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Joseph Bristow papers

Joseph L BristowKSHS Collection no. 6



This collection of the correspondence and papers of Kansas Progressive Joseph Little Bristow (1861-1944), farmer, newspaper publisher, civil servant and politician, consists of 171 document boxes (71 linear feet) and three oversize volumes. It was given to the Kansas State Historical Society by a son, Frank B. Bristow. The first part of the collection (boxes 1-101) was given on July 15, 1942, while Bristow was still alive, and was subsequently microfilmed in 1967 as part of a grant from the National Historical Publication Commission in Washington, DC. It contains correspondence and papers from October 1, 1894 to June 20, 1925 (bulk dates: 1897-1918), dealing first with his years as Fourth Assistant Postmaster General (1897-1905); then his appointment as Special Commissioner of the Panama Railway Company investigation (1905); his one term as United States Senator from Kansas (1909-1915); and finally his work as Chairman of the Kansas Public Utilities Commission (1915-1918).

The second part of the collection (boxes 102-171 and three oversize volumes) was given on August 20, 1944 and November 3, 1952, the former occurring soon after Bristow’s death July 14, 1944, and consisting of records stored in Salina, while the latter gift some eight years later consisted of material found at his home, Ossian Hall, in Virginia. These two parts of the collection were processed in 1985. These papers relate primarily to Bristow’s tenure as Fourth Assistant Postmaster General, including not only correspondence but materials related to Bristow’s investigation of Cuban postal frauds 1900-1902 and the United States post office department in 1903; his work as a Special Senator 1909-1915; his newspaper, “The Salina Journal”; the Grand Army of the Republic, Post 7; the Topeka Post Office; his work with Kansas pensioners while a Senator; and the election campaigns of 1908 and 1914. In essence this second half of the collection supplies much of the material missing from the first half. Initially access to the second half, given in 1944 and 1952, was to be restricted until 1975, but by the time of the 1952 donation, the release date was advanced ten years to 1965. The entire collection has been unrestricted since that time.


Joseph Little Bristow was born July 22, near Hazel Green, Wolfe County, Kentucky, the son of William (an abolitionist) and Savanah (Little) Bristow. After his mother died in 1868, he went to live with his paternal grandparents and then in 1873 moved to Fredonia, Kansas, to be with his father, who had remarried (Ellen Longwell) in 1871. In addition to his older sister, Sarah Ann, Bristow had two half-sisters and half-brothers (John, William, Bertha and Hattie). In 1875, Bristow returned to Kentucky and in 1879 on November 11 he married Margaret H. Hendrix of Flemingsburg, Kentucky. They then moved to a farm in the Flint Hills, about 10 miles from Howard City. A year and a half later they sold the farm and moved to Baldwin, their first son, William H., having been born in 1880. A daughter, Bertha M., was born at the end of 1881. Both of these children died in infancy. Joseph Q. was born March 5, 1884; Frank B. December 13, 1885; and Edwin M. February 18, 1888.

In 1886 Bristow graduated from Baker, earning an AB degree with honors. In college, he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. While at Baker, he had become involved in the Biblical Society, the oldest of the four main literary societies. Bristow’s public career thus had its beginnings in college politics and public speaking activities. In that setting he became close friends with William A. Quayle who later became a bishop in the Methodist church. Bristow’s journalistic experiences also began while he was at Baker, and even before he graduated he owned and edited two weekly papers, the “Visitor” and the “Criterion”, subsequently combining them into the Baldwin “Ledger.” He received an MA from Baker in 1889 and an honorary LLD in 1909

In 1886 Bristow won his first electoral office as clerk of the district court in Douglas County. The Bristows moved to Lawrence, where he read and studied law. He was easily reelected in 1888; during these four years in office he became involved in Republican party politics, taking advantage of the short distance from Lawrence to Topeka to become well acquainted with party leaders in the capital. In the fall of 1890, he purchased the Salina “Daily Republican” and in 1893 purchased the Salina “Journal” and combined the two papers. The following year he started the “Irrigation Farmer” in response to economic conditions. In 1895 he also purchased the Ottawa “Herald” in partnership with Henry J. Allen, keeping his financial interest in it for the following decade. (In 1903 they purchased the Salina “Daily Republican Journal” with Bristow becoming sole owner in 1907, keeping the “Journal” under his control until 1925.) Bristow was thus an active newspaper editor and a close colleague of William Allen White’s in the early 1890’s (quite a few letters from White appear throughout the collection). White came to describe Bristow as having an awkward manner, a raucous voice with halting speech and being disagreeable and tactless.

He became a member of the Republican League when it was organized in 1892. His anti-Populist editorials and support of Republican party activities were regarded by being named secretary for the Republican state central committee, of which Cyrus Leland, Jr., of Troy was president at the time. He met William McKinley in October of 1894 when he came to Kansas to campaign for the Republicans; this meeting was the basis for McKinley’s appointment of Bristow as Fourth Assistant Postmaster General after McKinley was elected president in 1896. For the two-year period prior to that, Bristow served as Kansas governor Edmund N. Morrill’s private secretary. In 1895 Bristow was best described as a “moderate”; by 1903 he was more properly classified as a “radical” or “insurgent” by his contemporaries, the result of seasoning in Washington, DC.

During this tenure as Fourth Assistant Postmaster General he successfully carried out two major investigations into postal fraud, first in Cuba and then in the United States. Feeling he no longer had the support of President Theodore Roosevelt by 1905, he resigned his position and was subsequently appointed special commissioner of the investigation of the Panama Railroad Company. The following year he made an unsuccessful bid for election to the United States Senate, but in the following election in 1908 he was elected Senator as a Progressive. He served for one term only, yielding the Republican party nomination in the 1914 primary to Charles Curtis. After Arthur Capper’s election as governor of Kansas, Bristow was appointed Chairman of the Kansas Public Utilities Commission. During this period the Kansas commission attempted to make a scientific evaluation of all public utilities for tax purposes. The consolidation of telephone companies also took up a large part of the commission’s time. Bristow was the author of the “Third Biennial Report” of the Kansas Public Utilities Commission but resigned in 1918 before the fourth report was completed to make a second unsuccessful bid for reelection to the United States Senate.

For a time, Bristow and his family remained in Kansas but, in 1922, returned for good to Ossian Hall, his farm in Virginia. His wife died on April 23, 1932, and his youngest son died on March 30, 1935, leaving Bristow to help rear seven orphaned grandchildren. He died July 14, 1944, having suffered a fall in the street a month earlier.

Scope and Content

The first half of this collection (boxes 1 through 101) was microfilmed in 1967 under a grant from the National Historical Publications Commission, Washington, DC. It consists of the correspondence and papers, in chronological order, of Bristow and includes letters received and carbon copies of letters sent. A few miscellaneous business papers, not in the form of correspondence, are interfiled according to date. The collection reflects Bristow’s intensive involvement with the midwestern Progressive movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The correspondence also delineates the development of Bristow’s political and journalistic careers. With reference to the former, the correspondence shows Bristow’s progression from clerk of the district court in Douglas County to secretary of the Republican State Central Committee to secretary to Governor Edmund N. Morrill (at the same time that he became editor and publisher of the Ottawa “Herald”) to his first national appointment as Fourth Assistant Postmaster General, a position he held from 1897-1905.

The correspondence offers insights into the issues of the day as well as an introduction to the problems confronting the editor of a newspaper. It highlights especially well the formation and financing of the Progressive movement, inasmuch as it contains significant communication of considerable candor between Bristow and key figures in the Progressive movement such as Cummins, Beveridge, Dolliver, Clapp, Bourne, LaFollette and Norris. Included in the correspondence are letters from nearly every prominent Progressive Republican of the period and almost every state and national issue that arose prior to World War I. There are also several letters from Theodore Roosevelt during this period. In fact, Bristow and Roosevelt corresponded periodically with each other until Bristow left the public arena.

Conflicts within the Kansas Republican Party from 1894 to 1915 are in evidence in the correspondence with such Kansas politicians as White, Allen, Harrison, Morgan, Leland, and Murdoch as well as various governors and other public officials of the state of Kansas. Personal evaluations of contemporary senators by Bristow and his fellow correspondents also surface continually.

Specific issues dealt with in this first half of the collection include: the Payne-Aldrich tariff bill (especially in reference to the Dutch standard used in sugar schedules) in 1909; the 16th (income tax), 17th (direct election of senators), and 19th (women’s suffrage) amendments to the United States constitution; railway and trade problems on both national and state levels; the postal savings bank act of 1910; the parcel post law of 1912; the federal reserve system act of 1913; and more general issues having to do with conservation, Panama, difficulties with Mexico, and World War I. Evaluations of both Presidents Taft and Wilson are contained in the correspondence. Bristow’s appointment to the Kansas Public Utilities Commission after finishing his term as United States senator provides for a fair amount of information regarding Bristow’s participation in this activity until he resigned to run (again unsuccessfully) for United States Senator. Patronage and pension problems also surface in the correspondence of the United States Senate years 1909-1915.

The second half of the collection fills in with much of what is missing in the first half: the Cuban postal scandal investigation of 1900 and the U.S. postal scandal investigation of 1903 (including exhibit material), both of which were conducted by Bristow in his capacity as Fourth Assistant Postmaster General; additional correspondence of a personal nature during Bristow’s term in the United States Senate (including a fair amount of correspondence from Bristow family members and relatives); Bristow’s role as a special commissioner to investigate the Panama Railroad Company in 1905; miscellaneous correspondence from 1890-1910; various items such as press clippings 1903-1905, campaign and other speeches, “resurgency” correspondence, and the operations of Bristow’s newspaper, “The Salina Journal”. Bristow’s son Frank, working in Salina on his father’s newspaper, corresponded frequently with his father in an effort to keep him up-to-date on the state of the business. There is also a fairly complete file of the correspondence between Bristow and Henry J. Allen, the editor of Bristow’s “Ottawa Herald” from 1897-1904, as well as correspondence from his manager of “The Salina Journal” 1903-1904, P. B. Stone. Then there are several boxes of “official correspondence” (incoming) from 1897-1905 as well as letter press books containing outgoing correspondence for the same period. There is one box of G.A.R. journals, containing material relating to Post No. 7 (Wadsworth) at Council Grove, Kansas (minutes of monthly meetings as well as a ledger book and a cash book). There is a letter press book of W. O. Rigby, postmaster at Topeka, 1914-1915 and a 1905 diary kept by Bristow as well as several cash account diaries between 1905 and 1908 and a 1896 Kansas voting record by county.

Three oversize volumes are in the collection—one deals with pension matters, and two deal with payments to rural letter carriers in Topeka. Finally, there are several boxes of pension papers, containing pension related correspondence 1910-1916 (primarily during Bristow’s Senate term) from his Kansas constituents—these are arranged alphabetically by last name of veteran, whether or not the letter is written by the actual veteran or his survivor.

Amongst the newspaper clippings in the collection are several political cartoons, and scattered throughout the collection are several photographs. (See separate listing for photographs.)

Contents List

Box and Folder Description

Arrangement is by date of original letter with enclosures or endorsements immediately following. Undated material follows dated and has been arranged alphabetically by author. Corresponding replies to some of the letters may be found in Bristow II, letter press books in boxes 146-153. Included in the correspondence are a fair number of newspaper clippings.

Only a few of the 1897 letters are dated prior to March. Most are from Kansas constituents seeking some kind of favor from Bristow in his new position (effective March 20, 1897) as Fourth Assistant Postmaster General. In addition, much of the correspondence in 1897 is of a congratulatory nature. Most of the correspondence is typewritten, with some handwritten; there are quite a few telegrams.

Most of the correspondence is to Bristow, but a few pieces are from Bristow, either handwritten or in the form of carbon copies. A good bit of the correspondence is from fellow publishers in Kansas. Most of the incoming correspondence is stamped with two stamps: one indicating when the letter was received, and other when it was answered. While the congratulatory notes are primarily from fellow Kansans, correspondence from parts of the country other than Kansas quickly develops as the year progresses. A good portion of the correspondence refers to the state of the populist movement. Some of the correspondence is marked “private”, “confidential” or “personal.” There is also quite a bit of mail to and from various Representatives and Senators in the United States Congress, as well as various officials in the U.S. Postal System. There is a good deal of correspondence from Kansas politicians of all sorts. Finally, a major portion of the correspondence has to do with the appointment of postmasters in fourth-class offices, under the patronage system.

Frequent correspondents 1897-1901: Frank L. Brown, clerk of the district court of the United States, district of Kansas; Cyrus Leland, Jr., U.S. Pension Agency, Dept. of the Interior, in Topeka; C.S. Jobes; Morton Albaugh, Chairman of the Kansas Republican State Central Committee; John D. King, Postal Inspector in Charge, New York Division; H. Clay Evans, Commissioner, Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions; Charles G. Dawes, Comptroller, Treasury Dept.; William A. Johnston, Kansas Supreme Court Justice; W.E. Cochran, Chief Post Office Inspector; J.P. Harris, Pres., Peoples National Bank, Ottawa, KS.

Box 1

October 1, 1894 – May 31, 1897
Correspondence concerns: two letters from Bristow as secretary of the Republican State Central Committee (1894); “Old Nicodemus and His Coon Dogs”—18 verse poem in Negro dialect with final moral stanza, written by Wm R. Moore of Memphis, TN, and included in his letter urging appointment of Republicans to postmaster positions in the South (April 12, 1897).
Correspondents include: Brig. Gen. R.N. Batchelder, Quartermaster General, U.S. Army, re S.808 (1896); Charles Curtis, (March 26, 1897); John E. Frost, Land Commissioner, ATSFRY (March 29, 1897); Rev W.W. Quayle, (Apr 12, 1897); President McKinley, (May 1, 1897); John Addison Porter, secretary to Pres. McKinley (1897).

Box 2

June – August 1897
Correspondents include: H.C. Lodge, U.S. Senator (June 5); Chas. M. Sheldon (June 17); William A. Johnston, Assoc. Justice, Supreme Court of Kansas; Perry Heath, 1st Asst PMG (June 24); Chester I. Long, attorney; W.S. Shallenberger, 2nd Asst PMG; James A. Gary, PMG (July 18); Lee Patrick of the Sac & Fox Agency of the Dept of Interior, OK Territory; Dr. C.F. Menninger (Aug 11 & 21); Cyrus Leland, Jr.

Box 3

September – November 1897
Correspondents include William Allen White (October).

Box 4

December 1897 – February 1898
Correspondence concerns include: list of Mississippi postmasters identifying same as to race and involvement in the “lynch” faction associated with the last campaign for delegates to the Republican National Convention, compiled by two committeemen of Mississippi (1897).
Correspondents include: Henry J. Allen (December); Henry Cabot Lodge; J.B. Lynch, Warden, Kansas State Penitentiary (Jan 3); Elbert F. Longwell of Norman, OK, a cousin (Jan 14); E.S. Caldwell, Pres., Kansas Republican League (Jan 25); Charles G. Dawes, comptroller of the currencies, Treasury Dept (Jan); Arthur Capper (Feb 3); John Addison Porter, Secy to the President of the United States; W.Y. Morgan, Hutchinson, KS (Feb 7); G. B Cortelyou, Secy to the President of the United States; Cyrus Leland, Jr.; Frank L. Brown, Secy, Kansas Republican State Central Comm. (Feb 19).

Box 5

March – May 1898
Correspondents include: John P. Clum, former Chief Postoffice Inspector, who goes to Alaska at this time to improve the mail service (March); J.G. LaSarre, Gen Mgr, Int’l Bureau of Claims (Mar 21); Russell A. Alger, Secy of War (Apr 20); William Allen White (May 2); Jeremiah B. Remington, Osawatomie (husband of John Brown’s niece), (May 3).

Box 6

June – September 1898
Correspondents include: W.A. Johnston, KS Supreme Ct Justice; Binger Hermann, Commissioner, Dept of the Interior (Sept 3); C.M. Barnes, Gov of Oklahoma Territory: Charles Curtis (Sept 12); Morton Albaugh, Chairman of the Kansas State Republican Committee.

Box 7

October – December 1898
Correspondents include: J.B. Remington of Osawatomie (schoolmate of PMG C.L. Smith) (Dec 1).

Box 8

January – April 1899
Correspondents include: Frank Doster, Chief Justice, Kansas Supreme Court (Jan 17); Jeremiah B. Remington of Osawatomie, now a member of the House of Representatives in Kansas (Jan 25); G.P. Grimsley, Prof. of Geology & Natural History, Washburn College (Apr 6); P. H. Bristow in Cuba (Apr 10 & 15 – second letter urges Bristow to read an article in the Brooklyn (NY) “Eagle” of April 7 “Improving the Cuban Postal System”).

