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Joan of Arc of the coal fields, near Pittsburg, Kansas

New York Times

This newspaper clipping, from the New York Times, features a fourteen year old girl dubbed "The Joan of Arc of the Coal Fields." The daughter of a coal striker in southeast Kansas, she carried the American flag at the head of 6,000 marchers. The group of protesters marched through the coal fields showing their support for better wages and improved working conditions for their family members who worked in the camps.


The Plumb Plan of Government Ownership of Railroads

Howe, Frederic Clemson, 1867-1940

Trade union broadside announcement advertising the meeting place of a talk to discuss a proposed plan of government and employee ownership over the railroad industry. Mr. Frederick C.Howe delivered the talk at the City Auditorium, Wednesday Evening, August 13 at 8 O'clock. The exact date and city is unknown, though it may have taken place in Topeka.


Kansas circa '90

Pierce, Jeff

This film depicts the life a young boy in Kansas in the 1890s. Filmed in the old Kansas Historical Society museum, the film portrays a dentist, photographer, blacksmith, and printer, and addresses the Kansas statehouse, Dodge City and cow towns, railroad expansion, the mechanization of agriculture, public schools, coal mining, salt mining, labor organizations, the Dalton Gang, Populism, and a diphtheria epidemic. The film was produced by The Junior League of Topeka, Inc.; The Channel 11 Club of Topeka; and the Extramural Independent Study Center, Division of Continuing Education, University of Kansas. The film was copyrighted by the University of Kansas and is provided by permission.


Hauling dirt for the railroad bed

Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936

This is a view, presumed to have been taken in Haskell County, Kansas, of rail workers using horse- and mule-drawn wagons to haul dirt for a railroad bed.


Secretary to Governor Henry J. Allen to George W. Jacobs

Kansas. Governor (1919-1923 : Allen)

The secretary to Governor Henry J. Allen of Topeka, Kansas, writes to Philadelphia publisher George Jacobs acknowledging receipt of a letter regarding the newly created Kansas Court of Industrial Relations. In October 1919, Jacobs had written to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suggesting the creation of a court system that would function much like the District and Federal Court system for the purpose of settling disputes between capital and labor.


William Allen White arrest clippings

Topeka Journal

This collection of newspaper clippings recounts William Allen White's defiance of the Kansas governor and Court of Industrial Relations with his public support for striking railroad workers which ultimately led to his arrest. White was editor and owner of the Emporia Gazette newspaper, Emporia, Kansas.


A.A. Graham to Governor Henry J. Allen

Graham, A. A. (Albert Adams), 1848-

Attorney A.A. Graham writes Governor Henry Allen with a model for the proposed industrial court that expands the authority of the Public Utilities Commission. The governor has called a special session of the Kansas Legislature to end labor strikes and resolve industrial disputes.


William Allen White to Clyde Reed

White, William Allen, 1868-1944

William Allen White writes to Clyde Reed, Secretary to Governor Henry Allen, about the proposed Industrial Court Bill. White asks that consideration be given to road construction in the fact that counties are only allotted so much money for road construction but the government specifications require more expensive bridges than counties can afford. Also, White informs Reed that the labor conciliation bill that's being drafted must fit the negative feeling the general public had for the labor unions as well as for any future change of attitude that the public would develop.


W.M. Nelson to Governor Henry Allen

Nelson, W.M.

W.M. Nelson, a black miner in Croweburg, Kansas, writes Governor Allen about pending legislation involving the Court of Industrial Relations. This legislation would have a panel in charge of hearing both sides of labor disputes. Nelson writes "I did think once when you had this law pass you entruded on the miners of Kansas. But I highly appreciate the action that you taken because it cause many woman an children to get three meals a day." Nelson goes on to say "This is the first time in history that the colored miner had one part of a show in District 17." The Court of Industrial Relations was later passed on January 1920 by special session of the Kansas legislature.


G. B. Woodford to Governor John Martin

Woodward, C.B.

In this letter, the local authorities of Labette County, Kansas, plead with Kansas governor John Martin for militia support to preserve order in Parsons during the railroad strike of 1886. In February 1885, railroad shop workers walked off the job because of a cut in pay and reduced hours of work. Governor Martin was able to negotiate a settlement to the strike but problems continued throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.

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