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Kansas Bar Association Records

Creator: Kansas Bar Association

Date: 1883-1989 (bulk 1952-1989)

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Ms. Coll. 740

Unit ID: 42175

Restrictions: None.

Abstract: Records primarily documenting the operation of the Association through correspondence, committee records, minutes of meetings, membership files, & financial records; discussing important legal issues; and containing correspondence with other bar associations. Chronological continuity is scattered. The collection contains few records prior to 1952; the bulk dates are from 1952 through 1989.


Series Description

Series 1: Bar Journal Contracts and Correspondence, 1955-1989.

Series 2: Committees & Sections, 1941-1986.

Series 3: Continuing Legal Education / Practicing Law Institute files, 1957-1983,

Series 4: Executive Records, 1890, 1952-1985

  • Executive Council
  • Correspondence, 1953-1983.
  • Minutes of Meetings, 1953-1983
  • Executive Secretary--Correspondence, 1890, 1952-1983
  • Financial Papers
  • Bank Statements, 1952-1956
  • Financial Statements and Balance Sheets, 1953-1976
  • News Releases, 1970-1984
  • Officers' files, 1957-1972

Series 5: Meetings-Annual and Midyear, 1909, 1930-1983.

Series 6: Membership
  • Address Changes
  • Complete Roll of the Bar Association of the State of Kansas, 1883-1901*
  • Deceased Members' cards
  • Members' Information Files
  • Membership & Dues Correspondence, 1952-1988

Series 7: Other Bar Associations
  • American Bar Association, 1952-1977
  • Bar Associations of other states, 1952-1978
  • County, City and Regional Bar Associations in Kansas, ca 1952-1978.

Series 8: Subject Files, 1951-1982

Series 9: Vacations, 1961-1981

Box List

Series 1 Bar Journal Contracts and Correspondence, 1952-1989

Box 1 Contracts, 1955-1962
Correspondence, 1952-1978

Box 2 Correspondence,1979-1989

Series 2 Committees & Sections, 1941-1986

Box 3 Abstractors Committee, Relations with, 1960-1962
Advertising, Committee on Lawyer - American Bar Association, 1975-1978
Advertising, Committee on Lawyer - Bar Associations from other states, 1975-1978
Advertising, Committee on Lawyer - Bar Associations from other states, 1976-1977
Advertising, Committee on Lawyer - Bates and O'Steen, 1977
Advertising, Committee on Lawyer - Correspondence, 1975-1977
Advertising, Committee on Lawyer - Correspondence, 1978
Advertising, Committee on Lawyer - District Court of Kansas, 3rd District, 1977-1978
Advertising, Committee on Lawyer - Kansas Supreme Court, 1978
Advertising, Committee on Lawyer - Minutes and Reports, 1977

Box 4 Advertising, Committee on Lawyer - Newspaper clippings, 1978
Advertising, Committee on Lawyer - Proposals A & B and Canon 2, 1977
Advertising, Committee on Lawyer - Samples of newspaper ads, 1978
Advertising, Committee on Lawyer - Final report, 1977
Advocacy, Committee on, 1976
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Committee, 1985-1986
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 1986
Amendment No. 1, Special Committee on, 1958-1959
Atomic Energy Committee, 1959-1961
Awards Committee, 1986
Awards Committee, 1971-1985
Bench and Bar Committee, 1984-1985
Budget Committee, 1976-1979
Certified Public Accountants, Committee on Relations with, 1957-1964

Box 5 Citizenship Committee, 1954-1976
Civil Code Procedure, Committee on--Subcommittee on Revision, 1959-1961
Computerized Legal Research Committee, n.d.
Conflict of Interest Committee, 1976
Constitution and Bylaws Committee, 1976-1977
Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1940-1976, (see also Series 5)

Box 6 Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1977-1985
Criminal Investigation, Governor's Committee on, 1970-1976
Criminal Law Committee, 1962-1963
Disciplinary Enforcement Committee, 1976-1977
Discipline Coordinating Committee, 1968
Economic Development Committee, 1959-1960
Educational Committee on the Organized Bar, 1963
Encomium Committee, 1966
Family Law Committee, 1961-1978
Fees, Advisory Committee to the Governor on, 1955-1963
Governing Structure Committee, 1953-1975
Governing Structure Committee, 1985-1986

Box 7 Governing Structure Committee
Committee Appointments, 1957
Committee Assignments, Response forms to, 1975-1976
Committee Counsel, 1961-1962
Committee Reports, 1959
Handbook for Committee Chairmen and Members, 1956-1957
Historical Committee, 1941-1984
Improvement of Laws and Procedures Committee, 1954-1955
Improvement of Laws and Procedures Committee, 1956-1962

Box 8 Insurance Committee, Special, 1951-1985
Insurance Committee, 1959-19

Box 9 Insurance Committee, 1985-1985
Insurance Committee, n.d.
Internship Program Committee, 1955-1963
Judicial Administration Committee, 1957-1960
Judiciary, Committee on the, 1976-1979
Judicial Selection, Special Committee on, 1950-1957
Judicial Study Advisory Committee, n.d.