Box 9

May – July 1899
Correspondents include: Sallie E. Bock, cousin on Bristow’s mother’s side, from
Wolf Co, KY, (May 10); Gov. W.E. Stanley of KS (June 17, 26); John W. Griggs, US Atty Gen (June 17); William Allen White (July 5); M.C. Fosnes, Inspector in Charge, Office of Post Office Inspectors, Philadelphia Division (July 7); R. B. Bristow (July 10).

Box 10

August – December 1899
Correspondence concerns include: reference to a photograph illustrating the expansion policy of Kansas wherein the size of Kansas corn is exaggerated; these were sent by Bristow to New England congressmen to persuade them to look with more favor on the expansion policy (folder 7).
Correspondents include: Geo. W. Crane of Topeka (Aug 14); Elihu Root, Secy of War (Aug 26); C.S. Jobes, office of Comptroller of the Currency, Treas. Dept (Sep 23); Glen Miller, US Marshals, Salt Lake City, Utah, (many dates) – letters from him update doings of Bristow’s son Will.

Box 11

January – August 1900
Correspondence concerns: McKinley’s reelection; letters from Cyrus Leland’s political opponent, J.K. Hudson, Editor of the Topeka Daily Capital, begin to appear; as of May 19th Bristow is in Cuba, “endeavoring to unravel the tangled condition of postal affairs” there (May 26 letter). Correspondence regarding the Cuban investigation is at a minimum; however, with Bristow’s absence from Washington, the correspondence now contains carbons of Bristow’s outgoing letters. By the middle of June the extent of the fraud in the Cuban postal system is apparent to Bristow. He returns from Cuba towards the end of June.
Correspondents include: M.A. Hanna, US Senator (Feb 6); James Allison (President of Blackwell Cement Co, Wichita) thanks Bristow for his appointment as commissioner to Paris Exposition (Feb 16); Noah L. Bristow (son of John Bristow of Indiana), a relative from Scirclevill, Indiana (June 26); C.C. Garland, Manager of Debsconeag Fish & Game Club, Mt Katahdin, Maine and C.B. Keene of Penobscot Exchange in Bangor, ME. (Aug 10).

Box 12

September 1900 – August 1901
Only a half-dozen items of correspondence remain after March.
***************SeeBristow II:
Boxes 134 & 135 for April – December, 1901 correspondence.
Boxes 136 & 137 for 1902
Boxes 138 & 139 for 1903
Boxes 140 – 142 for 1904
Box 143 for additional correspondence from 1897-1904
Box 144 for 1905
Box 145 for 1906

Box 13

1905, 1906, 1907, Jan – Aug 7, 1908
Bristow is now in Salina, Kansas (by March 1908 he has announced as a candidate for the U.S. Senate) and much of the correspondence now concerns Bristow’s work as Special Panama Railroad Commissioner investigating the steamship service on the Pacific – a good bit of it is from California businesses with shipping interests on the West Coast. Correspondence during this period includes carbons of Bristow’s outgoing correspondence. There is also some correspondence to William Allen White which he has handed over to Bristow. In 1908 much of the correspondence centers on Bristow’s efforts to round up support from a wide variety of businessmen, doctors, lawyers and politicians across the state for his Senatorial candidacy. His three sons (Joseph Q., Frank and Ed) help with the campaign.
Correspondents include: William Howard Taft, Secretary of War re Bristow’s work as Special Panama Railroad Commissioner; J.P. Williams, Agent, Panama Railroad Co; Rufus P. Jennings, The California Promotion Committee; various West Coast port city Chambers of Commerce to whom Bristow writes for information; T.H. Rossbottom, Secretary, Panama Rail Road Company; E.A. Drake, Vice-Pres, Panama Railroad Company.
Note: there are three entire folders (13.9-13.11) of congratulatory correspondence (including many telegrams) dated August 5-7, 1908, to Bristow after his successful bid in the primary for the Republican senatorial nomination. Folders include carbons of replies for each date.

Box 14

August 8 – November 4, 1908
This box covers the period between the primary and the general. After the initial spate of congratulatory letters to Bristow, the remainder of the correspondence, including carbons of Bristow’s replies, is of course concerned with what was to be Bristow’s only successful national political campaign.
Correspondents include: William A. Johnston is now Chief Justice, Kansas Supreme Court; J.N. Dolley, chairman of the Republican State Committee; William Allen White; Arthur Capper; Henry J. Allen; J.R. Harrison, Post Office Inspector, Wash, DC; J.B. Remington in Osawatomie, state legislature candidate.

Box 15

Nov 5, 1908 – Jan 21, 1909
In addition to the correspondence in this box, there is a certificate for a P.C. Sears indicating he served with the Northern Border Brigade of the Iowa Militia for Mar – Sept, 1863.
Correspondents include: William Bristow, Joseph’s father who is still living in Baldwin; H.L. Scott, Commander of West Point?; L.H. Murlin, Pres of Baker Univ.; William Howard Taft (12/9); Charles Curtis (12/13); W.R. Spilman, Fourth Asst PMG; B.H. Bristow, cousin from Newport, KY; Charles Evans Hughes, Gov of NY; Esther L. Stone, cousin in Paris, KY; Ben H. Bristow, Cincinnati cousin; Jonathan P. Dolliver, US Senator; John W. Radford, Chairman of Wyandotte County Republican Central Comm; A.M. Drew, Rep. 61st District, California State Legislature (1/13); W.R. Stubbs, Gov of Kansas.

Box 16

January 22 – March 17, 1909
With the commencement of Bristow’s Senate term, there are carbons of Bristow’s outgoing replies to correspondents; these are located behind incoming correspondence for a given date.
Correspondents include: B.A. McAllaster, Land Commissioner, Southern Pacific Company; William Allen White; Wm R. Wheeler, Asst Secy, Dept of Commerce & Labor; O.V. DeGraw, 4th Asst PMG; W.R. Stubbs, Gov of Kansas; various Kansas milling companies (16.6) re tariffs (urging passage of the Henry bill, prompted by wheat speculation); A.X. Xanthe, 3rd Asst PMG; Charles Curtis, US Senator, KS & Chairman of Comm on Indian Depredations; Order of Elks, supporting Wyoming reserve for American elks; Joseph Stewart, 2nd Asst PMG; Frank Strong, Chancellor of KU re S 8819; C.P. Grandfield, 1st Asst PMG; Frank Bristow (son).

Box 17

March 18 – April 16, 1909
Some of the correspondence in this box refers to the zinc tariff issue (Payne tariff bill).
Correspondents include: James Wilson, Secy of Agriculture; William Allen White; Lucy Bristow Parker, cousin in Falmouth, KY; F.H. Hitchcock, PMG; Milton S. Florsheim, of Florsheim Shoes; George W. Wickersham, US Atty Gen; Fred S. Jackson, KS Atty Gen.

Box 18

April 17 – May 14, 1909
Bristow is already caught up in the great tariff debate. While the Payne bill was to modify Dingley tariff rates, the Aldrich bill was designed to restore most of them. Bristow aligned himself with the hard core of progressive opposition (insurgents) to high tariff; President Taft ultimately sided with Aldrich conservatives. Bristow is also concerned with the proposed Customs Court. Concerns re sugar and hides tariffs are expressed.
Correspondents include: Ben H. Bristow, cousin/PO Inspector; Frank P. Flint, USS & Chairman, Comm on Interoceanic Canals; George ? Smith, Director of USGS; Francis M. Bristow, of Covington, KY; E.A. Moseley, Secy, ICC; S.?.?. North, Dir, Census Bureau; Erasmus Haworth, State Geologist; B.D. Eastman, former Supt Topeka State Insane Asylum.

Box 19

May 15 – June 17, 1909
Bristow focuses on the sugar aspect of the tariff issue, urging defeat of the use of the Dutch standard. His speech on the sugar problem in late spring is referred to by many of the correspondents.
Correspondents include: Henry T. Wise, US Attornery, NY; J.A. Blanchard, NY railroad man who refers to J.J. Hill 5/14 interview urging Congress to immediately pass tariff bill (5/17); George A. Huron, Topeka attorney & Civil War veteran, who writes of his recollection of the First Battle of Winchester (or Kernstown) in March 1862, wherein Stonewall Jackson’s army was defeated by General James Shields’ army. He encloses affidavit urging support of Kansas congressmen for a monument marking his grave in St Mary’s cemetery at Carrolton, MO (5/22); Franklin MacNeagh, Secy of the Treasury; James Wilson, Secy of Agriculture; Frank Bristow, who continues his weekly (at least) communiqué to his father about the newspaper back in Salina; William Bristow, father; Frank Strong, Chancellor, KU; L.H. Murlin, Pres, Baker Univ., informing Bristow of his nomination for Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws; George Curry, Governor, Terr. NM; William E. Connelley of KS who shares Bristow’s Kentucky heritage; Charles M Sheldon, Central Church, Topeka.

Box 20

June 18 – July 27, 1909
Correspondents include: William E. Borah, US Sentate; various Postmaster Generals; W. R. Stubbs, Gov, KS; U.S. Guyer, Mayor, KC, KS; Frank B. Brandegee, US Senate.

Box 21

July 28 – Sept 7, 1909
By the end of the summer, wherein a special session of Congress had been called, Bristow had spent four months opposing, along with other liberals, the Payne-Aldrich tariff proposal. Taft upheld the tariff, labeling the insurgent Republicans as “assistant Democrats.)” At the close of the special session, Bristow returned to Salina.
Correspondents include: George von L. Meyer, Secy of Navy; William Howard Taft, President (8/18 & 23—written from Beverly, MA) re appointment of supervisors in Kansas; K. L. Russell, Washington cartoonist.

Box 22

September 8 – October 31, 1909
Correspondents include: Arthur MacDonald of Wash, DC, criminologist (10/4); T.B. Gray of Quindaro, KS who writes (10/4) about Charles Curtis and refers to the address made by Bristow a short time previously at a “B.T. Washington Party” (8 pp); W. Bristow, Joseph’s father; U.S. Guyer, Mayor, Kansas City, KS; Victor Murdoch, US Rep, KS (Wichita); William J. Adair of Sterling, KS (10/20); Francis G. Newlands, USS – Nevada.

Box 23

November 1 – December 19, 1909
Note: Jonathan Bourne, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Post Office and Post Roads is a frequent correspondent. Various staff members of The Salina Journal also address Bristow frequently (weekly). Various of the assistant postmaster generals write to Bristow fairly frequently also.
Correspondents include: William Allen White; W.R. Spilman, Supt of Rural Delivery, US Post Office; John Mason Brown, Washington, DC, attornery-11/29/09 letter re claim of heirs of Robert Lee Randolph (S-1726, 1909); Huntington Wilson, Asst Secy of State.

Box 24

December 20, 1909 January 12, 1910
Correspondence includes letters of response to Bristow’s secretary Seaton soliciting opinions from each of the several states concerning any official expression concerning the selection of US Senators by popular vote.
Correspondents include: William Allen White; Will Bristow; Ed Bristow (undated); Joe Bristow (undated); T.L. Lewis, President, United Mine Workers of America (Jan 6).

Box 25

January 13 – February 7, 1910
Correspondents include: President Taft (Jan 14); Geo. W. Wickersham, Attrny Gen (Jan 15); William Allen White; F. H. Hitchcock, PMG; Joseph Stewart, 2nd Asst PMG.

Box 26

February 8 – March 10, 1910
Correspondence includes Feb 14 letter from Navy Secy listing midshipmen then in attendance at the Naval Academy who were appointed from Kansas, with date and Kansas congressional district for each one. Feb 24 letter from Navy Secy outlines proposed expenditures for Naval Establishment for fiscal year ending June 20, 1911. Feb 25 letter from James Bryce of the British Embassy refers to Bristow’s son being named a Rhodes scholar.

Box 27

March 11 – April 20, 1910
Correspondents include: William Allen White; President Taft (Feb 17); Dr. C. F. Menninger, President of the Shawnee County Medical Society, supporting S-6049 calling for the establishment of a federal department of health under a secretary of health who would be a member of the cabinet, Mar 23. (Bristow is a member of the Public Health Committee in the Senate); J.A. Fowler, Att Gen; Franklin Pierce (Apr 16) re Payne-Aldrich tariff.

Box 28

April 21 – May 24, 1910
Correspondents include: Franklin McDeagh, Secy of Treasury; various doctors of osteopathy writing in opposition to S 6049 (Owens bill) and doctors of medicine writing in support of the question (see especially folder dated May 18, 1910); those concerned with railway rate question; J.L. Davenport, Commissioner of Dept of Interior, Bureau of Pensions; Joseph Stewart, Second Asst PMG.

Box 29

May 25 – June 26, 1910
Correspondence re Postal Savings Bank law; site of Wellington, KS, post office; 5/30 note from Thos. E. Thompson in Howard (Elk Co) re having put flowers on grave of Bristow’s baby (must be son William, born in 1880 and died in infancy prior to Bristow’s move to Baldwin with his family); the “Railroad Bill”, in which there is a provision placing telephone & telegraph companies under jurisdiction of ICC; the Mann bill re white slave traffic; HR 22239 (Dodd’s bill); Dolliver’s speech on insurgency (middle of June); Shirley bill amending the bankruptcy law; HR 25552, Sundry Civil Bill.
Correspondents include: Carrie M Watson, librarian, KU; C.P. Grandfield, 1st Asst PMG; William Allen White; P.R. DeGraw, 4th Asst PMG; Theodore Roosevelt (June 25).

Box 30

June 27 – August 9, 1910
Correspondence includes news of Abram W. Smith being appointed pension agent in Topeka, KS (from R. A. Ballinger, Secretary of the Interior); Carey Act re disposal of lands; and in early August the primary results wherein it appears that Kansas is to have six insurgent congressmen instead of two.
Correspondents include: Arthur Capper; US Senator Albert J Beveridge of Indiana.

Box 31

August 10 – September 30, 1910
Correspondence concerns include: Bristow’s charges against Senator Nelson W. Aldrich re Nelson’s interest in a rubber company and increase in duties on certain rubber products; Bristow’s fight against the “Standpat” element on the tariff; election law of Alaska; improvement of Missouri River above mouth of Kaw River; insurgency; Ballinger-Pinchot congressional investigation committee; site of International Exhibition celebrating completion of Panama Canal (San Francisco or New Orleans).
Correspondents include: Mary V. Rice, a cousin from Lawrence, KS; W.R. Stubbs, Governor of Kansas; Jonathan Bourne, USS; J.N. Dolley of Maple Hill; Charles Curtis, USS; F.M. Simmons, USS; J.K. Codding, warden, KS State Pen.; Dwight D. Eisenhower (Aug 20, Sept 3) re West Point or Annapolis appointment; Albert B. Cummins, USS; Franklin MacVeagh, Secy of Treasury; S.J. Crumbine, MD, Secretary of State Board of Health, KS; Stuart Daggett, historian/economist; Albert J. Beveridge, USS (Indiana); William Allen White; Robert M. LaFollette.

Box 32

October 1 – November 25, 1910
Correspondence concerns the new tariff bill the Dutch Parliament is considering (establishing a duty on flour but leaving wheat on the free list); the results of the competition for West Point and Annapolis, one entrant being Dwight David Eisenhower (Oct 22, Oct 25) – there is a letter from Bristow to Eisenhower Oct 24 wherein the latter is informed of Bristow’s intention to nominate him for the vacancy at West Point; increasing amounts of expression from California companies and residents in support of holding the International Exposition in 1915 celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal in San Francisco.
Correspondents include: Gifford Pinchot; B.N. Baker of Baltimore, MD, who in October is authorized by President Taft to go to Panama to take up the question of steamship connections; various millers re proposed Dutch tariff; William Allen White; Albert J. Beveridge (discussing his defeat in reelection bid); George von L Meyer, Secy of Navy; Adrian Boole—10 page statement of trade conditions in Central & South America within trans-shipping distance of the Panama Canal zones to Bernard N Baker of Baltimore, MD.

Box 33

November 26 – December 23, 1910
Correspondence concerns HR 3075, the Tou Velle bill, forbidding the government to furnish stamped envelopes return address printed thereon (mostly negative mail against the bill); so-called Dodds bill—HR 22239; Judge Pollock’s appointment to the Supreme Court; Federal Pay Bill; French Spoliation claims; S 1130, Heyburn Formula Paint Bill (providing for formula labels on paints); construction of Winnipeg, Salina & Gulf Railway line.
Correspondents include: William Allen White; L.L. Bristow, a relative from Georgetown, KY (Dec 8 & 9); Rex Smith Aeroplane Company, manufacturers of lighter than air flying machine (Dec 15); Henry J. Allen; Will Bristow, father (still in Baldwin)—explains that L.L. (Larkin) Bristow was the half-brother of Joseph’s grandfather (Dec 17 letter relates some genealogical information); Theodore Roosevelt.

