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Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union/Mary Evelyn Dobbs Collection

Carrie NationManuscript Collection No. 170

 

Introduction

The collection of the Mary Evelyn Dobbs papers reflects the activities and concerns of the Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (KWCTU) during the years 1885-1940 and Dobb’s part as corresponding secretary of that organization (1907-1939). The papers reveal some of the inner workings of the KWCTU as well as their impact and involvement in Kansas political and social life. Of course, the main focus of the collection is prohibition, both before, during and after its federal enactment and then repeal. Because of Kansas’s reputation as a dry state, many studies of the national Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, or of prohibition, devote some attention to the state. The KWCTU, along with the Kansas Anti-Saloon League, the Kansas State Temperance Union and other temperance organizations, was instrumental in the enactment of prohibition in Kansas. Their concerns were not limited to prohibition, however, and the papers also reflect the KWCTU's and Mary Dobb’s interest in anti-cigarette and narcotics legislation, child welfare, motion picture censorship, Americanization, women’s suffrage, morality, prison reform, parliamentary procedure, the peace movement and care for the elderly. There are no restrictions on the use of the collection.

The collection consists of correspondence received from or sent by Dobbs to members of the KWCTU throughout Kansas, meeting minutes, court decisions, printed material, reports, resolutions, contracts, and financial records. Although the earliest material in the collection dates from 1885, the bulk of the material is from the late 1920s through the 1930s.

Unfortunately, there is no record explaining how these papers came to the Historical Society. From the papers themselves, it was decided that they had to be those of Mary Dobbs, produced and collected during her tenure as corresponding secretary of the WCTU from 1907 to 1939. As she was also the executive secretary of that organization, and in charge of its headquarters, her papers reflect the broad scope of the KWCTU’s activities.

Biography

The Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union was organized at a camp meeting at Bismark Grove near Lawrence in 1878, with the first convention being held in 1879. They adopted the badge of the national organization—the white ribbon “symbolic not only of purity and peace, but it includes all correlated reforms that center in the protection of the home.” It took part in the Kansas constitutional prohibition amendment campaign in 1879-1880. The organization also lobbied in favor of a law passed in 1885 which required prohibition or temperance teaching in schools. Members participated in chautauquas in Ottawa, Winfield and Cawker City. The KWCTU did not confine itself to issues related to alcohol. It worked against white slavery and began the Girls’ Industrial School, which it later turned over to the state.

After the turn of the century, the KWCTU began supporting two native temperance workers in Africa, Americanization work in the mining camps of Southern Kansas near Pittsburg, maintained a home for elderly women in Kansas City (the Carry A. Nation Home), sent field workers to unorganized territories to organize new unions, worked with both prisoners and military men in the state, and concerned itself with issues surrounding tobacco, narcotics and motion pictures.

The Kansas WCTU was organized around the local union. If there were multiple local unions in a county, a county union could be formed. The county union held two meetings a year and reported to the state organization, which held an annual convention. Before 1915, local and county unions were also organized around the congressional districts of Kansas, but these were disbanded in that year. The state and local organization was organized into departmental work. These departments changed from time to time but they concerned themselves with such issues as child welfare, Sabbath observance, prison reform, social morality, legislation, non-alcoholic fruit products, anti-narcotics, and parliamentary law. The organization also sponsored state and local units of the Young People’s Branch (YPB) for teenagers fourteen years old and over and a Loyal Temperance Legion Branch for children between the ages of six to sixteen.

The KWCTU produced its own periodical, Our Messenger. The Union Signal was the national WCTU publication.

Mary Dobbs was corresponding secretary of the Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union from 1907 to 1939 and as such she handled the official correspondence of the organization. She was also in charge of the state headquarters. Her papers reflect the work and organization of the KWCTU as well as her own role in it.

Mary Evelyn Dobbs was born in Marion, Kansas, on November 29, 1870. Her father was a farmer and minister as well as a strong prohibitionist. Her mother was a teacher before her marriage and had an interest in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Dobbs graduated from high school in Marion in 1889 and then attended Emporia State Normal School in 1901 and Fairmount College at Wichita in 1912. For eleven years she was a teacher, also becoming involved in KWCTU work.

