Anderson's Silver Country of the
Southwest; Plains of the Great Southwest, Richard I. Dodge; Hill's True
Order of Sludies; Adventures of Captain Bonneville; The World's Prog-
ress ; The Student's Atlas of History and Classical Geography ; De Soto's
Conquest of Florida; Jaeger's North American Insects; Burton's City of
the Saints ; Peck's Wyoming; Stone's Border Wars; Help's Spanish Con-
quest; First Century of the Republic; Andersonville, Ambrose Spencer;
Lives of Celebrated Travelers, St. John; Communistic Societies in the Uni-
ted States ; Politics for Young Americans ; Marcy's Army Life on the Border;
Marcy's Border Reminiscences; Marcy's Prairie Traveler ; Mrs. Farnham's
Prairie Land; Swan's Northwest Conquest; Washington Territory; Woman's
Record, S. J. Hale; Adventures in the Apache Country, Brown; Dawson's
Earth and Man; Dawson's Origin of the World; McCulluck's Universal
Gazetteer; Heard's History of the Sioux War; Henry Wilson's History of
Anti-Slavery Measures in the Thirty-seventh Congress; Henry Wilson's His-
tory of Military Measures in Congress from 1861 to 1865; Henry Wilson's
Reconstruction Measures in the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses ; Coin
Collector's Manual; Yeoman's Culture Demanded by Modern Life; Cabinet
History of the United States, 12 vols.; Knight's Popular History of Eng-
land, 8 vols.; Plains of the Great West; Webb's Buffalo Land; Young
Folks' History of the United States; Young Folks' Book of American Ex-
plorers; Historical Student's Manual; Memoir and Letters of Charles Sum-
ner, 2 vols. ; Railroads, Their Origin, Charles Francis Adams; On the Plains
and Among the Peaks ; Scientific Memoirs, Draper ; Lives of the Signers of
the Declaration; Fox's Student's Commonplace Book; Ward's American
Coinage and Currency; The Earth as Modified by Human Action, Geo. P.
Mastin; Arizona As It Is, H. C. Hodge; Memoirs of Shaubena, N. Matson;
The Indian Miscellany, W. W. Beach ; Washington-Crawford Letters, C. W.
Best; Parkman's Count Frontenac.



FIRST BIENNIAL REPORT.



DONORS OF BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS, INCLUDING EXCHANGES.



Donors.



Books.



Pamp .



Adams, F. G., Topeka

Andersou, Hon. John A., Manhattan

Anderson County Agricultural Society

American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia

Anthony, Col. D. R., Leavenworth

Anthonv, Gov. Geo. T., Leavenworth

Baker, Hon. F. P., Topeka

Ball, R-'v. T. H., Crown Point, Indiana

Bardwell, Prof. F. W., Lawrence

Baxter, R. S., Auburn, Kas

Beach, Hon. A. C, Albany, N. Y

Blackford, W. D., Washington, D. C

Blakesley, Rev. L., Topeka

Boston, Mayor of.

Boughton, J. S., Lawrence

Bridges, Hon. C.G., Troy

Burch, C. S. & Co., Chicago

Burlingame, Ward, Topeka

Burlingame Agricultural Association

Butler, Prof. J. D., Madison, Wis

Butler, Jessie H., North Topeka

Carr, E. T., Leavenworth

Case, Theo. S., Kansas Citv, Mo

Cavanaugh, W. T

Cavanaugh, Mrs. W. T

Cherokee Agricultural Society

Chicago Historical Society

Clarke, S. H., Clyde, N. Y

Clough, E. N. O., Leavenworth

Commissioner of Agriculture, Washington, D. C.

