Ignace Mead Jones Collection of James R. Mead Papers

Collection Summary

Title: Ignace Mead Jones Collection of James R. Mead Papers
Call Number: MS 91-03
Size: 29.5 linear feet
Acquisition: Donated by Ignace Mead Jones
Processed by: KFS, 1-3-1991; FAM, 5-23-1999; JLY, 8-2007; MN, 9-2008; AP, LM, JZ, MN, 2016-2017
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher, to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Content Note

The James R. Mead Collection of papers consists of business materials, personal correspondence, biographical materials, memorabilia and photographs. The largest part of the collection is James R. Mead's business papers, which includes trading post ledgers from the 1860s to 1880s, bills for goods and supplies purchased from other merchants, and correspondence with partners and associates. Much of Mead's business correspondence was with William Mathewson while he was in Fort Sill, Indian Territory. Later correspondence concerns Mead's involvement in the railroad, the First National Bank of Wichita, and various state organizations. The collection contains several diaries kept by Mead as he traveled as well as manuscripts written later in life about his remembrances of Kansas Territory. In addition to business correspondence, this collection contains Mead's personal correspondence with other members of his family. The collection contains a large collection of family photographs, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings. Also included in the collection is correspondence with other members of the Mead family, which ranges from Rev. Enoch Mead's letters (1830s) to Ignace Mead Jones' letters (1980s). Also included is a series of photographs taken by Fern Mead Jordan in 1927, when a grass lodge was reconstructed on Mead Island by members of the Wichita Tribe.

Biography

James R. Mead (1836-1910) was born in New Haven, Vermont, to Rev Enoch and Mary E. (James) Mead. The family soon moved to Davenport, Iowa. James Mead had one younger sister, Elizabeth (Lizzie), who never married. Mead attended Iowa College in Davenport (1849-50) after which he was employed at McKarty Mill in Davenport. Mead enjoyed hunting and traveling, which he did a lot of over the next years. His letters and journals reflect his interest in both activities. In May 1859, Mead began his journey westward to Kansas Territory. Once in Kansas he established several trading posts. The first was the Salina Ranch near present day Salina and later posts were located at Towanda (1863), between the Little and Big Arkansas Rivers (1864), along the Ninnescah River (1865) and at the Round Pond Creek (1866). During this time Mead was actively hunting and trading with the Indians and he became acquainted with William Greiffenstein, William Mathewson and Jessie Chisholm as well as other famous persons.

In 1861, he married Agnes Barcome. They had four children, James L. (Bunnie), Elizabeth Agnes (Lizzie), Mary E. (Mamie) and J. William, who died in infancy. Agnes died in 1869. Mead was married in 1873 to Lucy Inman, who had been his housekeeper. She died in 1894 and two years later Mead was married for the third time to Fern Hoover. They had two children, Ignace and Loreta.

Throughout his adult life Mead was involved in many business ventures and Kansas politics. He was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1864 and to the Kansas Senate in 1868, where he was appointed chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. In business, Mead actively promoted Wichita and played a role in moving the railroad to the town. He also was involved in the First National Bank of Wichita until its failure in 1876. Other business ventures include the cattle business, real estate, farming and mining in Colorado. In later years Mead became involved in the Academy of Sciences and the Kansas State Historical Society, serving in leadership positions in both organization. During later years, Mead also recorded many of his memories of the early days in Kansas in the form of manuscripts and short articles. His articles were published in the Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society, Scientific American, Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Sciences and various newspapers. James R. Mead died March 31, 1910.

Detailed Description: Series Listing

Series 1 Box 1-Box 6 FF 29 Business Correspondence and Related Documents
Series 2 Box 6 FF 30-39 Kansas House of Representative and Senate Papers
Series 3 Box 7-Box 7A Personal Correspondence
Series 4 Box 8 Manuscripts, Articles, Biography and Memorabilia
Series 5 Box 9-10 Photographs
Series 6 Box 11-12 General Personal Correspondence
Series 7 Box 13, Oversized Storage Oversized Documents
Series 8 Box 14 Wichita Grass Lodge on Mead Island
Series 9 Box 15 Business and Personal Correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan, James L. "Bunnie" Mead and Loreta Mead Almond
Series 10 Box 16 FF 1-18 Personal Correspondence of Ignace Mead Jones and Family
Series 11 Box 16 FF 19-Box 18 Hunting and Trading on the Great Plains, 1859-1875
Series 12 Box 19-20 Scrapbooks
Series 13 Box 21-29 Artifacts

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Series 1 ‒ Business Correspondence and Related Documents

Box 1FF 1Diary of James R. Mead while living in Davenport, Iowa, 1854.
Box 1FF 2Diary of James R. Mead while living in Colorado, 1879.
Box 1FF 3Account book of James R. Mead, November 1856. During this time he worked for his father, Enoch Mead, in Davenport, Iowa. Book includes accounts for room and board, travel expenses for a trip to Vermont, and accounts for Rock Island Flour Mill.
Box 1FF 4Account book for unnamed sawmill, June 1854-October 1855. Ledger showing credits and debits for unnamed sawmill that operated in Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois. James Mead seems to have worked intermittently for this mill beginning in May 1855 (pp. 166, 181). Enoch Mead was an occasional customer.
Box 1FF 5Account book for unnamed sawmill, February 1855-October 1856. Ledger showing credits and debits for unnamed sawmill that operated in Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois. James Mead seems to have worked intermittently for this mill beginning in June 1855 (see pp. 56, 69) and his father was a client at various times.
Box 1FF 6Account book for unnamed sawmill, October 1856-July 1857. Ledger showing credits and debits for an unnamed sawmill that operated in Rock Island, Illinois. Enoch and James Mead were occasional customers.
Box 1FF 7Account book, 1856-1857, 1873. Account book of notes and bills for a business named Mead Smith & Marsh in which James R. Mead's father, Enoch, was involved. There are also records for transactions in 1873.
Box 1FF 8Correspondence of James R. Mead and other material, c. 1850s-1860s. Item 1: List of game shot or trapped by James R. Mead (April 30, 185[1?]). Item 2: Letter, possibly unsent, to friend George Payne in Bridport, Vermont (Dec. 1856). Item 3: Two letters from Mead (May 1, 1859) giving instructions to settle any accounts; on the back there is a personal note to his family. Item 4: A trading contract (1860) between Mead and the Comanche and Kiowa Indians at Towanda, Butler County, Kansas; lists deputies employed by him. Item 5: Mead's financial obligations to School District No. 4, Butler County, Kansas (Aug. 1860). Item 6: Letter to James R. Mead from John Reed regarding gold prospecting near Pikes Peak, Colorado (Jan. 5, 1860). Item 7: Premium List and Rules and Regulations for the eighth annual fair of Rock Island County Agricultural Society, Rock Island, Illinois, held from September 18-20, 1861. Item 8: Receipt from Thomas Smith to William Mathewson (Mar. 21, year illegible).
Box 1FF 9Documents pertaining to Lewis A. Stone, 1860 and 1864. Item 1: Homestead deed to Lewis A. Stone, dated August 1, 1860, and signed by President Buchanan. Item 2: Warranty deed from Lewis A. Stone to Harriet Maria Hotchkiss in Shawnee County, Kansas (Mar. 7, 1864).
Box 1FF 10Correspondence of James R. Mead and declaration of citizenship, 1863-1865. Item 1: Letter to James R. Mead from J. Pollard (February 8, 1864) regarding a visit with Col. Leavenworth. Item 2: Receipts (Mar. 1864; Mar. and Dec. 1865). Item 3: Letter to Mead (Dec. 30, 1865) from the Land Office in Humboldt, Kansas, with a claim slip dated Dec. 27, 1865. Item 4: Declaration of citizenship by Sam S. Carter, who worked for Mead (June 23, 1863).
Box 1FF 11Account book listing robes bought at Saints Nest Ranch, Carter and Ward, 1865. Includes quantities, prices and types of purchased hides.