In 1897, Dobbs was elected president of the third district of the Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, a position she held until 1907 when she was elected corresponding secretary of the Kansas WCTU, serving in that position for thirty-two years (until November of 1939) when she resigned due to poor health. Dobbs was also executive secretary of the KWCTU and was in charge of its headquarters in Wichita and later in Topeka. She served as a lobbyist for the KWCTU at the state legislature and was frequently a delegate to the national WCTU meetings. She was also a trustee of the KWCTU Carry A. Nation Home for elderly women in Kansas City, Kansas.

Activities and organizations other than the K WCTU in which Dobbs was involved, and which are evident in these papers, include being a trustee of the Kansas State Temperance Society, member of the Kansas Children’s Code Committee of 1922-23, member of the Equal Suffrage Association, member of the Kansas State Historical Society (information on the Shawnee Indian Methodist Mission is in Box 6, Folder 7) and a member of College Hill Methodist Episcopal Church in Wichita. Dobbs also had an interest in parliamentary law and was author of the Kansas Voter’s Manual (1913) and served as parliamentarian of the KWCTU. Dobbs died in 1943.

Scope & Content

The collection encompasses the years 1885-1940, however the bulk of the material covers the 1920s and 1930s. The only materials in the collection before 1907 (the year Dobbs became corresponding secretary of the KWCTU) are the records of the districts that were disbanded in 1915, which Dobbs asked to be sent to her for preservation.

While processing the collection, it was determined that the original order of the correspondence must have been according to subject, with a general file of correspondence concerning routine organizational matters. As much of that original order has been preserved as possible. The collection has been organized into nine series: General Correspondence, Papers concerning the Carry A. Nation Home, Papers concerning Frances Willard Memorials, Papers concerning Motion Pictures, Organizational Records (Unbound), “Permanent Records” (Bound Organizational Records), Printed material Accompanying the Manuscripts, Financial Records and District Record Books.

Because of the subject arrangement, materials concerning one subject may have a bearing on materials filed elsewhere. The collection is small enough, however, that this should not be a handicap to the researcher. Another problem concerns the women's tendency to put the carbons of letters sent out on the backs of other carbons, letters or handouts. Photocopies of correspondence have been made where necessary to facilitate cross referencing between letters sent and received. The researcher should be alert to information typed, printed, or written on the back of the manuscripts being examined, as not all of that is photocopied and filed elsewhere.

The record of the Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union contributes to an understanding of the temperance movement, especially in Kansas. It also provides a perspective on women’s role in Kansas during 1885-1940, especially within the middle class. Evidence of the continuing influence of progressivism and the WCTU’s involvement in the movement toward cultural uniformity through the 1920s and 1930s is clear in the KWCTU’s interests, which were not confined to alcohol.

However, the complete record for the KWCTU for 1885-1940 is not here. There are large gaps in the correspondence and some matters of a more trivial nature (such as the search for Frances Willard memorials) are well documented while other concerns (such as suffrage) are hardly documented at all. Except for the district record books, there are no continuing minutes of meetings or conventions. Nevertheless, the correspondence which does survive for the 1920s and 1930s gives a fairly good overview of the organization’s activities and influence. Further research can be continued in the records of other temperance organizations which the manuscript department holds (Prohibition-History, Temperance-History) and in the material held on the Kansas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union in the Society’s library.

Contents List

Series Descriptions

The General Correspondence series concerns the routine organizational matters of the Kansas WCTU. It includes correspondence about speakers, field workers, meetings and local unions. A few histories of the organization and of temperance work in Kansas appear in the letters.

The Frances Willard Memorials series details the ways in which the WCTU memorialized Frances Willard. Frances Willard (September 28, 1839 – February 17, 1898) was a founder and president (for nineteen years) of the national WCTU and the founder and president of the World’s WCTU. The Kansas WCTU honored her memory in a variety of ways. In 1915, they were instrumental in passing a bill in the state legislature which called for setting aside one-fourth of the school day on September 28 in the public schools “for instruction and appropriate exercises relative to the history and benefits of the prohibitory amendment to the constitution and the prohibitory laws of the state of Kansas.” The KWCTU then provided literature and suggested programs to the schools on that day each year.