Box 10 Junior Bar Committee, 1953-1964
Kansas Title Standards Committee, 1958-1978
Labor Law Committee, 1956-1962
Lay Adjusters, Relations with, 1953-1963
Legal Aid Committee, 1955-1979
Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Services Committee, 1962-1963
Legal Assistant Committee, 1977-78
Legal Economics Committee,1961
Legal Education and Admissions Committee, 1963

Box 11 Legal Institutes Committee, 1955-1963, (see also Series 5)
Local Bar Associations Committee, 1953-1979 (see also Series 8)

Box 12 Long Range Planning Committee, 1978

Box 13 Long Range Planning Committee-Ballots, 1978
Long Range Planning Committee-Ballots, 1978
Long Range Planning Committee correspondence, 1978
Long Range Planning Committee-Handbook, 1978
Long Range Planning Committee-Photographs, 1978
Long Range Planning Committee-Position Papers, 1978
Medico-Legal Committee, 1952-1960

Box 14 Medico-Legal Committee, 1961
Medico-Legal Committee, 1962
Medical Profession, Relations with the, 1951-1958
Membership Committee, 1958, (see also Series 6)
Membership Committee, 1960-1968
Memorial Committee, 1952-1961

Box 15 Memorial Committee, 1963-1976
Military Law Committee, 1959-1976
News Media, Committee on Relations with,
Nominating Committee, 1976-1978
Non-political Selection of Judges, Committee for the,
Balch, Joe F., 1958
Bannon, F. C., 1957-1958
Beall, Wm M., 1957
Brown, Hon. Wesley E., 1958
Chalfant, Claude E., 1956-1958
Colmery, Harry W., 1958
Davis, Clayton M., 1958
Ferguson, Wm M.
Eidson, O. B., 1958
Fromme, Alex M., 1957-1958
Haynes, J. Willard, 1958
Janicke, Harry O., 1958
Jones, 1958
Lang, D. B., 1958
McNally, L. A. 1958

Box 16 Powers, George B., 1958
Scovel, Jay W., 1958
Shuart, John, 1958
Thiele, Hon. Walter, 1958
Wedell, Hugo, 1958
Wildgen, Maurice A., 1958
Accounts Payable, 1958
Advertising-Tape Recordings-Newspapers 1958
Associations-Speaker Requests and Publicity, 1958
Chronological File, 1958

Box 17 Deposit Slips-Statements, 1960
Deposit Slips-Statements, 1960
Form Letters, etc., 1958
Missouri Plan, 1957
Newspaper Publicity
Lists, 1958
Misc., 1958
Kansas City, 1958
Topeka, 1958
Wichita, 1958

Box 18 OEO Committee, 1969
Pre-Practice Orientation, Committee, 1964
Professional Associations Committee, 1961-1962
Professional Awareness Committee, 1977
Professional Economics Committee, 1964-1977
Economics of the Bar Survey, 1964-1978
Professional Ethics Committee, 1952-1954

Box 19 Professional Ethics Committee, 1955-1961

Box 20 Professional Ethics Committee, 1962-1974
Professional Ethics Committee-Advisory, 1976-1979
Professional Ethics Committee-Grievance, 1974-1979

Box 21 Professional Relations Committee, 1976-1979
Program Committee, 1959-1962
Program Committee, 1957-1977
Prospective Legislation Committee, 1956-1977
Public Defender Committee, 1978-1979
Public Relations Committee, undated and 1952-1953

Box 22 Public Relations Committee, 1954-1955
Public Relations Committee-Resolutions from local Bars 1955
Public Relations Committee, 1956-1971

Box 23 Public Relations Committee-OPIE, 1971-1973
Public Relations Committee-Manual, 1973

Box 24 Public Relations Committee, 1974-1978
Realtors, Committee on Relations with, 1952-1960
Selection, Tenure and Retirement of Judges, Committee on the, 1954-1967

Box 25 Selection, Tenure and Retirement of Judges, Committee on the, 1968-1972
Special Tax Committee, 1956-1957
Special Committee on Specialization, 1963-1978

Box 26 Special Committee on Specialization, 1978-1982, and n.d.
Standards for Title Exam, Committee on, 1957-1966

Box 27 Standards for Title Exam, Committee on, 1967-1974
Statutes Publication Committee, 1960
Taxation Committee, 1957-1962
Title Insurance and Relations with Abstractors Committee, 1961-1968
Traffic Court Committee, 1958-1977

Box 28 Traffic Court Committee-Traffic Court Justice
Traffic Safety, President's Committee, 1963
Unauthorized Practice of Law, Committee on the, 1955-1970

Box 29 Unauthorized Practice of Law, Committee on the, 1973-1979
Uniform Commercial Code Committee, 1961-1963
World Peace through Law Committee, 1968-1977

Box 30 Sections:
Aviation Section, 1976
Bar Association Sections, 1963
Corporation Section-Donald Bell, 1976-1977
Labor Law Section-James G. Winn, 1976-1977
Litigation Section, 1976-1977
Real Estate Probate & Trust Law Section, 1971-1975
Real Estate, 1976

Box 31 Young Lawyers Section, 1965-1975

Box 32 Young Lawyers Section, 1974-1979

Series 3 Continuing Legal Education / Practicing Law Institute files, 1957-1983

Box 33 Agricultural Law, 1960-1974
Annual Meeting Institute, 1974-1975
Anti-trust laws, 1980-1981
Appellate Practice, 1975
Arson, 1981-1982
Art Law, 1980
Automobile Law, 1976
Aviation Law, 1960-1980
Banking Law, 1978
Bankruptcy-Individual & Corporate, 1978
Book and audiotape lists
Business Practices Law, 1961
Civil Procedure, 1979
Civil Rights, 1976
Claims, 1981
Class Actions, 1978-1982
Collection of Judgments, 1980
Commercial Law, 1980-1981
Communications Law, 1981
Comparative Negligence, 1978-1980
Competence, Attorney, 1977
Computers and the Law, 1980-1981
Condemnation, 1979
Condominiums, 1975-1982
Conflict of Interest, 1976-1980

