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Reb Russell photo collection

Lafayette H. Russell was born May 31, 1905, in Osawatomie and died March 16, 1978, in Coffeyville. He later changed his name to Reb Russell. Russell was an All American football player for Northwestern and was one of the original Philadelphia Eagles in the team's first year of existence. In 1932, Russell went to Hollywood to appear in "The All-American" where he met Tom Mix. In 1933, Reb Russell made a string of movies. After his short film career he joined the Russell Brothers Circus and later (1937) he performed with the Downie Brothers Circus. He later purchased a ranch which extended from southeast Kansas into northeast Oklahoma. Russell is remembered for his innovative Hi-Goal Agriculture, a plan to help small farmers increase productivity and profits without government aid. Russell also ran against Joe Skubitz for the Fifth Congressional District.

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Bison, Central Plains

Shipshee, Louis

Oil painting of bison by Louis ShipShee, a Potawatomi Indian chief and artist. ShipShee was born August 11, 1896, on the Potawatomi Reservation near Mayetta, Jackson County, Kansas. He was a self-taught artist, know throughout the United States and Europe. He was an instructor at Haskell Indian College from 1932 to 1938, and lived in Topeka from 1952 until his death on June 17, 1975. Provenance of the painting suggests that it was given to Alf Landon by the artist.

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Reb Russell and the Downie Brothers Circus

Kelty, Edward J, 1888-1967

A photograph of Reb Russell and the Congress of Indians, members of the Downie Brothers Circus.

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Machine shop, Haskell Institute

Photograph depicting the machine shop at Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas. Established in 1884 as the Indian Industrial Training School, Haskell Institute evolved into what is now Haskell Indian Nations University.

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Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company band member

These two photographs show a drum major from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's inter-tribal band. The group organized in 1923 when three Native American musicians performed during a company picnic at the Santa Fe Railroad shops in Winslow, Arizona. Later referred to as the "Santa Fe All Indian Band". Members consisted primarily of employees from the Santa Fe Railroad and representatives from as many as twelve Native American tribes. The band performed at a number of functions across the country including President Dwight Eisenhower's inaugural parade. In 1964, the band disbanded due to the lack of members.

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