The national WCTU set aside February17 as a “red letter day” and urged every local union to observe that day with an appropriate program and then take an offering. This money would then be used to distribute free literature on the benefits of Prohibition.

Special emphasis was placed on honoring Frances Willard’s memory as the centenary of her birth approached in 1939. An educational fund was established—Kansas eventually purchased multi-poster machines (“mechanical men”) for exhibit purposes with their portion of the fund. Although previous inventories of memorials to Willard had been done, another inventory was taken in which Kansas participated. Mary Dobbs appointed Alice K. McFarland to be State Chairman for Willard Memorial Records. She searched for memorials to represent the state on a map being prepared through the auspices of the national WCTU which would depict Willard memorials throughout the nation. McFarland conducted the search during March through May of 1938, building on the work of previous surveys.

This series consists of printed material on Frances Willard, school programs and correspondence concerning the centenary of her birth and the search for Willard memorials.

The Carrie A. Nation Home series concerns the KWCTU’s home for elderly women. Originally the B. N. Simpson home, this house was purchased by Carry Nation and transferred to the Associated Charities of Kansas City, Kansas on September 21, 1901. It was named the Kansas City Home for Drunkards’ Wives and provided a shelter for the families of alcoholic fathers and husbands. This was to be the first of several Carry Nation homes across the nation. At some point between 1901 and 1918, however, the home was abandoned. On October 3, 1918, the Kansas WCTU formerly accepted the deed to the property from the Associated Charities. The KWCTU then established it as a home for their elderly members who had no other home.

The records consist of correspondence to and from Mary Dobbs concerning the home from March 5, 1923 to January 20, 1934. Dobbs was a trustee of the home and these years may represent the time she served as trustee. The records also include copies of the minutes of meetings which concerned the home, copies of agreements which the women signed before becoming residents and other miscellaneous documents, mainly from the 1930s. Also included in the papers is an annual report of the Wichita Home for the Aged for March 1934, and printed materials which accompanied the manuscripts.

A manuscript in box 1, folder 6 describes the different superintendents of the home. Four women occupied the position of matron of the home for more than only a few months: Mrs. S. C. South was the first superintendent (from January 27, 1919 to November 1919—a room of the home was furnished in her memory in the 1930s); Mrs. E.S. Wilkenson was superintendent from Feb. 10, 1920 to October 1, 1923; Mrs. Margaret A. James served from March 2, 1925 to April 1926; and Mrs. Minerva Russell began as superintendent on December 1, 1929 and was still serving in 1937, when that manuscript was written. Most of the correspondence is with Mrs. Minerva Russell when it concerns the superintendent of the home.

The fourth series consists of correspondence and printed material concerning motion pictures. The KWCTU perceived that there was a lack of morality in the movies. In order to resolve this issue, they favored a proposed federal regulation of the industry. The KWCTU was also concerned with the sanctity of the Sabbath and lobbied against Sunday movies in Wichita in 1930, and in the state in 1933. On the other hand, they recognized the influence of the film media and were anxious to utilize the format to further their own work. The national WCTU produced films, along with other production companies and temperance organizations, which advocated prohibition. These were especially useful to them during prohibition as they endeavored to “hold the line” and work against repeal.

Organizational records which were unbound are in the Organizational Records (Unbound) series. These were arranged by subject. This correspondence includes letters and pamphlets from the Constitutional Sesquicentennial Commission in Box 3, Folder 6. Some papers were in a binder entitled “Permanent Records.” These are in the Bound Organizational Records (“Permanent Records”) series. The original file labels for these papers have been preserved. The papers are from the 1920s and 1930s. The Miscellaneous Printed Material series consists of printed material which accompanied the manuscripts. Financial Records are in the Financial Records series, which consists of papers in files and bound volumes.

The District Book series holds the record books of the districts of the KWCTU. The KWCTU was organized at the congressional district level until 1915, when the districts were disbanded and Mary Dobbs asked that these books be sent to her for preservation. The oldest material in the collection is contained in this series.

