Kansas State Agricultural College records

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US US kmk U1984.39

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Kansas State Agricultural College records


  • 1868-1902 (Creation)


Six 5" Letter Size Boxes

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Scope and content

The Kansas State Agricultural College records were generated and collected by KSAC, the organization that eventually came to be known as Kansas State University. The records pertain to sales of land to establish the college, physical improvements of buildings, and details about college life at the time. They document correspondence to KSAC Presidents (including Joseph Denison, John A. Anderson, and George T. Fairchild). Significant topics covered in the material include leasing land for the Manhattan Street Railway, demands by students for German to be added to the curriculum, "college greenbacks" (a type of banknote issued for use on campus), tuberculosis tests in cattle, industrials (a nineteenth and early twentieth century form of work-study at this institution), and various financial records. Approximate years covered by the records are 1868-1902.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged into six series: 1) land and financial records 1869-1899; 2) correspondence, 1868-75; 3) correspondence, 1876-87; 4) correspondence (1887-98) and physical improvements (1878-89); 5) bonds, Kansas and Oklahoma Territory 1871-96; 6) bonds, correspondence, and surety bonds, 1870-1901.

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No access restrictions: All materials are open for research.

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The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Custodial history

The collection was assigned the accession number AC 43, which converted to U1984.39.
Also reference Kansas State Agricultural College collection: U1984.40

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Acqusition Method: Donation

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Specialized notes

  • Citation: [Item title], [item date], Kansas State Agricultural College Papers 1869-1899, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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Archivist's note

Processing Info: Archon processing by Edward Nagurny, graduate research assistant, March 2015.

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