Box 1FF 12Ledger of James R. Mead, 1865-1866. Includes information on Mead's investments in Indian trade, E. H. Durfee's account, the fur trade, and notes on Jesse Chisholm and William Greiffenstein.
Box 1FF 13Correspondence of James R. Mead and assorted records, 1866. Item 1: Letter from Sam S. Carter (Jan. 6, 1866) to Mead regarding the Indian trade. Item 2: Letter from land agent in Humboldt, Kansas, regarding a land claim (Jan. 8, 1866). Item 3: Bond assessment for school district No. 4, Butler County, Kansas (April 1866). Item 4: Letter from William Greiffenstein (May 17, 1866) regarding hides and payment. Item 5: Letter from E. H. Durfee (June 23, 1866) in Leavenworth, Kansas, regarding trade. Item 6: Letter from Greiffenstein (September 12, 1866) requesting supplies. Item 7: Deed for land in Shawnee County, Kansas (Oct. 1866). Item 8: Bill of goods bought from Leavenworth merchants, including E. H. Durfee, L. H. Church & Co., and Katzung & Endriss. Item 9: Letter from Mead to Col. Leavenworth (Dec. 24, 1866) requesting a license to trade with Indians. Item 10: List of articles needed for the Comanche Outfit (approx. 1866).
Box 1FF 14Business records of James R. Mead and other material, 1866. Item 1: Written agreement (Dec. 7, 1866) for James R. Mead to furnish supplies to Charles Johnson of Texas. Item 2: Receipts of supplies purchased from St. Louis merchants L. M. Rumsey & Co. and D. A. January & Co. (Dec 1866). Item 3: Receipts of supplies purchased from Leavenworth merchants, including E. H. Durfee, L. H. Church and Co., and Katzung & Endriss (Nov- Dec, 1866). Item 4: Letter requesting discharge paper for Frank Don Carlos, White Water, Kansas, to claims agent in Lawrence (June 2, 1866). Item 5: Receipt from Indian agent to Mead for cattle received at Lawrence (July 6, 1866). Item 6: Promissory note (Nov. 22, 1866) to Mead in the amount of $6,200. Item 7: Unidentified charge receipt (approx. 1866).
Box 1FF 15Business records of James R. Mead and other material, 1867. Item 1: Letter from J[oab] Spencer, Kaw Agency (Feb. 21, 1867) regarding trade with the Indians [photocopy of letter included]. Item 2: James R. Mead's promise to deliver 25 bales of buffalo robes to Fredericks in Emporia (Apr. 19, 1867). Item 3: Letter from E. H. Durfee, Leavenworth (Apr. 22, 1867) which mentions Greiffenstein and his work. Item 4: Supply lists from Cottonwood Falls (May 28, 1867). Item 5: Monthly statement from Cochran, Bittmann & Taylor (May 2, 1867). Item 6: Letter from Durfee (July 18, 1867) informing Mead of his balance. Item 7: Quit-claim deed from Joab and Mary Spencer to Mead (Sept. 10, 1867). Item 8: Trade agreement (Dec. 20, 1867) stating that Joab Spencer and Mead have dissolved their trading partnership with the Kaw Indians. Item 9: Bills and receipts for goods bought from merchants in Leavenworth and Emporia (Jan.-June 1867).
Box 1FF 16Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other material, August-December 1867. Item 1: Letter from Mr. Lawrence, Executive Department, State of Kansas, regarding the selling of arms to the Indians and Lawrence's role as mediator between the government and Col. Leavenworth (Aug. 23, 1867). Item 2: Letters and notices (Sept.- Nov. 1867) concerning trade with, and claims for damages against, the Osage Indians; Mead and others tried unsuccessfully to apply for a trading license in the fall of 1867. Item 3: Agreement between Joab Spencer and James R. Mead dissolving their trading partnership (Dec. 20, 1867). Item 4: Quit-claim deed from Joab Spencer and wife Mary to James R. Mead (Aug. 19, 1867). Item 5: Bills and receipts of payment from Cochran & Bittmann and other merchants (Oct.-Nov. 1867). Item 6: Voucher for over $3,000 from James R. Mead to Scott & Co. Bankers (Dec. 10, 1867).
Box 1FF 17Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other material, 1868. Item 1: Letter from James R. Mead and Joab Spencer (Jan. 20, 1868) explaining how the Kaw Tribe incurred a debt with them. Item 2: Deed transferring Shawnee County land from the Pappans to Agnes Mead (Feb. 19, 1868). Item 3: Letter from Kate Thirug (June 25, 1868) inquiring about a teaching position in Towanda. Item 4: Letter from W. Hadley, National Bank of Lawrence, regarding payment of debt (Aug. 15, 1868). Item 5: Letter from William Greiffenstein (Aug. 18, 1868) telling Mead of hides he has sent; Griffenstein's list of supplies bought from Mead for the winter months (Sept. 2, 1868). Item 6: Documents transferring property from Achan and Emily Pappen to Mead (Sept. 14, 1868). Item 7: Three deeds transferring land in Shawnee County to James and Agnes Mead (Sept. 1868). Item 8: Bills for goods bought (Jan.-Aug. 1868). Item 9: Print of James R. Mead (approx. 1868).
Box 1FF 18Memorandum book of James R. Mead when living in Towanda, Kansas, 1868. Includes accounts with Jesse Chisholm, William Mathewson, William Greiffenstein, the Kaw Agency, and credit account with National Bank of Lawrence.
Box 1FF 19Financial documents pertaining to James R. Mead, 1868. Item 1: Payments made out by Mead (Sept.-Nov. 1868). Item 2: Ledger sheet (1868).
Box 1FF 20Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other material, 1869. Item 1: Sworn account (May 17, 1869) by Timothy C. Peet and James R. Mead describing a March 1868 raid by Pawnee Indians during which several of Mead's horses were taken; the value of each horse is noted. Item 2: Certificate from the land office at Humboldt, Kansas, indicating that Mead has paid the necessary fees (July 30, 1869). Item 3: Letter from Noah H. Walker of Fowler, Slocum & Forman (Sept. 10, 1869) about filling Mead's orders. Item 4: Certificate acknowledging that Timothy C. Peet is an agent for the National Livestock Insurance Co. (Nov. 25, 1869). Item 5: Letter from Peet (Dec. 14, 1869) informing Mead that Mrs. Mathewson and James L. "Bunnie" Mead are in Wichita. Item 6: List of items that William Mathewson has bought from Mead (Dec. 6, 1869). Item 7: Three unsigned Indian claim papers (1869). Item 8: Account list for James R. Mead from Schuyler's Bank, Burlingame, Kansas (Aug.-Dec. 1869). Item 9: Accounts by James R. Mead and Samuel C. Fulton concerning the stealing of their horses by Indians (approx. 1869). Item 10: Request for Mead to settle his account at J. O. Ford and Co. (May 26, 1869).
Box 1FF 21Land grants for Mead's associates, 1873. Copies of land grants for William Mathewson, William Greiffenstein, and Eli Waterman, all signed by President Grant.
Box 1FF 22Tax receipts of Lewis A. Stone, 1864. Receipts for property tax paid to Shawnee County by Lewis Stone.
Box 1FF 1ATravel journal and account book of James R. Mead, 1859-1868. Travel journal kept by James R. Mead during his trip from Davenport, Iowa to Kansas (pp. 30-46) dated May 4-June 14, 1859. The book was also used as an account book for the Salina River Ranch 1860-61, (pp. 68-82), for the White Water Post in 1863 (pp. 1-14), and for the Coal Valley Lumber Yard in June and July 1858. Journal entries include descriptions of the terrain, difficulties in trapping game, and Mead's feelings upon entering Kansas. A list of land parcels belonging to Mead is also included (p. 124).