Box 34

December 24, 1910 – January 17, 1911
Correspondence concerns parcel post laws being proposed; continuing fight between New Orleans and San Francisco to be chosen site for World’s Panama Exposition in 1915.
Correspondents include: George W. Wickersham, Attorney General; William Allen White; Wm H Taft, President (Jan 2).

Box 35

January 18 – February 2, 1911
Correspondence concerns include: Canadian grain shippers; HR 22239.
Correspondents include: Henry J. Allen; William Allen White; Leonard Wood; Robert P. Bass, Governor of New Hampshire; Lawrence O. Murray, Comptroller of the Currency; J.R. Harrison; Adrian H. Boole, Wash, DC; John E. Frost; Gifford Pinchot; Boise Penrose, USS; Will Bristow (father), Feb 2.

Box 36

February 3 – 17, 1911
Correspondence concerns the Canadian reciprocity treaty; Sulloway pension bill; locomotive boiler inspection bill; economic struggles of Bristow’s Salina Journal newspaper; Foster Anti-Narcotic Bill (HR 25241); HR 32318 granting time extension for further construction of the Valdez, Marshall Pass and Northern Railroad in Alaska.
Correspondents include: William Allen White; Gen Leonard Wood.

Box 37

February 18 – March 13, 1911
Correspondence concerns proposed increase in postal rate for magazines; local postal matters, including appointment of local postmasters (Bristow is chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in Post Office Department); the popular election of US Senators.
Correspondents include: Ben H. Bristow; Frank H. Hitchcock, Postmaster General; William Allen White.

Box 38

March 14 – April 12, 1911
Correspondence concerns include: financial status of Bristow’s paper, The Salina Journal—it appears to be getting back on its feet again; Heyburn Cold Storage Bill (S 7649—limiting such storage to six months).
Correspondents include: Will Bristow, JLB’s father, who is concerned about Hatttie Bristow’s health) JLB’s half-sister); Walter P. Hendrix, nephew in Danville, Indiana; Dwight D. Eisenhower (Mar 25) thanking Bristow for his appointment to West Point. Of special interest in folder 3 is 44 page report of February 17, 1911 by Edgar A. Allen of the Kiowa Agency in Oklahoma re the claim of a C.W. McDonald against Indians of the Kiowa Agency. There is also a series of documents, 35 pages in all, relating to the charges made by W.A. Pease against Special Agent Raymond H.
Satterwhite in connection with the Imperial Valley investigations being conducted by him under direction of the General Land Office of the Department of the Interior. (Apr 10, folder 8)

Box 39

April 13 – May 16, 1911
Correspondence concerns include selection of new president for Baker University (Rev. Wilbur N. Mason); the Pueblo Indian Defense Committee (formerly the Juan Cruz Defense Committee); the stamp tax bill (HR 8887); HR 4662 re the creation of grade of warrant officer in lieu of post non-commissioned staff officer; the return of Bristow’s scrapbooks to his secretary Fay Seaton is noted in a letter from Richard L. Jones of the editorial staff on Collier’s magazine; S 1996 & HR 8141, bill for pay for National Guard; Foster Anti-Narcotic Bill; statehood for Arizona and New Mexico.
Correspondents include: Will Bristow, JLB’s father; William Allen White; Arthur Capper; Will Bristow (Apr 20); Frank H. Hitchcock, PMG; John C. Black, President of the US Civic Service Commission; Theodore Roosevelt; H.U. Mudge, President, Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway Co; Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee Institute; James Wilson, Secy of Agriculture; F.A. Fowler, Attorney General.

Box 40

May 17 – June 20, 1911
Correspondence concerns include: S 2234 re District of Columbia residents being allowed to vote; HR 4662 (S 10164 previous session), creating grade of Warrant officer in lieu of Post non-commissioned staff officer; replacement of Burton bill limiting use of water by power companies in Niagara Falls; reciprocity; parcel post bill; appointment of A.W. Smith as Pension Agent in Topeka; stamp tax bill (HR 8887); Farmers Free List Bill; appeal argument to Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors made by citizens of Apalachicola for harbor improvement there and Carrabelle, Florida; Lorimer case; Gallinger affair; Heyburn Cold Storage Bill; Foster Anti-Narcotic Bill; President Taft’s upcoming fall tour.
Correspondents include; Jonathan Bourne, President, The National Progressive Republican League; Geo. W. Franklin, Editor of “Farm Sense”, Des Moines, Iowa; H.U. Mudge, President, The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway Co; E.C. Manning, President, Kansas State Historical Society (Winfield); Arthur Capper; S.S. Longley, Chairman, Republican County Central Committee, Washington Co; U.S. Guyer, KC, KS attorney; Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama; Lucy B. Johnston, historian of the Woman’s Kansas Day Club.

Box 41

June 21 – July 26, 1911
Correspondence concerns include: failure of firms making less than $5000 a year to report to IRS; HR 8887 (stamp tax on proprietary medicines); Canadian reciprocity; passage of parcels post measure; flood resolution; Payne-Aldrich tariff bill.
Correspondents include: H.N. Jewett, lumber dealer in Omaha, NE, offering some new ideas to Bristow (in a 27-page letter) to enable him to serve the people more intelligently and better; Thomas Raftery of Republican Hdqtrs in NYC (July 11); Henry Allen; J.R. Harrison, U.S. Marshal.

Box 42

July 27 – September 12, 1911
Correspondence concerns include: protection of beet sugar industry; Santa Fe vs Rock Island shipping of Vermont marble for Memorial Building (Aug 14)—42.4; the President’s proposed western trip (early fall 1911).
Correspondents include: Franklin MacDeagh, Secy of Treasury; George H. Lorimer, Sat. Eve. Post editor re Bristow’s article on resolution for direct election of Senators for which he was paid $250; Will Bristow, father.

Box 43

September 13 – November 8, 1911
Correspondence concerns include: State Reunion of the Soldiers and Sailors of Kansas Sept 26-28, highlighted by the laying of the cornerstone of the GAR Memorial Building on the 27th, with an oration by President Taft (Sept 19 & Oct 6); installation of Wilbur N. Mason as President of Baker University on Sept 26th; promotion of airship travel by a H.D. Booge (Sept 25); reference to Bristow’s having spent the last third of September making speeches and accompanying Taft’s train (Sept 29); Bristow’s plans to go to Panama Oct 14-Nov 9; S 1996, “The Military Pay Bill” (JLB member of Senate Military Comm).
Correspondents include a relative from Frozen Creek, KY, Mrs E.L. Stone.

Box 44

November 9 – December 7, 1911
Correspondence concerns include possibility of progressive Democrats joining forces with progressive Republicans to nominate third ticket if Taft nominated by Republicans and Harmon by Democrats (Seaton denies Bristow ever stated the foregoing as a possibility); oleomargarine tax.
Correspondents include: E.P. Ripley, Pres of AT&SFRR System re corporate tax returns; William Allen White; M.O. Chance, working with the President’s Commission on Economy and Efficiency at the White House.

Box 45

December 8 – 29, 1911
Correspondence concerns include: Sherwood pension bill; S 1996; arbitration treaties between US & Great Britain and between US and France; S 282 relating to size of berry fruit boxes; parcel post bill; S 18 (to incorporate GAR); HR 8143; appointment of postmaster for Kansas City, KS; Federal Pay for the National Guard Bill.
Correspondents include: Charles Curtis; William Allen White.

Box 46

December 30, 1911 – January 18, 1912
Bristow is now at midpoint of his Senate career.
Correspondence concerns include: Sugar tariff reduction; Republican National Convention; West Coast shipping involving use of Panama Canal; Chesntut tree blight disease; clearing house associations; S 4118; S 4119; Kenyon-Sheppard Interstate Commerce Bill; HR 16802 (re an appropriation to carry out the sixth article of the 1868 treaty between the US and the Navaho Indians to provide as school house for every thirty children of the tribe).
Folder 46.1 includes undated 1911 material, including three handwritten letters from William Allen White, and a statement of Bristow’s farm, home, Journal and personal taxes 1910-1911.
Correspondents include: Theodore Roosevelt.

Box 47

January 19 – February 6, 1912
Correspondence concerns include: HR 22593 to amend Act to Regulate Commerce; Jan 24 letter from W.R. Childs re lease for Kansas City, KS, post office quarters is accompanied by plat drawing indicating value of surrounding properties in terms of assessed valuation and annual rent; proposed change in anti-pass law to permit issuance of free transportation to families of surgeons employed by railroads; S 4756 re Philippine Islands silver certificates; lengthy statement by Dept of Navy relative to shipments of coal to various Naval Stations (13 oversize pages); S Resolution 163 requesting information from each state for governmental expenditures for each river and harbor; memorandum to accompany S 2905; preferential tolls for Panama Canal shipping.
Correspondents include: William Allen White with a proposed plan for a voluntary primary; A.E. Stilwell, President of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway Co.

Box 48

February 7 – 29, 1912
There is an unusual amount of mail from the farming constituency in Kansas regarding the bill that is anti-gambling in farm products; there is also correspondence about the Sherwood pension bill; parcel post legislation; one-cent postage bill.
Correspondents include Theodore Roosevelt; Charles Curtis.

Box 49

March 1 – 14, 1912
Correspondence concerns include: the Owens Bill to keep treaty stipulations with the Navajo Indians; HR 19129 governing the withdrawal of alcohol, tax free, for the use of colleges and scientific institutions (medical schools) of learning; HR 16844 regarding labeling by wholesale grocers; Lever bill and Haugen (HR 19338) bills which relate to the coloring of oleomargarine (latter prohibits it whereas the former does not); free sugar issue; Blue Sky law.
Correspondents include: Charles Curtis.

Box 50

March 15 – 29, 1912
Correspondence issues still include mail supporting HR 21225 (Haugen bill); S 290; independence for the Philippines.
Correspondents include JLB’s father, Will Bristow (Mar 21); William Allen White.

Box 51

March 30 – April 20, 1912
Correspondence concerns include: S 4308 & HR 17736 (the One Cent postage bill); HR 21225 (Haugen Bill); HR 18493 (Lever Bill); HR 16571 (and Report 501 of Senate Calendar 446) re preservation and protection of fur seals; HR 18899 re civil war volunteer officers’ retired list; S 5382 & HR 20487 (Employees Compensation Act); Owen bill providing for a department of public health; S 5792 &HR 16843, a bill to consolidate the veterinary service in the US Army; the “Lorimer escapade”; bill providing for the construction of a railroad in Alaska; Stevens-Burton Bill; new ruling in post office requiring publishers of periodicals to make up their mails according t routes; S 5725, an act to promote the efficiency of the medical department of the US Army; the National Roosevelt Committee; insufficiency of life boats aboard the Titanic; Immigration Bill S 3175; HR 14070, for the relief of veterans with defective hearing; military service records of James B. Aleshire, James Allen, Ernest A. Garlington, John J. Pershing & Henry G. Sharpe.
Correspondents include: J.R. Harrison, United States Marshall for the District of Kansas continues to write to Bristow at least once a month; Henry Allen; Franklin MacVeagh, Secretary of the Treasury; Charles Curtis; W.R. Stubbs, Gov of KS; Wm. English Nalling, author of “Socialism As It Is”.

Box 52

April 21 – May 12, 1912
Correspondence concerns include: the Owen bill (S #1) (numerous petitions by citizens of Kansas urging Bristow’s opposition to passage of bill); HR 22339 and S 6172, anti-Taylor System Bills; Crago bill, HR 1747; HR 22340 to stop the importation of low grade and adulterated field seeds; HR 21969 (Report 423) for the regulation of the Panama Canal; HR 22263 & S 5725; the “Brown bill’ re fixed prices on standard goods; the Bourne bill; HR 14925, providing for releasing “lifers” from Federal penitentiary after serving 15 years).
Correspondents include: S.W. Moore, general solicitor of the Kansas City Southern Railway Co regarding the raising and lengthening of its Ohio Avenue bridge across the Kaw River at Kansas City (Apr 21); William Allen White; Franklin MacVeagh, Treasury Secy; Gifford Pinchot, Pres National Conservation Association; William Allen White, writing on “State Wide Roosevelt-For-President Club of Kansas”; cousin Ben Bristow; J.R. Harrison; Henry J. Allen; son Frank B. Bristow, who writes from Oxford, England (Apr 18); Theodore Roosevelt (May 11).

Box 53

May 13 – June 3, 1912
Correspondence concerns include upcoming political conventions; S 6587 & HR 16689; HR 23417 re patent laws; government post road appropriation; election of US Senators by direct vote of the people; the UPRR Title Bill (to increase its right of way through Kansas from 100 feet to 200 feet); Police & Firemen’s Pension Bill; Workmen’s Compensation Bill; Immigration Bill; Anti-Injunction Bill; S 3750 Technical Error Bill; Page Bill (S 3); HR 24673 re sale and disposition of surplus lands of the Chilocco Indian Reservation, OK; a bill to reorganize banking & currency system.
Correspondents include: Louis D. Brandeis (May 13) re Smith Alaska Railroad bill; Dr. E.C. Eisenhower, veterinarian in Gypsum; H.L. Stimson, Secy of War, responding to Bristow’s request for the number of vehicles of the Army field service used in District of Columbia (May 14); William Allen White; Dr. J.M. Eisenhower, veterinarian of Schell City, MO; Charles Curtis.

Box 54

June 4 – July 5, 1912
Correspondence concerns include: Banking & Currency Bill; HR 21279; HR 21969 re Panama Canal operation; repair & rebuilding of levees along the Mississippi River; S 3558 re express rates; HR 20182; HR 23417 & S 6273 re revision and codification of patent statutes.
Correspondents include: Theodore Roosevelt.

Box 55

July 6 – 28, 1912
Correspondence concerns include: S 2006, Volunteer Retired List Bill; HR 38 to create an elective legislative body in Alaska; HR 18033, amending placer mining laws in relation to the territory of Alaska; HR 23635, Clayton Injunction Limitation Bill; S 6580, “Bourne Parcels Post Bill”; HR 17483; military records of William W. Wotherspoon (DC); Clarence R. Edwards (Ohio) and Edward J. McClernand (Illinois).
Correspondents include: S.W. Hook, composer of a new song about Roosevelt: “Roosevelt a Magical Name”—wants Bristow to promote it, copy enclosed; William Allen White; Theodore Roosevelt; James Wilson, Secy of Agriculture; Cousin Ben Bristow in Cincinnati, Ohio; J.R. Harrison, US Marshal, Topeka.

Box 56

July 29 – August 31, 1912
Correspondence concerns still include Bourne Parcels Post Bill S 6580; HR 16571 for preservation of fur-seal herds of the North Pacific; HR 21213, Sugar Bill; HR 22340; HR 17260, amended organic act for Bureau of Mines; military service record of William Crozier, Tasker H. Bliss, Albert L. Mills; proposal by attorney Wm Armstrong of Chicago for an act providing for appointment of special US District Attorneys in certain cases.
Correspondents include: Theodore Roosevelt; Frederick Funston (8/10 & 30).

Box 57

September 1 – November 10, 1912
Correspondence concerns include: Will Bristow (JLB’s father); possible equine spinal meningitis epidemic in central and western Kansas (JLB responds that investigation by government veterinarian relates cause to ingestion of stunted vegetation which is thereby indigestible—but Bristow subsequently points out horses in town and not out to pasture are also affected—12 veterinarians then assigned by Dept Agriculture to investigate); HR 25280 re leasing of water rights by the govt. by a D. Long Miller of Louisville, KY; proposed Deep Water Way from Great Lakes to Gulf; the election.
Correspondents include: William Allen White; Bertha Bristow (JLB response to her 9/10 to Las Cruces, NM); Sallie Lindsay White; Frederick Funston (writing from the Philippines 9/28 & 10/24 re distress at not being appointed major-general—had been appointed colonel of Kansas 20th volunteer regiment in 1898, then brigadier general of volunteers by Pres. McKinley and in 1906 was in command of Dept of California); Emerson Carey, Pres. Of Carey Salt Co. and candidate for reelection as state senator from Hutchinson; Esther Stone, a relative in Paris, KY; cousin Ben Bristow in /Cincinnati, OH.

Box 58

November 11 – December 11, 1912
Correspondence concerns include: Lever Agricultural Extension Bill; S 4043, Amended Kenyon Bill (prevention of interstate shipments of liquor) which elicits a great deal of mail from Kansas constituents; the Winnipeg, Salina and Gulf RR Co and its president, H. Leone Miller; Postal Pneumatic Tube Co; Railway Mail Pay; adequate appropriation for aerial corps; JLB’s introduction of bill providing for application of principle of recall of judicial decisions to the action of Federal courts; militia pay bill.
Correspondents include: Frederick Funston (11/14 & 16); Theodore Roosevelt, looking to JLB to lead the Progressives in the Senate and again supporting advancement of Gen. Wotherspoon in rank ahead of Frederick Funston; Arthur Capper; Joseph N. Teal of Portland, OR, a Progressive and exponent of American waterway transportation; William Allen White re Progressive conference to be held in Chicago Dec 10-11; William A. Johnston, Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice.

