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Lots of yearbooks this month, plus some WWI resources… Continue reading New Books for January 2018
Mostly yearbooks… Continue reading New Books November 2017
Just a few new items in the library this month… Continue reading New Books October 2017
We added a few new books and vertical files to the library last month: Continue reading New Books September 2017
An eclectic assortment this month — some ledgers from the Wichita Eagle, some vertical files about Beech Aircraft, and several online research papers about Kansas and Civil War history.
When the Wichita Eagle was cleaning out its building in preparation for the big move, the staff found some old ledger books. They looked interesting, so they offered them to us, and we eagerly accepted them. They offer a detailed, financially-nerdy look into the operation of our local paper.
- General ledger 1929-1947, 1948-1953, 1960. These books show the everyday revenues and expenses for the paper. There are pages for Marcellus and Victor’s personal expenses and pages and pages of information on what it cost to license comics, set type, engrave pictures, and supply street newsstands.
- Assets and Equipment ledger (1955-1964.) This ledger records all the purchases, modifications, repairs, etc for the buildings, vehicles and equipment. Here you can find out that they bought a Brown Copper Etching machine in 1944 and that they used Hoe presses to print the paper.
- Payroll ledgers (1956-1960.) These ledgers record the payroll for the army of people who created and distributed the paper. Want to know how many women worked for the paper? How many people worked in the mail room? Now you can find out!
At the moment, we have no plans to digitize these ledgers, but you are welcome to work with them here at the library. They’re upstairs in the vertical file room.
We were recently gifted two issues of The Sunflower, a little magazine published by Winter General Hospital in Topeka during WWII. Winter was opened in 1943 to provide medical care to serve soldiers from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and the Dakotas. The veteran’s hospital specialized in patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders.
The July 22, 1944 issue includes:
- a description of the medical clinic operation,
- a story about the first D-Day casualties to arrive at the hospital (Pfc. Guy D. Hamar, Pfc. Boyd Cummingham, Pfc. Charles Avery and Staff Sgt George Kohler)
- gossip about the patients and staff
- a profile of “personality of the week” T-5 Jesse D. White
- a profile of “this week’s interesting patient,” T-4 Kenneth V. Turner
- and a marriage announcement for Frances Streit and Pfc. Wayne Culburtson
The August 5, 1944 issue includes:
- a description of the new laundry service — with photos!
- the names of the 12 performers in the upcoming USO show (Stubby Kaye, Joan Lee, Donna Jean Exline, Jo Clarice Humphrey, Charlotte Ray, Connie Bie, Marlowe Quick, Beverly Peterson, Gloria Gove, Suzanne Wright, Helen Anderson, Jean Broshears, and Rosemarie Beishir)
- a profile of a “crocheting patient,” Cpl Vincent Mersolias
- a profile of “personality of the week” S-Sgt Frank McWhirter
- more gossip
- introductions to two new Red Cross staff members, Marion Brewer and Helen Huttig
- a profile of “this week’s interesting patient,” Pvt. John Darcy
- and a marriage announcement for Mae Blaylock and Pfc. Bill Basye
Good stuff in here! Come to the library if you’d like to take a look. And, now that we know they exist, we’d love to have some more of these nifty little magazines!
Just a few new items, mostly genealogy society periodicals: Continue reading New Books April 2017