Cone, W. W., Topeka

Connecticut, Fish Commissioner, Hartford

Cooper, J. C, Topeka

Cooper, Hon. Win. F., Santa Clara, Cal

Cox, Prof. E. T., Indianapolis

Crane, Geo. W., Topeka

Crawford, Hon. S. J., Topeka

Davenport, Iowa, Sec'y Academy of Science

Davis, Hon. Willard

Dean, Chas., Boston

Delaware Historical Society

Dickinson, Dr. D., Topeka

Dickinson County Agricultural Society

Dollison Bros., Russell

Doniphan County Agricultural Society

Eaton, Hon. J., Washington

Elliott, L. R., Manhattan

Essex Institute, Salem, Mass

Fithian, J. B., Topeka

Francis, Hon. John, Topeka

Frothingham, O. B., New York

Gazette, St. Joseph, Mo

Gilmore, S J., Salina

Graham, W. O., Harper, Kas

Gray, Alfred, Topeka

Green, Dr. Sam. A., Boston

Groat, P. B., Kansas City

Halderman, Hon. J. A., Leavenworth

Hamilton, O. P., Salina

Hanway, Hon. Jas., Lane

Hartranft, Gov. J. F., Pennsylvania

Harvey Count}' Agricultural Society

Henry, Hon. Jos., Washington

Higgins, Mrs , Topeka

Higginson, Col. Thos. W., Newport, R. I

Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio

Hinton, Col. R. J., San Francisco

Home, Col. Dan. H

Hudson, J. K., Topeka

Hutchings, John. Lawrence

Ingalls, Hon. John J., Washington, D. C

Interior, Secretary of

Irwin, Col. William, Topeka

Jackson County Agricultural Society

Jarvis, Dr. Ed., Boston

Johnson, W. A., Garnett

Kauifman <t Her, Garnett

Knox, Rev. J. D., Topeka

Langworthy, Rev. Isaac, Boston

Leavenworth, Hon. E. W., Syracuse, N. Y



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DONORS OF BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS, ETC —Continued.



Donors.



Books.



Lemmon, Hon. A. B., Topeka

Lines, Hon. C. B., Wabaunsee

Linn, Hon. James B., Harrisburg, Pa

Lyon County Agricultural Society

Lykins, Win. H. R., Kansas City

Maine, H.C., Troy, N. Y

Marble, Manton, New York

Marshall County Agricultural Society

Martin, Geo. W., Topeka

Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston

Marvin, Dr. James, Lawrence

Maryland Historical Society

McPherson County Agricultural Society

Miami County Agricultural Society

Michigan Pioneer Society, Lansing ■

Miller, Hon. Sol., Troy

Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul

Minnesota Academy of Science, St. Paul ■

Monroe, Mrs. H. E., Atchison

Moore, J. B., Clay Center, Kansas

Morrill, Hon. E. N., Hiawatha

Mudge, Prof. B. F., Manhattan

Needham, H. A., Topeka

New England Historical Genealogical Society, Boston

Nicholson, Supt. Win., Lawrence

New Jersey Historical Society, Newark

New York Chamber of Commerce

Northrup, Hon. B. G., Hartford

Oregon Pioneer Association

Pangborn, J. G., Topeka

Patrick, Hon. A. G., Valley Falls

Peacock, Thos. B., Topeka

Pettingill, S. M. & Co., New York

Phillips, Hon. W. A., Salina

Plumb, Hon. P. B., Emporia

Prouty, S. S., Topeka

Radges, Samuel, Topeka

Rand, McNally & Co , Chicago

Reilly, Dr. B. T., Washington, D. C ".

Riley, Prof. C. V., St. Louis

Riley County Agricultural Society

Rochelle Academy Natural Sciences

Rust, H. A., Chicago

Sanborn, Frank B., Concord, Mass

Sanders, A. A., North Topeka

Seaver, B. A., White Cloud

Sedgwick County Agricultural Society

Sears, Hon. T. C, Ottawa .'

Seymour, Hon. John F., TJtica, N. Y

Scott, Hon. John W., Iola

Shawnee County Agricultural Association

Simpson, Hon. B. F

Smith, Richard F., Atchison

Snoddy, J. D., Mound City

^Society for Protection of Deaf Mutes, Paris

Society Horticole Troyes

Society de la Historique, Paris

Society Gens Lettres, Bordeaux

Society for the Protection of Animals

Spaulding, Chas., Topeka

St. Louis Historical Society

Stearns, Mrs. Mary E., Medford, Mass

Storrs, Rev. S. D., Topeka..., .-.

Swallow, Prof G. C, Columbia, Mo

Talcott, Hon. H. W

Tabor, Ira I., Holton

Thompson, Dr. A. H., Topeka

"Times " Cincinnati ,

Vail, Bishop Thos. H., Topeka ,

Valley Falls Agricultural Association

Verrnilye, Rev. A. G., Schenectady, N. Y

Vermont Historical Society ,

AValton, Wirt W., Topeka

Ware, Eugene F., Fort Scott

Webb, Hon. W. C, Topeka

Western Reserve and Northern Ohio Historical Society, Cleveland.