Box 59

December 12 – 31, 1912
Correspondence concerns include: Amended Kenyon Bill S 4043 (prevention of interstate shipment of liquor); Oldfield Bill, HR 23417, abolishing fixed prices; Lever Bill; Page Bill; Industrial Commission bill; Owen Bill; Haugen Bill.
Correspondents include: Albert J. Beveridge, writing of the Chicago Progressive Conference earlier in December; Theodore Roosevelt; Will Bristow, JLB’s father, in Baldwin.
Note: William Allen White was in California December through early May of 1913, hence there is no correspondence from him to Bristow in these files. There is relatively little correspondence from White thereafter, especially after Bristow’s announcement in January of 1914 that he will stand for reelection as a Republican.

Box 60

January 1 – 18, 1913
Correspondence concerns include: Oldfield Bill (patent laws); Industrial Commission Bill; Bristow’s decision to run for reelection to the US Senate as a Republican; Kenyon-Sheppard Bill; organization of the national Progressive Party; a bill to control trusts; S 5660 re sale of lands on north side of Pike’s Peak; Lever Bill; Page Bill; Federal Migratory Bird Bill (S 6497); Murdock Bill (HR 26680 or HR 25685) re labeling and tagging of all fabrics and articles of clothing for sale; Interstate Liquor Shipment Bill; S 5792 to improve US Army veterinary service; S 7782 for reduction of letter postage to 1 cent from 2 cents.
Correspondents include: Theodore Roosevelt.

Box 61

January 19 – February 3, 1913
Correspondence concerns include: HR 21532 re incorporation of Rockefeller Foundation; Windsor Locks Dam Bill (S 8033); Page-Wilson Bill providing for Federal aid for industrial and agricultural education; Naval Appropriation Bill; Owen Bill.
Correspondents include: Gifford Pinchot; Joseph M. Carey, Gov. of Wyoming.

Box 62

February 4 – 20, 1913
Correspondence concerns include: One Cent Postage Bill (S 7782 & HR 27567); the ratification of the proposed amendment to the Constitution of the US whereby senators are to be elected by popular vote received; bill providing for national highway; immigration bill (which president vetoed); River and Harbor Bill (map of Harbor Island).
Correspondents include: Gifford Pinchot; H.L. Stimson, Secy of War; Lawrence O. Murray, Comptroller of the Currency.

Box 63

February 21 – March 21, 1913
Correspondence concerns include: S 8382 re interstate shipment of seeds; HR 16843 re Army veterinary service; continuing letters from states re ratifying amendment providing for direct election of US Senators; Webb Bill (vetoed by President); Kenyon-Webb Bill (passed over the President’s veto).
Correspondents include: Henry L. Stimson, Secy of War; Adda Margaret Bristow, a distant relative; Henry Cabot Lodge, chairman of the USS Committee on Immigration; William G. McAdoo, Secy of Treasury.

Box 64

March 22 – April 24, 1913
Correspondence concerns include: beginnings of mobilization of military units; removal of Potawatomie Agency; Sundry Civil Bill HR 2441.
Correspondents include: Will Bristow, JLB’s father; Lucy B. Johnston, President of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association; Lindley M. Garrison, Secretary of War.

Box 65

April 25 – May 25, 1913
Correspondence concerns include: construction of Post Office building at Ottawa (4/26); Sundry Civil Appropriation Bill, HR 2441; ceding of 3400 acres of coal land to US govt. by Colorado Fuel & Iron Co. (keeping 2400 acres reportedly 6 times the value of the larger acreage); relations between US and Mexico (copy of 23 page letter 5/5 to President Wilson from Emetrio de la Garza, Jr. in Mexico); Kern Bill (S 738); improvements in Railway Arbitration law.
Correspondents include: R. S. Bristow in Urbanna, VA

Box 66

May 26 – June 27, 1913
Correspondence concerns include: Underwood Tariff Bill; sugar tariff; failure of “harmony meeting” of Progressives in spring; proposed amendment to Indian Senate Appropriation Act; Hetch Hetchy Valley/reservoir controversy; Bristow’s opposition to President Wilson’s currency reform.
Correspondents include: William Jennings Bryan, Secretary of State; James A. Troutman, state senator; William Allen White (6/6 & 6/9, the latter including copy of his letter to Theodore Roosevelt re state of the Progressives); Gov. George H. Hodges of Kansas; Congressman I.S. Pepper, 2nd District, Iowa; Theodore Roosevelt; Will Bristow, JLB’s father; John Muir, President of the Sierra Club.

Box 67

June 28 – July 28, 1913
Correspondence concerns include: sugar tariff (Cuban sugar cane vs domestic sugar beet); work of the Commerce Court; proposed Panaryan Association to promote the Union of the White Race; Indian Appropriation Act; Currency Bill (Federal Reserve Act); District of Columbia Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage (7/7/13); Pomeraine Bill (relating to the signing of bills of lading by Railroad Companies); William Jennings Bryan’s neglection of Secretary of State duties.
Correspondents include: Lucy B. Johnston, President of Kansas Equal Suffrage Association; Woodrow Wilson.

Box 68

July 29 – September 9, 1913
Special note: sometime around the middle of August, Bristow’s stenographer was shot and possibly fatally wounded.
Correspondence concerns include: Mormon Mission Church on the Salt River Indian Reservation in Arizona (8/7); Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in California (HR 7207); HR 6282 re preventing certain drugs from being sent through the mails; Nebraska National Forest; severe drouth in the western states.
Correspondents include: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Acting Secy of Navy (8/1); a D.J. Eisenhower of Abilene, KS, who wants job of custodian at new Post Office.

Box 69

September 10 – October 21, 1913
Correspondence concerns include: Tariff Bill (which Bristow voted against in early September); Harrison Narcotic Bill (HR 28277); monopoly conditions in tobacco industry; currency reform; Hetch Hetchy Valley reservoir proposal; legislation restricting foreign immigration; nomination for chief inspector of locomotive boilers.
Correspondents include: Robert L. Owen, Chairman of Committee on Banking and Currency; Woodrow Wilson (9/17); Dr. Immanuel Pfeiffer, President of Postal Reform League; Rudolph Spreckels of San Francisco; Bertha Bristow from Santa Fe, NM.

Box 70

October 22 – November 17, 1913
Correspondence concerns include: banking and currency reform (Bristow sent a coy of the currency act to a good many of his banking constituents Oct 20 asking for their input); Vanderbilt bill proposing a Central Bank; Federal Reserve Act; need to improve southern shipping ports; harmony plan among Progressives; administration’s attitude toward Mexico; Hetch Hetchy reservoir; good roads; Columbus Day Bill (HR 8814); Lever Bill; Postal Savings Bank Law.
Correspondents include: numerous bankers; Will Bristow, JLB’s father; William Allen White (copy of 10/28 letter to Jack Harrison re future of Progressive Party and role Bristow should play, urging that Bristow declare his position before the coming elections) as well as 10/29, 11/1 letters to Bristow; copy of 11/17 letter from J.R. Harrison to William Allen White.

Box 71

November 18 – December 21, 1913
Correspondence concerns include: Hetch Hetchy reservoir; whether Bristow will stand for re-election as a Republican or Progressive; immigration policy; Mexican situation; S Resolution 216 (investigation of merits of telepost); report of ICC investigation into causes for receivership of St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad Co.; S 7970; banking & currency reform (Glass-Owen Currency Bill); farmers in distress wanting rural credit bill; approaching valuatin of the railroads; Bartlett-Bacon bills (HR 1874 & S 927) in support of union labor; the Lafollette Seaman Bill.
Correspondents include: Woodrow Wilson (11/21).

Box 72

December 22, 1913 – January 16, 1914
Correspondence concerns include: S 3063; Lever Bill; passage of Glass-Owen Bill (currency reform); locating of a Regional Reserve Bank at Kansas City, MO; William Allen White (telegram Dec. 26); appointment of E.E. Clark on ICC; Lobeck Bill (HR 9292); HR 9837; whether Bristow should run as a Progressive or a Republican; Dillingham-Smith Immigration Bill; Bristow’s announcement Jan. 3 that he would seek re-election on the Republican ticket followed by Victor Murdock announcing he would seek same seat on the Progressive ticket (engineered by William Allen White); Post Office Appropriation Bill; HR 8832 (bill to reclassify supervisory post-office employees); prohibition measures (HJR 168, SJR 88, SJR 50).

Box 73

January 17 – 31, 1914
Correspondence concerns include: workmen’s compensation; HR 10080, Pure Fabric and Leather Bill; Sheppard-Hobson Resolution; bills to amend Postal Savings Act; Lever Bill (HR 7951); Dillingham-Burnett Bill (HR 6060) concerning immigration.
Correspondents include: Woodrow Wilson (Jan. 20); son Frank B. Bristow.

Box 74

February 1 – 17, 1914
Correspondence concerns include: S 2232 amending the Postal Savings Act; HR 10310 amending the Kahn Act so that American inventors and producers will not be prohibited from selling their own lines; “challenge to debate, Negro vs Senators”—lengthy document by Henry Lawrence Underwood. “Ulysses the Black” (Feb 6); various “Sunday” bills (S 752, HR 7826, HR 9674); irrigation bill (S 4281) introduced by Bristow early February calling for $21 million appropriation to promote irrigation on eastern slope of Rocky Mountains; proposed amendment of income tax law; bills re prohibition—SJR 88, HJR 168, SJR 50; Burnett-Dillingham Anti-Immigration Bill (HR 6060); HR 11321 & S 3920; concern by railroads that there be no restrictions preventing Mexican labor from coming into the country; Hetch Hetchy Valley reservoir; Kenyon’s bill (S 4925) to prevent manufacture and sale of adulterated linseed oil; one-cent postage; HR 10080, Pure Fabric and Leather Bill; Hughes-Bacon Bill (S 929) re pharmaceuticals; Administration Bill (S 4246); female vote (Feb. 17).
Correspondents include: Kansas Daughters of the American Revolution; Arthur Capper, who in a 2/17 letter declares his intention of announcing as gubernatorial candidate the first of the following week.

Box 75

February 18 – March 9, 1914
Correspondence concerns: Hadley Report of the Railroad Securities Commission; Hughes –Bacon Bill, S 929 (Pharmaceuticals); Immigration Bill; Bristow’s opposition to the views of President Wilson on the Panama Canal tolls question (repealing the Free Toll Provision); women’s suffrage; International Dry Farming Congress; Bristow’s Republican candidacy; bill to prevent interlocking directorates among banks, railroads and railroad material manufacturing companies; sale of surplus lands belonging to the Prairie Band of Potawatomies in Kansas; Arthur Capper;s entry into the race for governor of Kansas; Shackleford Good Roads Bill; retention of illiteracy test in the immigration bill.

Box 76

March 10 – 26, 1914
Correspondence concerns include: Immigration Bill; Bathrick Bill (HR 11897); Irrigation Bill; Prohibition (S 50, S 88, HJR 168); Stock Exchange; HR 1933 re convict labor.
Correspondents include: R. S. Bristow in Urbanna, VA; William Allen White; Frank B. Bristow, JLB’s son.

Box 77

March 27 – April 10, 1914
Correspondence concerns include: S 2321, Booher-Hughes Bill re prison labor; HR 6060, Burnett Immigration Bill; Irrigation Bill; HR 2865 re increased pensions for Civil War widows; HR 11897, Bathrick Bill; Bristow’s political affiliation; Indian Appropriation Bill; HR 6282, Harrison Anti-narcotic Bill; S 3466, re free homesteading for South Dakota; Stevens Bill; Bristow-Mondell Resolution proposing amendment to US Constitution enfranchising women; S 4444; federal censorship of motion pictures in interstate commerce; HR 13457, providing for distribution of appropriations for topographical and hydrographic work by US Geological Survey.
Correspondents include: Bertha Bristow in Santa Fe, NM; John S. Dawson, Attorney General, Kansas; Frank B. Bristow, JLB’s son; Elias M. Ammons, Governor of Colorado; Lindley M. Garrison, Secretary of War; S 5530, re Union Pacific land.

Box 78

April 11 – 30, 1914
Correspondence concerns include: Panama Canal Bill; SB 4161; Bristow’s bid for re-election; suffrage; prohibition; Burnett Immigration Bill (HR 6060); Stevens HB 13305; Underwood Anti-Coupon Bill.
Correspondents include: son Frank Bristow; J. R. Harrison; U.S. Guyer.

Box 79

May 1 - 22, 1914
Correspondence concerns include: election issue of Standpatters vs Progressives; proposed repeal of law exempting American ships from tolls at Panama; SB 5093; B.B. Ray case; prohibition; suffrage; Goeke Bill (HR 2979); Stevens Bill (HR 13305); Dutch standard re sugar; Carnegie Foundation; Hobson Prohibition Amendment; upcoming election.
Correspondents include: W.Y. Morgan of Hutchinson; John Walter Smith, USS, MD; G.W. Norris, USS; J.R. Harrison; Henry F. Hollis, USS; Lindley M. Garrison, Secretary of War.

Box 80

May 23 – June 9, 1914
Correspondence concerns include: S 5530 and HR 16511 pertaining Union Pacific right of way; bill authorizing purchase of battlefields of Bull Run; Panama Canal tolls; Hay-Pauncefote treaty; farming problems; Clayton Anti-Trust Bill; S 4503 enabling state banks to retain postal savings deposits; J.R. Harrison’s non-reinstatement as US Marshal in Topeka; Bristow’s speech on Canal Tolls May 7 in which he argued against repeal.
Correspondents include: Will Bristow, JLB’s father; Earl Akers, state (Kansas) treasurer (correspondence from Akers appears in previous boxes fairly regularly); Woodrow Wilson (requesting Bristow’s input on an intended appointment).

Box 81

June 10 – 21, 1914
Correspondence concerns include: HR 6282 (Harrison Anti-Narcotic Bill); Owens-Goeke Bill (HR 2972, S 1556); Bristow’s filing for primary race by petition (officially acknowledged June 16); Rural Credit Bill.
Correspondents include: James S. Harlan, chairman, Interstate Commerce Commission.

Box 82

June 22 – July 2, 1914
Correspondence concerns include: Sheppard-Hobson Resolution for National Prohibition; prohibition; Hollis bill for organization of land credit banks.

Box 83

July 3 – 18, 1914
Correspondence concerns include: Clayton Anti-Trust Bill (HR 15657); prohibition; Rem-Foster Mining Bill; a sample Curtis campaign letter (July 11); S 4841, proposed national censorship of motion pictures; Stevens Bill (HR 13305), re price standardization.
Correspondents include: William Jennings Bryan (July 14, 15, 16); Olin Templin, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Box 84

July 19 – 30, 1914
Correspondence concerns include: Kern-Forester Bill; Clayton Bill; upcoming primary election; Curtis mail appeal to each woman voter in state to support him—Bristow urged to do likewise; Stevens Bill (HR 13305 re price discrimination).

Box 85

July 31 – August 26, 1914
Correspondence concerns include: Bristow’s primary fight; first mention of WW I approaching; Bristow’s loss in primary first indicated by telegrams; Seamans’ Bill S 136; banking and currency committee hearings re Warburg’s appointment to the Federal Reserve Board; International Dry-Farming Congress; Moon Postal Bill (HR 17042); many letters of regret at Bristow’s primary defeat; Federal Bankruptcy Law.
Correspondents include: Frank B. Bristow, JLB’s attorney son re possible incorporation of the Salina Journal (Aug. 21).

Box 86

August 27 – October 12, 1914
Correspondence concerns include: Rivers and Harbors Bill; Sheppard Bill re prohibition; Harrison Narcotic Bill (HR 28277); proposed War Tax Bill; possibility of Capper appointing Bristow to chairmanship of Kansas Public Utilities Commission; McCoy Bill (HR 18201).
Correspondents include: Will Bristow, JLB’s father (Sep. 21, Oct. 2) re his son having met with an accident and having to use crutches; William Allen White (reports Sep. 21 on his wife’s surgery performed by Dr. Will Mayo); constituents who are concerned about getting in touch with relatives in Germany; Frederick Funston (Oct. 22); sister Hattie (Nov. 14).

Box 87

October 13 – December 15, 1914
Correspondence concerns include: proposed tax on proprietary medicines and cosmetics; Bristow-Mondell suffragette measure; possibility of Bristow being appointed chairman of Public Utilities Commission in Kansas by Governor Capper; opposition by railroads to Moon Bill (HR 17042) & Bourner Bill (S 6405); HR 18683; McCoy Bill (HR 18201); S 392, volunteer officers retirement bill; Hobson Resolution (HJR 158).
Correspondents include: J.C. Gafford, Chairman, Republican State Committee; Fred C. Trigg, KC, MO; W.W. Russell, Field Secretary of Western Baptist Convention; Hattie Bristow in Baldwin, KS; Arthur Capper; I.C. McDowell, Chairman, Republican County Central Committee, Phillips Co; Wm. J. Stone, US Senator, MO.

