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Governor's Records - John A. Martin administration, Jan. 12, 1885 - Jan. 14, 1889

 

Introduction

Abstract

Tenth governor of the State of Kansas, 1885 - 1889 (Republican); from Atchison.

Correspondence & other items received as well as an associated subject index and proclamations & messages from the administration of John A. Martin, governor of the State of Kansas from 12 Jan. 1885 to 14 Jan. 1889. Correspondence files, 1884-1889, include general letters, official response letters from & letters concerning State departments, applications & endorsements for jobs, subject files, and “private” or “personal” letterpress books. Major subjects are cities; claims; county affairs; expositions, centennials, and conventions; Ulysses S. Grant; justices of the peace; the Legislature; notaries public; relief; requests; Missouri Pacific Railway strikes; military relations; counties; criminals & criminal justice; Prohibition; and public institutions, lands, & welfare. The Subject index, ca. 1885-ca. 1889, provides information on topics of correspondence. The proclamations & messages include a Proclamation received volume, 1885, pertaining to the death of President Ulysses S. Grant and Proclamations received, 1886-1888, relating to Arbor Day. There is also an Officers of state institutions register, 1887-1889, containing listings for the Board of Regents of the State University (now the University of Kansas) (Lawrence) and State Penitentiary wardens. Additional records of Governor Martin are in separate series common to several governors including Miscellaneous volumes, 1885-ca. 1929; Executive proclamations, 1861-1980; Applications for requisitions, ca. 1870-1953; a Letter register, 1871-1895; a Record of death sentences, 1872-1906; Death sentence warrants, 1872-1908; Requisitions on governor from governors of other states for persons accused of crimes, 1873-1960; County organizational censuses, ca. 1873-ca. 1886; Prisoners in Kansas State Penitentiary, ca. 1875-ca. 1897; Citizenship pardons, 1876-1960; a Record of pardons, 1877-1888; Executive messages and proclamations, 1877-1914; Extraditions, 1877-1960; Final discharge of paroled prisoners, 1879-1913; an Appointments register, 1883-1885; Letter press books, 1865-1904; and a Record of pardons and commutations, 1887-1911.

Dates

1884-1889

Quantity

14 ft. (33 boxes + 5 v.)

Creator

Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)

Title

Kansas Governor John A. Martin records

Portion of title: Records

Other titles:

Correspondence files

Records of the Kansas Governor’s Office: administration of Governor John A. Martin (1885-1889)

Records of the Office of the Governor of Kansas: John A. Martin administration (1885-1889)

Identification

Record group 252.

Language

Text is in English.

Notes

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Repository

Kansas Historical Society (Topeka).

History

History of the Office of the Governor

The Wyandotte Constitution of 1859 established the office of the governor of the State of Kansas. Some of the more important duties, functions, and responsibilities of the governor are to see that the laws are faithfully executed, to require written explanations from other executive officers - at that time the lieutenant governor, secretary of State, auditor, treasurer, attorney general, and superintendent of public instruction - upon any subject relating to their respective duties, convene the Legislature by proclamation on extraordinary occasions, communicate in writing such information as the governor may possess in reference to the condition of the State at the commencement of every legislative session, recommend such measures as he may deem expedient, and commission officers of the State.

No formal qualifications for the governor have been legislated, aside from the provision that no member of Congress or officer of the State or United States can serve. The governor is elected by a plurality, not necessarily a majority of votes cast. The governor takes office the second Monday in January following election. He was authorized to hire a private secretary, pardon attorney, and other staff as appropriations permitted.

At the beginning of John Martin’s term, the governor had the power to appoint Militia officers; members of part - time boards of directors, trustees, or regents of the State Penitentiary (now Lansing Correctional Facility), schools of higher education, State insane asylums (now State hospitals), and schools for deaf and blind students; a Board of Visitors for the State Agricultural College (now Kansas State University); the Bureau of Immigration; the Commission for Care of Destitute Orphans and Children of State Soldiers; the State librarian; the superintendent of insurance; and a number of minor commissions. He was also an ex officio member of the State Board of Canvassers, boards of directors of the Agricultural College and Normal School, the Bureau of Immigration, the Board of Treasury Examiners, and other committees.

In 1885 several new agencies were created. The governor was given power to appoint nine members to the Board of Health with the consent of the Senate, four members to the Board of Dental Examiners, and five members to the Board of Pharmacy.

Following the end of the Civil War and Indian skirmishes in Kansas, the Kansas National Guard and the Kansas Reserve Militia were created. The governor can order the National Guard into active service in cases of breach of power, tumult, riot or resistance to process in the State, public disaster, or imminent danger.

Biography of John A. Martin

John Alexander Martin, tenth governor of the State of Kansas, was born 10 July 1839 at Brownsville, Pennsylvania. John’s maternal grandfather, Thomas Brown, was the founder of Brownsville circa 1785. He was the son of James Martin, a boardinghouse keeper, justice of the peace, and postmaster, and Jane Montgomery Crawford Martin; he had two sisters and two brothers. John was educated in Pennsylvania common schools and entered the printer’s trade at age fifteen. At age nineteen in 1857, he moved to the Kansas Territory and settled in Atchison.

In 1858, drawing on his printer skills and being of the entrepreneurial kind, he bought the Squatter Sovereign, a pro-slavery newspaper and changed its name to the Freedom’s Champion in support of abolition. He later changed its name again to the Daily Champion. The publication of this paper was a lifetime hobby for John Martin, and it was the perfect medium to publish his political agenda and personal philosophy on how the affairs of state should be executed.

Martin’s political life largely revolved around Kansas’ affairs and the publishing of his newspaper. Eager to be involved in local politics, he served as the mayor of Atchison in 1865, and again in 1878 to 1880. His deep - rooted Republican values congealed at an early age and worked his way up to the chairmanship of the Atchison County Republican Central Committee. He held that position from 1859 to 1884. He regularly attended Republican National Conventions throughout the 1860s and 1870s.

In October 1861, at the outbreak of the Civil War, he was mustered into the Union Army and commissioned a lieutenant colonel in the 8th Kansas Infantry. He achieved the rank of colonel (breveted brigadier general) before he was mustered out of service in October of 1864. In 1862, he was appointed provost marshal of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and held that position until his regiment was ordered to Corinth, Mississippi, where the 8th Kansas became part of General William (“Bull”) Nelson’s army; that unit remained in the Army of the Cumberland until the end of the war. In November 1863, Colonel Martin found himself present at the siege of Chattanooga and was involved in the storming of Missionary Ridge. In 1864, he marched with General Sherman’s Army to Atlanta, and after the fall of Atlanta, Colonel Martin’s regiment joined in the pursuit of the fleeing Confederate General John Hood who headed northward into the backwoods of Tennessee. It was at this time and place where Colonel Martin was cited and decorated for “gallant and meritorious service.”