Box 2FF 1Account book of James R. Mead, 1863-1864, 1866-1867. Accounts with individuals which were later posted to another book. Accounts include Comanche Outfit (pp. 36-38, 69, 73, 89, 115, 132), the Wichita Agency, William Greiffenstein (pp. 44, 46, 48, 50, 66, 74, 82, 85, 88, 96, 105, 106, 111, 137, 147-53, 162-5), Major Shanklin (pp. 97, 99-107, 113, 121-5), Jesse Chisholm (pp. 99, 109, 123, 129, 141), Col. Jesse Leavenworth (pp. 135-140, 143), and William Mathewson (p. 138). Also present is a recipe for cholera medicine (p. 165).
Box 2FF 2Account book of James R. Mead, 1864-1866. Account book for the White Water Post. Accounts with Cowskin Ranch (p. 12), William Greiffenstein (pp. 45, 64-8, 92, 95-7, 103, 105-6, 108), Jesse Chisholm (pp. 68, 93). There are frequent mentions of Hagen and Kelly.
Box 2FF 3Account book of James R. Mead, 1867-1876. Account book: Notes that Jesse Chisholm died on March 4, 1868 (p. 2), accounts with Timothy Peet, Joe Indian (p. 4), William Mathewson (pp. 10, 53, 57, 69, 75-6, 78-80, 84-5, 90-1, 98-9), William Greiffenstein and Kellogg (p. 11), Greiffenstein (pp. 15, 29-32, 37, 48-51, 54 [signature]), Enoch Mead (p. 70), Mrs. Mathewson (pp. 71, 73), land claims (pp. 10, 101), clothes for James L. "Bunnie" Mead (p. 52). Notes held by James R. Mead (p. 124), D. S. Munger lots sold by James R. Mead (pp. 128-9), lots sold in East Wichita (pp. 132-3, 135), the lot owners in Wichita, Kansas, as of March 1876.
Box 2FF 4Account book of James R. Mead, 1894-1897. Account book of Mead's business dealings.
Box 2FF 5Account book of James R. Mead, 1898-1902. Account book of Mead's business dealings in property at the turn of the 20th century. Clippings of poems and newspapers articles are occasionally pasted on pages. Also present is a letter from John F. Wilson of Rimini, Montana, to Mead concerning efforts to mine gold and copper; this letter is dated November 30, 1902.
Box 3FF 1Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other material, 1870-1871. Item 1: Promissory note from Isaac Mooney to Timothy C. Peet, who ran James R. Mead's Towanda trading post (Apr. 12, 1870). Item 2: Letter from H. D. Kellogg (Jan. 28, 1870) regarding twenty lots he sold for Mead. Item 3: Letter from C. M. Gordern (Feb. 9, 1870) which describes the construction of Mead's house. Item 4: List of goods Mathewson bought from James R. Mead (May 1870). Item 5: Ledger of accounts for the partnership between Mathewson and Mead (Sept. and Nov. 1870). Item 6: Bills for goods purchased from various merchants (Sept. 1870-Feb. 1871). Item 7: Bill of goods bought for the Comanche Agency (Sep. 1870), including a stove bought for Black Beaver. Item 8: Bills of goods bought by James R. Mead for Mathewson from various merchants (Nov. 1870-Jan. 1871). Item 9: Warranty deed from Mead to Robert Scott (Apr. 21, 1871). Item 10: Receipts for James R. Mead (Nov.-Dec. 1870). Item 11: Letter to Mead from U.S. Rep. Sidney Clarke regarding William Mathewson's being allowed to trade with the Kiowa and Comanche Indians (Feb. 18, 1870). Item 12: House Bill Nos. 293 and 298, Legislature of the State of Kansas (Nov. 30,1870). Item 13: House Bill Nos. 773 and 998, U.S. Congress, dealing with the removal of Kansas and Osage Indians to Indian Territory (Jan. 10 and 28, 1870). Item 14: Notice of Directors' Meeting for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R.R. Co. (Apr. 23, 1870). Item 15: Receipt for property taxes paid by Lewis A. Stone on property in Shawnee County, Kansas (Apr. 15, 1870).
Box 3FF 2Account notebook, 1870
Box 3FF 3Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other material, 1871. Item 1: Receipts for property taxes paid by James R. Mead on land in Butler County, Kansas (January 1871). Item 2: List of furs, pelts and robes sent to James R. Mead by William Mathewson (Jan. 20-22, 1871). Item 3: List of goods bought by Mead for Mathewson (Feb. 1871). Item 4: Bills for goods bought by Mead from area merchants (Feb. 1871) and a record of payment (Feb. 21, 1871). Item 5: Order from Laurie Tatum of Fort Sill, Indian Territory, to Mathewson (Mar. 6, 1871). Item 6: List of goods shipped to Mead from Mathewson (Mar.-June 1871). Item 7: List of goods that Peet bought from Greiffenstein (Apr. 8, 1871). Item 8: Mathewson's correspondence with W. H. Wright regarding shipping and selling of buffalo robes (Apr. 1871). Item 9: Bills for goods bought by Mead from area merchants (Mar.-May 1871). Item 10: Shipping order for the Kansas Pacific Railroad (May 29, 1871). Item 11: List of robes received from Mathewson (May 1870-May 1871). Item 12: Correspondence from Mathewson to James R. Mead regarding a bank draft (Mar. 1871). Item 13: Correspondence from W. H. and J. K. Wright to Mead regarding robes (May 1871). Item 14: Correspondence from Mathewson to William King and others (Apr.-May 1871). Item 15: Warranty deed from Lionel Yale to John Glen (July 1871).
Box 3FF 4Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other records, 1871. Item 1: Letter to James R. Mead from Fairchild & Pierce (June 13, 1871) concerning the sale of hides. Item 2: Letters from William Mathewson regarding shipment of hides and payment (June-Aug. 1871). Item 3: List of Wichita land plots distributed by Mead (July 1870-June 1871). Item 4: Petition for a vote on bond issue concerning the Wichita & Southwestern Railroad Co. (June 1871). Item 5: Land deed from James R. Mead to W. N. and Hannah Walker (Aug. 17, 1871). Item 6: Letter from Mathewson (Aug. 16, 1871) informing Mead on business, the situation with the Indians, and competition with other traders. Item 7: Copy of an agreement between Wichita & Southwestern Railroad Co. and T. J. Peters (Aug. 1871) concerning the construction of a railroad between Newton and Wichita. Item 8: Letter from Wallace McGrath (Aug. 1871) informing Mead that he has been appointed a director of the Topeka & Southwestern Railroad Co. Item 9: Letter from Mead to Mathewson (Sept. 6, 1871) explaining sales options regarding the latter's quarter section of land . Item 10: Deed stating that N. A. English has bequeathed a tract of land located in the city of Wichita for public use in exchange for nine lots at a different location (Sep. 21, 1871). Item 11: Orders from Fort Sill for goods (September 1871). Item 12: Order for goods from Fort Sill (Jul.-Aug. 1871). Item 13: Bills for goods bought by James R. Mead from area merchants (June 1871). Item 14: Bid on buffalo robes (June 1871). Item 15: Financial records of James R. Mead (June and Dec. 1871).
Box 3FF 4Business records for James R. Mead, 1871. Item 1: Receipts for property taxes paid in Butler, Sedgwick and Shawnee County, Kansas (Jan.-Mar. 1871). Item 2: Receipts for goods purchased by James R. Mead (Jan. 1871). Item 3: Receipts for goods purchased by James R. Mead (Mar. 1871). Item 4: Receipts for goods purchased by James R. Mead (Apr. 1871). Item 5: Receipts for goods purchased by James R. Mead (May 1871).