Box 88

December 16, 1914 – January 21, 1915
Correspondence concerns include: S 6688; Hitchcock War Exports Resolution; Moss Grain Grades Bill.
Correspondents include: Arthur Capper, now Governor of Kansas.

Box 89

January 22 – February 15, 1915
Correspondence concerns include: Goeke Bill (HR 17894); German Irish Alliance of Passaic Co, NJ (Feb. 17); Army Appropriation Bill—an amendment to prevent time studies.
Correspondents include: William Howard Taft (Feb. 1 & 2) re Philippines.
Note: Bristow completes his only term as US Senator in March of 1915, and as of April 1, 1915, he is chairman of the Kansas Public Utilities Commission, having been appointed to that position by Governor Arthur Capper. Inasmuch as he as quite ill with the grip during the last half of March, there is not much correspondence for this time period.

Box 90

February 16 – May 11, 1915
Correspondence concerns through March include: Bristow’s inserting an amendment into the Agricultural Bill for $500,000 to construct lakes and reservoirs between the 98th meridian and the Rocky Mountain foothills; Kansas railroads wanting higher passenger rates. After April 1st, correspondence concerns include: Kansas public utilities; Panama Canal sovereignty issue—“a railroad fight”; Bristow’s statement re the sinking of the Lusitania, declaring it an “act of war” (May 10).
Correspondents include: Bristow’s former secretary Fay Seaton, who leaves Bristow’s employ to work for the Manhattan Daily Mercury in Kansas; William Allen White; J.R. Harrison, now with the Beloit Gazette; Chester I. Long.

Box 91

May 12 – October 16, 1915
Correspondence concerns include: “Oklahoma Formula” similar to ICC accounting and classification methods; Kansas Natural Gas Co case; railroad evaluation.
Correspondents include: attorney son Frank B. Bristow; cousin Ben Bristow; Theodore Rooselvelt; Cyrus Leland, Jr; other Kansas Public Utilities commissioners John M. Kinkel and C.F. Foley; Senator George P. McLean of Connecticut; Chas. A. Prouty, Director of ICC Office of Valuation; Senator John Weeks of Massachusetts, member of the committee on valuation.

Box 92

October 17, 1915 – February 29, 1916
There is only minimal reference to the war.
Correspondents include father Will Bristow; Thomas R. Marshall, Vice-President; Senator William S. Kenyon of Iowa; Senator William E. Borah of Idaho; Senator Moses E. Clapp of Minnesota; Senator James K. Vadaman of Mississippi; Senator Asle J. Gronna of North Dakota; Senator James A. O’Gorman of New York; Senator Morris Sheppard of Texas.

Box 93

March 1 – September 30, 1916
Correspondence concerns include: Shields Bill re waterpower on navigable streams; Valuation Committee of the National Association of Railway Commissioners; Bristow’s involvement with local rate hearings; “the gas question” (lawsuit); the 1916 election. There is only minimal reference to the war.
Correspondents include: William Allen White; Gifford Pinchot, President, National Conservation Association; Governor Arthur Capper; Attorney General of Kansas S. M. Brewster; caretaker at Bristow’s farm in Virginia (Ossian Hall).

Box 94

October 1, 1916 – May 31, 1917
Correspondence concerns include: “long and short haul; railroad issue.
Correspondents include: M.E. Bristow, an attorney from Gloucester Point, Virginia.

Box 95

June 1, 1917 – November 17, 1919
November 1, 1924 & June 20, 1925
Correspondence concerns include: Perry Potato story (AT&SF official); Water Power Bill; Railway Bill; immigration re Pennsylvania Railroad.
Correspondents include: sister Bertha B. Wickham (mentions war work); Senator Robert LaFollette (war profits and incomes of rich as potential tax sources to finance war); Gifford Pinchot re Water Power Bill; Senator Charles Curtis. Photocopy of Nov. 1, 1924 letter from Bristow to LaFollette and June 20, 1925 letter from Bristow to LaFollette’s widow.

Box 96

Undated Correspondence, A-Z Alphabetically by last name.
Correspondents include various Bristow relatives (folder #1), including cartoonist Ed Bristow; Charles Gleed; Samuel Gompers, AFL; William Allen White. Folder 8 includes Braille map showing location of the Titanic.

Box 97

Miscellaneous Material
Folder 1 Biographical.
Bristow genealogy.
Biographical sketches of JLB.
Clarence H. Matson, “Joseph L. Bristow: The Argus of the Post
Office Department,” American Monthly Review of Reviews, New York, January, 1904 excerpt).
Editorial from LaFollette’s Weekly, Madison, Wisconsin,
July 18, 1914.
Folder 2 Civil Service charged to Kansas, 1910.
Folder 3 Biography of J.R. Harrison.
Folder 4 “Eulogy on Edmond M. Madison.”
“Eulogy on Alexander Clark Mitchell.”
Folder 5 Banking and Currency.
Annotated copy of HR 7837, 63rd Congress, 1st Session, “An
act to provide for the establishment of Federal Reserve
Miscellaneous material.
Folder 6 Foreign Affairs
Articles, notes, press releases.
Folder 7 Civil Service
“Memorandum of the National Civil Service Reform League in re
HR 18459 re autonomous government for the Philippine
Islands, December 23, 1914.
Folder 8 National Association of Newspaper Correspondents,
Constitution (March 10,1914).
Folder 9 Interstate Commerce
Articles, notes, press releases, resolutions.
Folder 10 Navy Department
Statement re instruction at U.S. Naval Academy.
Statement re pay and duties of electrical expert aids…in
classified service of Navy.
Statement re quantity of coal shipper per annum to US Naval
Folder 11 Politics
“Progressive Republican League”, August 11, 1910.
“Suggested Instruction for Holding a Presidential Primary.”
Howard H. Grass, “The Page Bill and the Lever Bill Compared.”
Kansas Republican Party Platform, 1912.
“An Appeal to the Senators and Representatives of Georgia in
the Interest of Women Citizens to Vote…”, Apr. 7, 1913.
Resolutions of the District of Columbia Association Opposed
to Woman Suffrage.
“Citizenship” (article on woman suffrage).
Folders 12-15 Postal Service
12 “Statement of Mr. E.G. Rathbone” (in charge of Cuban postal
service, 1899).
13 “Exhibits to Statement of Mr. E.G. Rathbone.”
14 Enclosures, exhibits and statement re Cuban postal service.
“Reply of General [Leonard] Wood to statement of Mr. E.G.
15 Miscellaneous items re postal salaries, appointments, parcel

Box 98

Public Utilities; Race and Religion, Reporting in the Senate; Reports;
Resolutions; Bristow Speeches; Sugar Legislation
Folder 1 Public Utilities
9 items, mostly dealing with railroads (1915-1917).
Folder 2 Race and Religion.
Folder 3 Reporting in the Senate.
Folder 4 Milton W. Blumenberg, “The Reporting of the Senate,” 1913.
Folder 5 Miscellaneous reports/sundry claims to the senate committee
on claims.
Folder 6 Reports on:
Pacific Mail Steamship Company, 1908 (2 items).
Postal frauds, 1913.
Appointing postmasters.
Improvement of Missouri river, 1913.
Parcel post.
Folder 7 Reports on:
Election of Isaac Stephenson of Wisconsin to the Senate.
Folder 8 Reports on:
Validating certain New Mexico bonds.
Folder 9 Reposts on:
Chester I. Long’s congressional voting record toward
Folder 10 Miscellaneous reports, memoranda, interviews, and testimony.
Folder 11 Resolutions and articles on miscellaneous Kansas subjects.
Folder 12 Speeches of Joseph L. Bristow (mostly without title).
Folder 13 (cont) Speeches of Joseph L. Bristow (mostly without title).
Folder 14 Miscellaneous material on sugar legislation.

Box 99

Folders 1-7 Miscellaneous cards, invitations, etc.
Folder 8 Issue of anti-Catholic publication.
Folder 9 Form letters.

Box 100

List of Voters

Box 101

List of Voters
Correspondence and papers of Joseph L. Bristow, Collection 6, Part II. This completes the Kansas State Historical Society’s holdings of the Joseph Little Bristow Papers. At the time these papers (which include letter press books as well as several miscellaneous bound volumes) were given to the KSHS by Bristow’s son, Frank B. Bristow, this part of the collection was restricted (not open to examination by the public) until 1975 (70 years from the time Bristow left office as Fourth Assistant Postmaster General). Subsequently the release date was advanced ten years to 1965 and this second half of the collection was finally processed in 1985. Ths first half of the collection was microfilmed in 1967 (see printed guide).
This second half of the collection consists of 70 boxes and three oversize volumes and includes the following files:

Boxes 1-6 Bristow’s personal correspondence while in the U.S. Senate, 1909-1915.

Boxes 7-11 Cuban Postal Investigation, 1900-1902.

Boxes 12-20 U. S. Postal Investigation, 1903.

Boxes 21&22 Bristow’s activities as Special Commissioner to Investigate the
Panama Railroad Company, 1905.

Boxes 23&24 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1890-1944.

Box 25 Miscellaneous material relating to Bristow’s political activities
and duties as Fourth Assistant Postmaster General, 1896-1939.

Box 26 Material relating to Bristow’s newspaper (The Salina Journal) in

Boxes 27-44 Various correspondence files from 1897-1906, containing primarily letters to Bristow.

Boxes 45-52 24 letter press books of Bristow’s outgoing correspondence from

Box 53 G.A.R. journals (4 vol.) relating to activities of Post No. 7
(Wadsworth) in Council Grove, Kansas.

Box 54 Letter press book of outgoing correspondence of W. O. Rigby,
Topeka postmaster, 1914-1915; Bristow diary for 1905
(incomplete—only parts of Feb-Apr) & cash account diaries for
1905, 1908, 1910. 1912; 1896 Kansas voting record by county.

Boxes 55-70 Correspondence regarding pensions of Civil War (a few Spanish
War) veterans, 1910-1916.

Oversize Volumes

Pension Roll, St. Louis, MO. Agency for Acts July 29, 1848; Feb.
3, 1853; June 3, 1858. Survivors War 1812 and Navy”, one volume. Abstracts of Payments to Rural Letter Carriers in Topeka,
Kansas, 1902-1907, two volumes.

Boxes 102-107

Personal correspondence, U.S. Senate, 1909-1915
(Arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent with folders for individuals alphabetically arranged at the end of each letter.)

Box 102

A - C
Folder 1 A
2 Advertising
3 Austin Building
4 Automobiles
5 B
6 Bookkeepers
7 Bailey, Roy F. May 1914 – Mar 1915
8 “ “ Jan-Apr 1914
9 “ “ 1913
10 “ “ 1912
11 “ “ 1911
12 C
13 Capper, Arthur
14 Central Lyceum Bureau
15 Central Press Association
16 Chautauquas & Lyceums Miscellaneous
17 Coit Lyceum Bureau

Box 103

D – F
Folder 1 D
2 E
3 F
4 Farms & Ranches, Pt. I
5 “ “ , Pt. II
6 “ “ , Pt. III
7 Filson, Lester K.

Box 104

G – P
Folder 1 G
2 Graham, Theodore F.
3 H
4 Hageman, Frank
5 Harper, C.H.
6 Hedges, Mrs. Hattie & others
7 Hendrix Estate
8 Houses to Rent & Sell
9 Hull, George M.
10 I – J
11 K
12 L
13 Launches
14 Lecture
15 M
16 McNeill, C.A. for Internal Revenue Collector
17 N
18 National Bank of America, Salina
19 0

Box 105

Folder 1 Joseph J. O’Brien
2 Panama Canal Bill, 1912 (HR 21969)
3 Defense of Panama Canal, 1911 (HR 7271)
4 Tolls for Panama Canal, 1912 (S 4861)
5 Panama Canal Chief Engineer’s Report, 1911
6 Panama Railroad Company
7 Annual Reports 1907-1910

Box 106

Parmenter – Saw Mill
Folder 1 Parmenter, C.S.
2 Positions, Census (Misc.)
3 Positions, Miscellaneous
4 Post Office Matters (Misc.)
5 R
6 Raleigh Hotel
7 Rankin, Paul C.
8 Redpath, Lyceum Bureau
9 Reporters, Etc.
10 S
11 Salina Journal
12 Salina Northern Railroad Co
13 Salina Journal Strike
14 Saw Mill

Box 107

Schnee – Y; Miscellaneous
Folder 1 Schnee, Hazel
2 Skillman, J.J.
3 T – V
4 W
5 “World Today”
6 Y
7 Lead
8 Lime
9 Data Used in Primary Campaign, 1908-1910, Part I
10 “ “ “ , Part II, including Long’s Voting Record
11 “ “ “ , Part III
12 “ “ “ , Part IV
13 Renomination Efforts
14 Rubber Merger
15 Tariffs

Boxes 108 – 112

A Numbered Correspondence File Relating to the Cuban Postal Investigation of 1900-1902. (Fourth Assistant Postmaster General Period.)
While the file originally went from Number 1 to Number 117, the following numbers are missing as of this processing: #1-6 inclusive and #8. Two other numbers refer to documents not clearly identified.

Box 108

File #7 Re C.F. Neely-E.G. Rathbone-W.H. Reeves Trial, Jan-Feb, 1902
Folder 1 Sessions 1-5
2 “ 6, 7
3 “ 8, 9
4 “ 10, 11
5 “ 12, 13
6 “ 14, 15
7 “ 16, 17
8 “ 18, 19
9 “ 20, 21
10 “ 22, 23
11 “ 24-27

Box 109

Files #9 – 43
Folder 1 #9 Rough Copy of Cuban Rpt 1900.
2 #10 Carbon Copy of Abstract Given to Press.
3 #11 Bills of J.W. Mason & Co of N.Y. vs Dept. of Posts,
and Report of Inspector Wm. B. Smith, thereon.
4 #12 Miscellaneous Bills vs Dept. of Posts.
5 #13 Memorandum of Deposition of Gen. Bristow in Neely-
Rathbone Case.
#14 Two Copies of Weekly Bulletin, Dept. of Posts, Showing
Officials, Post Offices, etc.
#15 Summary of Account, Bureau of Finance, Jan. 1, 1899-
May 19, 1900. Inspectors Hamilton, Keys, Gregory Waters.
#16 Summary of Cash Received & Accounted for by Bureau of
Finance, Jan. 11, 1891-Apr. 28, 1900.
#17 Daily Cash Receipts, Bureau of Finance, May & June, 1900.
#18 Copy of Report of Seybolt & Neal, April 23, 1900, Bureau
of Finance.
#19 Daily Memo from Bureau of Finance Concerning Requisitions
for Stamps Filled, Cash Received on Postal Account and
Amount Deposited with Treasurer, June 12-22, 1900.
#20 Summary of Stock of Postage Stamps & Stamped Paper Found
on Hand in Bureau of Finance May 20-22, 1900.
6 #21 Memo by Martin C. Fosnes as to date of Burton Inspection.
#22 Memo Made in Fourth Asst’s Office (1900) re Neely’s
Building of Two Lighters for Handling Coconuts.
#23 Cuban Account – Debits & Credits.
#24 Memorandum Concerning Cuban Postal Code and in Defense
of Estes G. Rathbone.
#25 Expenditures in Cuban Postal Service, Authorized by First
Asst PMG & Paid by Postmaster at N.Y.
#26 Contracts with Cuban & Pan American Express Co.
#27 Letter from Rathbone to PMG, Apr. 18, 1899, re Appointment
of D. F. Dolan.
#28 Statement Showing Employees of the Dept. of Posts and
Salaries, for year 1899 (see oversize folder).
7 #29 Memo by Gen. Bristow preparatory to getting up report;
Employees appointed by Dept. at Washington prior to
Apr. 1, 1899; Employees appointed by Dir-Gen prior to
Apr. 1, 1899; Rough Draft of First Part of Report, as
Dictated by Gen. Bristow in Havana (Not used).
#30 Roster of Employees, Dept. of Posts, Apr. 1, 1900; Roster
of Employees, Dept. of Posts, July 1, 1900.
8 #31 Personnel of Dept. of Posts, May 1900. Roster of
Employees appointed by the Dir.-Gen. Of Posts; Roster of
Employees appointed by the PMG; roster of employees
detailed from the U. S. Service.
9 #32 List of experienced employees, average salary and states
from which appointed; List of inexperienced employees,
average salary and states from which appointed.
#33 List of Blank Forms, Dept. of Posts.
#34 Copies of Form 01 in blank; Estimate of Funds Required.
10 #35 Memorandum of gold bullion deposited at U.S. Assay
Office, New York, on Oct. 3, 1899.
#36 Testimony of E.P. Hamlin (Copy is Exhibit 50).
#37 Copy of letter of Dir.-Gen. To postmasters re expiration
of contract with Herrera Steamship Lines (June 14, 1901);
also copy of letter to Herrera on same subject, June 13, 1901.
#38 Statement of L.E. Hinshaw, clerk, Havana P. O.
11 #39-43 re Madame Jorrin of Cuba.