After the war John Martin was appointed commander in chief of the Kansas state encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic. He married Ida Challis on 1 June 1871. They had eight children; one died in infancy. He also became an incorporator and president of the Kansas State Historical Society and incorporator of The Kansas Magazine. Martin was also a Kansas representative on the United States Centennial Commission. Above all, John’s heart was always sympathetic to the well being of the war veteran. The psychological and physical rehabilitation of soldiers from the Union Army, and their families, became his perpetual top priority.

John Martin was recognized by many as an intellectual shinning star, and his political ambitions began at an early age when he narrowly missed the Republican nomination for governor in 1878. However, in 1884, the convention rules for age restriction were suspended and John Martin was nominated by acclamation. He won the fall election beating the incumbent governor, George Washington Click. In 1887, he was renominated for a second term by a large margin, and he beat the Democratic candidate, Thomas Moonlight.

Governor Martin was fortunate to have acquired upon his inauguration in 1885 a state of affairs that was persistent in prosperous economic growth, and city and town expansion. But all that boom and extravagance changed in his last year of office when conditions gave way to severe drought and an economic recession. That forced his decision not to run for a third term, as public confidence in his leadership ability waned. However, the State Board of Health, a School for the Feeble Minded, and a soldiers’ orphan home were all departments born of the Martin administration; and during his tenure women won the right to vote in local and city elections. The state militia became the Kansas National Guard, and a Bureau of Labor and Industrial Statistics was also created under his watch.

On the political front, a state of turmoil engulfed Kansas during the Martin administration when real estate speculation ran wild, ugly community rivalries arose over securing county seats (these became known as the county seat wars), and these offensive episodes often became so violent that the governor had to send in troops to restore order.

Also, John Martin’s exact position on Prohibition was somewhat convoluted, always in question from the very beginning because of his persistent waffling on the issue. Unlike John St. John, who sternly believed in temperance and adopted the Prohibition measure through legislative action, and George Click, who thought the prohibition order wasn’t at all effective and too extreme, Governor Martin swayed back and forth on the issue. In his years as an “aspiring governor,” he championed opposition to Prohibition and wrote several editorials on the issue in his Atchison Champion newspaper. But in 1884, John Martin had one goal in mind, and that was to become governor of the State of Kansas. Politically speaking, one might conclude that it was his turn in 1884; he certainly did. The problem, however, was that he was not understood to have fully supported public opinion on the subject of a constitutional amendment supporting the consumption and sale of intoxicating liquors. In September 1884, just as the meeting of the nominating convention came to a close, Martin fully endorsed the Prohibition law. Many political factions in favor of Prohibition, however, saw this act as a mere political maneuver to secure his election and rendered Martin’s decision insincere. To complicate matters, many of its members threatened to join the Prohibition Party if he was nominated by the Republicans. In the end, Martin was nominated and his support for the Prohibition movement only strengthened. In 1886, Martin played a key role in the negotiations for a settlement in the Missouri Pacific Railway strike of that year. It is also worth noting that his experience as a journalist and public administrator developed in him remarkable political skills and a keen judge of character that enabled him to govern with a wide - angle view of the political culture that surely enabled him to make the wise decisions noted in his administration.

Governor John Martin became increasingly frustrated with the rapid downturn of the state of economic affairs, particularly in the real estate market, in his last year of office when it appeared so promising just a few years prior. He tried to reverse the trend but all to no avail. Martin did not wish to seek a third term but only to return to the tranquility of his beloved newspaper; he died less than a year after leaving office. John Martin passed away at the young age of fifty years on 2 October 1889 of pleura - pneumonia at his home in Atchison. So popular was he that more then five thousand people attended his funeral. He is buried at Mount Vernon Cemetery in Atchison.

Scope and Content

Governor Martin’s records consist of three series: Correspondence Files, 1884 - 1889 (no. 193419); Proclamations Received, 1885 – 1888 (no. 195970); and a Subject Index, ca. 1885 - ca. 1888 (no. 193465).

Items in the series Correspondence Files, 1885 - 1889 (no. 193419), are primarily letters received by Governor Martin; however there may also be proclamations and some petitions, reports, copies of letters sent, and other types of documents. The letters and proclamations are organized into five subseries: (1) General Files, 1884 - 1889; (2) State Departments, 1885 - 1889; (3) Applications and Endorsements for Jobs; (4) a Subject File; and (5) “Private” or “Personal” Letter Press Books, 1885 - 1889. Some proclamations may have also been interfiled with other items received relating to the subjects of the proclamations. Documents that may have been addressed to Governor John Martin but dated or pertaining to the time period after his term expired in 1889 may be filed with the records of his successor, Governor Lyman U. Humphrey.

The General File, 1884 - 1889, subseries 1, consists of 42 folders filed by year and month containing letters received that were filed (not necessarily by alphabetical order) by the author on a wide range of subjects. Contained therein are, letters relating to budget, accounting and audits, State positions, labor statistics, recommendations and vacancies, Governor Martin’s addresses, State contracts, the state militia (renamed the Kansas National Guard during his term), the extension of State jurisdiction to former Indian reservations, real estate, litigation, the judiciary and judicial procedure, legislation, requests for information, publications, action papers, politics, services and goods offered for sale, taxation, transportation, the State Board of Railroad Commissioners, public policy (the issue of prohibition), private and public land issues, interstate co-operation, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, disabled Civil War veterans’ rehabilitation efforts, the Republican State Central Committee, and correspondence pertaining to the county seat wars. Letters may have been filed here because there was not an appropriate place for them in the State Departments, subseries 2, or Subject Files, subseries 4.

Letters from or relating to State offices are in subseries 2, the State Departments File. Some letters relate to State departmental personnel, vacancies, resignations and appointments, but most pertain to the operation of individual State agencies. The letters request the Governor to take specific actions, ask his approval, send him information, ask him questions, tell of events, provide legal opinions, forward other letters and petitions, confirm or acknowledge gubernatorial actions, and request the Governor’s presence. Major agencies represented include the attorney general, insane asylums, and boards of police commissioners. 

Applications and Endorsements for Jobs, subseries 3, contains documents pertaining to vacancies in various State departments. Major agencies represented include insane asylums and judicial districts. 

The Subject Files, subseries 4, include correspondence on a wide variety of topics. Major subjects are cities; claims; county affairs; expositions, centennials, and conventions; Ulysses S. Grant; justices of the peace; the Legislature; notaries public; relief; requests; Missouri Pacific Railway strikes; military relations; counties; criminals & criminal justice; Prohibition; and public institutions, lands, & welfare. 