Whitcomb, A., Lawrence

Wilcox, Hon. P. P , Denver City ,

Wilder, Hon. D. W.. St. Joseph

Wilkinson, W. E., Seneca



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DONORS OF BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS, ETC.— Concluded.



Donors.



Williams, Hon. R. M., White Cloud

Williamson, Hon. J. A., Washington, D. C...
Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison..
Other exchanges

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PUBLICATIONS FOR EXCHANGES.
In addition to thirty copies of each of the State publications received for
use to augment its accessions by exchanges with other societies and institu-
tions, the Society has been indebted to the following persons for publications
used for the same object: Hod. Alfred Gray, Hon. A. B. Lemmon, ex-Gov.
S. J. Crawford, Gov. Geo. T. Anthony, Hon. Thos. H. Cavanaugh, Geo.
W. Martin, J. G. Pangborn, West. E. Wilkinson, Wm. W. Cone, Hon. John
Francis, Hon. P. I. Bonebrake.

NEWSPAPER COLLECTIONS.
It is conceded that nothing so well exhibits the history of the growth of a
community, or makes so complete a record of its important events, as the
files of its newspapers; yet there is nothing concerning the preservation of
which there is so little care. Of the newspapers published during the Terri-
torial period of Kansas, probably there are not in existence files of one-fourth
of them. The Society has diligently sought to obtain for its collection files
of such old papers, and with some success. Files of the first newspaper
published in Kansas Territory, the Kansas Weekly Herald, the publication
of which was commenced at Leavenworth September 15th, 1854, before
there was a house upon the town site, and running through the four most
eventful years of Territorial times, were found in Missouri, in the possession
of the family of the principal editor, Col. L. J. Eastin, now deceased. These
files have been purchased by the Society. A nearly complete file of the
Squatter Sovereign for 1856, published at Atchison, has recently been secured.
Files of the Herald of Freedom, published at Lawrence during the Terri-
torial period, have been procured through the " Webb Collection," to com-
plete partial files already obtained. Through the same source files of
Freedom's Champion, published at Atchison, through a series of years, com-
mencing not quite so early, have also been procured. Nearly complete files
of the Daily Leavenworth Conservative and Times ( the former paper having
been consolidated with the latter), commencing January, 1861, and running
entirely through the period of State existence, has been brought into the col-
lection, partly by purchase and partly by donation from Maj. E. N. O.
Clough, who thoughtfully preserved the files. Being a leading daily paper,
published in Kansas during the entire period of the war, and near head-
quarters in military affairs, this paper may be well considered as containing
the military history of Kansas. The Society has lately received as a gift



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from Hon. Sol. Miller, the publisher, a complete file of the Kansas Weekly
Chief, at first published at White Cloud, but now at Troy, Kansas. The
publication commenced June 4, 1857. The paper is the oldest in Kansas
continuously published by the same man. This is the oldest and most com-
plete file which the Society can ever hope to obtain of any early Kansas news-
paper. The editor having always given great attention to the public affairs
of the whole State, the file is the more valuable in a State historical collec-
tion. Other files of early Kansas newspapers, published in various portions
of the State, have also been procured, as will appear in the lists accompany-
ing this report. Knowing that the files of papers published at the present
time will eventually become of scarcely less value than the old ones now are,
the Society is, through the generosity of the publishers, bringing into its col-
lection the regular issues of nearly every paper published in the State. For
the newer counties we are enabled in some instances to save complete files of
the earliest papers published. The Kansas newspapers and periodicals now
being published, and voluntarily donated to the Society by the publishers,
number 214. Our accessions of Kansas newspapers published in 1878, num-
ber 192 volumes. We have received also the regular issues of 17 newspapers
published in other States. As volumes are completed, they are bound by
the Society, and placed for convenient reference. These newspaper collec-
tions are already being found in a measure indispensable for reference, for
legal notices which they contain, and for correct data as to political, statisti-
cal, and social information as to the entire State and the country.

Next in value to the newspapers of the day, as materials of history, are
the magazines and periodicals, regularly issued ; and next, perhaps, pamphlets
containing reports of societies and various organizations, public addresses,
orations, memorial proceedings, etc. In the estimate here given of the com-
parative value of materials of a historical collection is only expressed the es-
tablished opinion of persons who have made up such collections, and those
who have had the opportunity to make use of them in historical, literary and
statistical researches. Says A. R. Spofford, Librarian of Congress, whose ex-



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