Box 34 Construction Litigation, 1977-1980
Constitutional Law, 1977-1981
Consumer Law, 1980-1982
Contract Law, 1982
Corporate Business Law, 1981-1983
Court Trial Procedure, 1981
Criminal Law, 1960-1982
Damages, 1980-1982
Debtors' and Creditors' Rights, 1980-1982
Depositions, 1980-1981
Direct and Cross Examinations, 1980-1981
Disability Law, 1980-1981
Domestic/Family Relations, 1980-1982
Drafting Legal Documents, 1981
Drugs, 1977-1978
Drunk, (DWI, DUI), 1980-1982
Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981
EEO Contract Compliance, 1981
Elderly, Problems of the, 1977
Employee Benefits, 1981-1982
Energy, 1979
Environmental Law, 1978
Estate Planning, 1964-1982

Box 35 Ethical, Problems, Common, 1981
Evidence, 1975-1982
Fair Housing and Lending, 1979-1982
Family Law, 1983
Federal Courts-Practice and Procedure, 1981
Fees, Attorney, 1983
Felony Law, 1980
Fiduciary Law, 1979
Financial Markets, 1982
General Practitioner/Practical Law Institutes
Grant Law, 1980
Health Law, Critical Issues, 1980-1981
Immigration Law, 1981-1982
Industrial Revenue Bonds, 1980-1981
Institutes Sponsored by the KBA, 1976
Insurance Law, 1977
Invasion of Privacy, 1979
Judicial Conference, Annual Meeting, 1974
Jury Trials, 1982
Juvenile Law, 1981
Labor Law, 1960
Landlord and Tenant, 1977-1982
Law Developments - other states, 1976-1978
Law Office Management, 1974
Legal Secretaries Institute, 1974

Box 36 Litigation, 1980-1982
Magazine Publishing Law, 1982
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, 1974
Marital Deductions, 1982
Mechanics' Liens, 1981
Media Relations, 1978
Medical/Professional Liability, 1960-1981
Mortgage and Lending, 1980
Municipal Law, 1979
Natural Resources, 1982
Negotiating, 1981-1982
Occupational Safety, 1980-1981
Oil and Gas, 1973
Openness in Government, 1981-1982
Pension and Compensation Law, 1974-1982
Personal Injury, 1979-1981
Planning and Zoning, 1976
Practical Law Review, 1974
Printing Services, 1981
Privacy, Invasion of - see Invasion of Privacy
Probate, 1980
Product Liability,1980-1982
Professional Negligence, 1982
Professional Responsibilities, 1981-1983
Prosecuting Attorneys Seminar, 1975
Public Relations Institute, 1958
Real Estate, 1979-1982
Right-to-Know, 1981
Secured Transactions, 1982
Securities, 1979-1982
Sports-Professional Athletics, 1977

Box 37 Taxation, 1957-1979
Time Management, 1981
Torts, 1980
Trade and Professional Associations, 1981
Traffic Court, 1959-1975
Traumatic Injuries of the Head..., 1981
Trial Advocacy, 1980-1981
Unions, Laws affecting, 1959
User, 1982
Wage and Hour Law Institute
Wills, 1980
Workers' Compensation, 1961-1982
Wrongful Death, 1981
Young Lawyers
Zoning, 1981
Series 4 Executive Records
Executive Council

Box 38 Correspondence, 1953-1960

Box 39 Correspondence, 1961-1968

Box 40 Correspondence, 1969-1972

Box 41 Correspondence, 1973-1976

Box 42 Correspondence, 1976-1984

Box 43 Minutes of Meetings, 1953-1977
Executive Secretary

Box 44 Correspondence, 1890*

Box 45 Correspondence, 1952 May-1954 Mar

Box 46 Correspondence, 1954 May-1956 May

Box 47 Correspondence, 1956 June-1963 Oct

Box 48 Correspondence, 1963 Nov-1974 Apr

Box 49 Correspondence, 1974 May-1975 Feb

Box 50 Correspondence, 1975 Mar-1975 Aug

Box 51 Correspondence, 1975 Sep-1976 Jan

Box 52 Correspondence, 1976 Feb-1976 Apr

Box 53 Correspondence, 1976 Jun-1976 Dec

Box 54 Correspondence, 1981-1985
Financial Papers

Box 55 Bank Statements, 1952-1956

Box 56 Financial Statements and Balance Sheets, 1953-1976

Box 57 News Releases, undated and 1969-1973

Box 58 News Releases, 1974-1984

Box 59 Officers and Past Presidents
Past Presidents
Balch, Joseph F.,1957, District 3
Balch, Joseph F.,1967, President-elect
Balch, Joseph F.,1967, President
Bannon, F. C., 1957-1962, District 1
Bannon, F. C., 1963-1964, Vice President
Bannon, F. C., 1965-1966, President
Beall, William M., 1956, President
Beall, William M., 1958-1959, Vice President
Becker, Richard L.,1969-1970
Bennett, Robert F., 1962-1963, Secretary-Treasurer
Brown, Wesley E., 1957-1961, District 7
Brown, Wesley E., 1962, Vice President
Brown, Wesley E., 1963-1964, President-elect
Brown, Wesley E., 1965, Past President
Conner, Fred, 1971-1972, District 7
Corrick, Franklin, 1955-1964, Bar Journal Editor
Dalton, Jack, 1976-1977, President
Eidson, O. B., 1957-1958, President
Ferguson, William, 1957-1960, District 6
Ferguson, William, 1962, President-elect
Ferguson, William, 1963-1964, President
Fromme, Alex, 1957, District 8
Fromme, Alex, 1959, Vice-President
Fromme, Alex, 1960-1961, President-elect
Fromme, Alex, 1962, President
Guentner, Robert I., 1972, Ex-Officio
Harper, Howard, 1968-1973, District 5
Haynes, J. Willard, 1956-1958, Past-President
Hunter, J Richard, 1973-1974 President