“Private” or “Personal” Letter Press Books, 1885 - 1889, subseries 5, consist of thirteen volumes of copies of letters from the Governor himself. The words private and personal refer to the fact that these letters were personally composed or sent by Governor Anderson rather than a staff member. Most of them relate to official business, but others pertain to *personal, political, and Republican Party affairs.

The second series, two Proclamation Received volumes, 1885 – 1888 (no. 195970), contains proclamations sent by governors of other States about the death of President Ulysses S. Grant in 1885 and announcing Arbor Day. Volumes are organized by topic.

A Subject Index, ca. 1885 - ca. 1888 (series 193465), contains one volume, F, and page one of Volume H, listing topics with page numbers?. Volumes are arranged chronologically. The entries in Volume H may not be Governor Martin’s letters.

Additional files that record activities of the Martin administration may be found in the series Executive Proclamations, 1861 - 1980, no. 193450; Letter Press Books, 1865 - 1904, no. 193403; Applications for Requisitions, ca. 1870 - 1953, no. 194090; Letter Register, 1871 - 1895, no. 193463; Record of Death Sentences, 1872 - 1906, no. 193782; Death Sentence Warrants, 1872 - 1908, no. 193781; Requisitions on Governor from Governors of Other States for Persons Accused of Crimes, 1873 - 1960, no. 193814; County Organizational Censuses, ca. 1873 - ca. 1886, no. 193451; Prisoners in Kansas State Penitentiary, ca. 1875 - ca. 1897, no. 193784; Citizenship Pardons, 1876 - 1960, no. 193802; Record of Pardons, 1877 - 1888, no. 193791; Executive Messages and Proclamations, 1877 - 1914, no. 195959; Extraditions, 1877 - 1960, no. 193811; Final Discharge of Paroled Prisoners, 1879 - 1913, no. 193772; Appointments Register, 1883 - 1885, no. 193462; Miscellaneous Volumes, 1885 - ca. 1929, no. 193470; Officers of State Institutions Register, 1887 - 1889, no. 193461; Record of Pardons and Commutations, 1887 - 1911, no. 193793

Records of other offices of Kansas’ government - particularly the secretary of State, record group 622, and attorney general, record group 82 - will give additional information about State activities during this period. Papers of other prominent political figures of the time, most of which are held by the Kansas Historical Society, may also offer insights about Kansas politics and government during the Martin administration.

The Kansas Historical Society has a collection of John A. Martin’s personal papers, no. 432, consisting of one box and one microfilm roll; the collection includes a biographical sketch of his wife, Ida Challiss Martin, 1887; a scrapbook from the Kansas exhibit at the Centennial Exhibition (Philadelphia, Pa., 1876) containing invitations & notices of meetings of exhibit commissioners; letters from the Kansas territorial and Civil War periods (on microfilm, Kansas Historical Society roll MS 221), 1857, 1861-64, mostly written while Martin was a lieutenant colonel & colonel in the 8th Kansas Infantry Regiment; a roster of the 8th Kansas; speeches; later letters, primarily relating to State positions & John A. Martin's newspaper business, 1885-89; and a tribute to Martin written by his daughter Faith M. Settle. On-line guide is available.

Contents List

Arrangement of the Records

Subgroup. Organized into 5 series by type of material.

Contents:Ser. 193419. Correspondence file, 1884-1889 - ser. 195970. Proclamations received, 1885-1888 - ser. 03465. Subject index, ca, 1885-ca. 1888.

Detailed Description of the Records

Series 193419. Correspondence Received, 1883- 1885. 5 ft. (10 boxes).

Primarily letters received by Governor Martin, however there are also proclamations and a few petitions, reports, copies of letters sent, and other types of documents. Some proclamations may have also been interfiled with other items received relating to the subjects of the proclamations. State department files include the attorney general, insane asylums, boards of police commissioners, and other agencies. Subject files include material on cities; claims; county affairs; criminal records; expositions, centennials, & conventions; the death of President Ulysses S. Grant; justices of the peace; lands; legislation; notaries; relief; requests; Missouri Pacific Railway strikes; and other topics. Copies of letters sent are described below in the Martin portion of the series Letter Press Books, 1865-1904 (no. 193397).

Organized into 4 subseries: (1) General File, 1884 - 1889 ; (2) State Departments, 1884 - 1889 ; (3) Applications and Endorsements for Jobs, 1885 - 1889 ; (4) Subject Files, 1884 - 1889 ; and (5) “Private” or “Personal” Letter Press Books, 1885 - 1889

Subseries 1. General File, 1884 - 1889. 2 ft. (27 folders). Box 1, folder 1–Box 6, folder 7.

Box 1, folder 1 Nov.-Dec. 1884
Box 1, folder 2 January 1885
Box 1, folder 3 February 1885
Box 1, folder 4 March 1885
Box 1, folder 5 April 1885
Box 1, folder 6 May 1885
Box 1, folder 7 June 1885
Box 1, folder 8 July 1885
Box 2, folder 1 August 1885
Box 2, folder 2 September 1885
Box 2, folder 3 October 1885
Box 2, folder 4 November 1885
Box 2, folder 5 December 1885
Box 2, folder 6 January 1886
Box 2, folder 7 February 1886
Box 3, folder 1 March 1886
Box 3, folder 2 April 1886
Box 3, folder 3 May 1886
Box 3, folder 4 June 1886
Box 3, folder 5 July 1886
Box 3, folder 6 August 1886
Box 3, folder 7 September 1886
Box 4, folder 1 October 1886
Box 4, folder 2 November 1886
Box 4, folder 3 December 1886
Box 4, folder 4 January 1887
Box 4, folder 5 February 1887
Box 4, folder 6 March 1887
Box 4, folder 7 April 1887
Box 4, folder 8 May 1887
Box 4, folder 9 June 1887
Box 5, folder 1 July 1887
Box 5, folder 2 August 1887
Box 5, folder 3 September 1887
Box 5, folder 4 October 1887
Box 5, folder 5 November 1887
Box 5, folder 6 December 1887
Box 5, folder 7 January 1888
Box 5, folder 8 February 1888
Box 5, folder 9 March 1888
Box 5, folder 10 April 1888
Box 5, folder 11 May 1888
Box 6, folder 1 June 1888
Box 6, folder 2 July 1888
Box 6, folder 3 August 1888
Box 6, folder 4 September 1888
Box 6, folder 5 October 1888
Box 6, folder 6 November 1888
Box 6, folder 7 Dec. 1888-Jan. 1889

Subseries 2. State Departments, 1885 - 1889. 0.5 ft. (36 folders). Box 6, folder 8–Box 9, folder 13.