Box 110

Files #44 – 81
Folder 1 #44 Concerning Louis Kempner
#45 Letter from G.H. Meiklejohn, Acting Sec’y of War,
transmitting copy of list of exceptions noted by W.T.
Kent in his examination of Rathbone’s accounts; copy
of June 19, 1899 letter from PMG to Rathbone; two
Statements of W.H. Reeves.
#46 Report of Inspectors Fletcher & Owen on financial
condition of D. Marfield.
#47 D. Marfield’s statement re burning of surcharged stamps;
Report of Inspectors Homes & Owen (Exhibit 21).
#48 Letter from George W. Marshall, clerk, Bureau of Finance,
re Neely’s being offered position in International Banking
and Trust Co., Havana.
#49 Memo given to press by Gen. Bristow at Havana.
2 #50 Mem. Receipt, Maj. Lord for M.O. funds, $50,000; Lawshe
letter acknowledging receipt of check for $50,000; Statement
of acc’t of Gen. Bristow as Acting Dir.-Gen. With N.A.T.
Co., June 23, 1900, transfer to M.C. Fosnes.
#51 Statements of M.O. funds deposited with N.A.T. Co.
#52 Testimony of W.T.G. Neal (Exhibit 52).
#52 ½ Neely’s banking business, etc.
#53 Copies of certificates covering payments made to Neely
for miscellaneous expenditures (Exhibit 48-A).
#54 Original and photographs of letter from Heath to Rathbone
recommending Neely; Card from Heath to Rathbone concern-
ing Gen. O’Brien.
3 #55 Items re Neely’s salary, application for leaves, letters to
Reeves and letters from Rathbone.
#56 Letter from P.H. Bristow, C.C. Dept. of Posts, to Gen.
Bristow re departure of Neely from Havana Apr. 28, 1900.
#57 Letters from Neely to various persons, business concerns.
#58 Statement of John P. Newman, Supt. Mails, Havana.
#59 Certificate of Deposit, N.A.T. Co. of remittance from
Puerto Rico.
#60 Copy of Order #534 of PMG appointing Rathbone Dir. Of
4 #61 Copies of Orders made by Gen. Bristow while Acting
Dir.-Gen. Of Posts.
#62 Orders made by Rathbone establishing bureaus, etc.
#63 Memo showing postal receipts for May, 1900.
#64 Statement of printing, binding and cost thereof, furnished
by Govt. Printing Office for Cuban Postal Service Jan. 1,
1899-June 9, 1900.
5 #65 Correspondence between George M. Allen & Rathbone.
#66 Correspondence between Beavers & Rathbone.
#67 Copy of letter from PMG to Rathbone, June 10, 1899,
as furnished Col. Burton by Rathbone with cable and
letter re official residence.
#68 Telegrams between PMG and Rathbone re Neely.
#69 Copies of letters & cables from PMG to Rathbone re
salary, per diem, residence.
6 #70 Letter from PMG to Rathbone, Apr. 4, 1900 re attitude of
Gov-Gen Wood toward Dept. of Posts.
#71 Rathbone letter to PMG, Sept. 13, 1899, re burning of
surcharged stamps.
#72 Rathbone letter to PMG re Rich’s confession to Gen. Wood
and Rich’s statement to Special Agent Williams.
7 #73 Letters from Perry S. Heath to Rathbone (inventory);
letters from Rathbone to Heath (inventory).
8 #74 Letters of Lawshe & Reeves concerning salary & per diem
payments to Rathbone.
#75 Letters of Lawshe, Auditor for the Dept. of Posts, to
Dir.-Gen. Concerning disallowances of Rathbone’s
#76 Statement of disbursements, Jan. 1, 1899, to Feb. 28, 1900,
made by E.G. Rathbone, Dir.-Gen. of Posts.
#77 Letter Apr. 11, 1900 from Rathbone to PMG transmitting
receipts & disbursements Jan. 1, 1899 to Feb. 28, 1900.
#78 Copy of Report of Dir.-Gen. to Gov. Wood on Collective
Appeal of Rathbone from Sundry disallowances made by
Auditor for Cuba.
9 #79 Itemized expenses of Rathbone & secretary on trips around
the Island, to the U.S., the Isle of Pines & other bills;
itemized expense of Neely on two trips to U.S.
#80 Correspondence between Heath & Rathbone re various
appointments; Heath letter to Rathbone re Sen. Gear
requesting Fred L. Barnett be notified his leave of
absence has expired.
#81 Correspondence of PMG, Rathbone, George M. Allen and
others re various appointments, retentions, debts.

Box 111

Files #82 – 95
Folder 1 #82 Copy of itemized statement of Receipts & Disbursements,
Dept. of Posts, for Feb. 1900, by A.C. Reynolds, Acting
Asst. Auditor for Cuba.
2 #83 Statement showing annual receipts & expenditures at
each post office in Cuba from Jan. 1, 1899.
3 #84 Papers relating to appointment of W.H. Reeves; letter of
A.L. Lawshe recommending Reeves.
#85 Cuban Exchange received at New York Post Office;
Remittances from Cuba.
4 #86 Rough draft of second report of Gen. Bristow (on reorgani-
zation) together with Exhibits A-L. Part I.
5 #86 Part II.
6 #86 Part III.
7 #87 Statement of C.M. Rich (Exhibit 29).
#88 Papers re Ben Macke; Correspondence re appointment/
suspension of C.M. Rich, Bureau of Finance; G.W. Weavers
correspondence to Rathbone re re-adjustment of salaries,
trip to Cuba, per diem, personnel transfer; appointments
of Allen, Xanten, Hunt & Kempner.
#89 Re appointment of H.L. Richey as Superintendent, Supply
#90 Schedule for adjustment of salaries & allowances for
#91 Testimony of Geo. L. Seybolt (Exhibit 51).
#92 Telephone message from Inspector-in-Charge King, NY,
re Snevily, Dunham & West Indies Trading Co.
#93 Letter of W.T. Sullivan, PO Inspector, re premium on
Spanish silver, profit of Neely.
#94 Statement of kinds, quantities & values of postal
equipment furnished Cuban Postal Service, Dec, 17, 1898
to Aug. 5, 1900.
#95 Statement of items ordered by the Supply Division
(Washington) for the Department of Posts.

Box 112

Files #96 – 117
Folder 1 #96 Correspondence re requisitions for canceling and rubber
stamps for Dept. of Posts.
2 #97 Correspondence re supplies for Dept. of Posts, printing,
scales, twine, etc.
3 #98 Report of Inspector Boyle re sale of surcharged stamps.
#99 Report of Inspector Sullivan on Taylor, alias Troutfetter.
#100 Copy of letter from A.P. Taylor to W.H. Jones.
#101 Chief Clerk Bristow advises Appt. Clerk of suspension of
E.P. Thompson, P.M. Havana, Moya & Mascaro (Stamp
#102 Statement of A.C. Townsend.
#103 Abstracts of disbursements made by C.VanCott, PM, NY,
on Military Postal Account, by quarters, from Dec. 30,
1898 to Dec. 31, 1899.
4 #104 Report of Inspector Boyle in re Wanamaker Bill.
#105 Account of Washington, D.C., post office with the Cuban
Postal Service.
#106 Testimony of W.E. Wilmot (Exhibit 39).
#107 Appointment Bureau. Weekly reports of Changes, June 30,
1900 to Aub. 4, 1900.
5 #108 Small Paper Box (unidentified—not in file).
#109 Census of Cuba, 1900.
#110 Postal Code for Dept. of Posts of Cuba.
#111 Report of the U.S. Postal Commission.
#112 Rules & Instructions relating to military government of
U.S. in Cuba.
6 #113 Summary of Report of Gen. Bristow. Copy as printed for the
#114 Rathbone’s criticisms of Gen. Bristow’s Report.
#115 Money order convention with the U.S. Pamphlet.
#116 Dept. of Posts. Confidential pamphlet giving itemized
statement of receipts & disbursements – by A.C. Reynolds,
Acting Asst. Auditor for Island of Cuba.
#117 “Book” – not found in file.
7 Rathbone & Martin C. Fosnes Correspondence; Fosnes Report
for 1902.
8 Bristow Report July 19, 1900.

Boxes 113-121

1903 United States Postal Investigation:
Boxes 113-118,
Exhibit Material;
Boxes 119 & 120,
4 Letter Press Volumes;
Boxes 121,
Miscellaneous Material.

Box 113

List of Exhibits; Exhibits A - E
Folder 1 List of Exhibits
2 Exhibits A-A.9
3 “ B-B.18
4 “ B.19
5 “ B.20-31
6 " C-C.14
7 “ E-E.1

Boxes 114

Exhibits F – J
Folder 1 Exhibits F
2 “ F.1-F.10
3 “ F.11-F.15
4 “ F.16-F.27
5 “ F.28-F.31
6 “ F.32-F.40
7 “ G
8 “ H-J.5
9 “ J.6-J.12

Box 115

Exhibits K – L
Folder 1 Exhibits K-I.11
2 “ L
3 “ L.1-L.6
4 “ L.7-L.25
5 “ L.26-L.38
6 “ L.39-L.49
7 “ L.50-L.63
8 “ L.64-L.75

Box 116

Exhibits M - R
Folder 1 Exhibits M-M.11
2 “ N-N.13
3 “ O-O.13
4 “ O.14-O.31
5 “ P-P.12
6 “ Q-Q.11
7 “ R-R.21

Box 117

Exhibits S – V
Folder 1 Exhibits S-S.6
2 “ S.7-S.18
3 “ T-T.12
4 “ U-U.10
5 “ U.11-U.25
6 “ U.26-U.37
7 “ V-V.10
8 “ V.11-V.26
9 “ V.27-V.36

Box 118

Exhibits W – X
Folder 1 Exhibits W-W.12
2 “ W.13-W.21
3 “ W.22-W.35
4 “ W.36-W.48
5 “ W.49-W.58
6 “ W.59-W.63
7 “ W.64-W.73
8 “ W.74-W.79
9 “ W.80-W.87
10 “ W.88-W.89
11 “ X-X.1; Miscellaneous

Box 119

Letter Press Volumes (2)
One Volume containing:
1. Report by JLB Subcommittee dated October 24, 1903 (376 pp).
2. Index to list of Exhibits (15 pp).
3. Brief of Report of the 4th Assistant Postmaster General,
Supply Division (51 pp).
4. White House Statement by President Theodore Roosevelt.
One Volume containing various Exhibit Reports.

Box 120

Letter Press Volumes (2)
One volume (smaller one) containing personal letters Aug. 28, 1903-
Jan. 17, 1905 (223 pp).
One volume re Investigation of the Free Delivery Service: September
1903 report submitted by M.C. Fosnes (295 pp); copies of various
exhibits (see boxes 12-17 for clearer copies of same), reports, letters
relating to same.

Box 121

Miscellaneous Items Relating to 1903 U.S. Postal Investigation; A Few Items Relating to Fourth Assistant Postmaster General.
Folder 1 Exhibit A—Papers accompanying memorandum report of Inspectors
M.C. Fosnes and Paul E. William in the matter of employment and
history of Alfred D. and Villa M. Miller.
2 Various reports, memoranda, abstracts, indictments, duplicate of
Exhibit #1 (miscellaneous letters referring to George E. Baldwin),
3 “Memorandum of the President and Report of Fourth Assistant
Postmaster-General J.L. Bristow on The Investigation of Certain
Divisions of the Post-Office Department. Government Printing
Office, 1903 (191 pp).
4 Depositions.
5 Abner McKinley (not used as part of Exhibit W.33 re Barry).
6 Papers of 4th Asst. PMG.
7 Report to Williams & Furniss on Kempner.
8 Hastings, Nebraska, Lease Case, 1901.
9 1906-1908 items re 4th Asst. PMG.
10 Memoranda re Irregular Sales of Postage Stamps, 1904;
memoranda re New York City Delivery Service; statements re
postal employees (many black) in Georgia; Sale of Endorsements
in other southern states.
11 Wheeling, W. Va. Post Office Case, 1902.
12 Miscellaneous

Boxes 122 & 123

Role of Bristow as Special Commissioner to Investigate the
Panama Railroad Company, Reporting to the Secretary of War, 1905.

Box 122

Panama Railroad Company Letter Press Volumes (3), Official & Personal Correspondence.

1 – Official letters, Jan. 21, 1905-Aug. 8, 1905.
2 – Official letters, June 24, 1905-May 22, 1905.
3 – Personal letters, Jan. 21, 1905-Aug. 14, 1905.

Box 123

Panama Railroad Company Miscellaneous Items Relating to Bristow’s Activities as Special Commissioner.
Folder 1 Miscellaneous correspondence.
2 “ “
3 “ “
4 Copies of letters (“confidential”) submitted to Chamber of Commerce
of San Francisco, 1905.
5 Nicaraguan Canal.
6 Articles, Correspondence & Reports to Secretary of War.
7 Panama Canal.
8 JLB Biography; code for names & places; envelope of calling cards.
9 Cloth samples; duty listing.

Box 124

Miscellaneous Correspondence 1890-1910.
Folder 1 1890
2 1892
3 1893
4 1894
5 1895
6 1896
7 1897
8 1898
9 1899
10 1900
11 1902
12 1903
13 1904
14 1905
15 1906
16 1907
17 1908
18 1909
19 1910

Box 125

Miscellaneous Correspondence 1911-1944.
Folder 1 1915
2 1916
3 1917
4 1918
5 1918 re campaign
6 1919
7 1920
8 1921
9 1922
10 1923
11 1924
12 1929
13 1930
14 1931
15 1932
16 1933
17 1936
18 1938
19 1940
20 1943
21 1944
22 Baker University
23 Carbons of letters from Bristow
24 Correspondence to & from family members
25 J.R. Harrison, “Beloit Gazette”
26 Undated

Box 126

Press Clippings, Campaign Speeches, Addresses, “Resurgency” Correspondence, Extra Duplicates.
Folder 1 Miscellaneous Clippings.
2 Clippings 1903 Postal Inv.
3 Clippings 1905.
4 Clippings 1904, 1905 – Panama, Postal Inv. – cartons (5).
5 Press Clippings 1905.
6 Kenneth W. Hechler, PM – Aug. 30, 1939, NYC.
7 Newspaper account of 1898 Speech at Wellington.
8 Undated memos.
9 1908 Primary Campaign clipping.
10 Early Nov. 1904 Pre-election speech.
11 1898 Speech supporting McKinley, & other papers.
12 1900 Campaign Speech.
13 1909 Address before Kansas Legislature.
14 “Chinese Civilization” Speech (undated).
15 1899 “Civilization” Speech.
16 World War I Speech Notes
17 Campaign Checkbook Sept-Nov. 1896.
18 Extra Duplicates

Box 127

Horses & Cattle; Special Sugar Data; Items Relating to “Salina Journal”
Folder 1 Horses & Cattle.
2 Special Sugar Data.
3 “Salina Journal” Statements:
Monthly 1910-1915.
Yearly 1910-1914.
4 “Salina Journal” Weekly Reports 1909-June 1912.
5 “Salina Journal” Weekly Reports July 1912-1915.

Box 128

Correspondence from Henry J. Allen, 1897-1904.
Correspondence from Henry J. Allen, Editor of “The Ottawa Herald” newspaper in Ottawa, Kansas. Bristow was editor and publisher of this newspaper 1895-1905.

Folder 1 1897
2 1898
3 1899
4 1900
5 1901
6 1902
7 1903
8 1904

Box 129

Bills 1897-1904; Correspondence from P. B. Stone, 1903-1904.
Bills: Feb. 12, 1897-July 1, 1904. Arranged alphabetically by last name of business and chronologically overall.
Folder 1 Bills A-E
2 “ F-J
3 “ Jo-R
4 “ S-Z

P.B. Stone 1897-1904: Manager of “The Salina Journal”. Bristow was editor and publisher 1890-1895 (when it was under the name of the “Republican-Journal”); and again from 1903-1925. Arranged chronologically, and includes weekly and monthly statements of accounts for the newspaper.