Box 60 Janicke, Harry O., 1957-1960, District 4
Janicke, Harry O., 1960, Vice President
Janicke, Harry O., 1961-1962, President-elect
Janicke, Harry O., 1962, President
Kull, Ronald L., 1965-1967, Executive Secretary
Laing, Verne, 1968-1970, District 6
Lang, D. B., 1957, District 9
Lang, D. B., 1959, President-elect
Lang, D. B., 1960, President
Lang, D. B., 1962, Past-President
Lewis, Philip H., 1968-1970, District 2
Lewis, Philip H., 1971, President-elect
Lewis, Philip H., 1971-1972, President
Lowe, Sam W. G., 1972, District 8
Martin, Robert, 1970-1971, President
McNally, L. A., 1957, District 5
McNally, L. A., 1967-1968, President-elect
McNally, L. A., 1968-1969, President
Powers, George, 1957-1961, Secretary-Treasurer
Scovel, Jay W., 1957-1960, President

Box 61 Thomas, Leonard, 1970-1972, District 1
Thomas, Leonard, 1973, President-elect
Thomas, Leonard, 1974-1975, President
Thompson, Marvin, 1961-1970, District 8
Thompson, Marvin, 1972-1973, President
Wildgen, Maurice, 1960-1969, District 4
Wildgen, Maurice, 1969-1970, President

Series 5 Meetings-Annual and Midyear, 1909, 1930-1983

Box 62 Annual Meeting and Banquet Program, 1909*
Annual Meeting and Banquet Program, 1930*
1952 Annual Meeting
1953 Annual Meeting
1954 Annual Meeting
1957 Annual Meeting
1957 Midyear Meeting
1958 Annual Meeting
1959 Midyear Meeting
1961 Midyear Meeting
1962 Midyear Meeting
1963 Midyear Meeting
1964 Annual Meeting
1971 Midyear Meeting
1972 Midyear Meeting

Box 63 1973 Midyear Meeting
1974 Midyear Meeting
1975 Midyear Meeting
1976 Midyear Meeting
1982 Midyear Meeting
1983 Annual Meeting

Series 6 Membership

Box 64 Address Changes & Announcements
Complete Roll of the Bar Association of the State of Kansas, 1883-1901*

Box 65 Deceased Members cards (3x5 inch cards)
Members' Information Files

Box 66 Aaron-Beck

Box 67 Becker-Brownfield

Box 68 Bruce-Cooley

Box 69 Coombs-Duncan

Box 70 Duncan-Fox

Box 71 Frahm-Griffith

Box 72 Griggs-Hite

Box 73 Hjeimfelt-Johnson

Box 74 Johnson-Landers

Box 75 Landon-McCurdy

Box 76 McCurdy-Metz

Box 77 Metzger-Noonan

Box 78 Noone-Post

Box 79 Postmer-Robinson

Box 80 Robinson-Seaton

Box 81 Sebelius-Springer

Box 82 Sprouse-Thompson

Box 83 Thompson-Wells

Box 84 Wells-Zuspann

Box 85 Membership & Dues Correspondence

Box 86 Membership & Dues Correspondence

Series 7 Other Bar Associations

Box 87 American Bar Association, 1952-1977

Box 88 Bar Associations of other states, 1952-1978
Illinois State Bar Association, 1955-1960
Michigan State bar Association, 1955-1960
Oklahoma State Bar Association, 1953-1959
Ohio State Bar Association, 1952-1959
Wisconsin State Bar Association, 1958-1978
County, City and Regional Bar Associations in Kansas, 1952-1979

Box 89 Allen County, 1955-1968
Anderson County, 1961-1975
Atchison County Bar Association, 1988
Barber County Bar Association, 1957-1968
Barton County Bar Association, 1952-1976
Bourbon County Bar Association, 1958-1975
Butler County Bar Association, 1963-1976
Central Kansas Bar Association, 1952-1977
Cherokee County Bar Association, 1952-1967
Clay County Bar Association, 1952-1975
Cloud County Bar Association, 1954-1965
Coffey County Bar Association, 1976
Cowley County Bar Association, 1961
Crawford County Bar Association, 1952-1975

Box 90 Dickinson County Bar Association, 1961-1973
Doniphan County Bar Association, 1956-1965
Douglas County Bar Association, 1953-1975
Ellis County Bar Association, 1953-1975
Ellsworth County Bar Association, 1965
Finney County Bar Association, 1959-1973
Ford & Gray County Bar Association, 1961-1976
Franklin County Bar Association, 1961-1974
Geary County Bar Association, 1958-1975
Greenwood County Bar Association, 1968-1974
Graham County Bar Association, 1973-1975
Harper County Bar Association, 1953-1973
Harvey County Bar Association, 1952-1976
Highway 96 Bar Association, 1954-1973
Jackson County Bar Association, 1973
Jefferson County Bar Association, 1967-1977
Johnson County Bar Association, 1955-1977
Kearney County Bar Association, 1964
Kingman County Bar Association, 1952-1965
Leavenworth County Bar Association, 1955-1977
Labette County Bar Association, 1961-1966

Box 91 Lyon County Bar Association, 1953-1975
Marion County Bar Association, 1965-1976
Marshall County Bar Association, 1959-1976
Mitchell County Bar Association, 1950-1965
McPherson County Bar Association, 1961-1973
Miami County Bar Association, 1959-1973
Montgomery County Bar Association, 1952-1975
Nemaha County Bar Association, 1960-1967
Neosho County Bar Association, 1963-1971
Northeast Kansas Bar Association, 1956-1977
Northwest Kansas Bar Association, 1952-1975
Osage County Bar Association, 1959-1965
Osborne County Bar Association, 1956-1963
Pawnee County Bar Association, 1953-1973]
Pottawatomie County Bar Association, 1961-1965
Pratt County Bar Association, 1954-1976
Reno County Bar Association, 1952-1976
Rice County Bar Association, 1953-1975
Riley County Bar Association, 1957-1976
Rooks County Bar Association, 1973
Russell County Bar Association, 1952-1976
Saline County Bar Association, 1952-1975