Box 6, folder 8 Adjutant General 1885-1889
Box 6, folder 9 Agricultural College 1885-1889
Box 6, folder 10 Agriculture, State Board of 1885-1889
Box 6, folder 11 Appraisers of Salt Spring Lands 1885-1889
Box 6, folder 12 Architect, State 1885-1889
Box 7, folder 1 Attorney General 1885
Box 7, folder 2 Attorney General 1886
Box 7, folder 3 Attorney General 1887
Box 7, folder 4 Folder not in file 1885-1889
Box 7, folder 5 Auditor, Register of State Lands 1885-1889
Box 7, folder 6 Blind, Kansas Institution for the Education of 1885-1889
Box 7, folder 7 Charities, State Board of 1885-1889
Box 7, folder 8 Deaf & Dumb, Institution for the Education of 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 1 Dental Examiners, State Board of 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 2 Fisheries, State Commissioner of 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 3 Forestry, Commissioner of 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 4 Health, State Board of 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 5 Idiotic & Imbecile Youth, State Asylum for 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 6 Insane Asylum, State, Osawatomie 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 7 Insane Asylum, State, Topeka 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 8 Insurance Department 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 9 Labor, Commission of 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 10 Livestock Sanitary Commission 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 11 Loan Commissioner 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 12 Mine Inspector, State 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 13 National Guard, Kansas 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 14 Normal School, State (President & Board of Regents), Emporia 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 15 Orphans Home, Soldiers’ 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 16 Pardons, Board of 1885-1889
Box 8, folder 17 Penitentiary, Kansas State: Wardens, Clerks, Board 1885-1889
Box 9, folder 1 Pharmacy, State Board of, 1885-1889
Box 9, folder 2 Police Commissioners, Board of, Kansas City 1885-1889
Box 9, folder 3 Police Commissioners, Board of, Leavenworth 1885-1889
Box 9, folder 4 Police Commissioners, Board of, Wichita 1885-1889
Box 9, folder 5 Railroad Commissioners 1885-1889
Box 9, folder 6 Reform School, State 1885-1889
Box 9, folder 7 Reformatory, Industrial, Hutchinson 1885-1889
Box 9, folder 8 Silk Commissioners, State Board of 1885-1889
Box 9, folder 9 State House Commissioners 1885-1889
Box 9, folder 10 Supreme Court 1885-1889
Box 9, folder 11 Treasurer’s Office, State 1885-1889
Box 9, folder 12 University of Kansas 1885-1889
Box 9, folder 13 Veterinarian, State 1885-1889

Subseries 3. Applications and Endorsements for Jobs, 1885 -1889. 2 ft. (25 folders). Box 9, folder 14–Box 12, folder 6.

Box 9, folder 14 Adjutant general & National Guard 1885-1889
Box 9, folder 15 Agricultural College, Kansas State 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 1 Charitable Institutions, Board of Trustees 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 2 Deaf & Dumb Asylum, Olathe 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 3 Dental Examiners, State 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 4 Fish Commissioner 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 5 Forestry Commissioner 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 6 Health, State Board of, 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 7 Insane Asylum, Osawatomie 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 8 Insane Asylum, Topeka 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 9 Insurance Commissioner 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 10 Judge of Superior Court, Shawnee County 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 11 Judicial Districts, 2nd 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 12 Judicial Districts, 13th 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 13 Judicial Districts, 18th 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 14 Judicial Districts, 19th 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 15 Judicial Districts, 20th 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 16 Judicial Districts, 23rd 1885-1889
Box 10, folder 17 Judicial Districts, 22nd 1885-1889
Box 11, folder 1 Judicial Districts, 24th 1885-1889
Box 11, folder 2 Judicial Districts, 25th 1885-1889
Box 11, folder 3 Judicial Districts, 26th 1885-1889
Box 11, folder 4 Judicial Districts, 27th 1885-1889
Box 11, folder 5 Judicial Districts, 28th 1885- 1889
Box 11, folder 6 Judicial Districts, 29th 1885-1889
Box 11, folder 7 Jury Commissioners 1885-1889
Box 11, folder 8 Livestock Sanitary Commission 1885-1889
Box 11, folder 9 Mine Inspector 1885-1889
Box 11, folder 10 Normal School, Board of Lands; Pardons 1885-1889
Box 11, folder 11 Pharmacy, Board of, 1885-1889
Box 11, folder 12 Police Commissioners 1885-1889
Box 11, folder 13 Railroad Commissioners 1885-1889
Box 11, folder 14 Reformatory, Industrial, Commission to Procure Site 1885-1889
Box 11, folder 15 Silk Commission 1885-1889
Box 11, folder 16 Soldiers Orphan Home, Atchison 1885-1889
Box 12, folder 1 Penitentiary, State 1885-1889
Box 12, folder 2 Statehouse Commissioners 1885-1889
Box 12, folder 3 Supreme Court 1885-1889
Box 12, folder 4 Supreme Court Commission 1885-1889
Box 12, folder 5 Cities, 2nd class 1885-1889
Box 12, folder 6 Veterinarian 1885-1889

Subseries 4. Subject Files, 1884 -1889. 7 ft. (245 folders). Box 12, folder 7–Box 28, folder 1.

