Pearce-Keller American Legion Post 17

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US US kmk P1983.06

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Pearce-Keller American Legion Post 17


  • 1921-1929 (Creation)


2.00 Linear Feet, 4.00 Boxes

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Biographical history

Clearance O. Price was Post Commander at Pearce-Keller American Legion Post 17, Manhattan, Kansas, and later assistant to the president of Kansas State University from 1929 to 1950.

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Scope and content

The records of Pearce-Keller American Legion Post 17, Manhattan, Kansas, covers a nine-year period from 1921 to 1929 and documents a variety of daily actions at the post. A marjority of the records, however, fall between 1924 and 1928.
The correspondence series is made up of fifteen folders. A large portion of the records include correspondence between the Pearch-Keller post commanders and various elements of the American Legion, such as other post commanders in Kansas, the State Adjutant, and members of the Pearce-Keller Post.
The financial records consist of nine folders. Researchers will find purchase receipts from businesses around Manhattan, checkbooks, deposit slips, and bank statements.
The membership series is made up of nine folders and includes publications from the State Adjutant regarding the condition of American Legion membership across Kansas and membership lists from the Pearce-Keller over the nine years the collections covers.
The fourth series in this collection concerns Printed Material from the main office of the American Legion, Pearce-Keller post commanders to members regarding meetings and other American Legion functions. Also in this series researchers will find publications from the State and Pearce-Keller Post Adjutants as well as the United States government from the years 1922 to 1928.
The fifth series, Official American Legion Forms, and other documents are stored in one box. In this series, researchers will find official American Legion membership records and card issuing booklets as well as ballots from the election of post officers covering 1921 to 1929.
While most of the documents in this collection fall between 1924 and 1928, there is a noticeable gap in records that covers most of 1926 where little information is present.
The most notable figure in the collection, from a perspective of Kansas State University history, is former Post Commander Clearence O. Price. C. O. Price was Post Commander at Pearce-Keller and was an Assistant to the President of Kansas State University from 1920 to 1951.

System of arrangement

The records are organized in five series: 1) Correspondence (1924-1928); 2) Financial Documents (1923-1928); 3) Membership (1924-1928); 4) Printed Material (1921-1929); and Official American Legion Forms and other documents (1921-1929).

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Conditions governing access

No access restriction: 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

It received accession number P1983.06.  The records were found among the papers of the Kansas State University presidents when they were transferred from the top floor of Anderson Hall to the University Archives in the mid-1980s.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acqusition Method: Transfer.
Acqusition Date: 19830101

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Specialized notes

  • Citation: Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Pearce-Keller American Legion Post 17 records, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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Archivist's note

Finding Aid Author: Andrew Conell
Processing Info: The records were organized/processed in 2010 by Andrew Conell, history major at Kansas State University, as a requirement for History 533 (Public History.)
Publication Date: 2010-06-01

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