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Correspondence Files

Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)

Date: 1879-1883

Level of Description: Series

Material Type: Government record

Call Number: Unavailable

Unit ID: 193417

Space Required/Quantity: 9.80 cubic feet

Title (Main title): Correspondence Files

Scope and Content

Scope and content: Primarily letters received by Governor St. John, however there are also 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. The series is organized into four sub-series: General (Alphabetical) files, State Departments, Subject Files, and Proclamations.

General (Alphabetical) files include letters received relating to positions, recommendations, & vacancies; Governor St. John’s addresses; State contracts; the extension of State jurisdiction to former Indian reservations; the judiciary & judicial procedure; legislation; requests for information, publications, or action; politics; services & goods offered for sale; taxation; transportation; public lands; U.S. Dept. of Interior, U.S. Dept. of State, U.S. Dept. of Treasury, U.S. Dept. of War, and interstate co-operation. Letters may have been filed here because there was not an appropriate place for them in the State Departments (no. 2) or Subject Files (no. 3) subseries. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent's surname.

State Department files contain letters from or relating to State offices: Some of the letters relate to personnel, vacancies, resignations, and appointments, but 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. Topics include organizing another Kansas’s cavalry regiment, supplies, boards of directors, inspections, State offices, judgeships, audits, the State treasury, federal taxation, State payments, prisoners, bonds, and fraud. Arranged alphabetically by name of State agency.

Topics in the Subject Files include applications, endorsements, and remonstrances & appointments to State positions; bonds; charitable & correctional institutions; cities & towns; claims; counties & county organization; crime & criminals, including the Bender family, extraditions, & rewards; fairs; immigration; Indians; invitations; Indian, school, railroad, & other land; legislation; federal & State military affairs; railroads; relief; and the United States government. Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Proclamations are notices issued by the governor proclaiming rewards for criminals. Arranged numerically.


Locator Contents
027-03-08-07 to 027-04-04-02  1879-1883 
072-02-10-01  Oversize, Folders 2 and 3 
072-03-11-01  1879-1882, Oversize, Folders 4 and 5 

Index Terms


    Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John) -- Records and correspondence
    Kansas -- Officials and employees -- Selection and appointment
    Kansas -- Politics and government
    St. John, John Pierce, 1833-1916 -- Political activity
    African American pioneers -- Kansas
    African Americans -- Colonization -- Kansas
    Cities and towns -- Kansas
    Civil-military relations -- Kansas
    Counties -- Kansas
    Criminal justice, Administration of -- Kansas
    Criminals -- Kansas
    Prohibition -- Kansas
    Public institutions -- Kansas
    Public lands -- Kansas
    Public welfare -- Kansas
    Temperance -- Kansas

Creators and Contributors

Agency Classification:

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