Box 12, folder 7 Aerial Navigation 1885-1888
Box 12, folder 8 Appointments, Acknowledgements of 1885-1889
Box 12, folder 9 Arbor Day 1885-1889
Box 12, folder 10 Charitable Institutions 1885-1889
Box 13, folder 1 Cities, 1st Class 1885-1889
Box 13, folder 2 Cities, organization of 2nd Class 1885-1889
Box 13, folder 3 Cities, 2nd class, 1886 1885-1889
Box 13, folder 4 Folder missing 1885-1889
Box 13, folder 5 Folder missing 1885-1889
Box 13, folder 6 Claims, General 1885-1889
Box 13, folder 7 Claims, Indian Raids 1885-1889
Box 13, folder 8 Claims, Quantrill Raid 1883-1885
Box 13, folder 9 Claims, Price Raid 1885-1889
Box 13, folder 10 Commissioner of Deeds 1885-1889
Box 13, folder 11 County Affairs, Allen County 1885-1889
Box 13, folder 12 County Affairs, Anderson County 1885-1889
Box 13, folder 13 County Affairs, Barber County 1885-1889
Box 13, folder 14 County Affairs, Butler County 1885-1889
Box 13, folder 15 County Affairs, Chautauqua County 1885-1889
Box 14, folder 1 County Affairs, Cheyenne County 1885-1889
Box 14, folder 2 County Affairs, Clark County 1885-1889
Box 14, folder 3 County Affairs, Cloud County 1885-1889
Box 14, folder 4 County Affairs, Comanche County 1885-1889
Box 14, folder 5 County Affairs, Cowley County 1885-1889
Box 14, folder 6 County Affairs, Decatur County 1885-1889
Box 14, folder 7 County Affairs, Dickinson County 1885-1889
Box 14, folder 8 County Affairs, Elk County 1885-1889
Box 14, folder 9 County Affairs, Ellsworth County 1885-1889
Box 14, folder 10 County Affairs, Finney County 1885-1889
Box 14, folder 11 County Affairs, Ford County 1885-1889
Box 14, folder 12 County Affairs, Franklin County 1885-1889
Box 14, folder 13 County Affairs, Garfield County 1885-1889
Box 15, folder 1 County Affairs, Gove County 1885-1889
Box 15, folder 2 County Affairs, Graham County 1885-1889
Box 15, folder 3 County Affairs, Grant County 1885-1889
Box 16, folder 1 County Affairs, Gray County 1885-1889
Box 16, folder 2 County Affairs, Greeley County 1885-1889
Box 16, folder 3 County Affairs, Hamilton County 1885-1889
Box 16, folder 4 County Affairs, Harvey County 1885-1889
Box 16, folder 5 County Affairs, Haskell County 1885-1889
Box 16, folder 6 County Affairs, Jefferson County 1885-1889
Box 17, folder 1 County Affairs, Kearney County 1885-1889
Box 17, folder 2 County Affairs, Kiowa County 1885-1889
Box 17, folder 3 County Affairs, Labette County 1885-1889
Box 17, folder 4 County Affairs, Lane County 1885-1889
Box 17, folder 5 County Affairs, Lincoln County 1885-1889
Box 17, folder 6 County Affairs, Logan County 1885-1889
Box 17, folder 7 County Affairs, McPherson County 1885-1889
Box 17, folder 8 County Affairs, Mead County 1885-1889
Box 18, folder 1 County Affairs, Miami County 1885-1889
Box 18, folder 2 County Affairs, Morton County (1) 1885-1889
Box 18, folder 3 County Affairs, Morton County (2) 1885-1889
Box 18, folder 4 County Affairs, Nemaha County 1885-1889
Box 18, folder 5 County Affairs, Norton County 1885-1889
Box 18, folder 6 County Affairs, Osage County 1885-1889
Box 18, folder 7 County Affairs, Pawnee County 1885-1889
Box 18, folder 8 County Affairs, Phillips County 1885-1889
Box 18, folder 9 County Affairs, Pottawatomie Co 1885-1889
Box 19, folder 1 County Affairs, Pratt County 1885-1889
Box 19, folder 2 County Affairs, Rush County 1885-1889
Box 19, folder 3 County Affairs, Russell County 1885-1889
Box 19, folder 4 County Affairs, Saline County 1885-1889
Box 19, folder 5 County Affairs, Scott County 1885-1889
Box 19, folder 6 County Affairs, Seward County 1885-1889
Box 19, folder 7 County Affairs, Shawnee County 1885-1889
Box 19, folder 8 County Affairs, Sherman County (1) 1885-1889
Box 19, folder 9 County Affairs, Sherman County (2) 1885-1889
Box 20, folder 1 County Affairs, Smith County 1885-1889
Box 20, folder 2 County Affairs, Stafford County 1885-1889
Box 20, folder 3 County Affairs, Stafford County 1885-1889
Box 20, folder 4, County Affairs, Stevens County 1885-1889
Box 20, folder 5 County Affairs, Thomas County 1885-1889
Box 20, folder 6 County Affairs, Trego County 1885-1889
Box 20, folder 7 County Affairs, Wabaunsee County 1885-1889
Box 20, folder 8 County Affairs, Wallace County (1) 1885-1889
Box 20, folder 9 County Affairs, Wallace County (2) 1885-1889
Box 20, folder 10 County Affairs, Wichita County 1885-1889
Box 21, folder 1 County Affairs, Wilson County 1885-1889
Box 21, folder 2 County Affairs, Woodson County 1885-1889
Box 21, folder 3 County Affairs, Wyandotte County 1885-1889
Box 21, folder 4 Criminal Records; the Bender Family 1885-1889
Box 21, folder 5 Criminal Records; Miscellaneous 185-1889
Box 21, folder 6 Criminal Records; Rewards 1885-1886
Box 21, folder 7 Criminal Records; Rewards 1887-1888
Box 21, folder 8 Criminal Records; Requisitions (On governors from other States) 1885-1889
Box 21, folder 9 Criminal Records; Requisitions (Of fugitive criminals) 1885-1889
Box 22, folder 1 Criminal Records; Requisitions (On governors from other states) 1885-1889
Box 22, folder 2 Criminal Records; US Army Prisoners 1885-1889
Box 22, folder 3 Detectives 1885-1889
Box 22, folder 4 Expositions, Centennials, Expositions; American Agricultural Association, New Orleans, 1885 1885-1889
Box 22, folder 5 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; American Exhibition, London 1886-1887
Box 22, folder 6 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; American Forestry Congress 1886
Box 22, folder 7 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Association for improvement of Western Water Ways 1885-1889
Box 22, folder 8 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Exposition of the Ohio valley and central states, Cincinnati, Ohio 1888
Box 22, folder 9 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Constitutional Centennial Commission, 1886-1888
Box 22, folder 10 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; farmers Co-operative Trust Association, 1888
Box 22, folder 11 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Grand International Exhibition, Brussels, 1888
Box 22, folder 12 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; International Exhibition, Paris, 1889
Box 22, folder 13 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; International Perpetual Exposition Company, 1885-1889
Box 22, folder 14 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Interstate Agricultural Convention, 1885-1889
Box 22, folder 15 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Interstate Deep Water Convention, Denver, 1888
Box 22, folder 16 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Missouri River Improvement Convention, 1885-1889
Box 22, folder 17 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; National Agricultural Exposition, 1885-1889
Box 22, folder 18 Exposition, Centennials, Conventions; national Cattle and Horse Growers Association of the US, 1885
Box 22, folder 19 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; National Cattle Growers Association, 1885-1889
Box 22, folder 20 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; National Commercial Convention, Georgia, 1885
Box 22, folder 21 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; National Conference of Charities and Corrections, 1887
Box 22, folder 22 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; National Cotton Planter’s Association, 1885
Box 22, folder 23 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; National Farmer’s Congress, 1885-1888
Box 22, folder 24 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; National Prison association 1885-1889
Box 22, folder 25 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; North Central and South American Exposition, New Orleans, 1885-1886
Box 22, folder 26 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Northwestern Water Ways Convention, St. Paul, 1885
Box 23, folder 1 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Southern Exposition, Louisville, 1887
Box 23, folder 2 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Southern States, Forestry Congress, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, 1885-1887
Box 23, folder 3 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Statute of Liberty Inauguration, 1885-1889
Box 23, folder 4 Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Worlds Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, New Orleans, 1885
Box 23, folder 5 Grant, Ulysses S, Birthday Celebration, 1885
Box 23, folder 6 Grant, Ulysses S, Monument Association, 1885-1889
Box 23, folder 7 Indian Scare, June-July, 1885 1885-1889
Box 23, folder 8 Invitations 1885-1888
Box 23, folder 9 Jury Commissioners 1887-1888
Box 23, folder 10 Justices of the Peace, Allen County 1885-1889
Box 23, folder 11 Justices of the Peace, Anderson County 1885-1889
Box 23, folder 12 Justices of the Peace, Atchison County 1885-1889
Box 23, folder 13 Justices of the Peace, Barber County 1885-1889
Box 23, folder 14 Justices of the Peace, Barton County 1885-1889
Box 23, folder 15 Justices of the Peace, Bourbon County 1885-1889