Folder 5 Jan – June 1903
6 July – Dec. 1903
7 1904

Box 130

Cuban Postal Investigation: Correspondence from Fosnes to Postmaster General; Correspondence between Bristow and the Postmaster General; Correspondence Between Rathbone and the Postmaster General.
Folder 1 Letters from Martin C. Fosnes, Director-General, Havana, Cuba,
to the Postmaster General, Feb. 23, 1901-Mar. 10, 1902.
Folder 2 Correspondence between General Bristow and the Postmaster
General, May 12, 1900-Feb. 19, 1902.
Folder 3 Letters from J.R. Harrison, of the Department of Posts of
Cuba, to General Bristow, Sept. 24, 1900-Apr. 2, 1901.
Folder 4 Correspondence from the Postmaster General to Estes G.
Rathbone, Director of Posts, Havana, Cuba, Dec. 21, 1898-
May 15, 1900. Index summary of letters included.
Folder 5 Correspondence from E.G. Rathbone, Director of Posts, Havana,
Cuba, to the Postmaster General, 1899. Index summary of
letters 1899 & 1900 included.
Folder 6 Continuation of correspondence in previous Folder 5, 1900.
See index summary for 1900 in previous Folder 5.

Box 131

Cuban Postal Investigation: Correspondence Between Bristow and M.C. Fosnes, Director-General, Havana, Cuba, June 25, 1900-Mar. 28, 1902.
Folder 1 June & July, 1900.
2 Aug. – Dec., 1900.
3 1901.
4 1902.

General Correspondence to Bristow during 1900, arranged alphabetically by last name of sender; most, if not all, in regard to Cuban Postal Investigation.

Folder 5 A – G
6 J - W

Box 132

Correspondence to Bristow; Arranged by Name, Mostly Having To Do With Matters Relating to Bristow’s Work as Fourth Assistant Postmaster General.
Folder 1 Letters from C. Van Cott, Postmaster, New York, to the First
Assistant Postmaster-General. 1898-1899.
2 Letters from the First Assistant Postmaster-General to C. Van
Cott, Postmaster, New York. Part I, July 6-Dec. 30, 1898.
3 ---, Part II, Jan. 4-Mar. 31, 1899.
4 ---, Part III, Apr. 4, 1899-Jan. 26, 1900.
5 Letters from E.G. Rathbone, Director of Posts, Cuba, to C.
Van Cott, Postmaster, New York, Jan. 14, 1899-May 18, 1900.
6 Letters from C. Van Cott, Postmaster, New York, to E.G.
Rathbone, Director of Posts, Cuba.
7 Letters from Louis Kempner, U.S. Postal Agent, Santiago, Cuba,
to C. Van Cott, Postmaster, New York.
8 Letters from C. Van Cott, Postmaster, New York, to Louis
Kempner, U.S. Postal Agent, Santiago, Cuba.
9 Letters relating to the Postal Commission and G.M. Hunt,
Financial Clerk, Military Station #10, Havana, Cuba.
10 Miscellaneous letters from C. Van Cott, Postmaster, New York,
to the Postmaster-General, the Attorney General, the Third
Assistant Postmaster-General.

Box 133

Official Letters to Bristow, May 1, 1900-March 31, 1901.
Arranged alphabetically by sender; A-L are missing. Much of the correspondence has to do with Bristow’s position as Fourth Assistant Postmaster General. M – Z:

Folder 1 M
2 McA – McW
3 N – O
4 P – Q
5 R
6 S
7 T
8 W – Z

Boxes 134 & 135

Official Letters to Bristow, April 1 – December 31, 1901.
Arranged alphabetically by sender. Much of the correspondence has to do with Bristow’s position as Fourth Assistant Postmaster General.

Box 134

A – K
Folder 1 A
2 B
3 C
4 D
5 E
6 F
7 G
8 H
9 I – K

Box 135

L – Z
Folder 1 L
2 M, N
3 P – R
4 S
5 T – Z

Boxes 136 & 137

Official Letters to Bristow, 1902.
Arranged alphabetically by sender’s last name. Much of the correspondence has to do with Bristow’s position as Fourth Assistant Postmaster General.

Box 136

A – K
Folder 1 A
2 B
3 C
4 D – E
5 F
6 G
7 H
8 I – K

There is also considerable Kansas political correspondence in Folder 136.7 from J.R. Harrison, Postal Inspector in Kansas City, Missouri.

Box 137

L – Z
Folder 1 L
2 M
3 N – Q
4 R
5 S
6 T
7 U – Z

Correspondents include: Cyrus Leland, Jr., of the Department of the Interior, United States Pension Agency; an uncle of Bristow’s, an Elsberry Little, dated Feb. 10, written from Gillmore, Kentucky; (folder 137.3 contains correspondence in reference to the Y.M.C.A. of Kansas as well as a list of the presidential post office in the Second District of Vermont); a cousin of Bristow’s in Jackson and Lexington, Kentucky, Esther Lovelace Stone; Postal Inspector E. H. Thorp; A. A. von Haakee, topographer with the Post Office Department; William Allen White.

Boxes 138 & 139

Official Letters, 1903.
Arranged alphabetically by sender’s last name. Much of the correspondence has to do with Bristow’s investigation of the post office in his capacity as Fourth Assistant Postmaster General. In December there are a good many letters from recipients of Bristow’s annual report in which this particular year focused on the investigation.

Box 138

A – H
Folder 1 A
2 B – Bi
3 Bo – Bu
4 C
5 D – E
6 F
7 G
8 H

Correspondents of special interest: Morton Albaugh, chairman of the Kansas Republican State Central Committee; some Associated Press correspondence; (in 138.2 coy of 1888 article re the establishment of the Charleston, S. C., Post Office; an acknowledgement of the New York Public Library of the receipt of some material having to do with the Postal Investigation of 1903); Ethel B. & Bertha L. Bristow in Versailles, Ohio inquiring whether Bristow was raised near Boonville, Indiana; (in 138.3 a note from a man in Bristow, Indian Territory, re Bristow’s being mentioned as a possible running mate for Theodore Roosevelt in the next election); Acting Fourth Assistant Postmaster General, C. S. Conrard; the President’s personal secretary (in 138.4).

Box 139

I – Z
Folder 1 I – K
2 L
3 M
4 N – Q
5 R
6 S
7 T – U
8 V – Z

Correspondents include: William A. Johnston, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kansas; Helen Kimber, president of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association; Cyrus Leland, Jr., trustee of Kansas Mutual Life Insurance Company and dealer in general merchandise, grain and lumber in Troy, KS; H.C. Lodge, chairman of the US Senate Committee on the Philippines; U.S. Senator Chester I. Long; (in 139.3 of special interest is a political cartoon on the front page of the September 5 issue of the Detroit Free Press, featuring Roosevelt and Bristow in regard to the postal investigation); the Mergenthaler Linotype Co, N.Y.; L.H. Murlin, president of Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas; William B. Newman of Talladega, Alabama, giving and requesting genealogical information about the Bristows of Kentucky being descendants of William Morton who settled in Orange County, Virginia, about 1750; Boies Penrose, U.S. Senator of Pennsylvania regarding bills having to do with postal affairs; Postmaster General Payne; Will A. Quayle, of the Methodist Episcopal Church in KC, MO.; Jeremiah Berger Remington of Osawatomie, son-in-law of Rev. Samual Lyle Adair, who married John Brown’s half sister Florella; W.S. Shallenberger, Second Assistant Postmaster General; H.M. Bacon, acting Third Postmaster General as well as Edwin C. Madden, Third Assistant Postmaster General (in 139.7); Postal Inspector E.H. Thorp; C.H. Tucker on Watkins National Bank (Lawrence, KS) stationery; Postal Topographer A. von Haake; Commissioner E.F. Ware of the Bureau of Pensions of the Department of Interior; William Allen White, urging Bristow to run for Senator.

Boxes 140-142

Official Letters to Bristow, 1904.
Arranged alphabetically by sender’s last name. Much of the correspondence has to do with Bristow’s last year as Fourth Assistant Postmaster General.

Box 140

A – G
Folder 1 A
2 B
3 C
4 D – E
5 F
6 G

Correspondents include: J.B. Adams, a banker in El Dorado, KS, in regard to Kansas politics; W. J. Bailey in the executive department of the Governor of Kansas’ Office; Wm. C. Beer, a New York Life Insurance Company vice-president; (Bristow comments in a reply to a correspondent that there are 24,490 rural free delivery routes as of August 10, increasing to 26,250 by August 15th); James M. Bourne, re genealogy of the Bristow clan; various Bristows: Albert, Ben, Bertha, F.A., Francis and Joseph W.; J.M. Cavaness, of Chanute, KS, composer of the campaign song “We Call Him Roosevelt” (copy included); C.A. Conrard (PO); Representative Charles Curtis (Comm. On Indian Affairs) re a job for a friend; W.G. Edens, in charge of City Free Delivery stationed in Chicago; (in 140.5, a prospectus of the American Automatic Voting Machine Co); David R. Francis, president of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition; Postal Inspector R.M. Fulton re World’s Fair at St. Louis (attendance problems caused by high cost of accommodations and meals); C.C. Garland, operator of the Debsconeag Fish & Game Club near Mt. Katahdin, Maine, including one in February wherein he urges Bristow to warn President Roosevelt to keep a close watch upon James J. Hill of St. Paul whom Garland feels would like to “politically kill” the President’ W.V. Gaitree in Cincinnati, misdated 1901 but marked received 1904 (following his resignation from the RFD Department), in which he refers to Bristow as “Chief Persecuter”; C.S. Gleed on behalf of W.A. Choate re closing of his Post-Office at Brookview, NY.

Box 141

H – O
Folder 1 H
2 I – K
3 L
4 M
5 N – O

Correspondents include: William A. Johnston, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kansas; Paul Jones, a Black lawyer and publisher of “The Paul Jones Monthly Magazine” in Topeka requesting Bristow’s support for a position in the consular service (NOV 18); R. Lackey, Gen. Agt. For Equitable Life Ins. Co. of Iowa (photo); Mary Elizabeth Lease, Populist activist; Cyrus Leland, Jr, of Topeka---Kansas politician; Chester I. Long, U.S. Senator, KS; Helen D. Longstreet, widow of Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet & author of “Lee and Longstreet at High Tide”—a biography of her husband (postmistress at Gainesville, GA); Jane Marquis in Greentown (Howard Co.), Indiana, wonders if Bristow is any relation (mother Nancy Bristow & grandfather Thomas Bristow & uncle Henry Bristow); Kate Louise McMillan in Wooster, Ohio, wonders if Bristow is related to the Beall-Edwards-Bristow families; L.H. Murlin, President of Baker Univ. in Ottawa, KS; Rep. Jesse Overstreet of Indiana.

Box 142

P – Z
Folder 1 P – Q
2 R
3 S
4 T – V
5 W – Z

Correspondents include: S.R. Peters, PM at Newton making application for establishing postal station at the transfer office in ATSF depot; Rev. Quayle of Grand Ave. Methodist Episcopal Church in KC, MO; cousin Esther L. Stone in Cannel City, KY; Thomas J. Welch (part Cherokee) of Ft. Leavenworth, KS; William Allen White (several letters).

Box 143

“Private” Correspondence to Bristow (1897-1904), Consisting Primarily of Letters from Personal Friends. (While the two file boxes in which these letters were contained were labeled “1904”, most of these letters are pre-1900.)

Included among these correspondents are friends from Baker University days; various relatives (primarily from Kentucky, but from other states such as Ohio as well); an English brother-in-law (his sister was the widow of Bristow’s stepbrother John who had suddenly died in November of 1903); Bristow’s sons (Joseph, Frank and Edwin), his father (William) & his stepsisters (Hattie and Bertha). Many correspondents are newspaper associates, primarily from Ottawa, but including those from other places, such as Arthur Capper in Topeka. Also there are letters from William A. Johnston, Kansas Supreme Court judge; Cyrus Leland, Jr., of the U.S. Pension Agency in Topeka; (there are more cousins in folder 5) U.S. Marshall Glen Miller of Salt Lake City, Utah; L.H. Murlin, Pres. Of Baker University; William Quayle, Methodist minister; William Allen White editorial Oct. 9, 1903 re Gleed.

Box 144

1905 Miscellaneous Correspondence to Bristow.
Arranged alphabetically by last name of sender.) Of special interest during this year is correspondence concerning Bristow’s work as special Panama Railroad Commissioner. There are a few newspaper clippings also.

Correspondents include: W.P. Armstrong, auditor of the Isthmian Canal Commission; Henry J. Allen, editor and publisher of the Ottawa Herald (including copies of several letters from Bristow to Allen describing his experiences in Panama); Bristow’s itemizations of expenses and per diem in Panama; reference to libel suits filed by a Michael W. Louis; sons Frank B. Bristow and Joseph Q. Bristow, including copies of several letters to them from Bristow in Mexico & Panama; photograph of painting /drawing of Battle of Pilot Knob 1864 by a J.N. Bishop of Ironton, Missouri; Major General George W. Davis, Governor of the Canal Zone; E.A. Drake, Ass’t to the President of the Panama Rail Road Co; R.M. Fulton, P.O. Inspector, St. Louis, MO; clippings re changes in general solictor and president positions at Santa Fe; Chester I. Long (including copies of several letters from Bristow in Panama); ksdsBristow letter to Mrs. E.S. Martin contains some genealogical information; B.S. McAllaster, Land Commissioner, UPRR in Omaha, NE (for whom town in Logan County, KS, is named); W.C. Nixon, 2nd vice-president & general manager of Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway Co re amount of Santa Fe business done at port of Galveston; Mrs. Henry Payne, widow of Bristow’s Postmaster General; P.B. Stone, manager of Salina Journal; Wm. H. Taft, Secretary of War (copies of several letters from Bristow to Taft, reporting on his Panama work); William Allen White, editor of the Emporia Gazette.

Box 145

1906 Miscellaneous Correspondence to Bristow – this appears to be all that remains of correspondence to Bristow during this year. Arranged alphabetically by last name of sender. Most of the correspondence is from Kansas politicians and concerns state politics, in as much as Bristow considers the possibility of running for U.S. Senator; many think he should be appointed to replace Senator Burton.

Correspondents include: R.N. Allen of Chanute; H.J. Allen, Editor & Publisher of the Ottawa Herald; A.W. Benson, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Examination and Disposition of Documents; J.W. Berry, President of the Kansas Board of Regents: Earl Brown, Concordia lawyer; John C. Brown, head of the Speakers’ Bureau of the Kansas Republican State Central Committee; C.C. Coleman, Attorney-General of Kansas; Clarence H. Matson of the Topeka Daily State Journal; W.Y. Morgan, President of The News Company in Hutchinson; William Allen White, editor of the Emporia Gazette.

Boxes 146-153

Letter Press Volumes, Personal. April 1, 1897 – January 19, 1905
23 Volumes; Alphabetical Index at Beginning of each Volume; Approximately 600 pages per volume; Chronological. A few of the letters contain additional handwritten notes by Bristow.

Box 146

April 1-16, 1897
April 17-May 26, 1897
May 27-July 12, 1897

The first volume includes a letter 4/15/97, 6 pages, to his wife with instructions for selling the house and possessions in Ottawa, and describing his accommodations in Washington, D.C. In the second volume, P. 429, there is a letter to W.L. Bristow in Pleasant Hill, Oregon, relating various genealogical facts about the Bristow family.

Box 147

July 12-Sept. 13, 1897
Sept. 13-Nov. 26, 1897
Nov. 27-Feb. 18, 1898

At the end of the first volume is a list of the Presidential Post Offices in Texas at which commissions expire prior to August 1, 1898, and the names of applicants for appointment thereat.

Box 148

Feb. 18-May 6, 1898
May 7-Aug. 8, 1898
Aug. 9-Dec. 7, 1898

Box 149

Dec. 8, 1898-Mar. 16, 1899
Mar. 16-July 7, 1899
July 7-Oct. 26, 1899

Some of the letters in the third volume in this box were written by Acting Fourth Assistant Postmaster General M. O. Chance and Bristow’s private secretary, C.A. Conrard.

Box 150

Oct. 27, 1899-Mar. 5, 1900
Mar. 5-Sept. 11, 1900
Sept. 12, 1900-Feb. 1, 1901

Box 151

Feb. 5-June 18, 1901
June 18-Nov. 14, 1901
Nov. 15, 1901-Apr. 26, 1902

Box 152

Apr. 28-Dec. 18, 1902
Dec. 18, 1902-June 18, 1903
June 18, 1903-Jan. 4, 1904

In the first volume, the pages containing correspondence to a W.C. Beer in New York City have been marked. In the third volume, some of the correspondence has been done by Bristow’s private secretary, J.T. Watson.

Box 153

Jan. 4-Sept. 16, 1904
Sept. 17, 1904-Jan. 19, 1905

Correspondence from Sept. 21, 1896-Aug. 20, 1903 is marked “Confidential”. (The second volume contains only 401 pages.)