Nancy Garner
Lela Barnes Intern
August 1985

Box List

Box 1    
  Folder 1

1.)General Correspondence Series, 1910-1912, 1915-1918.

Most of the correspondence is dated 1916. Included in this folder is a letter dated July 1, 1918 from Dobbs to F.L. Pinet with a manuscript entitled "Early Factors in Kansas Prohibition (covering a period from 1856 to 1902)."

  Folder 2 General Correspondence, 1921, 1923-1924, 1926-1927, 1929.
    Includes:
    1.)Constitution of the Kansas Council of Churches. Minutes of Meeting for Organization. Provision for Advisory Delegates from YMCA,YWCA & WCTU.
    2.)Letter written to Dobbs from Clara E. Keys, WCTU missionary in Africa, dated Oct. 21, 1926.
    3.)Resolutions passed by the Official Board Meeting at Ottawa, March 24, 1923.
  Folder 3 General Correspondence, 1930-1932, 1934-1935.
    Includes:
    1.)Letter dated April 1, 1931 from Dobbs & addressed to "Dear Sister"-gives the history of the temperance work in the Sunday School.
    2.)Letter dated Sept. 6, 1934 from Dobbs to Mrs. Taylor contains an account of the history of the Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
  Folder 4 General Correspondence, 1936-1939.
    Includes:
    1.)A letter to the Board of Trustees dated June 30, 1937 which contains information about the physical condition of the Carry Nation home (see CarryA.  Nation Home Series).
   
    2.)Carry A. Nation Home Series
  Folder 5 Correspondence concerning the Carry A. Nation Home 1923, 1927, 1930-1934.
    Includes two letters, Sept. 17, 1930 & Sept. 8, 1932, inquiring about work as matron or superintendent of the home.
Box 1 (cont.)    
  Folder 6 Miscellaneous documents and papers relating to the Carry Nation home.
    Includes:
    1)Ruling of State Board of Trustees for KWCTU Home, Kansas City Reaffirmed.
    2)Manuscript describing the different superintendents of the home.
    3)Minutes of the Official Board Meeting (KWCTU), Topeka, Jan. 12, 1931.
    4)Memorandum regarding future policy at KWCTU home dated July 13, 1938.
    5)Typical menu for one week, Wichita Home for the Aged and an annual report from that home for March 1934
  Folder 7 Copies of Residents' contracts.
  Folder 8 Printed material found with the papers of the Carry Nation Home.
    Includes:
    1)Constitution & By-laws of the Ingleside Home forAged Women, 1923.
    2)Application for admission to the Carry A. Nation Home.
    3.)Rules for the Kansas WCTU Carry A. Nation Home (several different editions).
    4.)Brief history of the KWCTU Carry A. Nation Home.45) The Methodist Episcopal Home for the Aged, vol. 5,no. 1, January, 1932.
  Folder 9 Small poster printed with the House Rules.
  Folder 10 Receipt book for contributions to the WCTU Old Ladies Home Fund.
    See also Box 5, Folder 16 for a letter from Emma W. Grover writtenJanuary 27, 1928, to Dobbs concerning the South Memorial Room of the home.
Box 2    
    3) Frances Willard Memorials Series Frances Willard-Printed Material.
  Folder 1
    1) "The Frances E. Willard Memorial Fund, 1898-1926."
    2) "The Pledge Signed by Frances E. Willard When a Child."
    3) "Five Little Glimpses of Frances E. Willard."
Box 2 (cont.)    
  Folder 2 Frances Willard Day Citizenship Program, Sept. 28, 1929 manuscript.
  Folder 3 Frances Willard Day Citizenship Programs. 1923-1924, 1929, 1933-1935, 1937-1938.
   
  Folder 4 Frances Willard Memorials-correspondence, 1936, 1938-1939. Most of the material is from 1938-1939 and concerns the search for Willard memorials for the Willard centary celebration.
   
  Folder 5 Frances Willard Memorials-Final report, c. 1938-1939.
  Folder 6 Frances Willard Memorials short survey sheets, c. 1936. These could be earlier surveys taken in response to the letter dated Sept. 1, 1936, in folder 4, to the state presidents from Helen Tyler, managing editor of the Union Signal.
   