Box 23, folder 16 Justices of the Peace, Brown County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 1 Justices of the Peace, Butler County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 2 Justices of the Peace, Chase County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 3 Justices of the Peace, Chautauqua County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 4 Justices of the Peace, Cherokee County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 5 Justices of the Peace, Cheyenne County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 6 Justices of the Peace, Clark County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 7 Justices of the Peace, Clay County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 8 Justices of the Peace, Cloud County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 9 Justices of the Peace, Coffey County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 10 Justices of the Peace, Comanche County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 11 Justices of the Peace, Cowley County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 12 Justices of the Peace, Crawford County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 13 Justices of the Peace, Davis County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 14 Justices of the Peace, Decatur County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 15 Justices of the Peace, Dickinson County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 16 Justices of the Peace, Doniphan County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 17 Justices of the Peace, Douglas County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 18 Justices of the Peace, Edwards County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 19 Justices of the Peace, Elk County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 20 Justices of the Peace, Ellis County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 21 Justices of the Peace, Ellsworth County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 22 Justices of the Peace, Finney County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 23 Justices of the Peace, Ford County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 24 Justices of the Peace, Franklin County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 25 Justices of the Peace, Garfield County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 26 Justices of the Peace, Graham County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 27 Justices of the Peace, Greenwood County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 28 Justices of the Peace, Hamilton County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 29 Justices of the Peace, Harper County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 30 Justices of the Peace, Harvey County 1885-1889
Box 24, folder 31 Justices of the Peace, Hodgeman County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 1 Justices of the Peace, Jackson County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 2 Justices of the Peace, Jefferson County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 3 Justices of the Peace, Jewell County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 4 Justices of the Peace, Johnson County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 5 Justices of the Peace, Kingman County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 6 Justices of the Peace, Kiowa County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 7 Justices of the Peace, Labette County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 8 Justices of the Peace, Lane County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 9 Justices of the Peace, Leavenworth County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 10 Justices of the Peace, Lincoln County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 11 Justices of the Peace, Linn County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 12 Justices of the Peace, Lyon County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 13 Justices of the Peace, Marion County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 14 Justice of the Peace, Marshall County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 15 Justice of the Peace, McPherson County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 16 Justices of the Peace, Meade County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 17 Justices of the Peace, Miami County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 18 Justices of the Peace, Montgomery County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 19 Justices of the Peace, Morris County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 20 Justices of the Peace, Morton County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 21 Justice of the Peace, Nemaha County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 22 Justices of the Peace, Neosho County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 23 Justices of the Peace, Ness County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 24 Justices of the Peace, Norton County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 25 Justices of the Peace, Osage County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 26 Justices of the Peace, Osborne County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 27 Justices of the Peace, Ottawa County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 28 Justices of the Peace, Pawnee County 1885-1889
Box 25, folder 29 Justices of the Peace, Phillips County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 1 Justices of the Peace, Pottawatomie County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 2 Justices of the Peace, Pratt County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 3 Justices of the Peace, Rawlins County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 4 Justice of the Peace, Reno County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 5 Justices of the Peace, Republic County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 6 Justices of the Peace, Rice County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 7 Justices of the Peace, Riley County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 8 Folder Missing 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 9 Justices of the Peace, Russell County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 10 Justices of the Peace, Saline County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 11 Justices of the Peace, Scott County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 12 Justices of the Peace, Sedgwick County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 13 Justices of the Peace, Seward County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 14 Justices of the Peace, Shawnee County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 15 Justices of the Peace, Sheridan County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 16 Justices of the Peace, Sherman County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 17 Justices of the Peace, Smith County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 18 Justices of the Peace, Stafford County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 19 Justices of the Peace, Stanton County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 20 Justices of the Peace, Stevens County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 21 Justices of the Peace, Sumner County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 22 Justices of the Peace, Thomas County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 23 Justices of the Peace, Trego County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 24 Justices of the Peace, Wabaunsee County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 25 Missing Folder 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 26 Justices of the Peace, Washington County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 27 Justices of the Peace, Wilson County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 28 Justices of the Peace, Woodson County 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 29 Justices of the Peace, Wyandotte County 1885-1889
Box 27, folder 1 Lands, Public (Including Indian lands) 1885-1889
Box 27, folder 2 Lands, Railroad 1885-1889
Box 27, folder 3 Lands, School (Agriculture College & Normal School Lands) 1885-1889
Box 27, folder 4 Legislature 1885
Box 27, folder 5 Legislature 1886
Box 27, folder 6 Legislature 1887
Box 27, folder 7 Live Stock Matters 1885-1889
Box 27, folder 8 Martin, John A.: Addresses (Acknowledgements of Receipt) 1885-1889
Box 27, folder 9 Mexican Incident of August, 1886 1886
Box 27, folder 10 National Guard 1885-1889
Box 28, folder 1 Notaries Public (Continued in Oversized Folder) 1885
Box 28, folder 2 Notaries Public (Large pieces in Oversized #1) 1886
Box 28, folder 3 Notaries Public (Large pieces in Oversized Folder #1) 1887
Box 28, folder 4 Notaries Public (Large pieces in Oversized Folder #1) 1888
Box 28, folder 5 Prohibition 1885-1889
Box 28, folder 6 Relief (Drought in Western Kansas) 1887
Box 28, folder 7 Relief, General Request for Assistance 1885-1889
Box 28, folder 8 Relief 1888
Box 29, folder 1 Request General 1885-1889
Box 29, folder 2 Request for Jobs 1885-1889
Box 29, folder 3 Resignations 1885-1889
Box 29, folder 4 Soldiers and Sailors Reunion 1885-1889
Box 29, folder 5 Strike, Missouri Pacific Railroad 1885
Box 29, folder 6 Strike, Missouri Pacific Railroad 1886
Box 29, folder 7 Strike, Missouri Pacific Railroad (Telegrams) 1885-1889
Box 30, folder 1 US National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers 1885-1889
Box 30, folder 2 Woman Suffrage 1885-1889
Box 30, folder 3 Writs of Election 1885-1889
Box 7, folder 13 Oversized Folder: State Departments, Attorney General; legal documents, letters of persons charged with offenses 1888
Box 10, folder 16 Oversized Folder: Applications & Endorsements, Judicial Districts, 23rd; documents of criminal actions 1885-1889
Box 12, folder 5 Oversized Folder: Applications & Endorsements, University of Kansas, Board of Regents; tax documents and letters of reference that pertain to KU 1885-1889
Box 13, folder 4 Oversized Folder: Correspondence Received, Cities, 2nd Class; letters, affidavits, petitions, and diagrams that pertain to 2nd Class Cities 1887
Box 26, folder 8 Oversized Folder: Correspondence Received, Justice of the Peace, Rooks County; appointment letters, petitions for Justice of the Peace 1885-1889
Box 26, folder 25 Oversized Folder: Correspondence Received, Justice of the Peace, Wallace County; appointment letters, petitions for Justice of the Peace 1885-1889
Box 28, folder 1 Oversized Folder: Correspondence Received, Notaries Public; certificates of appointments, letters of resignations 1885-1889