Box 92 Sedgwick County Bar Association, 1967
Seward County Bar Association, 1964-1974
Sheridan County Bar Association, 1970
Sherman County Bar Association, 1967-1976
Southeast County Bar Association, 1952-1977
Southwest County Bar Association, 1952-1978
Stafford County Bar Association, 1965-1976
Topeka Bar Association
Topeka Bar Association, 1954-1961

Box 93 Topeka Bar Association, 1962-1979
Washburn University Bar Association
Wichita County Bar Association, 1952-1976

Box 94 Wichita County Bar Association. The Bar-o-Meter, 1952-1954
Wilson County Bar Association, 1959-1965
Wyandotte County Bar Association, 1951-1976

Series 8 Subject Files

Box 95 Administrative Law, 1978-1982
Admission to the Kansas Bar Association, 1962-1963
Admittee's Luncheons, 1968-1985
Agricultural Law, 1980-1981
Allen Memorial, Harry K., (see Memorials)
American College of Probate Council, 1988
American Judicature Society, 1961
Amicus Curiae briefs, 1960-1976
Annual Institutes, 1979-1981
Annual Legal Check-up, 1963-1964
Automobile Reparations Act, Kansas, n.d.
Bar Briefs, 1953
Bar Briefs, 1954
Basic Court Procedure, 1956-1958
Beall, William, 1959, (see Memorials)
Bench-Bar - Guidelines for Evaluations of Judicature Performance

Box 96 Brief Printing Service of the KBA
Bridging the Gap program - KU April 10 and 11, 1964
Cameras in the Court Room, 1984
Canon 35, 1961
Chamber of Commerce, (see Kansas State Chamber of Commerce )
Citizenship, 1957
Civil Code, S. B. 140, 1963
Civil Code Meetings-Wichita (1963 May 23, 24, and 25)
Civil Code Meetings-Wichita (1963 May 23, 24, and 25)
Civil Code Meetings-Lawrence (1963 Oct 24-26)
Civil Code Meetings-Dodge City (1963 Dec 6-7)
Civil Rights, Kansas Conference on
Clients' Security Funds, 1973-1985

Box 97 Clipping file, 1972-1984
Communism, Education Against, 1964
Connally Reservation, 1960
Copyright Law, (see Patent/Trademark/Copyright Law, 1980)
Court Congestion, 1957-1961
Court Room Dignity and Decorum, 1951-1959
Criminal Justice Section, 1975-1976
Discipline and Reinstatement of Attorneys, 1969
District Clerk's Handbook (Richard Shannon's Project) 1969
Economics, 1961-1963
Economics of the Bar Survey, 1964-1978

Box 98 Economics of the Bar Survey, 1978
Education Law, 1971, (see also Legal Education)
Education Law, 1976-1978
Educational Television, 1962-1964
Eminent Domain, 1964
Estate Lawyers, A Summary View of the Future of, n.d.
Fair Trial - Free Press, 1978-1979
Fourth Federal District Judgeship, 1967
Fourth Judicial Bar Association, 1973
G.I. Bill of Rights, 1959
H. R. Stine & Sons Ltd., Newton, KS, 1954-1958
Hatcher's Kansas Digest, 1975
Historical File, 1976-1985
House of Delegates System, 1963-1964
Hutchinson Estate, 1952-1960
Huxman Memorial, (see Memorials)
Illegal Practice of the Law, 1954
Improvement of Laws and Procedures, 1955-1961

Box 99 Insurance, 1961
Insurance, 1964-1978
Insurance - Accident & Health
Insurance - Accidental Death
Insurance - Blue Cross-Blue Shield, 1957-1963
Insurance - Business Expense Insurance,
Insurance - Disability Insurance, 1964-1965
Insurance - Kansas Bar Life Insurance, 1958-1963
Insurance - Life Insurance, 1955-1956
Insurance - Life Insurance, 1956-1959
Insurance - Major Medical Protection, 1975-1962

Box 100 Insurance - Mutual of Omaha, 1961-1962
Insurance - Special Insurance, 1956
Insurance -- Title Insurance, 1955-1961
Insured Titles, Inc., 1961-1962, Kansas, (see Kansas Insured Titles, Inc.)
Integration of the Bar, 1955-1964
Jenkins-Keogh Bill, 1960-1961, (see also Keough-based retirement plan)
Job Applications, 1961-1963
Judicature Performance, Bench-Bar - Guidelines for Evaluations of
[see Bench-Bar - Guidelines for Evaluations of Judicature Performance]

Box 101 Judicial Redistricting, 1958
Junior Bar, 1963
KBA Reporter, 1973-1976
K Bar Research Incorporated
Kansas Association of Plaintiff's Attorneys, 1952-1954
Kansas Insured Titles, Inc., 1961-1962
Kansas Law Center, 1975 -Thesis Design Study
Kansas Law Center, 1976
Kansas Legal Directory, 1959
Kansas Press Service, 1952-1956
Kansas State Chamber of Commerce, 1958-1963

