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Correspondence files

Creator: Kansas. Governor (1897-1899 : Leedy)

Date: 1897-1899

Level of Description: Series

Material Type: Government record

Call Number: Unavailable

Unit ID: 193423

Abstract: Primarily letters received by Governor John Whitnah Leedy, however there may are also be proclamations and a few petitions, reports, copies of letters sent, and other types of documents. Some proclamations may have also been interfiled with other items received relating to the subjects of the proclamations. Includes general letters, subject files, official response letters from & letters concerning State agencies, and applications & endorsements for several positions. Subject files include a variety of topics including crime & criminals and the military. Copies of letters sent are described in the series Letter Press Book[s], 1865–1905, no. 193397; http://www.kshs.org/archives/193397


Sub-ser. 1: General File. 1 folder (Box 1, folder 1)

Sub-ser. 2: Subject Files. 0.9 ft. (21 folders)
Box 1, folder 2 Appointments: report of confirmation by Senate 1897-1899
Box 1, folder 3 Claims: commissioner of Deeds 1897-1898
Box 1, folder 4 Colored commissioners to Nashville [sic] 1898
Box 1, folder 5 Crime and Criminals 1897-1898
Box 1, folder 6 Crime and Criminals: claims for rewards 1897-1899
Box 1, folder 7 Extradition Records 1897-1899
Box 1, folder 8 Military (General) 1897-1898
Box 1, folder 9 Military Applications (Feb–Mar) 1898
Box 1, folder 10 Military Applications (Apr) 1898
Box 2, folder 1 Military Applications (Apr) 1898
Box 2, folder 2 Military Applications (Apr) 1898
Box 2, folder 3 Military Applications (Apr) 1898
Box 2, folder 4 Military Applications (May) 1898
Box 2, folder 5 Military Applications (May) 1898
Box 2, folder 6 Military Applications (May) 1898
Box 2, folder 7 Military Applications (Jun) 1898
Box 3, folder 1 Military Applications (Jul-Nov) 1898
Box 3, folder 2 Military Telegrams (Apr-Sep) 1898
Box 3, folder 3 Notaries Public, Applications for Appointment 1898
Box 3, folder 3A Railroads 1897-1898
Box 3, folder 4 Resignations 1897-1898

Sub-ser. 3: State Departments. 0.2 ft. (8 folders)
Box 3, folder 5 Attorney General 1897-1899
Box 3, folder 6 Court of Appeals 1897-1899
Box 3, folder 7 Fiscal Agency 1897-1899
Box 3, folder 8 Grain Inspection Department 1897-1899
Box 3, folder 9 Legislature 1897-1899
Box 3, folder 10 Normal School, Emporia 1897-1899
Box 3, folder 11 State Penitentiary 1897-1899
Box 3, folder 12 Police Department 1897-1899

Sub-ser. 4: Applications and Endorsements. 0.1 ft. (3 folders)
Box 3, folder 13 Commissioner of Deeds 1897-1899
Box 3, folder 14 Labor Commissioner 1897-1899
Box 3, folder 15 Police Court Judge, Kansas City 1897

Space Required/Quantity: 1 ft. (3 boxes)

Title (Main title): Correspondence files

Part of: Records of the Kansas Governor's Office. Records of the Kansas Governor's Office : administration of Governor John Whitnah Leedy (1897-1899).

Scope and Content

Scope and content:

Items in this series are primarily letters received by Governor Leedy; however there may also be proclamations and some petitions, reports, copies of letters sent, and other types of documents. The materials are divided into four sub-series: the General File, Subject Files, the State Departments File, and Applications and Endorsements.

The General File, 1897 – 1899, sub-series one, consists of one folder containing letters received that were filed, not necessarily in alphabetical order, on a wide range of subjects. Contained therein are, generally, letters of congratulations; letters relating to budget, accounting and audits, state positions, labor statistics, recommendations, and vacancies; governor's addresses; State contracts; letters about the State Militia and legislation; requests for information, publications, or action; political correspondence; letters pertaining to utility services, goods offered for sale, taxation, transportation, The State Railroad Commission, public policy, liquor trafficking, women suffrage and equality, private and public land issues, interstate co-operation, and engineering and water works. Letters may have been filed here because there was not an appropriate place for them in other files.

Sub-series two is the Subject Files. These are letters on a variety of topics that were handled by the Governor's Office. During Governor Leedy's term, the largest files pertain to crime and criminals and the military, particularly military applications.

Letters from or relating to State Agencies are in the State Departments file, sub-series three. Correspondence received includes material on State department personnel, vacancies, resignations and appointments. However, most pertain to the operation of individual State agencies. The letters request the governor to take specific actions, ask his approval, send him information, ask him questions, tell of events, provide legal opinions, forward other letters and petitions, confirm or acknowledge gubernatorial actions, and request the governor’s presence.

The final component of Governor Leedy's correspondence is the Applications and Endorsements file. These records document individuals' applications and recommendations on their behalf for the commissioner of deeds, labor commissioner, and Police Court judge in Kansas City.

Detailed folder titles for each sub-series are listed in the "Summary" section. Letters sent by Governor Leedy's office may also be found in the series Letter Press Book[s], 1865-1905, #193397; http://www.kshs.org/archives/193397

Contents: Sub-ser. 1. General file, 1 folder -- sub-ser. 2. Subject files, 0.9 ft. (21 folders) -- sub-ser. 3. State departments, 0.2 ft. (8 folders) -- sub-ser. 4. Applications and endorsements, 0.1 ft. (3 folders).

Portions of Collection Separately Described:


Locator Contents
027-05-06-01 to 027-05-06-03   

Index Terms


    Kansas. Governor (1897-1899 : Leedy)
    Kansas -- Military policy
    Kansas -- Officials and employees -- Selection and appointment
    Kansas -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950
    Leedy, John Whitnah, 1849-1935 -- Political activity
    Criminal justice, Administration of -- Kansas
    Finance, Public -- Kansas
    Governors -- Kansas -- Archives
    Governors -- Kansas -- Records and correspondence
    Military service, Voluntary -- Kansas
    Patronage, Political -- Kansas
    Public officers -- Kansas
    Public records -- Kansas
    Spanish-American War, 1898 -- Kansas

Creators and Contributors

Agency Classification:

    Kansas State Agencies. Governor's Office. Specific Administrations. Leedy, John Administration.