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Archiving COVID-19

MHGS has started to archive materials related to the coronavirus pandemic in Sedgwick County.

How to help: Save and contribute items related to the pandemic or the stay-in-place order in Sedgwick County.  These can be signs, photographs, documents or other items. No Wichita Eagle articles, please.

  • Digital?  Email them to library@mhgswichita.org
  • Physical?  Hang on to them.  Depending on how long this lasts, we’ll either have you drop them off at the library when we reopen, or set up some sort of drop-off box on the library porch.

Here are my thoughts on how this will work:

Scope

Strictly, ruthlessly focused on Sedgwick County.  Even this is probably too big, but we’ll see.

Materials

  • Newspaper — I’m going to assume that the Wichita Eagle digital archive will be available in the future, and will not attempt to save Eagle articles
  • Facebook — I’m only preserving things that relate directly to Sedgwick County (like ad images for special takeout menus). Although it might be fascinating for future researchers, I don’t see any realistic way to preserve things like the comments on a post.
  • Radio and TV — I don’t know what to do about these.  In many cases, they are either reporting on the same things the paper is, or the story is based on an underlying source, like a press release, which I have been able to find and archive.  I am open to ideas here!
  • Websites — This is where I’m getting the bulk of my material so far.  Many organizations have created COVID-19 pages, and I will be taking periodic snapshots of these, as well as downloading any relevant supporting documents
  • Photographs — We need more images!  I’d like pictures of interesting signs, people, and places that show the impact of the pandemic or the stay-at-home order.

Coverage

A list of the organizations I am tracking (will be updated — suggestions welcome!):

  • Sedgwick County
  • City of Wichita
  • City of Haysville
  • City of Goddard
  • City of Park City
  • City of Valley Center
  • City of Bel Aire
  • City of Maize
  • City of Cheney
  • City of Derby
  • City of Clearwater
  • Wichita Public Schools
  • Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School
  • Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
  • Trinity Academy
  • Independent School
  • Collegiate School
  • Wichita State University
  • Newman University
  • Friends University
  • McConnell AFB
  • IAMAW
  • Regent Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare
  • Dillons Food Stores
  • The Cleaning Authority
  • Wichita Festivals/Riverfest
  • Music Theatre of Wichita
  • Union Rescue Mission
  • Kansas Humane Society
  • Wichita Art Museum
  • Vanya Designs
  • Wichita Chamber of Commerce

Formats

  • Webpages — I am using Chrome’s “Print to PDF” to create PDF files from individual web pages.  I investigated fancier web archiving techniques, but decided on the fast and simple approach, both to let me work quickly now, and also to simplify future archive maintenance and access.  These PDFs don’t preserve the exact layout of a website, but they do get all the text and most of the images (those carousel things where several images rotate automatically don’t get captured.)
  • Video — A challenge for next week.
  • Documents — So far, all the documents I’ve found are either PDF or DOCX, so I’m keeping them in their original format.  If something odd comes up, I’ll try to convert to PDF.
  • Images — As with documents, I’m keeping these in their original formats.

Availability

Currently, the digital archive is not publicly available. I don’t want there to be any chance that someone doing a Google search for, say,  information from the Wichita Public Schools, might accidentally land on one of our archived pages and miss the latest information on their page.  Once the pandemic has passed, we can open the archive for research.

If you need access now, email me at library@mhgswichita.org and I can set you up with temporary access.

Library Closed Until Further Notice

In compliance with the Sedgwick County stay-at-home order, and our own common sense, we have closed the library and cancelled all of our classes and meetings until further notice. We’ll let you know when we think it’s safe to start things up again.

In the meantime, perhaps this is a good week to start labeling photos or sorting that pile of miscellaneous research you’ve been ignoring?

Stay safe everyone!

New Books February 2020

Some additions to the library:

Call Number Date Author Title
G-K 045 1992 Knappe, Siegfried Soldat: reflections of a German soldier, 1936-1949
R-030 008 V 34-39 2013-2018 Desert Tracker (Formerly Sun City Genealogist)
R-050 019 Sutter’s Fort State Historical Monument
R-190 228 1899 Bartlett, Charles H. La Salle in the Valley of the St. Joseph
R-210 LY 18 1923 1923 The Re-Echo
R-210 LY 18 1924 1924 The Re-Echo
R-210 LY 18 1925 1925 The Re-Echo
R-210 LY 18 1926 1926 The Re-Echo
R-210 PL 08 #167-178 2017-2019 Tree Trackers
R-210 SG 250 N 01-50 Wichita Historical Panels
R-210 SG 250 N 51-100 Wichita Historical Panels
R-220 238 V 108 n -13 2010 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 108 n4 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 110 n 2 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 110 n 3-4 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 110 n1 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 111 n 1 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 111 n 2 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 111 n 3 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 111 n 4 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 112 n 1 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 112 n 2 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 112 n 3 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 112 n 4 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 113 n 1 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 113 n 2&3 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-220 238 V 113 n 4 2015 The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
R-300 271 V 94 n3 2000 Missouri Historical Review
R-300 271 V 94 n4 Missouri Historical Review
R-300 271 V 95 n1 Missouri Historical Review
R-300 271 V 95 n2 Missouri Historical Review
R-300 271 V 95 n3 Missouri Historical Review
R-300 271 V 95 n4 Missouri Historical Review
R-300 271 V 96 n1 2001 Missouri Historical Review
R-600 093 2006 Schneider, Paul Brutal journey: the epic story of the first crossing of North America
R-631 077 1954 Logan, Shawnee Chief
R-670 269 V 1 Reynolds, Francis J. World’s War Events
R-670 269 V 2 Reynolds, Francis J. World’s War Events
R-670 269 V 3 Reynolds, Francis J. World’s War Events
R-670 270 1875 Van Horne, Thomas B. The Army of the Cumberland
R-670 271 1994 Brownstone, David M. Timelines of war: a chronology of warfare from 100,000 B.C. to the present
VB Hucker 01 Hucker, Linda Linda Hucker Collection
VB Hucker 02 Hucker, Linda Linda Hucker Collection

New Books January 2020

A few Wichita books, a few miscellaneous…

Call Number Date Author Title
G-H 164 1995 Harper, Paul F. The Temple of Fame: A Personal Biography of Lyman Underwood Humphrey
G-S 162 1990 Stites, James R. The Wichita Kid
R-210 MG 16 1988 Harper, Paul F. Surely It Floweth with Milk and Honey: A History of Montgomery County, Kansas to 1930
R-210 SG 207 1979 The Trail
R-210 SG 207 1992 The Trail
R-210 SG 246 2003 Price, Jay M. Wichita’s legacy of flight
R-210 SG 247 2011 Radiating like a stone: Wichita women and the 1970s feminist movement
R-210 SG 248 2005 Miner, H. Craig History of the University of Kansas, School of Medicine-Wichita: 1970-2003
R-210 SG 249 1985 Pedigree of champions: Boeing since 1916
R-600 055 V 103 National Genealogical Society quarterly
R-670 267 2006 Reid, Thomas, America’s fortress: a history of Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, Florida
R-670 268 1950 Manucy, Albert C. Pages from the Past: A Pictorial History of Fort Jefferson

New Books December 2019

Short month, short list!

Call Number Date Author Title
R-631 073 2019 S Chokma Chickasaw Magazine
R-631 072 2018 W 2002 The Journal of Chickasaw history and culture
G-H 163 2019 Jackson, Jerry Families Are Forever: Peter Hammes, Sr. and Anna Rosalia Buch Family

New Books November 2019

Just a few new ones this month…

Call Number Date Author Title
I 313 2005 Johnson, Mary Ellen Waifs, foundlings and half-orphans: searching for America’s orphan train riders
I 314 2018 Berry, Kenyatta D. The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy
I 315 1993 Walton-Raji, Angela Y. Black Indian genealogy research
R-210 CQ 09 Leonard, Joe Weekly “Hewins Sayings” — Isaac Richardson’s Diary — A Few Hewins Burial Dates — Addresses of Living Ex-Hewins Folks
R-210 SG 244 2019 Wichita Memories: A Photographic History of the Early Years
R-210 SG 245 1998 Elliott, Mal Rolling Hills Country Club: The First 50 Years
R-390 149 1983 A History of Hooker: A Diamond in the Rough
R-400 023 1983 History of the La Pine Pioneers
R-470 396 1925 Koontz, Louis Knott The Virginia frontier, 1754-1763
R-600 092 1992 Holt, Marilyn Irvin The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America
R-632 06 2012 Katz, William Loren Black Indians: a hidden heritage
R-632 07 2007 Wagner, Tricia Martineau African American women of the Old West
R-632 08 2019 Katz, William Loren The Black West

New Books October 2019

A bit of this and that, plus some digitized records:

Call Number Date Author Title
G-G 086 2013 McEnaney, Maura Willard Garvey: An Epic Life
G-I 006 2004 Ittner, Ernest L. Jr. The Ancestors and Descendants of Robert Allen Ittner and Nellie Maude Higgins
G-M 107 1863 Montgomery, Thomas Harrison Genealogical History of the Family of Montgomery (photocopy)
R-050 018 2005 Winchester, Simon A crack in the edge of the world: America and the great California earthquake of 1906
R-210 164 2010 Kansas Oil Industry: The First 150 Years
R-210 165 1991 Unrau, William E. Indians of Kansas: the Euro-American invasion and conquest of Indian Kansas
R-210 166 2006 Hoy, James F. Flint Hills cowboys: tales from the tallgrass prairie
R-210 EK 04 2019 Jackson, Jerry Upper Paw Paw School, Elk County, Kansas
R-210 SG 243 2015 The Kansas African American Museum African Americans of Wichita
R-440 079 1977 Rundell, Walter Early Texas oil: a photographic history, 1866-1936
R-600 089 V 05 The Rocky Mountain fur trade journal
R-600 089 V 07 The Rocky Mountain fur trade journal
R-600 089 V 08 The Rocky Mountain fur trade journal
R-600 090 1983 Knowles, Ruth Sheldon The first pictorial history of the American oil and gas industry, 1859-1983
R-600 091 2013 Von Damm, Milton The Fur Trade: A History of Arms and Trade Goods Based on the Private Collection of Milton von Damm
R-670 265 2019 Levin, Kevin M. Searching for black Confederates: the Civil War’s most persistent myth
R-670 266 2019 Akers, Regina T. The Navy’s first enlisted women: patriotic pioneers
MHGS Digital Collections 1916 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1954 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1955 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1956 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1957 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1959 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1960 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1961 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1962 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1963 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1964 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1965 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1966 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1967 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1968 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1969 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1970 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1971 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1972 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1973 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1974 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1975 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1976 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
MHGS Digital Collections 1978 Calvary Presbyterian Church Annual Reports and Membership Directory
online — link in catalog 2004 Lawrence, Charles J. Century II

New Books September 2019

A mix from Wichita and elsewhere…

Call Number Date Author Title
R-210 SG 239 1993 Wichita High School East 1938 Class Reunion
R-210 SG 239 1982 Wichita High School East 1938 Class Reunion
R-210 RL 01 1970 Royal Purple
R-210 SG 165 2018 The User-Friendly Phone Book: Wichita
R-210 SG 242 2009 Looking Back at the Thirteen Charter Members of First Presbyterian Church, Wichita, Kansas
G-S 160 1965 Andre, Ruby Cox Descendants of Johnathan Stout and David Stout
R-210 163 1982 Bader, Robert Smith The great Kansas bond scandal
G-B 169 1976 Bovard, Sarah The Diary of Sarah W. Bovard 1859-1871
G-H 161 1996 Headley, Dr Marvin D. Headley Families: New Jersey, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Kansas
G-K 044 1998 Headley, Dr. Marvin D. Kimble Family: David and Wife Rachel A. Thornburg
VB Headley Headley, Miriam Miriam Headley Collection
R-210 SG 241 R 01 Huffman, Gary M. The Church Register of the Presbyterian Church, Wichita, Kansas
R-480 099 1999 Jackson, Nancy A. Gleanings from Lewis County West Virginia Chancery Records
R-210 SG 240 1981 Kirkman, Kay Wichita, A Pictorial History
R-480 098 1988 Smith, Robert B. A Map Book of Historical Sites and Places in the Hacker’s Creek Watershed
VB Wagner Wagner, Margaret M. Margaret Mary van De Kerkove Wagner Collection

New Books August 2019

Some yearbooks, some family histories, and some interesting academic papers:

Call Number Date Author Title
G-E 038 2019 Leslie, Elaine M. Where’s George? The Search for George Edgar of Bedford County Virginia
G-N 026 V 1 Neher, Jimmy E. The Neher Family History
G-N 026 V 2 Neher, Jimmy E. The Neher Family History
R-210 162 2018 Celebrating Women, Kansas & Voting: August 2018 – December 2019 Engagement Calendar
R-210 AT 11 1956 1956 The Raven
R-210 RN 01 1951 1951 Allagaroo
R-210 RN 01 1952 1952 Allagaroo
R-210 RN 01 1953 1953 Allagaroo
R-210 RN 20 1954 1954 Dragon’s Tale
R-210 RN 20 1955 1955 Dragon’s Tale
Online – link in catalog 2018 Bate, Seth Stephen Coming home to Winfield: the history of the Walnut Valley Festival
Online – link in catalog 1931 Brooks, Frances Wilson Doctor Fabrique and early Wichita medical practice
Online – link in catalog 1931 Moeder, Monica, Sister History of St. Benedict’s college
Online – link in catalog 1931 Rapp, Genevieve May The founding of Valley Center
Online – link in catalog 1931 Rossel, John The Chisholm trail
Online – link in catalog Smith, Michael M. The Mexican Immigrant Press Beyond the Borderlands: The Case of El Cosmopolita, 1914-19
Online – link in catalog 2018 Wilson, Andrea D. Building Boeing: Julius Earl Schaefer Wichita’s lost aviation leader