  Folder 7 Frances Willard Memorials-These must be dated from1938 because Alice McFarland's name appears on them. Sent to the local unions asking them to identify memorials to Willard in their area and any places at which Willard spoke.
   
  Folder 8 Frances Willard Memorials-Willard Centary 1939 programs, meeting minutes
   
    4) Motion Picture Series
  Folder 9 Motion Pictures-Sunday Movies. Material concerning proposed legislation allowing Sunday movies in Wichita in 1930 and in the State (House Bill 424) in 1933.
   
  Folder 10 Motion Pictures-Prohibition Films. Correspondence and flyers concerning films supporting Prohibition, 1928-1933.
   
  Folder 11 Motion Pictures-Correspondence concerning censorship, 1930-1932. Proposed federal regulation of movies and concern over the morality portrayed in particular movies.
   
  Folder 12 Motion Pictures-Printed material.
   
    5) Organizational Records (Unbound) Series
Box 2 (cont.)    
  Folder 13 Legislative concerns.
    Includes information and material on legislation concerning tobacco, alcohol, and teachers' moral standards. Also includes a copy of an April 1931 decision of the Supreme Court of Utah concerning tobacco.
   
  Folder 14 Letter and play concerning repeal of both Federal & Kansas Prohibition, c. 1933.
   
    1) Text of the proposed amendment to repeal Kansas prohibition, Nov. 22, 1933.
   
    2) Letter from John Jones (?) to Sister & Brother Workers concerning the repeal of Kansas Prohibition, March 28, 1935.
   
    1) Manuscript of "The Devil's Brew," play by Harry W. Brent, Topeka, Kansas.
   
  Folder 15 "The Long Struggle for Prohibition in Kansas," manuscript by Richard J. Hopkins, Justice of the Supreme Court of Kansas, c. 192(?). See Collection 60, Hopkins, Richard Joseph.
Box 3    
  Folder 1 State Directors' Replies concerning 1937 Convention Program July, 1937.
   
  Folder 2 Minutes of various meetings 1917, 1921-1922, 1924-1925, 1930, 1934.
  Folder 3 Information concerning Purchase of the Atchison Home by the local union, 1935, 1938.
   
  Folder 4 Correspondence concerning Kansas Industrial Alcohol Bill of 1933.
  Folder 5 Children's Code History
    The Kansas Children's Code Commission was appointed by the governor in 1918 at the request of the division of child hygiene of the State Board of Health. Six bills were presented to the legislature of 1919. In 1920, Gov. Allen appointed a commissionof 21 active and 8 advisory members. A program of 21 bills was introduced at the 1921 legislature. In February, 1922, Gov. Allen reappointed a commission of 43 members to consider the subject of legislation relating to children and to submit recommendations to the legislature of 1923. Mary Dobbs was on the Legal Advisory Committee.
Box 3 (cont.)    
  Folder 6 Correspondence concerning the constitutional sesquicentennial,1937-1938.
   
  Folder 7 Union Signal Index, 1932.
    Manuscript, 2 copies (original and carbon) incomplete (?) index consists of A - P only.
   
  Folder 8 Decision of Kansas Supreme Court on Women's Wages, 1925.
    Topeka Laundry Co. v. the Court of Industrial Relations.
    Topeka Packing Co. v. the Court of Industrial Relations.
Box 4    
  Folder 1 Proposed memorial to Governor John P. St. John, 1917.
    2 letters and 1 pamphlet. See St. John, John P. Collection.
  Folder 2 Marijuana: Research Report compiled for the Inter-Club Committee for the Advancement of Civic Responsibility (1932). Letter concerning the report dated Dec. 19, 1932 to Dobbs from O. W. Wilson, Chief of Police, Wichita.
   
  Folder 3 Miscellaneous
    1)Postcard from the National Committee for the repeal Of the 18th Amendment.
   
    2)Flyers concerning the cigarette & tobacco law datedApril 21, 1924-notes on back concerning prohibition laws.
   
    3)Poem beginning "Seventeen states began the work..."
    4.)Poem entitled "Kansas."
    5.)Bibliography entitled "Temperance in Kansas" listing periodical articles.
   
