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Waldo Koop research collection

Creator: Koop, Waldo E.

Date: 1960-1973

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Ms. Coll. 813

Unit ID: 47195

Restrictions: None

Biographical sketch: Engineer, historian, author; of Wichita, Kan. Full name: Waldo Emerson Koop; born 1920, died 1990.

Abstract: Research materials from Waldo Koop, considered one of the nation's best researchers on gunfighters. Collection includes index and note cards, research notes, correspondence, copies of documents, subject files, newspapers, clippings, photographs, maps, historical sketches, and a chronology relating to Koop's research on the West. The collection provides information about famous Western figures, particularly Billy the Kid, Jim Curry, B. R. ("Idaho Bill") Pearson, & "Flapjack Bill," and about places, especially cattle towns & Beecher Island, Colo. Includes a tribute to Waldo E. Koop written by Joseph W. Snell and correspondence between Snell and Bette Koop, Waldo's widow.

Summary: Box and Folder Inventory

Box 1: Newspapers ; clippings ; photos ; Joseph W. Snell's tribute to Waldo E. Koop, correspondence with Bette Koop ; Silver City, N.M., tourism information ; copies of posters, circulars, notices, reward posters, broadsides, advertisements, articles, documents ; maps ; correspondence ; historical sketches ; notes ; Billy the Kid ; B. R. (“Idaho Bill”) Pearson ; “Flapjack Bill” ; Wichita, Kan. ; other material

Box 2: Subject files

Box 3: Billy the Kid, note cards (individuals, [places?] projects, other)

Box 4: Jim Curry ; Beecher's Island (Colo.) ; Hays, Junction City, Wichita, Kan. ; other places

Box 5: Correspondence ; Jim Curry ; "What," "Who," "When" files ; Blaine Burkey articles ; Brady, 1973-1982

Box 6: Subject files ; correspondence, 1960-1972

Box 7: Chronological notes ; notes on railroads

[Box 8: Snell family collection, 1910-1986, ms. collection no. 814, UID 44053; http://www.kshs.org/dart/units/view/44053 ]

Box 9: Subject files : A-M

Box 10: Subject files : M-W

Oversize box 1: Report of persons and articles employed and hired on the Plains, during the month of … by Capt. A. S. Kimball, asst. quartermaster general, U.S. Army, Nov.-Dec. 1868. — [6] p. : photocopies, negative. ; Outline map indicating lines of march of scouting parties in the Department of the Platte in 1868 and 1869. — 1 map dissected into 2 pieces : photocopy. 1868-1869.

Space Required/Quantity: 10 cubic feet (10 boxes : 1 oversize)

Title (Main title): Waldo Koop research collection

Language note: English.

Biography

Biog. Sketch (Full):

Waldo Emerson Koop was born 23 March 1920 to John K. (1889-1951) and Katie Schmidt (1889-1963) Koop of Harvey County, Kansas. John Koop was a railroad storekeeper, and Katie was a laundress.

Waldo married Bette Jane Young (1923-1999). They had two children.

He worked as an engineer for Boeing in Wichita, Kansas, but was noted for his research and writings about the Western United States and gunfighters, especially Billy the Kid.

He died 23 April 1990 and was buried in White Chapel Cemetery, Wichita.

Scope and Content

Contents: Newspapers ; clippings ; photos ; Joseph W. Snell's tribute to Waldo E. Koop, correspondence with Bette Koop ; Silver City, N.M., tourism information ; copies of posters, circulars, notices, reward posters, broadsides, advertisements, articles, documents ; maps ; correspondence ; historical sketches ; notes ; Billy, the Kid ; B. R. (“Idaho Bill”) Pearson ; “Flapjack Bill” ; Wichita, Kan. ; other material (box 1) -- subject files (boxes 2, 6, 9-10) -- Billy, the Kid ; note cards (box 3) -- Jim Curry ; Beecher's Island (Colo.) ; Hays, Junction City, Wichita, Kan. ; other places (box 4) -- correspondence ; Jim Curry ; "what," "who," "when" files ; Blaine Burkey articles ; Brady, 1973-1982 (box 5) -- chronological notes ; notes on railroads (box 7) -- Report of persons and articles employed and hired on the Plains, during the month of … by Capt. A. S. Kimball, asst. quartermaster general, U.S. Army, Nov.-Dec. 1868 ; Outline map indicating lines of march of scouting parties in the Department of the Platte in 1868 and 1869 (oversize box).

Locators:

Locator Contents
029-15-02-06  Oversize: copies of maps and other large documents. 
109-04-04-08 to 109-04-04-16   

Related Records or Collections

Related materials:

E. P. Lamborn papers, 1913-1970, 10 ft. (25 boxes); ms. collection no. 156, UID 40156; http://www.kshs.org/p/e-p-lamborn-papers/14055

Raymond G. Sparks papers, 1925-1987 (bulk 1925-1977), 4 ft.; ms. collection no. 866, UID 303889; http://www.kshs.org/archives/303889

Bibliography

Finding Aid Bibliography:

BillionGraves, https://billiongraves.com/grave/Waldo-E-Koop/16629541#/ (accessed 6 Dec. 2016).

"Waldo E. Koop," sourced article in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldo_E._Koop (accessed 6 Dec. 2016).

"Waldo Emerson Koop," Ancestry, http://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/waldo-emerson-koop_164508811 (accessed 6 Dec. 2016).

Index Terms

Subjects

    Cow towns
    Kansas -- History -- 19th century
    West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century
    Wichita (Kan.)
    Wichita (Kan.) -- History -- 19th century
    Curry, James
    Koop, Bette (Bette Jane Young), 1923-1999
    Koop, Waldo E.
    Pearson, B. R. (Barney R.), 1868-
    Billy, the Kid
    Flapjack Bill (Outlaw)
    Aeronautical engineers -- Kansas -- Wichita
    Authors, American -- 20th century
    Authors, American -- Kansas -- Wichita
    Historians -- Kansas -- Wichita
    Beecher Island, Battle of, Colo., 1868
    Cattle drives -- Kansas -- History -- 19th century
    Cattle drives -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century
    Cities and towns -- Kansas -- History -- 19th century
    Cities and towns -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century
    Gunfighters -- West (U.S.) -- History
    Research -- Kansas -- Wichita
    Cattle trade -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century
    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
    Research -- West (U.S.)

Creators and Contributors


Additional Information for Researchers

Restrictions: None

Use and reproduction: Copyright has been given to the Kansas State Historical Society (Topeka).

Ownership/Custodial Hist.: Bequeathed by Waldo E. Koop to the donor.

Action note:

This preliminary register has been prepared based on an examination of the materials by staff archivists. No attempt has been made at this time to arrange or otherwise organize the materials found in the collection, consequently there may be duplication, discrepancies, or inaccuracies in the arrangement and / or the description. Researchers are requested to notify the staff of any descriptions requiring correction.

Preliminary description by Robert L. Knecht, 2007, 2016.