Box 102 Kansas (State of)
Aging, Conference on, 1961
Constitutional Amendments: 1, 2, 3, 1960
Corporation Commission, 1960
Legislative Council, 1954
Legislative Services, 1973-1974
Legislature, 1962. Redistricting
Legislature, 1974-1975
Supreme Court. Building, 1974
Kansas Supreme Court Reporting Service, 1959-1975
Keough-based Retirement Plan, 1967-1969, (see also Jenkins-Keough Bill)

Box 103 Ladies' Bar Activities, 1954
Law Firms, 1982-1984
Law Office Management, 1981
Lawyer Liability, 1960-1963
Lawyer Referral-General File, 1977-1981
Lawyer Referral-Publicity, 1967-1977
Lawyer Referral Services, 1955-1964

Box 104 Lawyer Referral Services, 1978-1979
Lawyers' Indemnity Funds, 1959
Lawyers' Social Security, 1956-1958
A Lawyer's Trust by Herbert Hawley
Leavenworth Law Firm Bicentennial Memorial Marker, 1975-1976
Legal Assistants, 1978
Legal Education & Admissions, 1957
[see also Post Graduate Legal Education & Specialization, 1976-1978]
Legal Education & Admissions, 1964-1977
Legal Secretary Cassette Tapes, 1971-1975
Legislature Judicial Article, 1966
Letters of Transmittal, 1956-1957
Martindale-Hubbell, Inc., 1951-1956

Box 105 Media, 1975, 1978
Media-Bar Media Awards, 1982
Mellott, Arthur J., (see Memorials)
Memorial-Allen, Harry K.
Memorial-Beall, William, 1959
Memorial-Huxman, Walter A., 1973-74
Memorial-Mellott, Arthur J., 1958
Mineral Law, 1980
Mental Health, n.d.
Mental Health, 1964-1981
Minimum Fee Schedules, 1948-1961

Box 106 Minimum Fee Schedules, 1962-1979
Muni-Corps, 1960-1964
National Association of Bar Association Presidents, 1952
National Conference of Lawyers and Realtors, 1964
Nebraska Legislative Council, 1975
News Media-Bar Awards, 1963-1964
Non-Partisan District Judges, 1963
Opening Inquiries, 1958
Operational Survey, n.d.
Operational Survey, 1977-1982

Box 107 Operational Survey, 1978, 1980
Originals for Copy Material, 1958
Paper Chase, 1981
Partnerships, 1982
Patent/Trademark/Copyright Law, 1980
Patients' Rights Handbook,
Pattern Jury Instruction Book, 1965
Phillips Banquet, 1955
Plaintiff's Attorneys, Kansas Association of (see Kansas Association of Plaintiff's Attorneys)
Point of Law radio program, 1975-1977
Post Graduate Legal Education & Specialization, 1976-1978
Practicing Law Institute, 1959
Pre-Paid Legal Services, 1971

Box 108 Pre-Paid Legal Services, 1972-1975
Presidential Liability and Succession, 1965
Public Relations Society of Topeka, 1959
Railway Legal Aid, 1958
Real Estate Poll, 1967
Reardon Report, 1968
Referral Services, Lawyer, (see Lawyer Referral Services)

Box 109 Refund File, 1968
Relative Value Study, 1963-1967
Reserve Officers Association of the U.S., 1961
Revenue Act-Emporia, 1964
Rotary International, 1953-1962
Russell Seminar, 1963
Selected United States Government Publications, 1956-1963
Smith (Justice Smith) Encomium, 1961
Social Security, 1955
Special Agent Inquiries, 1956-Special Agent Inquiries, 1958-1959

Box 110 Special Legislative Bulletins, 1974-1975
Stamenov, Yves P., 1977
Statute Book Revision, 1962-1963
State of Judiciary Message, 1972
Tax on Professional Services Proposal, 1969
Third Federal Judge, 1962
Topeka Chamber of Commerce, 1952-1962
Topeka Public Relations Society, 1966
Trademark Law , (see Patent/Trademark/Copyright Law, 1980)
Traffic Code, Model, 1957
Traffic Court and Traffic Conference, 1954-1965

Box 111 Transitional Legal Education, 1971-1972
Treaty Law, 1953 and 1964
True Legal Dramas Correspondence, 1952-1953
Uniform Commercial Code, 1965-1966
United Funds, 1963
United States Chamber of Commerce, 1959
United States [federal government]
Civil Service Commission, 1963
Congress, 1960
Senate Bill 1165 (Armed Services Pay Schedules), 1957
Magistrate Appointment, 1969
Supreme Court, 1957-1960
Supreme Court-Admission Tour
Water use, 1975-1980
Welfare and Reform Plans Disclosure Act, 1964
Women's Bar Association, 1954
Women's Court of Radio, 1953
Workman's Compensation, 1961

Series 9 Vacations

Box 112 1961 Post Convention Tour
1968 Passport to Adventure
1969 Soviet Union Trip of President McNally
1969 Hawaiian Trip - Correspondence
1969 Hawaiian Trip - Payment method
1969 Majorcan Carnival
1969 Majorcan Carnival
1969 Mexico Trip
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1970 African Trip
1970 African Adventure
1971 Caribbean Cruise
1971 London Trip
1971 London Trip
1972 Post Mid Year Meeting Trip- Las Vegas
1972 Orient Adventures
1973 Mediterranean Trip
1975 Canary Island Trip
1975 Canary Island Trip
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1979 Cuban Trip
1980 Caribbean Cruise
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Title (Main title): Kansas Bar Association Records

Administrative History

Administrative History:

The Kansas Bar Association (KBA) began as a descendant organization of the Judicial Administration of the State of Kansas (JASK). The JASK passed a resolution in January of 1882 to the effect that the JASK would “invite the leading members of the bar of the State of Kansas to meet with the Association at its next annual meeting in January of 1883” for the purpose of forming a bar association. There were only five lawyers attending the formative meeting of the Bar Association of the State of Kansas, as it was first named. All of those attending were judges from the State Supreme Court or various district courts. The formation of this organization took place at a time when city bar associations were being formed all across the country, so pressure to establish a state bar association in Kansas started as a grass-roots movement.