Box 154

G.A.R. Journals
Post No. 7 (Wadsworth), Council Grove
Minutes of monthly meetings. February 2, 1887 – January 19, 1897. One volume.
Minutes of monthly meetings. January 19, 1897-Dec. 7, 1909. One volume
(miscellaneous papers at back of volume in separate folder).
“Ledger” – 1883-1887. Record of expenditures and receipts of Post 7 members.
One volume, 213 pages.
“Cash Book, Wadsworth Post, No. 7”. 1885-1897. Record of expenditures and
receipts of Post 7 members. One volume. Approx. 200 pages.

Box 155

Letter Press Volume (1914-1915) & Miscellaneous Journals
Letter Press Book of W.O. Rigby, Postmaster at Topeka, Kansas. February 9, 1914 – June 9, 1915. Also includes several carbons. Chronological (not alphabetized).
1905 Diary of Joseph L. Bristow. Feb. 6 – Apr. 3, 1905. Pencilled account of Bristow first trip to Panama after being appointed Panama Rail Road Commissioner.
Cash Account “diaries” (5 ¼” x 2 ¼” x ¼”) listing daily expenditures as well as names (incomplete):
Small (4” x 6” x ¼”), red notebook listing what appear to be political contacts in different Kansas counties.
1896 Kansas Voting Record by county. 108 counties; summary by county at end.
Candidates included McKinley, Bryan, Watson, Palmer, Morrill, Leedy, Brant.

Box 156

171 Pension Papers 1910-1916
Correspondence, much of it from the Bureau of Pensions under the Department of the Interior, during Bristow’s term as U.S. Senator to and from primarily Civil War veterans or their survivors regarding pension concerns. Amount of correspondence concerning each veteran varies greatly, from only one or two letters to a great many. Occasionally the correspondence concerning a particular veteran includes a copy of a special bill introduced on the veteran’s behalf. There are a few newspaper clippings and some printed matter in the correspondence as well. In early 1913 there is reference to some delay in the processing of claims resulting from the removal of the branch pension agencies to Washington. In fact, it is this very shift of the branch pension agencies to Washington that brings about the increase in this type correspondence to Bristow at this point in his Senate career. In many instances the correspondence includes a statement from the War Department, Adjutant General’s Office.

Box 156

Ab – Bel

Box 157

Ben – By

Box 158

Cah – Cox

Box 159

Cra – Do

Box 160

Dr – Fu

Box 161

Ga – Harr

Box 162

Hart – J

Box 163

Ju – Lev

Box 164

Lewis – Mars

Box 165

Martin – My

Box 166

Na – Pit

Box 167

Poe – Ros

Box 168

Rum – Smith, J.

Box 169

Smith, K. – Tr

Box 170

Tuc – Whe

Box 171

Whi – Zi

Oversize Volumes:

“Pension Roll, St. Louis, MO. Agency for Acts July 29, 1848; February 3, 1853; June 3, 1858. Survivors War 1812 and Navy” One volume. (14” x 19 ½” x 1 ¼”).
Volume contains;
1 – Record of Quarterly Payments to Widows, giving following information:
Certificate No
Names of Pensioners
Names of Soldiers
Rank, Company & Regiment
Rate per Month
Commencement of Pension
Additional $2 per month for each child, commencing (not filled in)
Ending to each child when 16 years of age (not filled in)
Duration of Pension
Date of Certificate
Signed by Secretary
Signed by Commissioner
Record of Quarterly Payments, 1870 – 1874
Name of Guardian

2 – Record of Quarterly Payments to Navy Pensioners for Disability (same categories as payments to widows above, except that “names of soldiers” category is omitted and “description of disability” is in its place).

3 – Accounts for Artificial Limbs (indicating:
Certificate No
Names of Pensioner
To Whom payment made
Gov. Order
When paid
What limb

4 – Commutation Order for Artificial Limbs (1870-1875):
Certificate No
Name of Pensioner
Order No
When Paid

Rural Free Delivery Service – Abstract of Payments to Rural Letter Carriers, Topeka, Kansas. Two volumes. (15” x 18” x 11 ½”)
VOL. 1 1902-1906 (Feb.)
VOL. 2 1906 (Mar.) - 1907


MS 446

Roll 1

Correspondence and papers, October 1, 1894-May 31, 1897

Box 1

MS 447

Roll 2

Correspondence and papers, June 1, 1897-September 30, 1897

Box 2, 3

MS 448

Roll 3

Correspondence and papers, October 1, 1897-December 31, 1897

Box 3, 4

MS 449

Roll 4

Correspondence and papers, January 1, 1898-April 30, 1898

Box 4, 5

MS 450

Roll 5

Correspondence and papers, May 1, 1898-August 31, 1898

Box 5, 6

MS 451

Roll 6

Correspondence and papers, September 1, 1898-February 28, 1899

Box 6, 7, 8

MS 452

Roll 7

Correspondence and papers, March 1, 1899-August 31, 1899

Box 8, 9, 10

MS 453

Roll 8

Correspondence and papers, September 1, 1899-April 30, 1900

Box 10, 11

MS 454

Roll 9

Correspondence and papers, May 1, 1900-March 31, 1901

Box 11, 12


(No material for September 1, 1901-March 31, 1905)


MS 455

Roll 10

Correspondence and papers, April 1, 1905-August 5, 1908

Box 13

MS 456

Roll 11

Correspondence and papers, August 6, 1908-August 11, 1908

Box 13, 14

MS 457

Roll 12

Correspondence and papers, August 12, 1908-October 15, 1908

Box 14

MS 458

Roll 13

Correspondence and papers, October 16, 1908-November 30, 1908

Box 14, 15

MS 459

Roll 14

Correspondence and papers, December 1, 1908-February 5, 1909

Box 15, 16

MS 460

Roll 15

Correspondence and papers, February 6, 1909-March 17, 1909

Box 16

MS 461

Roll 16

Correspondence and papers, March 18, 1909-April 12, 1909

Box 17

MS 462

Roll 17

Correspondence and papers, April 13, 1909-April 30, 1909

Box 17, 18

MS 463

Roll 18

Correspondence and papers, May 1, 1909-May 17, 1909

Box 18, 19

MS 464

Roll 19

Correspondence and papers, May 18, 1909-June 12, 1909

Box 19

MS 465

Roll 20

Correspondence and papers, June 13, 1909-July 14, 1909

Box 19, 20

MS 466

Roll 21

Correspondence and papers, July 15, 1909-August 13, 1909

Box 20, 21

MS 467

Roll 22

Correspondence and papers, August 14, 1909-September, 7, 1909

Box 21

MS 468

Roll 23

Correspondence and papers, September 8, 1909-October 9, 1909

Box 22

MS 469

Roll 24

Correspondence and papers, October 10, 1909-November 23, 1909

Box 22, 23

MS 470

Roll 25

Correspondence and papers, November 24, 1909-December 22, 1909

Box 23,24

MS 471

Roll 26

Correspondence and papers, December 23, 1909-January 12, 1910

Box 24

MS 472

Roll 27

Correspondence and papers, January 13, 1910-January 31, 1910

Box 25

MS 473

Roll 28

Correspondence and papers, February 1, 1910-February 20, 1910

Box 25, 26

MS 474

Roll 29

Correspondence and papers, February 21, 1910-March 17, 1910

Box 26, 27

MS 475

Roll 30

Correspondence and papers, March 18, 1910-April 16, 1910

Box 27

MS 476

Roll 31

Correspondence and papers, April 17-May 14, 1910

Box 27, 28

MS 477

Roll 32

Correspondence and papers, May 15, 1910-May 31, 1910

Box 28, 29

MS 478

Roll 33

Correspondence and papers, June 1, 1910-June 26, 1910

Box 29

MS 479

Roll 34

Correspondence and papers, June 27, 1910-July 31, 1910

Box 30

MS 480

Roll 35

Correspondence and papers, August 1, 1910-September 6, 1910

Box 30, 31

MS 481

Roll 36

Correspondence and papers, September 7, 1910-October 20, 1910

Box 31, 32

MS 482

Roll 37

Correspondence and papers, October 21, 1910-November 30, 1910

Box 32, 33

MS 483

Roll 38

Correspondence and papers, December 1, 1910-December 19, 1910

Box 33

MS 484

Roll 39

Correspondence and papers, December 20, 1910-January 10, 1910

Box 33, 34

MS 485

Roll 40

Correspondence and papers, January 11, 1911-January 24, 1911

Box 34, 35

MS 486

Roll 41

Correspondence and papers, January 25, 1911-February 4, 1911

Box 35, 36

MS 487

Roll 42

Correspondence and papers, February 5, 1911-February 15, 1911

Box 36

MS 488

Roll 43

Correspondence and papers, February 16, 1911-February 25, 1911

Box 36, 37

MS 489

Roll 44

Correspondence and papers, February 26, 1911-March 24, 1911

Box 37, 38

MS 490

Roll 45

Correspondence and papers, March 25, 1911-April 12, 1911

Box 38

MS 491

Roll 46

Correspondence and papers, April 13, 1911-May 9, 1911

Box 39

MS 492

Roll 47

Correspondence and papers, May 10, 1911-June 8, 1911

Box 39, 40

MS 493

Roll 48

Correspondence and papers, June 9, 1911-July 6, 1911

Box 40, 41

MS 494

Roll 49

Correspondence and papers, July 7, 1911-August 5, 1911

Box 41, 42

MS 495

Roll 50

Correspondence and papers, August 6, 1911-September 12, 1911

Box 42

MS 496

Roll 51

Correspondence and papers, September 13, 1911-October 31, 1911

Box 43

MS 497

Roll 52

Correspondence and papers, November 1, 1911-November 30, 1911

Box 43, 44

MS 498

Roll 53

Correspondence and papers, December 1, 1911-December 14, 1911

Box 44, 45

MS 499

Roll 54

Correspondence and papers, December 15, 1911-December 31, 1911

Box 45, 46

MS 500

Roll 55

Correspondence and papers, January 1, 1912-January 16, 1912

Box 46

MS 501

Roll 56

Correspondence and papers, January 17, 1912-January 29, 1912

Box 46, 47

MS 502

Roll 57

Correspondence and papers, January 30, 1912-February 15, 1912

Box 47, 48

MS 503

Roll 58

Correspondence and papers, February 16, 1912-March 4, 1912

Box 48, 49

MS 504

Roll 59

Correspondence and papers, March 5, 1912-March 14, 1912

Box 49

MS 505

Roll 60

Correspondence and papers, March 15, 1912-March 23, 1912

Box 50

MS 506

Roll 61

Correspondence and papers, March 24, 1912-April 5, 1912

Box 50, 51

MS 507

Roll 62

Correspondence and papers, April 6, 1912-April 23, 1912

Box 51, 52

MS 508

Roll 63

Correspondence and papers, April 24, 1912-May 9, 1912

Box 52

MS 509

Roll 64

Correspondence and papers, May 10, 1912-May 27, 1912

Box 52, 53

MS 510

Roll 65

Correspondence and papers, May 28, 1912-June 21, 1912

Box 53, 54

MS 511

Roll 66

Correspondence and papers, June 22, 1912-July 17, 1912

Box 54, 55

MS 512

Roll 67

Correspondence and papers, July 18, 1912-August, 9, 1912

Box 55, 56

MS 513

Roll 68

Correspondence and papers, August 10, 1912-September 15, 1912

Box 56, 57

MS 514

Roll 69

Correspondence and papers, September 16, 1912-October 31, 1912

Box 57

MS 515

Roll 70

Correspondence and papers, November 1, 1912-December 4, 1912

Box 57, 58

MS 516

Roll 71

Correspondence and papers, December 5, 1912-December 16, 1912

Box 58, 59

MS 517

Roll 72

Correspondence and papers, December 17, 1912-December 31, 1912

Box 59

MS 518

Roll 73

Correspondence and papers, January 1, 1913-January 16, 1913

Box 60

MS 519

Roll 74

Correspondence and papers, January 17, 1913-January 29, 1913

Box 60, 61

MS 520

Roll 75

Correspondence and papers, January 30, 1913-February 12, 1913

Box 61, 62

MS 521

Roll 76

Correspondence and papers, February 13, 1913-February 28, 1913

Box 62, 63

MS 522

Roll 77

Correspondence and papers, March 1, 1913-March 31, 1913

Box 63, 64

MS 523

Roll 78

Correspondence and papers, April 1, 1913-April 27, 1913

Box 64-65

MS 524

Roll 79

Correspondence and papers, April 28, 1913-May 20, 1913

Box 65

MS 525

Roll 80

Correspondence and papers, May 21, 1913-June 19, 1913

Box 65, 66

MS 526

Roll 81

Correspondence and papers, June 20, 1913-July 19, 1913

Box 66, 67

MS 527

Roll 82

Correspondence and papers, July 20, 1913-August 19, 1913

Box 67, 68

MS 528

Roll 83

Correspondence and papers, August 20, 1913-September 26, 1913

Box 68, 69

MS 529

Roll 84

Correspondence and papers, September 27, 1913-October 27, 1913

Box 69, 70

MS 530

Roll 85

Correspondence and papers, October 28, 1913-November 21, 1913

Box 70, 71

MS 531

Roll 86

Correspondence and papers, November 22, 1913-December 16, 1913

Box 71

MS 532

Roll 87

Correspondence and papers, December 17, 1913-January 9, 1914

Box 71, 72

MS 533

Roll 88

Correspondence and papers, January 10, 1914-January 23, 1914

Box 72, 73

MS 534

Roll 89

Correspondence and papers, January 24, 1914-February 6, 1914

Box 73, 74

MS 535

Roll 90

Correspondence and papers, February 7, 1914-February 17, 1914

Box 74

MS 536

Roll 91

Correspondence and papers, February 18, 1914, March 3, 1914

Box 75

MS 537

Roll 92

Correspondence and papers, March 4, 1914-March 19, 1914

Box 75, 76

MS 538

Roll 93

Correspondence and papers, March 20, 1914-March 31, 1914

Box 76, 77

MS 539

Roll 94

Correspondence and papers, April 1, 1914-April 10, 1914

Box 77

MS 540

Roll 95

Correspondence and papers, April 11, 1914-April 27, 1914

Box 78

MS 541

Roll 96

Correspondence and papers, April 28, 1914-May 14, 1914

Box 78, 79

MS 542

Roll 97

Correspondence and papers, May 15, 1914-May 27, 1914

Box 79, 80

MS 543

Roll 98

Correspondence and papers, May 28, 1914-June 6, 1914

Box 80

MS 544

Roll 99

Correspondence and papers, June 7, 1914-June 15, 1914

Box 80, 81

MS 545

Roll 100

Correspondence and papers, June 16, 1914-June 23, 1914

Box 81, 82

MS 546

Roll 101

Correspondence and papers, June 24, 1914-July 2, 1914

Box 82

MS 547

Roll 102

Correspondence and papers, July 3, 1914-July 13, 1914

Box 83

MS 548

Roll 103

Correspondence and papers, July 14, 1914-July 23, 1914

Box 83, 84

MS 549

Roll 104

Correspondence and papers, July 24, 1914-July 31, 1914

Box 84, 85

MS 550

Roll 105

Correspondence and papers, August 1, 1914-August 22, 1914

Box 85

MS 551

Roll 106

Correspondence and papers, August 23, 1914-September 30, 1914

Box 85, 86

MS 552

Roll 107

Correspondence and papers, October 1, 1914-November 27, 1914

Box 86, 87

MS 553

Roll 108

Correspondence and papers, November 28, 1914-December 25, 1914

Box 87, 88

MS 554

Roll 109

Correspondence and papers, December 26, 1914-January 18, 1914

Box 88

MS 555

Roll 110

Correspondence and papers, January 19, 1915-February 9, 1915

Box 88, 89

MS 556

Roll 111

Correspondence and papers, February 10, 1915-April 12, 1915

Box 89, 90

MS 557

Roll 112

Correspondence and papers, April 13, 1915-August 31, 1915

Box 90, 91

MS 558

Roll 113

Correspondence and papers, September 1, 1915-January 31, 1916

Box 91, 92

MS 559

Roll 114

Correspondence and papers, February 1, 1916-June 30, 1916

Box 92, 93

MS 560

Roll 115

Correspondence and papers, July 1, 1916-January 31, 1917

Box 93, 94

MS 561

Roll 116

Correspondence and papers, February 1, 1917-December 31, 1917

Box 94, 95

MS 562

Roll 117

Correspondence and papers, January 1, 1918-November 30, 1919;


November 24; June 20, 1925

Box 95, 96


Undated correspondence and papers A_O


MS 563

Roll 118

Undated correspondence and papers, P-Z; unsigned Biographical

Box 96,97


material; Banking and currency; Civil service; "Constitution, National


Association of Newspaper Correspondents"; Foreign affairs;


Interstate commerce; Navy Department; Politics; Postal Service


MS 564

Roll 119

Public Utilities; Race and Religion; Reporting in the Senate; Reports

Box 98


Resolutions; Bristow speeches; Sugar Legislation