Box 3FF 5Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other records, 1871-1872. Item 1: Description of the right of way needed for railroad construction (1871). Item 2: Unsigned articles of agreement between the Wichita & Southwestern Railroad Co. and Thomas J. Peter of the City of Topeka (1871). Item 3: Agreement between N. A. English of the Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners, James R. Mead, President of the Wichita & Southwestern Railroad, and Jacob Smith, President of the Topeka Bank, regarding the Wichita & Southwestern Railroad's construction from Newton to Wichita (Oct. 16, 1871). Item 4: Agreement between James R. Mead for the Wichita & Southwestern Railroad Co., Thomas J. Peter of the City of Topeka, and Jacob Smith for the Topeka Bank regarding construction of tracks, right of way, route, and payment bonds (Oct. 31, 1871). Item 5: Goods bought by James R. Mead in Philadelphia and other places (Oct. and Dec. 1871). Item 6: Freight notices from the Newton station of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R. (Oct. 1871). Item 7: Receipts and bills connected with flour bought and sent to Pond Creek (Dec. 1871). Item 8: Bills for hides Mead bought from Mathewson, Fort Sill (July-Dec. 1871). Item 9: List of hides shipped by Black Beaver to John M. Strange (Dec. 28, 1871). Item 10: Warranty deed (Nov. 21, 1871) from John and Mary Steele to Mead. Item 11: Warranty deed (May 23, 1871) from John and Julia Markwell to John Glen. Item 12: Warranty deed (Dec. 4, 1871) between William Wright and Mead. Item 13: Cancelled checks (Aug. 1871-Jan. 1872). Item 14: Bank deposit slips (Aug.-Nov. 1871). Item 15: Mead's bank account balance sheet (Nov. 1871-Feb. 1872). Item 16: Correspondence to James R. Mead from Mathewson (Aug.-Dec. 1871).
Box 3FF 6Business records for James R. Mead and other material, 1871-1872, c. 1880s-1890s. Item 1: Notes for James R. Mead's article, "Wild Animals I Have Known" (approx. 1880s-1890s). Item 2: Receipts for corn shipped on commission by Mead (June 1871). Item 3: Account sheet and note regarding buffalo robes shipped by Mead on commission (Sept. 1871). Item 4: Bills for goods purchased by Mead (June-Nov. 1871). Item 5: Receipts for Mead from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R. Co. (Sep.-Nov. 1871). Item 6: Receipt for William Mathewson from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R. Co. (Oct. 1871).
Box 3FF 7Receipts, 1871
Box 3FF 8Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other material, 1872. Item 1: Receipts for taxes paid by James R. Mead on property in Wichita (Jan. 1872). Item 2: Bills and statements from Mead's accounts with other businesses (Jan.-Mar. 1872). Item 3: Freight receipts for goods shipped (Mar.-Apr. 1872). Item 4: Statements and correspondence from William Mathewson regarding business in Fort Sill and difficulties in receiving payment (Jan.-Mar. 1872). Item 5: Jacob Smith's letter of resignation as a trustee concerning the contract between Wichita & Southwestern Railroad, Sedgwick County, and its Board of Commissioners for the building of a railroad (Jan. 31, 1872). Item 6: Letter from Mathewson (Mar. 11, 1872) regarding the financial situation at Fort Sill. Item 7: Correspondence from Mrs. Elizabeth Mathewson concerning business at Fort Sill (Feb.-Mar. 1872). Item 8: Quit-claim deed from William and Catherine Greiffenstein to Mead (March 25, 1872). Item 9: Warranty deed from James R. Mead to Timothy C. Peet (Jan. 12, 1872).
Box 3FF 9Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other material, 1871-1872. Item 1: Letter from William Mathewson (Apr. 14, 1872) to James R. Mead. Item 2: Land contract between Mead, L. M. Hull, and D.W. Startzman for lots along Douglas Avenue in Wichita (May 6, 1872). Item 3: Deeds for lots number 25 and 27 on Wichita Street in the Waterman Addition (June and July 1872). Item 4: Deed for Lot 21, Court Street, Wichita, Kansas, bought by Mead from Robert A. Scott (Oct. 3, 1872), along with property tax bill, Sedgwick County, Kansas (Dec. 3, 1872). Item 5: Statements and correspondence with Mathewson about hides shipped (July-Aug. 1872). Item 6: Letter from Ready (Oct. 3, 1872) regarding the farming, harvesting, and renting of land in North Topeka. Item 7: Business correspondence to Mead from area merchants C. R. Morehead & Co. and Fairchild & Pierce informing him of balances on his accounts (Apr.-Dec. 1872). Item 8: Deed for Lot 28 on Topeka Ave., Wichita, Kansas (May 2, 1872).
Box 3FF 10Court judgment in favor of James R. Mead, December 31, 1872. Court judgment in favor of James R. Mead against J.T. and Jane Elliott concerning property in Mead's Addition, Wichita, Kansas.
Box 3FF 11Business records of James R. Mead, 1872. Item 1: Receipt (Jan. 13, 1872) by U.S. Marshal District of Kansas to James R. Mead and Doc Lewellen. Item 2: Warranty deed (May 3, 1872) from Ida Gabelson to Mead. Item 3: Quit-claim deed (Feb. 12, 1872) from Mead to Steele and Smith. Item 4: Quit-claim deed (June 20, 1872) between J. B. Beaumont and Mead. Item 5: Warranty deed from Lewis A. and Martha Stone, along with Harriet M. Hotchkiss, to C. W. Parks (Feb. 13, 1872). Item 6: Abstract of title for land in Shawnee County, Kansas (Aug. 13, 1872). Item 7: Four promissory notes to James R. Mead from the First National Bank of Wichita (May-Sep. 1872). Item 8: Promissory note between Mead and E. J. Blood (Feb. 20, 1872). Item 9: Bill of sale between William Mathewson and Mead concerning the former's mules and transport equipment (Nov. 21, 1872). Item 10: Partial account ledger (Oct.-Dec. 1872). Item 11: Various receipts (Jan.-Dec. 1872). Item 12: Bills for goods from area merchants (Apr.-Dec. 1872). Item 13: Cancelled checks (Jan.-July 1872). Item 14: Letter to Mead from Elwood Tatum concerning sale of his land (July 31, 1872).
Box 3FF 12Account books of James R. Mead, 1870-1873. Include accounts with Mathewson and Greiffenstein; personal entries listing family birthdays and deaths; write-up of encounter with Mr. Millerson; balances with Morehead, Fairchild & Pierce, W. C. Baker; listing of real estate Mead owned.
Box 3FF 13Account book of real estate transactions, 1871-1872. Includes inventory of Wichita properties bought and sold by James R. Mead with names of purchasers and price.
Box 3FF 14Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other records, 1873. Item 1: Receipts for property taxes paid in Sedgwick, Butler, Shawnee and Harvey Counties, Kansas (Feb.-Dec. 1873). Item 2: Letter from J. N. Dubois to James R. Mead (Apr. 7, 1873) regarding Indian hides and payment. Item 3: Letter from William Mathewson (Apr. 10, 1873) informing Mead of a good sale, and of Mathewson's future plans. Item 4: Letters from Mathewson regarding orders and shipping of goods (Apr.-July 1873). Item 5: Orders and bills for Mathewson (Apr. and July 1873). Item 6: Letter from Reisky, a Philadelphia dealer, requesting more buffalo robes (July 11, 1873). Item 7: Notice for public sale of government property at Fort Sill on August 26, 1873. Item 8: Letter from Mathewson (Dec. 14, 1873) in which he discusses quitting the business and attendant financial difficulties. Item 9: Lists of properties owned by James R. Mead in Wichita and El Dorado for the 1873 tax bill. Item 10: Power of Attorney from Lucy Mead to James R. Mead (March 17, 1873). Item 11: Letter from James McFarland about James R. Mead's legal fees (June 20, 1873). Item 12: Letter from K. Kellogg to William Mathewson (May 30, 1873) requesting an appointment to sell some goods. Item 13: Bills and correspondence from area merchants (Apr.-Dec. 1873). Item 14: Lists of stockholders, including Mead and his parents, in First National Bank of Wichita (Jan. 1-2, 1873). Item 15: Warranty deed from D. R. B. Greenlee and wife Amanda to James R. Mead (Feb. 11, 1873). Item 16: Cancelled checks and receipts (Nov. 1873). Item 17: Letters regarding business ventures for robes and hides (Apr.-Aug. 1873). Item 18: Letters regarding various business ventures (Jan.-Aug. 1873). Item 19: El Paso bridge stock signed over to James R. Mead from N. M. Hobson (Dec. 17, 1873).