The purpose and intent of the KBA has changed over the years, depending on the nature of the legal climate of the time. The first issue that the KBA addressed concerned the State Supreme Court’s overburdened docket. The result came in the form of an increase in membership of the Supreme Court from three to seven; a result, in part, from the KBA’s nearly two decades of lobbying for an amendment to the state constitution. Another area of KBA interest was in expediting the appeals process. The KBA proposed a number of measures to streamline the Kansas legal system, measures which were adopted slowly, and over a long period of time.

In the nineteenth century, all that was required of someone desiring admittance to the bar was to “read the law” under the direction of a practicing lawyer for a period of a few months, then take a brief and unchallenging oral examination in front of a panel of admitted lawyers. Since Kansas’ earliest days of statehood, all that was required for bar admittance, was that the candidate had to have “requisite learning and good moral character.” Such lax requirements allowed for many under qualified candidates to gain bar admittance. Ultimately, lawyers who later became judges were so uninformed about the law that decisions from different judges resulted in a common-law legal code that was terribly inconsistent and uncoordinated.

By 1897, the KBA began advocating tighter and stricter requirements for bar admittance. It advocated that candidates should be required to study law for at least three years in either a law office, or the Law Department of Kansas University. It further recommended that bar exams be held biennially, under the direction of the Supreme Court, and be held publicly in the Supreme Court Chambers. These recommendations became law in 1903, with modifications.

Soon after the passage of that bill into law, the Supreme Court established a board whose purpose was to devise and administer the bar exam for those desiring admittance. The first written exam was conducted in 1904. This was the first time a truly rigorous test was administered, in order to ensure that only well-qualified candidates would be admitted to the bar. Even so, the requirements kept escalating as the years went by. In 1936, when the examining board required that bar exam candidates to first complete three years of college prior to examination. Kansas was a forerunner in establishing this requirement. At that time, no other State in the Union made such requirements of aspiring lawyers. By 1942, candidates were expected to have earned an undergraduate degree as well as an LL .B. or J. D. degree. Law office study, a mainstay of legal education for many years, was completely abolished in 1968.

An official publication of the KBA, the Kansas Law Journal, was published between 1885 and 1888. The Journal, published quarterly, featured the Kansas Supreme Court docket and decisions, selected decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and district courts’ opinions relevant to Kansas lawyers. The Kansas Law Journal was one of the voices and the main media used by the KBA to advocate the expansion of the Kansas Supreme Court in the late nineteenth century.

Conscious of its reputation with the public, the KBA established a committee in 1907 to examine the possibility of creating a code of ethics. At the 1909 annual meeting, the Code of Ethics Committee advised the KBA to adopt the same code as the American Bar Association. The following year, a five-member committee, established for the purpose of monitoring ethics within the committee, was added to the list of permanent standing committees.

The Public Relations Committee was established in 1949. This committee has delved into a wide array of activities, including publicizing Law Day and coordinating activities for that occasion, initiating school programs, producing radio and television programs and filmstrips, operating speakers’ bureaus, and writing articles for newspapers and magazines, to name a few. T. C. Anderson became the public relations secretary on a full time basis in 1970. He also worked with Continuing Legal Education. After resigning in 1977, he was succeeded by Marcia Poell.

Not until 1951 did the KBA have an address or any sort of a permanent location. John W. Shuart filled the role of executive secretary and secured office space in the Garlinghouse Building on South Quincy Street in Topeka. The KBA used that location as its headquarters until the need for more space mandated a move to a new location, 1334 Topeka Avenue, in 1960. Eventually, the KBA found it necessary to move into a newer facility in the late 1970s. This time, they made arrangements to have a building constructed to their specifications. Construction was completed in October of 1981. The dedication ceremony took place on October 14 of that year.

Scope and Content

Scope and content:

This collection is organized into nine series, reflecting the organization, structure, activities, values and priorities of the Kansas Bar Association.

Unfortunately, the chronological continuity of the KBA’s records are less than complete. From the years 1883 to 1941, there are only four items. This collection begins, for all intents and purposes, in 1952. A Complete Roll of the Bar Association of the State of Kansas, 1883 - 1901, and Correspondence of the Executive Secretary, 1890, were actually donated to the Kansas State Historical Society long before the 1989 accession of most of the KBA records. The exact dates of the earliest donations can no longer be determined. It was not until 1989 that the KBA began systematically to make regular donations of their records to the Kansas State Historical Society (KSHS) as the official repository of its records. Items donated before 1989 are marked with an asterisk (*).

Periodically, the Kansas Bar Association sends accretions of records to the Kansas State Historical Society.

This collection contains operational records of a state bar association. Most of the records are such things as business correspondence, contracts made by the editor of the KBA Journal, membership information files, brochures for Practicing Law Institutes and / or Continuing Legal Education seminars, information concerning a myriad of different legal topics, the working files from the various officers of the KBA, financial records and bank statements, minutes and notes from the annual and midyear meetings, correspondence with other bar associations (county, or city bar associations, or bar associations of other States), and records concerning KBA vacation packages.

The KBA deals with internal matters - e.g. the governing of the KBA itself, its members and the KBA staff - as well as external matters like the Kansas legislative and judicial environment, bar associations in other States, public relations, social issues, and the process and standards by which lawyers are admitted to the bar. Because many lawyers are self-employed with their own private practices, many lawyers are concerned with such things as providing themselves and their employees with insurance and health care benefits. Accordingly, many of the files in this collection deal with these issues.