    6.)Manuscript entitled "Activities of the WCTU."
    7.)Manuscript of "Answers for Questions."
    8.)Manuscript on American Sunday School Union letterhead comparing Kansas & Mexico on prohibition.
   
    9.)Two note pads with miscellaneous notes.
    10.)Anti-Saloon League of Kansas-League Finances at a glance, c. 1933.
   
    11.)Two cards.
    a.)one announcing the showing of "Ten Nights in a Bar Room."
    b.)another announcing Annual Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas Banquet, January 28, 1931.
Box 4 (cont.)    
  Folder 4 Bluebird Camp Register, 1924-1925, 1927, 1932-1935.
  Folder 5 Kansas State WCTU Convention, Lawrence, Kansas, 1929. Book forregistration of delegates.
   
  Folder 6 KWCTU Corresponding Secretary's Orders, 1910-1912.
  Folder 7 Loose papers from the KWCTU Corresponding Secretary's Orders (#6).
   
  Folder 8 Executive Record, c. 1918-1921.
  Folder 9 Index Cards.
  Folder 10 Undated clippings dealing with the KWCTU, late 1920s, early 1930s.
  Folder 11 Undated WCTU newspaper columns, late 1920s, early 1930s.
  Folder 12 Undated clippings on prohibition, late 1920s, early 1930s.
  Folder 13 Undated newspaper clippings, late 1920s, early 1930s.
  Folder 14 Undated newspaper clippings, late 1920s, early 1930s.
  Folder 15 Dated newspaper clippings, late 1920s, early 1930s.
  Folder 16 Dated newspaper clippings, late 1920s, early 1930s.
  Folder 17 Dated newspaper clippings, late 1920s, early 1930s.
   
    6) "Permanent Records" Series
Box 5    
  Folder 1 "Bulletin on Treasurer's Books and Accounts and of the Sources and distribution or expenditures of these funds." Also contains a copy of the charter of the Kansas WCTU.
   
  Folder 2 "Copies of Bids and Specifications for Our Messenger and State Minutes. Contract for O.M." [Our Messenger].
   
  Folder 3 "Sworn statements of Trustees on being elected trustees of the WCTU of Kansas, 1938-1939."
Box 5 (cont.)    
  Folder 4 "Advertising Contracts with National WCTU for Our Messenger Fund," 1923, 1927-1928, 1934-1939.
   
  Folder 5 "Treasurers' Business, 1922-1929."Financial records and correspondence relating to field workers. Contains correspondence with Mrs. O.V. Collins of Goff, Kansas, during December 1927-January 1928. Mrs. Collins was an ordained minister (unable to find a church) who wishedto be a field worker for the Kansas WCTU.
   
  Folder 6 "Speakers," 1927-1928.
  Folder 7 "Censorship Resolution, letter to Governor Paulen & Board Reply,"1925
   
  Folder 8 Not labeled, correspondence from 1927-1928.
  Folder 9 "Membership Campaign," 1927-1928.
  Folder 10 "Candidate Information" (relates to prohibition laws in Kansas), 1927.
  Folder 11 "State Council of Churches. "The minutes of the meeting of the Kansas Council of Churches, October 24, 1927.
   
  Folder 12 "Royden." Correspondence concerning Miss Maude Royden, proposed speaker for the YWCA, and her cigarette smoking, 1928.
   
  Folder 13 "YPB, Mrs. Plumer, Blue Bird Summer Encampment," 1927-1928.
  Folder 14 "Peace-Mr. Bryan" [Mr. Briand?], 1927, concerning the proposed Kellogg-Briand Pact.
   
  Folder 15 Not labeled:
    1) Listing of supplies and cost, Feb. 27, 1928.
    2) Copy of the Virginia Call [Virginia's WCTU paper].
    3) Reply from editor of the Ohio Messenger [Ohio's
    WCTU paper].
    4)  Song: "Little Barrels" (fund raiser)
Box 5 (cont.)    
  Folder 16 Not Labeled (these items were loose in the back of the "Permanent Record" binder).
   