Box 3FF 15Business records of James R. Mead, 1873. Item 1: Receipts for James R. Mead (Jan.-Aug. 1873). Item 2: Cancelled checks for James R. Mead (Feb.- Dec. 1873). Item 3: Bills for James R. Mead (Apr.-Dec. 1873).
Box 3FF 16Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other material, 1873. Item 1: Warranty deed (Apr. 26, 1873) from the Sedgwick Town Company to James R. Mead. Item 2: Warranty deed (July 19, 1873) from John M. Steele et al. to Mead. Item 3: Mortgage with assignment (Sep. 24, 1873) from F. C. Martsolf and wife Alice to Mead. Item 4: Guarantee for a warranty deed (Feb. 15, 1873) between Mead and Peter Coggeshall. Item 5: Promissory note (June 18, 1873) between Mead and the First National Bank of Wichita. Item 6: Agreement for mules to be leased to William Mathewson from George H. Smith (Aug. 1, 1873). Item 7: Account sheet of Mead (Jan. 2, 1873); Item 8: Cancelled check for $562.50 to Mead (Apr. 18, 1873). Item 9: Promissory note to W. D. Blackford from Mead (Jan. 27, 1873). Item 10: Agreement stating that Mead is appointed to act as an agent for George H. Smith for mules leased to Mathewson (Aug. 18, 1873).
Box 3FF 17Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other material, 1874. Item 1: Receipts for taxes paid by James R. Mead on properties in Sedgwick County (Jan.-July 1874). Item 2: Report to the U.S. House of Representatives regarding payment to Joab Spencer and James R. Mead for supplies furnished to the Kansas Indians in 1866 and 1867 (Feb. 9, 1874). Item 3: William Mathewson's account balance with Mead (April 1874). Item 4: Quit-claim deed from N. A. English to Mead (Apr. 8, 1874). Item 5: Letter from W. D. Blackford (May 13, 1874) regarding Bill No. 1331 and requested reimbursement to Mead and Spencer with a quote from Pres. Grant explaining why it was not signed (refer to Item 2). Item 6: Two letters from W.D. Blackford regarding Bill No. 1331 and non-reimbursement to Mead and Spencer for supplies furnished to the Kansas Indians (May 1874). Item 7: Receipts, bills, shipping orders, and correspondence for robes and other goods (Jan.-Dec. 1874). Item 8: Correspondence from merchants regarding the sale of robes (May 1874). Item 9: Correspondence regarding business ventures (Mar. and July 1874). Item 10: List of properties owned by James R. Mead for the 1874 tax bill (June 18, 1874). Item 11: Warranty deed from Clement and Hattie Abbott to James R. Mead (Nov. 10, 1874). Item 12: Mortgage from A. Whitworth and wife to James R. Mead (June 22, 1874).
Box 3FF 18Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other material, 1873-1882. Item 1: Letter from the Secretary of the Interior providing for sale of Indian lands in Kansas (Dec. 8, 1873). Item 2: U.S. House of Representatives [H. R.] Bill 1331 allocating money to James R. Mead and Joab Spencer for debts incurred by the Kaw Indians (Jan. 19, 1874), and Report from the Committee on Indian Affairs (Feb. 9, 1874) concerning the claim of Spencer and Mead. Item 3: Letter from W. D. Blackford to Mead concerning his and Spencer's claim (Feb. 9, 1874). Item 4: Follow-up letter from W. D. Blackford to Mead concerning the said claims (Apr. 10, 1874). Item 5: Report explaining President Grant's refusal to approve H. R. Bill 1331 allocating money to Mead and Spencer for debts incurred by the Kaw Indians (May 12, 1874). Item 6: Letter from Enoch Hoag, Superintendent of Indian Affairs, to Mead concerning claims for debts incurred by the Kaw Indians (May 15, 1874). Item 7: Letter from Joab Spencer to Mead concerning said claims (May 18, 1874). Item 8: Rough draft of Mead's answer to Enoch Hoag's letter (1874). Item 9: H. R. Bill 3754 allocating money to Mead and Spencer for debts incurred by the Kaw Indians, and Report from the Committee on Indian Affairs (June 18, 1874) concerning the said claims. Item 10: H. R. Bill 819 allocating money to Mead and Spencer for debts incurred by the Kaw Indians (Nov. 1, 1877). Item 11: H. R. Bill 385 allocating money to Mead and Spencer for debts incurred by the Kaw Indians (Dec. 13, 1881 and Feb. 8, 1882), and Reports from the Committee on Indian Affairs concerning the said claims (Jan. 15, 1881 and Feb. 8, 1882). Item 12: Certificate to James R. Mead concerning 29 shares of bank stock in the First National Bank of Wichita (Jan. 20, 1874).
Box 3FF 19Price list of furs and skins, March 26, 1874. Price list of furs and skins available from Dodd & Jones, New York City-based merchants.
Box 3FF 20Shipping Log, 1874
Box 3FF 21Account Book of James R. Mead, 1874. Includes accounts with W. H. Coleman and John Dunlap; personal notes; and sketches Mead drew of cattle brands.
Box 3FF 22Business records of James R. Mead, 1872, 1875. Item 1: Shipping orders for goods James R. Mead delivered to the Cheyenne Agency, Indian Territory (Jan.-Mar. 1875 ). Item 2: Bill of sale for Lot 7, 4th Avenue, from Mead to W. W. Dill (Nov. 10, 1875). Item 3: Bond to pay for Lots 20 and 22, Douglas Avenue, from Mead to John B. Cary (Dec. 8, 1875). Item 4: Bond for deed for Lots 28 and 30, Douglas Avenue, from Mead to John Kolb (Dec. 3, 1875). Item 5: Bill of sale for Lot 9, Mosely Avenue, from Mead to Charles Bixby (Oct. 27, 1875). Item 6: Insurance policy for James R. Mead (Dec. 29, 1875). Item 7: Receipts for semi-annual property taxes paid by Mead for property in Sedgwick County, Kansas (Jan. and June 1875). Item 8: Receipts for semi-annual property taxes paid by Mead for property in Sedgwick County, Kansas (Dec. 1875). Item 9: Tax records for lots bought by Mead and others for payment of unpaid property taxes in Sedgwick County, Kansas (May 1872 and Dec. 1875). Item 10: Notarized letter affirming Mead's ownership of cattle wintering in Medicine Lodge, Barbour County, Kansas, and his recovery of stray cattle in Reno and Rice Counties, Kansas (Jan. 7, 1875).
Box 3FF 23Account book, December 1874-April 1875
Box 3FF 24Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other material, 1875-1876. Item 1: Letter from E. B. Allen, Leavenworth, which refers to James R. Mead's successful sale of cattle and bills of lading (June 17, 1875). Item 2: Letter from 2nd Lt. John McKinney, near Cheyenne Agency, regarding the charging of contractors when they fail to deliver goods (June 22, 1875). Item 3: Correspondence from E. B. Allen to Mead regarding bills of lading (May-Aug. 1875). Item 4: Draft of sworn deposition by Patrick Martin (Aug. 14, 1875) regarding the events of July 3, 1875, which led to damaged goods. Item 5: Statements that Mead paid for several horses (Aug. 1875). Item 6: Letter from William Hackney, Fort Worth, Texas, describing the problems encountered during a cattle drive (Oct. 15, 1875). Item 7: Letter from William Hackney, Camp on the Medicine River, which includes a list of supplies needed from James R. Mead (Dec 14, 1875). Item 8: Letter from James Temple, Medicine Lodge, Kansas, regarding cattle (Sept. 3, 1875). Item 9: Letter from Samuel Henry, Selma, Bexar County, Texas, describing his experiences in Houston (Dec. 31, 1875). Item 10: Letter from John Ellmore to Mead concerning receipt of a check (Apr. 15, 1875). Item 11: Letter from E. B. Allen of Leavenworth, Kansas, concerning the First National Bank of Wichita (May 29, 1875). Item 12: Letter from E. B. Allen of Leavenworth, Kansas, regarding an order (July 1, 1875). Item 13: Tax records for lots bought by Mead and others for payment of unpaid property taxes in Sedgwick County, Kansas (May and Oct. 1875). Item 14: Annual tax receipt for property taxes paid by Mead in Shawnee County, Kansas (Dec. 20, 1875). Item 15: Withdrawals from, and checks deposited to, Mead's account at the First National Bank in Wichita (July-Dec. 1875) and to unidentified bank (Dec. 1875). Item 16: Receipt for Mead to cover labor for streets and public highways in the City of Wichita (Oct. 3, 1876). Item 17: Letters from the Cheyenne Agency, Indian Territory, to Mead regarding bills of lading and goods forwarded to said place (April-Aug. 1875). Item 18: Letter from Charles Weyrich in Boonville, Missouri, to Mead concerning an order of pots and other goods (Sep. 25, 1875). Item 19: Letter from fellow Mason J. S. Dowdell in North Topeka, Kansas, concerning confidential matter about John Freel (Aug 7, 1875).