The correspondence in Series 1 pertains to subscriptions, requests for reprints, advertising rates, and invoices for printing expenses. The 1989 correspondence is filled with KBA members’ announcements concerning the establishment of new law firms, and partnerships, similar to the papers found in Series 6, Membership - Address Changes and Announcements.

The KBA has established a long list of committees to address various issues that affect lawyers. The contents of the files in Series 2 reveal the nature of the legal establishment for the years included in the records and indicate what legal issues were important at the time. Also, this collection shows how this and other similar organizations were operated. In terms of volume, the greatest part of this series concerns such issues as public relations and ethics, a testament to the concern of the KBA about its reputation and image with the public.

Series 3 contains files on Continuing Legal Education and Practicing Law Institutes. The material typically found in these files are mainly brochures advertising the various institutes, educational seminars, offered to lawyers, including registration forms. Similar to the previous series on committees, the list of institutes indicates what issues were important to lawyers at the time, and the list is exhaustive. Arrangement is alphabetical by institute title. In order to maintain their good standing as bar members, lawyers are required to earn points, in part, by attending institutes.

Series 4: The Kansas Bar Association is governed by an Executive Council, and the leading member of the Council is the executive secretary. The correspondence of the Executive Council and the executive secretary, plus the minutes of meetings, financial statements, news releases and officers’ files provide a great deal of evidential documentation of the Kansas Bar Association.

Series 5 contains the agendas and the minutes of meetings, annual and midyear, of the KBA. This is another good source of documentary information concerning the Association, its policies, decisions and activities. Committees also submitted their reports at annual and midyear meetings.

The single most voluminous series in the collection contains records of KBA members. Records in this series date back to the KBA’s earliest days, with the Complete Roll of the Bar Association of the State of Kansas, 1883-1901. This item was not a part of the 1989 accession, as it has been property of the Kansas State Historical Society for many years. Its date of accession is no longer known.

The Address Changes & Announcements, the first sub series within the Membership series, contains ornately printed cards announcing the formation of a new law practice or the addition of new partners with existing firms.

In terms of significance of information, the Members’ Information Files provide the greatest quantity of data. Members with at least two newspaper articles, a photograph, an historical data sheet, or a biographical questionnaire will have their materials in separate files. Members with less than that, usually only a single newspaper clipping, will have their materials filed in a folder labeled with the first letter of their last name. For example, Robert P. Ebersole only had one newspaper article in the KBA records, which is located in the file labeled “E.” He does not have a file of his own, as does Richard Eads, whose file contains a data sheet and a newspaper clipping.

Not surprisingly, the directors of the KBA kept in contact with other bar associations: bars at the city and county level within the State of Kansas, with other state bar associations and with the American Bar Association. Series 7 contains these correspondence files.

The subject files, found in Series 8, bear a similarity to the Continuing Legal Education / Practicing Law Institutes files, in that they contain a wide range of files concerning issues important to lawyers. The files range alphabetically from Administrative Law to Workman’s Compensation.

The last series, no. 9, contains files about the work / vacations that the KBA provided to its members. Like the Continuing Legal Education / Practicing Law Institutes files, the vacation packages that the KBA offered included not only relaxing “getaways” but also educational seminars for those who attended. These files contain all of the records concerning the necessary arrangements for these trips.

Folders in the box contents list are listed individually. In many cases, lengthy spans of files (i.e. “Economics of the Bar Survey, 1964-1978) made individual folder listing redundant, and would have made this guide much longer than necessary.

Contents: Ser. 1. Bar journal contracts and correspondence, 1955-1989 -- ser. 2. Committees & sections, 1941-1986 -- ser. 3. Continuing legal education/Practicing Law Institute files, 1957-1983 -- ser. 4. Executive records, 1890, 1952-1985 -- ser. 5. Meetings : annual and midyear, 1909, 1930-1983 -- ser. 6. Membership -- ser. 7. Other bar associations -- ser. 8. Subject files, 1951-1982 -- ser. 9. Vacations, 1961-1981.

Portions of Collection Separately Described:


Locator Contents
007-14-01-01 to 008-02-03-04  1883-1989 
015-05-05-04  ND: Brief history of law offices of Winkler, Lee, Tetwiler, and Domony 
015-07-03-03 to 015-07-04-02  Executive Council, Committee Files, State Legislation, 1977-1986 
015-07-05-01 to 015-07-05-03  Executive Council, Committee Files, State Legislation, 1977-1986 
015-07-06-02 to 015-07-07-03  Executive Council, Committee Files, State Legislation, 1977-1986 
121-17-07-01  Committee Files, 1981-1983 

Related Records or Collections


Finding Aid Bibliography: Richmond, Robert W. Requisite Learning and Good Moral Character: A History of the Kansas Bench and Bar. Topeka, Kansas: Kansas Bar Association, 1982. pp 1-25.

Index Terms


    Bar Association of the State of Kansas
    Kansas Bar Association -- Archives
    Kansas Bar Association -- Records and correspondence
    Topeka (Kan.)
    Bar associations -- Kansas
    Bar associations -- Kansas -- Archives
    Bar associations -- Kansas -- Public relations
    Judges -- Kansas
    Lawyers -- Kansas

Creators and Contributors

Additional Information for Researchers

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Cite as: [identification of individual item, series or sub series], Kansas Bar Association records, 1883 - 1989 (bulk 1952 - 1989), ms. collection 740, Library and Archives Division, Kansas State Historical Society.

Accumulation/Freq. Of Use: The Kansas State Historical Society receives accretions from the Kansas Bar Association periodically.

Holder of originals: Kansas State Historical Society (Topeka).