Subseries 5. “Private” or “Personal” Letter Press Books, 1885 - 1889. 1 ft. (13 v. in 3 boxes).  Box 30, folder 4–Box 33, folder 3.

Volume No. Box, folder Location Dates
1 Box 30, folder 4 027-05-01-07 Jan. 13 - May 15, 1885
2 Box 30, folder 5 027-05-01-07 May 15 - Aug. 6, 1885
3 Box 31, folder 1 027-05-02-01 Aug. 6 - Oct. 5, 1885
4 Box 31, folder 2 027-05-02-01 Oct. 5 - Nov. 28, 1885
5 Box 31, folder 3 027-05-02-01 Nov. 28, 1885 - Feb. 27, 1886
6 Box 31, folder 4 027-05-02-01 Mar. 1 - May 6, 1886
7 Box 32, folder 1 027-05-02-02 May 6 - Aug. 13, 1886
8 Box 32, folder 2 027-05-02-02 Aug. 13 - Nov. 18, 1886
9 Box 32, folder 3 027-05-02-02 Nov. 19, 1886 - Apr. 15, 1887
10 Box 32, folder 4 027-05-02-02 Apr. 27 - Nov. 5, 1887
11 Box 33, folder 1 027-05-02-03 Nov. 7, 1887 - June 1, 1888
12 Box 33, folder 2 027-05-02-03 June 1, 1888 - Jan. 1, 1889
13 Box 33, folder 3 027-05-02-03 Jan. 2-12, 1889

Series 195970. Proclamations Received, 1885 – 1888.  2 v.

Proclamations sent by Governors of other states about the death of President Ulysses S. Grant in 1885 and announcing Arbor Day for the years 1886-1888.

Organized by topic.

Series 193465. Subject Index, [ca. 1885-ca. 1888.] 2 v.

Index to subjects contained in Governors Martin’s correspondence.

Entries arranged alphabetically.

 

Other records series of multiple governors containing documents relating to the Martin administration:

Series 193660. Pardon and Parole Files: Women's Industrial Farm, 1863 - 1919. 63 ft. (151 boxes). ACCESS RESTRICTED.

Contains letters requesting opinions on parole, Parole Board verdict or certificate, and a prisoner history. Interfiled with Pardon and Parole Files for the Kansas State Industrial Reformatory, 1927-1945 (Series 193659) and Parole Certificates Issued by the Coffeyville City Court, 1932-1936 (Series 193661), as part of Subseries I, 63 ft. (151 boxes), 1863-1919, arranged alphabetically. Women are only contained in Subseries I; after 1919 women’s files are arranged separately as Series 196304, Pardon and Parole of Female Inmates.

Arranged alphabetically by inmates’ names.

Series 193397. Letter Press Books, 1865 - 1904. [143] v.

Exact copies of texts of letters sent by Governors S. J. Crawford and James Madison Harvey through Willis Joshua Bailey; there are no letters for Nehemiah Green. Most of the letters sent respond to concerns expressed to the governor. Subjects are generally similar to those in letters received by governors, including State institutions, departments, & programs; appointments; events; counties; investigations; the cattle trade; land; claims; the military; State funds; immigration; Native American issues; laws & legislation; pardons; and other topics mirroring letters received by governors. Recipients included citizens of Kansas & other States, other elected officials, heads of State institutions & departments, the adjutant general, members of the Kansas congressional delegation, other governors, members of the Legislature, railroad officials, newspaper editors, military officers, local officials, and the president & vice president.

Volumes arranged chronologically.

Some volumes indexed alphabetically by recipient and subject.

Martin administration: v. 46 - 55 (boxes 16 - 24)

Series 193463. Letter Register, 1871 - 1895. 2 v.

Contains date written and received, writer name, city, and abstract of letter contents.

Volumes arranged chronologically.

Volumes indexed alphabetically by sender’s name.

Martin administration: v. F and H

Series 193781. Death Sentence Warrants, 1872 - 1908. 1 v. (unpaged).

Handwritten and typescript warrants that were sent to the Governor’s Office after the convicted person’s sentencing for the governor to approve when the date and time of execution had been set. Also included are related documents that were written by the sentencing judge, county sheriff or attorney, clerk of the District court, or jury foreman.

Arranged generally chronologically.

Series 193814. Requisitions on Governor from Governors of Other States for Persons Accused of Crimes, 1873 - 1960. [2] v. + 1 bundle.

The bundle covers years 1886-1898 and does not have any type of arrangement. This bundle contains requisitions and supporting documents that were sent to the Governor's office from other States. Volumes cover the year 1873-1932 and have an alphabetical indexes in the front. Entries are arranged chronologically and list the case number, the date of request, fugitive name, the requesting State, name of agent, crime charged, and county suspect is believed to located in.

Volumes arranged chronologically.

Martin administration: v. A, pp. 57 - 106, and bundle

Series 193451. County Organization Census, [ca. 1873 - ca. 1886]. 0.8 ft. in 2 boxes.

Census rolls for enumerations conducted 1873 1886. Entries contain number of householders, ages, and number of acres under cultivation. Some also contain gender, number of voters, number of schoolchildren and location.

Arranged alphabetically by county.

Series 194090. Applications for Extradition Requisitions: Subseries I and II, 1874 - 1953. 37 ft.