    1) Letter to Dobbs from C.W. Mitchner dated Sept. 21, 1916, concerning office furniture.
   
    2) Financial statement of the Winfield WCTU cottage, March 10, 1910.
   
    3) Portion of a letter from Emma W. Grover written Jan. 27, 1928, concerning the South Memorial Room of the Carry Nation home.
   
    4) Year book quiz.
    5.)Draft of a letter concerning textbooks and temperance teaching (on back "State Supt. of School/ReadingCircle/Commission /Recommendations.")
   
    6.)Copy of a letter received from E.N. Cunningham, pastor of M.E. Church at Attica concerning legislation on alcohol. Another copy of the letter and the original may be found in box 5, folder 10.
   
    7.)Letter from Dobbs to the Kansas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church dated March 2, 1926, asking for offerings for the WCTU.
   
    8.)Pamphlet-"The Eighth Year 1927" from the Wichita Council of Churches.
   
    9.)Letter from Dobbs to county presidents (n.d.) concerning the state convention.
   
    10.)Letter to delegates to the Kansas Council of Churches dated Feb. 22, 1928, concerning the next meeting.
   
    11.)Letter from Dobbs to Mrs. Margaret McLeod dated Feb. 23, 1925, concerning the next O. B. [OfficialBoard] meeting and the new report blands.
   
    12..)State of Our Messenger Funds, 1919-1926.
    13.)Letter from Dobbs to General Officers dated Sept. 1, 1926, concerning agenda of State Convention.
     
    14.)Letter from Dobbs to Lillian Paige Jan. 6, 1927, concerning the Anti-narcotic department.
   
    15.)Letter from Dobbs to Eugenie L. Penrod, datedDec. 30, 1926.
   
    16.)Letter from Dobbs to Mitchner dated Dec. 31, 1926, concerning petitions being mailed out.
   
    17.)Letter to "Jennie" from Dobbs dated Dec. 23, 1926.
    18.)Letter dated Jan. 5, 1927, from Dobbs to Mitchner.
    19.)List of delegates to the National Convention in Los Angeles, Sept. 26, Oct. 2, 1926.
   
    20.)Letter dated Jan. 7, 1926, from Dobbs to Mitchner.
Box 5 (cont.)    
  Folder -16 (cont.)  
    21.)Names of those in attendance at the state convention who have belonged to the WCTU 25 or more years (asked for in executive meeting, Oct. 19, 1922.)
   
    22.)Letter dated February 27, 1926 (?) to Nellie Sumerville concerning boxing bill before the Kansas legislature,
   
    23.)Feb. 27, 1928 & reply.
    24.)Miscellaneous Printed Material Series
Box 6    
  Folder 1 National WCTU Departmental Plans of Work for 1937-1938.
  Folder 2 Programs for the Local Union-Kansas WCTU, 1917-1918,
    1928-1929-1932-1933, 1935-1936-1938-1939, 1940.
  Folder 3 File of Programs of the Young Peoples Branch-State Conferences
    and encampments, 1916-1918, 1929-1930, 1932-1935.
  Folder 4 Annual Kansas WCTU Convention Programs, bookmarks, songbook
    1904, 1907, 1915, 1916, 1920, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940.
  Folder 5 Handbooks for the Local Unions of the Kansas WCTU revised 1913,
    1918, 1924, 1927, 1930.
  Folder 6 In envelope marked "Provisional Field Workers" more plans of work for the national WCTU departments, 1930-1936.
   
    Information about the Young People's Branch
    Pamphlets about the Union Signal, ("The Steady Subscriber")
    Pamphlets about the Federal Motion Picture Council
    "Helpful Hints for Treasurers"
    "Consecration to Citizenship"
    "Why you should take the Union Signal"
  Folder 7 Shawnee Mission Material, c. 1925.
Box 7    
  Folder 1 Printed material concerning tobacco
    1) "The Menace to Civilization" by Dr. J. W. Shults
    2) A Program for Anti-Tobacco Day
    3) Appeal for funds from the Boys' International
    Anti-Cigarette League
Box 7 (cont.)    
  Folder 2 Miscellaneous Printed Material
  Folder 3 Miscellaneous Printed Material
  Folder 4 Miscellaneous Printed Material
  Folder 5 Miscellaneous Printed Material
  Folder 6 "Heroes of Yesterday and the Challenge of Today" by Mary A. Schallone. Original copy and photocopy concerning prohibition in Wichita.
   