Box 3FF 25Ledger of James R. Mead, December 1874-April 1875. Ledger of shipping orders and receipts for Mead's business.
Box 3FF 26Cattle book, 1875-1876. Description of Mead's transactions relating to the cattle business, including wage expenses, cattle purchased, and an account relating to horses. A reference to the Munger Hotel is on page 20.
Box 3FF 27Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other material, 1876-1877. Item 1: Receipts for taxes paid by James R. Mead on properties in Sedgwick County (Jan.-Dec. 1876). Item 2: Tax records for lots bought by Mead for payment of unpaid property taxes in Sedgwick County, Kansas (Jan. and June 1876). Item 3: Letter from Samuel Henry, Selma, Texas, to Mead regarding a horse and the murder of Henry's brother (May 16, 1876). Item 4: Letter from William Hackney to Mead on topics associated with cattle and ranching (Jan. 25, 1876). Item 5: Lease agreement for H. W. Lewis to occupy the front part of Mead's bank building (Oct. 20, 1876). Item 6: Incomplete document which discusses the adoption of a national banking system (Oct. 1876). Item 7: Bills of sale for various lots in Wichita (July-Oct. 1876). Item 8: Three mortgages to Mead (Nov. 1876-Jan. 1877). Item 9: Two warranty deeds to Mead from Isaac and Martha Neidig (Aug. 4, 1876) and Mary and W. C. West (Dec. 12, 1876). Item 10: Warranty deed from James R. Mead and Lucy Mead to J. P. McMillan (Nov. 23, 1876). Item 11: Records of real estate sales to and from James R. Mead (Jan.-Sep. 1876). Item 12: Legal correspondence regarding the court appearance of Mr. Seaman (Mar. 1876) and Power of Attorney (Oct. 1876). Item 13: Goods brought by Mead from Fisk & Cook, Medicine Lodge, Barbour County, Kansas (June and Sept. 1876). Item 14: Letter of reference sent to Mead concerning a potential gardener and stockman (May 1876).
Box 3FF 28Letter to James R. Mead and warranty deed, 1876. Item 1: Letter from H. H. Harking of New Salem, Pennsylvania, to James R. Mead concerning his account at the First National Bank of Wichita (Sep. 21, 1876). Item 2: Warranty deed from James R. Mead and Lucy Mead to Lizzie A. and Mary E. Mead, daughters from his first marriage to Agnes Mead (Oct. 13, 1876).
Box 3FF 29Real estate journal, 1874-1877
Box 3FF 30Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other material, 1875-1876, n.d. Item 1: Bills and receipts (Apr.-Jun. 1876). Item 2: List of notes sold to Enoch Mead (Nov. 30, 1876). Item 3: Cancelled checks and deposit slips (May-Aug. 1876). Item 4: Letter to James R. Mead from Jonathan Richard regarding the driving off and killing of Mead's cattle by Pawnee Indians (June 9, 1875). Item 5: Incomplete copy of "Botts' Rapid Calculation," a treatise on arithmetic (undated).
Box 4FF 1Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other material, c. 1869-1870, 1877. Item 1: Letter to H. B. Cullum from James R. Mead regarding the latter's conveyance of personal property to Cullum in order to settle debts resulting from the failure of the First National Bank of Wichita (Jan. 9, 1877). Item 2: Tax deed from Sedgwick County, Kansas, to James R. Mead for property bid off by the county (Feb. 22, 1877). Item 3: Letter to T. C. Peet regarding conveyances of real estate (Feb. 23, 1877). Item 4: Letter to H. B. Cullum from James R. Mead regarding conveyances of real estate (March 24, 1877). Item 5: Warranty deed (March 10, 1877) from James R. Mead to Enoch Mead. Item 6: Quit-claim deed (May 3, 1877) from H. B. Cullum to James R. Mead. Item 7: Warranty deed from James R. Mead to Elizabeth Mathewson (June 6, 1877). Item 8: Copies of transcribed letter from E. C. Sluss of Sluss & Hattan, Wichita, to Peck, Ryan & Johnson, Topeka, describing James R.Mead's involvement in the First National Bank of Wichita; Sluss recommends that the latter office assist Mead (August 29, 1877). Item 9: Letter to James R. Mead from E. B. Allan acknowledging James R. Mead's payment for goods (Sept. 15, 1877). Item 10: Letter to W. D. Blackford from H. B. Cullum (Oct. 5, 1877) concerning Mead and Spencer's Indian claim settlement. Item 11: Annual tax receipts paid by James R. Mead on properties in Sedgwick County, Kansas (June and Aug. 1877). Item 12: Annual tax receipts paid by James R. Mead on properties in Shawnee County, Kansas (Apr. 18, 1877). Item 13: Correspondence and orders relating to William Mathewson's account with Mead (Approximately 1869-1870 and May 9, 1875). Item 14: Receipt for payment from Elizabeth Mathewson to George Morse (June 19, 1877). Item 15: Mortgage papers of Elizabeth Mathewson and husband to W. D. Sanders (Nov. 2, 1877). Item 16: Letter from J. H. Nusse, Selma, Texas, to Mead reporting the price he received for one yearling (1877). Item 17: Letter from A. J. Wellman to James R. Mead (Jan. 7, 1877).
Box 4FF 2Account book of James R. Mead, 1877. Records of cash payments made to James R. Mead.
Box 4FF 3James R. Mead's receipts for paid bills and taxes, January-December 1877. Item 1: Receipts for bills paid (Jan.-Dec. 1877). Item 2: Receipts for taxes paid on properties in Sedgwick County, Kansas (Jun.-Aug. 1877).
Box 4FF 4Business records of James R. Mead, January-October 1878. Item 1: Receipts for taxes paid by James R. Mead on properties in Sedgwick County (Jan.-Aug. 1878). Item 2: Letter from the Treasury Dept., Washington D.C., to Mead with information about H. B. Cullum (Oct. 21, 1878). Item 3: Location certificate for the Wilson Creek Lode in Colorado (Sept. 30, 1878). Item 4: Sheriff's deed between H. W. Dunning and Enoch Mead (Jan. 26, 1878).
Box 4FF 5Congressional Reports concerning claims against the Kansas Indians, 1874, 1881-1882. Congressional Reports concerning James R. Mead and Joab Spencer's claim against the Kansas (i.e, Kaw or Kanza) Indians (May 12, 1874; Jan. 15, 1881; Feb. 8, 1882).
Box 4FF 6Receipts for bills paid, January-December 1878. Receipts of bills paid by James R. Mead.
Box 4FF 7Property deeds of James R. Mead, January-September 1879. Item 1: Letter from William Mathewson to James R. Mead concerning legislative delegates (Jan. 27, 1879). Item 2: Deed for "C. Y." Lode, Gunnison County, Colorado (in the Tin Cup mining district), sold by J. C. Taylor to James R. Mead (June 30, 1879). Item 3: Deed to a claim in "Champion's Lode," Gunnison County, Colorado, sold by C. C. Hart to James R. Mead (Aug. 9, 1879). Item 4: Mortgage for Lot 50, Douglas Avenue, Wichita, Kansas, sold by Abicenia and John Sullard to James R. Mead (July 15, 1879). Item 5: Mining deed to a claim in the Willow Creek Lode, Gunnison County, Colorado, sold by Jasper Pettigrew to James R. Mead (May 7, [1879]).