Applications to other States to extradite criminals for prosecution in Kansas. They show the State applied to, name, crime, and date issued; most also contain court papers or similar documents explaining the case. The application itself was an envelope into which all the related documents were placed. Collection is missing the years 1886-1892; years 1937-1953 have not been re-foldered and remain in their original application envelopes. Subseries I: #65-A-1 to 594-A-62 (1874-1885); Subseries II: #1871-B-6 to 6300 (1893-1953).

Arranged by file number.

Martin administration: box 5

Series 193784. Prisoners in Kansas State Penitentiary, [ca. 1875 - ca. 1897]. 1 v.

Contains information furnished to the governor about each prisoner in the Kansas State Penitentiary (Lansing) (KSP) such as name, county, date of sentences, crime, term of sentence and remarks. Other records of prisoners for this period may be found in the records of the KSP, record group 525, and on an alphabetical, card Index to the Inmate Records at the Kansas State Penitentiary, 1861 1952, on Kansas State Historical Society microfilm rolls AR 7458 AR 7469.

Arranged alphabetically by the first letter of the prisoner’s surname, thereunder roughly chronologically by date of entry.

Series 195959. Executive Messages and Proclamations, 1877 - 1921. 6 v.

Handwritten copies of messages and proclamations that were probably used as rough drafts for the printed and signed copies made public. They do not contain exact dates for each, but the volumes do have date spans noted. They also contain an alphabetical index.

Martin administration: vol. B, pp. 3 - 513

Series 193811. Extraditions, 1877 - 1960. 1 ft. (3 v.)

Contains name, demanding state, crime & where it was committed, agent name, and information about the return of the warrant.

Arranged by application number and date.

Each volume contains an alphabetical index.

Martin administration: v. 1, pp. 55 - 88

Series 193470. Miscellaneous Volumes, 1885 - [ca. 1929]. 11 v. (1 cu. ft.)

These volumes cover numerous subjects and are divided into folders that mark the year(s) and subject of the volume.

Contents: v. 1. Endorsements for John W. Radford for state grain inspector, 1905 - v. 2. Records of executive accounts, 1885-1892 - v. 3. Engagements calendar, 1899 (Accession no. 1228) - v. 4. Vouchers register, ca. 1915-1921- v. 5. Vouchers register, ca. 1923-1929 - v. 6. Superintendent of insurance ouster proceedings record, 1899 (Accession no. 1228a) - v. 7. Report of examination of state Treasury Department, 1906 (covers 1898-1905) (Accession no. 1331) - v. 8. Transcript of hearing of Bipartisan Committee Investigating State Treasurer, 1923 - v. 9. McKinley Memorial Fund donors record, 1901 (Accession no. 1231 & 1231a) - v. 10. Liquor abstinence pledge book, ca. 1923 - v. 11. Commutations proclamations and proceedings (letterpress book), 1891-1895 (Accession no. 1185b).

Indexes in front of v. 1 and 2.

Martin administration: v. 2, pp. 1 - 29

Records of the governor’s pardon attorney

Series 193802. Citizenship Pardons, 1876 - 1960. 8 ft. (22 v.)

Copies of declarations of pardon, which contain information about the crime committed, date of pardon, and the governor’s signature on a preprinted declaration form. The first subseries covers 1879 1933 and the second subseries covers 1933 - 1960. Also contained in this collection are citizenship pardon stubs, which cover 1876 - 1883. The stubs are arranged chronologically in three smaller volumes and do not contain an index or signatures.

Entries arranged chronologically.

Alphabetical index in each volume.

Martin administration: v. 1, p. 136 - v. 2, p. 184

Series 193791. Record of Pardons, 1877 - 1888. 0.7 ft. (2 v.)

Contains name, county, crime, sentence, reason for pardon, and executive action & reasons. Does not usually list dates for each application.

Arranged chronologically by application number.

Alphabetical index.

Martin administration: vol. B1, leaves 80 - 220

Series 193768. Citizenship Pardon Orders, 1878 - 1884. 0.8 ft. (2 boxes).

Issued by the governor to the secretary of State.

Arranged alphabetically by the surname of the pardon recipient.

Contents: Box 1. A-L - box 2. M-Z.

Related Records

Records of the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, record group 82
Records of the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office, record group 622

Other Finding Aid

Copies of this finding aid are available in the Kansas Historical Society’s Library and on its web site, http://kshs.org .

Bibliography

Connelley, William Elsey. A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans. Chicago: Lewis, 1918. Available in the Kansas State Historical Society (KSHS) Library: reference shelves; also available on the Internet: http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1918ks/toc.html .

Drury, James W. The Government of Kansas. 3d ed. Lawrence: Regents Press of Kansas, ©1980. Available in the KSHS Library: call no. K 350.7 D845 1980.

Harder, Marvin A. The Governor of Kansas: An Analysis of Decision-Making Opportunities, Constraints, and Resources. Topeka, Kans.: Capitol Complex Center, University of Kansas, 1981, ©1982. Available in the KSHS Library: call no. SP 378 Z C172 pam.v.1 no. 1.

Socolofsky, Homer E. Kansas Governors. Lawrence, Kans.: University Press of Kansas, ©1990. Available in the KSHS Library: call no. K BB So13.

Index Terms

Persons

Grant, Ulysses S (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1889-Death and burial.
Martin, John A., 1839-1889. ( subject and co-creator)

Corporate Names

Kansas. Governor (1885-1889: Martin)-Archives.
Kansas. Governor (1885-1889: Martin)-Records and correspondence.
Kansas. Legislature.
Missouri Pacific Railway Company.

Geographic Names

Kansas-Claims.
Kansas-Military policy.
Kansas-Officials and employees-Selection and appointment.
Kansas-Politics and government-1865-1950.
United States.
United States-Centennial celebrations, etc.

Subjects

Civil-military relations-Kansas.
Congresses and conventions-United States.
County government-Kansas.
Criminal justice, Administration of-Kansas.
Criminals-Kansas.
Expositions-United States
Justices of the peace-Kansas.
Notaries-Kansas.
Prohibition-Kansas.
Public institutions-Kansas.
Public lands-Kansas.
Public welfare-Kansas.
State-local relations-Kansas.

Document Types

Government correspondence- Kansas.
Public records-Kansas.

Occupations

Governors-Kansas-Archives.

Additional Information for Researchers

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Preferred Citation

Note: [document, folder, subseries, or series description], Martin administration (1885- 1889), records of the Kansas Governor’s Office, State archives record group 252, State Archives and Library, Kansas Historical Society.

Bibliography: Kansas, Governor’s Office, Martin administration (1885- 1889). Records, 1884- 1889. State archives record group 252, State Archives and Library, Kansas Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Transfer: Office of the Governor, date unknown

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Inventory written by David F. Manning, volunteer , 2008.

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