   
  Folder 7 "The Enforcement of the Kansas Prohibitory Liquor Law"published by the Kansas State Temperance Union, Topeka, 1898.
   
  Folder 8 "Why Prohibition? Will it Work? A Syllabus to Promote All Around Discussion. Published by the Intercollegiate Prohibition Association Student Department of the World League Against Alcoholism,1925
   
   
   
   
  Folder 9 Article from the Lyons Daily News, Dec. 22, 1928.
Box 8    
    8) Financial Records Series
  Folder 1 Receipts, 1910-1911.
  Folder 2 Financial records, c. 1917-1920.
  Folder 3 Financial records, c. 1916-1917.
  Folder 4 Literature supply, c. 1916-1917.
  Folder 5 Financial records-miscellaneous expenses, c. 1916-1917.
  Folder 6 Miscellaneous financial records, c. 1912-1919.
  Folder 7 Financial records, 1911-1912.
  Folder 8 Financial records, 1913-1914.
Box 8 (cont.)    
  Folder 9 Financial records-miscellaneous records pertaining to fieldworkers, c. 1914.
   
  Folder 10 Financial records-miscellaneous accounts Dec., 1919-July, 1920, final balance, Sept. 1917.
   
  Folder 11 Miscellaneous 1926 records and trial balance (had been loose inoriginal box, Oct. 31, 1919.)Account book, 1917 [?] (D.E. Ledger).
   
  Folder 12
  Folder 13 Day book (literature inventory for 1912 (?)].
  Folder 14 Loose papers found in the Day book (folder 13).
  Folder 15 State of Kansas WCTU in account with "White Ribbon" Shoe Company.
  Folder 16 Loose papers found in the back of the book in folder 15.
  Folder 17 Loose papers found in these ledger books:
    Book 1 Book 8
    Book 2 Book 9
    Book 3 Book 11
    Book 4
  Folder 18 Unidentified financial records.
    Ledger books with financial and membership records of the Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union from September 1913, to September 1939.
   
   
    1) Green ledger book, Sept. 1913 to Feb. 1915.
    2) Green ledger book, March 1915 to May 1916.
    3) Black ledger book, Sept. 1917 to June 1918.
    4) Black ledger book, Sept. 1918 to May 1920.
    5) Black ledger book, June 1920 to April 1921.
    6) Black ledger book, April 1921 to April 1922.
    7) Black ledger book, April 1922 to March 1923.
    8) Black ledger book, March 1923 to March 1925.
    9) Black ledger book, March 1925 to Sept. 1927.
    10) Black ledger book, Sept. 1927 to Dec. 1929.
    11.) Black ledger book, Jan. 1930 to March 1932.
    12.)Black ledger book, March 1932 to Sept. 1929.
Box 9    
    9) District Book Series
    Third District President's Book, c. 1891-1903.
  Folder 1 Proceedings of the WCTU of the Third Congress and District of
  Folder 2 Kansas, Sept. 4, 1895-July 8, 1908.
    Fifth District Book, March 19, 1885-April 11, 1900.
    Fifth District Book, Sept. 19, 1900-Sept. 9, 1915.
    Loose papers found in the books in this box.
  Folder 3  
Box 10    
  Folder 1 Record of the Recording Secretary of the Sixth District of theKansas WCTU, Feb. 24, 1886-Apr. 13, 1892.
   
  Folder 2 Record No. 2 of the Recording Secretary of the Sixth District,WCTU of Kansas, Sept. 6, 1892-Sept. 12, 1895
   
  Folder 3 Sixth District Record Book No. 3, Mar. 25, 1896-Sept. 12, 1901.
  Folder 4 Sixth District Record Book No. 4, Sept. 1902-1916.
  Folder 5 Sixth District Record Book, Apr. 11, 1906-Sept. 21, 1916.
  Folder 6 Loose papers from the books in this box.