Box 4FF 8Surveyors Log, 1875, 1879. Description of lodes and locations.
Box 4FF 9Business and property records of James R. Mead, c. 1879. Lists of James R. Mead's lots, accounts, purchases, and bills.
Box 4FF 10Business records of James R. Mead, 1879. Receipts and bills for material purchased by James R. Mead.
Box 4FF 11Property deeds and correspondence relating to James R. Mead, 1879-1880. Item 1: Loan agreement between James R. Mead and Gavitt & Scott (Feb. 2, 1880). Item 2: Warranty deed for land in Mead's Addition, Wichita, Kansas, from Mary "Lizzie" Mead to James R. Mead (Feb. 9, 1880). Item 3: Mortgage for land in Mead's Addition, Wichita, Kansas, from James R. Mead to Gavitt & Scott (Feb 17, 1880). Item 4: Check paid to the order of the Bank of Leadville (Feb. 26, 1880). Item 5: Warranty deed for Waco Street lots, Wichita, Kansas, from Elizabeth Mathewson to James R. Mead (Mar. 5, 1880). Item 6: Three location certificates for different mines in the Tin Cup District, Colorado (June 30, 1879; May 9, 1880; and July 8, 1880). Item 7: Two letters of introduction for James R. Mead (April 1880). Item 8: Letter from Charles Schattner to James R. Mead concerning sale and deed of the Colorado No. 2 mine (July 12, 1880).
Box 4FF 12Property deeds and correspondence relating to James R. Mead, February-December 1880. Item 1: Notice written by James R. Mead warning that the "Falstaff Lode" in the Tin Cup Mining District, Colorado, is a hoax (July 11, 1880). Item 2: Statement that Mead paid T. J. Shepherd for work and improvements made on several lodes in the Tin Cup District (Sep. 4, 1880). Item 3: Deeds for land situated in the Tin Cup Mining District, Colorado, sold to James R. Mead (Oct. and Dec. 1880). Item 4: Abstract of Title to James R. Mead for property in the City of Wichita (Feb. 28, 1880). Item 5: Letter from Miss L. W. Bardwell about housing for James L. Mead in Lawrence, Kansas (Aug. 2, 1880). Item 6: Letter from R. B. Waterman to James R. Mead regarding search for Galena lead deposits (Aug. 6, 1880). Item 7: Letter from unknown writer (initials illegible) to Mead about mining claims and activities (Aug. 15, 1880). Item 8: Letter from Samuel B. Harvey, County Clerk of Gunnison County, Colorado, affirming James R. Mead and others are owners of the Champion Lode (Sep. 23, 1880). Item 9: Documents regarding goods purchased, paid by, and shipped to James R. Mead in Colorado (Feb.-Nov. 1880).
Box 4FF 13Property deeds and correspondence relating to James R. Mead, January-December 1881. Item 1: Mining deeds and certificates of location related to mines in the Tin Cup Mining District, Colorado (1881). Item 2: James R. Mead's certificate of stock in the Ojo Caliente Mining Company (Jan. 29, 1881). Item 3: Letter (Dec. 5, 1881) from John Ingalls to Mead concerning his and Joab Spencer's claim against the Kansas Indians. Item 4: Bill for clothing purchased by James R. Mead in Chicago (July 22, 1881). Item 5: Letter from W. A. Riley to James R. Mead about mining properties and claims (Oct. 4, 1881).
Box 4FF 14Property deeds and correspondence relating to James R. Mead, March-December 1882. Item 1: Quit-claim deed for lots in the English Addition, Wichita, Kansas, from Nathaniel A. English to James R. Mead (Apr. 17, 1882). Item 2: Two letters concerning the Tin Cup Mine in Colorado (Dec. 5, 1882). Item 3: Two deeds from Susan and John Mendenhall to James R. Mead (May 29, 1882). Item 4: Abstract of Title for selected properties to James R. Mead in the City of Wichita (May 1882). Item 5: Bills for goods purchased by James R. Mead from area merchants (May-Aug. 1882) and check for Lucy Mead (July 17, 1882). Item 6: Letter from John Kinkaid to James R. Mead concerning a deed in Gunnison County, Colorado (March 16, 1882). Item 7: Postcard from T. D. Coleman to James R. Mead concerning his interest in printing Mead's observations (July 8, 1882).
Box 4FF 15Congressional documents concerning Mead and Spencer's claims against the Kansas Indians, 1874, 1882. Item 1: Senate Report concerning James R. Mead and Joab Spencer's claim against the Kansas Indians (Jan. 24, 1882) and House Executive Document on Pres. Grant's denying the same claim (May 12, 1874). Item 2: Letter from W. D. Blackford regarding James R. Mead's Indian payment claim (Aug. 18, 1882).
Box 4FF 16Checkbook, 1882. Checkbook of James R. Mead with stubs and notes.
Box 4FF 17Business records and property deeds relating to James R. Mead, 1876-1893. Item 1: Bills for goods bought from Wichita merchants (Aug. 1882-June 1883). Item 2: Agreement of sale for James R. Mead's mining property in the Tin Cup Mining District, Gunnison County, Colorado (Sept. 1, 1883). Item 3: Abstract of Title for property in Sedgwick County (May 29, 1883). Item 4: Survey notes and deed descriptions (May 18, 1876 - Apr 10, 1893). Item 5: Various receipts for James R. Mead (Apr. 1882-Jan. 1883). Item 6: Bank deposit slip for James R. Mead (Apr. 2, 1883). Item 7: Warranty deed to James R. Mead from George Haughey (June 4, 1883).
Box 4FF 18Business records and property deeds relating to James R. Mead, 1882, 1884. Item 1: Bill of sale (June 2, 1884) from James R. Mead to Samuel Glover. Item 2: Receipts for property taxes paid by Mead on land in Sedgwick County, Kansas (June 9, 1884). Item 3: Various receipts for purchases by Mead (Jan.-Dec. 1884). Item 4: Confirmation of a paper to be delivered by James R. Mead to the Kansas Academy of Science (June 18, 1884). Item 5: Bank deposit slip (July 7, 1884) and cancelled check for Mead (Nov. 11, 1884). Item 6: Letter to Mead from Almerin Gillet (July 14, 1884). Item 7: Letter of credit for Mead from A. A. Hyde, Kansas National Bank (July 23, 1884). Item 8: Abstract of Title for land in Sedgwick County, Kansas (May 27, 1882).
Box 4FF 19Business records and property deeds relating to James R. Mead, 1883, 1885. Item 1: Receipts for taxes paid by James R. Mead on properties in Sedgwick County, Kansas (June 20, 1885). Item 2: Receipts for purchases made by Mead (Jan.-Aug. 1885). Item 3: Abstract of Title to James R. Mead (June 4, 1883). Item 4: Warranty deed for land in Mead's Reserve, Wichita, Kansas, from Samuel and Margaret Glover to J. H. Pumpelly (Aug. 21, 1885). Item 5: First mortgage coupon note to William Ecco from Jonathan and Adaline Snively (June 1, 1885). Item 6: A mortgage deed between Jonathan and Adaline Snively and William Ecco (June 18, 1885). Item 7: Mining deed from D. D. Bliven to James R. Mead concerning the Napoleon claim in Gunnison County, Colorado (Jan. 20, 1885). Item 8: Quit-claim deed from James R. Mead and Lucy Mead to James L. "Bunnie" Mead (Aug. 4, 1885). Item 9: Deposit slips for James R. Mead (Oct.-Dec. 1885). Item 10: News clipping from the Wichita Eagle on a large hog raised by Mead (May 6, 1885).
Box 4FF 20Record book, 1885
Box 4FF 21Property deeds and business records for James R. Mead, 1886. Item 1: Receipts for property taxes paid by James R. Mead in Sedgwick County and Harper County, Kansas (Jan.-Dec. 1886). Item 2: List of lots bought by Mead from William Mathewson (May 9, 1886) and note on cattle bought (Oct. [1886]). Item 3: Two letters from John D. C. Atkins, Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs, regarding Mead's Indian depredation claims (June 28, 1886). Item 4: Letter to Mead from A. Blipshaw concerning Indian depredation claims (July 26, 1886). Item 5: Letter to Mead from W. D. Blackford, Office of Indian Affairs, regarding Mead's claims of Indian depredation (Aug. 6, 1886). Item 6: Quit-claim deed for property in Wichita, Kansas, from George Pratt to James R. Mead (June 18, 1886). Item 7: Warranty deed between William Mathewson and James R. Mead for lots in Wichita, Kansas (May 12, 1886). Item 8: Bank deposit slips for James R. Mead (Feb.-Aug. 1886). Item 9: Various paid receipts for James R. Mead (Feb.-Dec. 1886).
Box 4FF 22Correspondence and other material relating to Mead and Spencer's claims, 1869, 1882-1883. Item 1: Letter from James R. Mead to Maj. Mahlon Stubbs concerning his and Joab Spencer's claim against the Kansas Indians (Jan. 30, 1883). Item 2: Report from the Committee on Indian Affairs concerning the claims of Joab Spencer and Mead (Jan. 24, 1882) and Act by Congress ordering the Secretary of the Interior to repay Mead and Spencer for goods sold to the Kansas Indians in 1866-1867 (Aug 5, 1882). Item 3: W. D. Blackford's copy of letter from N. G. Taylor, Dept. of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs, concerning Indian depredation claims by Mead (Apr. 26, 1869).
Box 4FF 23Account book of James R. Mead, 1884-1886. Documentation of Mead's farm operation in Waco Township, Sedgwick County, Kansas including lists of items bought for the running of the farm and livestock prices.
Box 4FF 24Property deeds and business records for James R. Mead, 1887, 1889. Item 1: James R. Mead's receipt of payment for lots in Salina; a rough map of the area is included (May 30, 1887). Item 2: Mead's bank deposit slips from the Kansas National Bank (May 31 and Oct. 7, 1887) and water bill receipt (Apr. 1, 1887). Item 3: Correspondence with F. H. Snow, University of Kansas (January 8, 1887). Item 4: List of shells in James R. Mead's collection and a list of those he does not have (Oct. 3, 1887). Item 5: Notes for the second annual meeting of the stockholders of the Travis Placer Mining Co. (Sept. 1889); members consisted of William H. Hackney, George Travis and James R. Mead. Item 6: James R. Mead's receipt for payment of Kansas Academy of Science dues (Nov. 17, 1887). Item 7: Two letters from the Department of the Interior granting Mead permission to do scientific research in Indian Territory (Nov. 21, 1887). Item 8: Receipts for semi-annual property tax payments by James R. Mead on properties in Sedgwick County, Kansas (Dec. 1887). Item 9: Receipts for goods bought by Mead (Jan.-Apr. 1887). Item 10: Receipts for goods bought by Mead (May-Dec. 1887). Item 11: Mortgage from Luisa and John Vandine to Mead for property in the Wabash Addition, Wichita, Kansas (March 15, 1887). Item 12: Warranty deed from John and Kate Kelly to Mead for property in Shearman's Addition, Wichita, Kansas (Feb. 21, 1887). Item 13: Warranty deed from J. H. and Lucy Pumpelly to Mead for property in Mead's Addition, Wichita, Kansas (Jan. 3, 1887).
Box 4FF 25Memo book of James R. Mead, n.d. Contains names of persons involved in archaeology and the collecting of various artifacts, including shells. Also included are drawings of Indian petroglyphs.
Box 4FF 26Memorandum notebook, n.d.
Box 4FF 27Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other records, January-October 1888. Item 1: Letter from the Kansas State Historical Society (February 10, 1888) acknowledging James R. Mead's donation of state government publications. Item 2: Bill for goods bought from Wichita merchants (Oct. 1, 1888). Item 3: Two memoranda for gold bullion deposited at the United States Assay Office in Helena, Montana (June 23 and Aug. 9, 1888). Item 4: Letter from W. E. Frederick in Helena, Montana, stating W. E. Hood is Justice of the Peace and authorized to take acknowledgment of instruments (Oct. 4, 1888). Item 5: Letter of introduction for James R. Mead from William Mathewson and Robert Piatt (Jan. 10, 1888). Item 6: Report on the Travis Placer Mining Company (1888). Item 7: Various receipts for James R. Mead (Jan.-Oct. 1888).
Box 4FF 28Business correspondence of James R. Mead and other records, January-November 1889. Item 1: Letter to James R. Mead from F. G. Adams regarding Mead's election to the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society (Jan. 17, 1889). Item 2: Letter of introduction for James R. Mead written by William Mathewson (Jan. 31, 1889). Item 3: Letter and envelopes regarding certificate for shares of stock in the Travis Placer Mining Co. held by George Travis of Helena, Montana (Sept. 27, 1889). Item 4: Receipts for groceries (Jan.-Nov. 1889). Item 5: Bill for James R. Mead (July 1889).
Box 4FF 29Business records for the Travis Placer Mining Company, April-November 1889. Item 1: Receipts for goods bought by the Travis Placer Mining Company in Helena, Montana (Apr.-Nov. 188[9]), and a bank deposit slip (Aug. 14, 1889). Item 2: Bills for goods purchased by the Travis Placer Mining Company in Helena, Montana (Apr.- Sept. 1889). James R. Mead was one of the three owners of this business.
Box 4FF 30Lists concerning James R. Mead's property and accounts, c. late 1880s. Item 1: Lists of properties in Wichita owned by James R. Mead. Item 2: Lists of accounts of James R. Mead.
Box 4FF 31Financial records of James R. Mead and other material, c. 1860s-1880s. Item 1: Mining accounts (approx. late 1880s). Item 2: Cash drafts by James R. Mead (approx. mid 1880s). Item 3: Ledger pages, some dealing with William Mathewson (approx. 1867-1869). Item 4: List of Latin zoological terms (approx. 1880s-1890s). Item 5: Ledger page of laborers (approx. late 1860s- late 1880s). Item 6: Lists of goods purchased (approx. 1860s-1870s).
Box 4FF 32Business cards, c. 1880s. Business cards kept by James R. Mead.
Box 4FF 33Business records for the Travis Placer Mining Company and other material, 1890-1891, 1900. Item 1: Minutes from a special meeting of the Travis Placer Mining Co., Helena, Montana, during which it was resolved to give William H. Hackney power to gain a patent for the "Park Placer" and "Pratt and Drigee" mining claims (June 25, 1890). Item 2: Correspondence between James R. Mead and F. P. Sterling regarding the annual meeting and report (June 28 and Aug. 21, 1890). Item 3: Letter from the United States Senate (July 1, 1890) regarding a investment in mining property. Item 4: Tax receipts on property in Sedgwick County, Kansas (June 7, 1890). Item 5: Rupture treatment order sheet (approx. 1891). Item 6: Farm mortgage advertisement from the Monarch Trust Co., Wichita, Kansas (approx. 1900).
Box 4FF 34Business records and correspondence of James R. Mead, 1891-1892. Item 1: Correspondence between James R. Mead and L. L. Dyche, University of Kansas (March 1892). Item 2: Letter from W. D. Blackford regarding Mead's claim against the Kansas Indians (Apr. 25, 1892). Item 3: Letters from F. G. Adams, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas, regarding Mead's willingness to deliver a paper at the next annual meeting (Nov. 1892). Item 4: Three warranty deeds from James R. Mead and Lucy Mead to James L. Mead (Jan.-Feb. 1891). Item 5: Letter from Senator Preston Plumb to James R. Mead regarding investment in Montana mining properties (July 1, 1891). Item 6: Invitation to James R. Mead and Lucy Mead to World's Columbian Exposition at Jackson Park, Chicago, Illinois (Oct. 20-22, 1892). Item 7: Bank deposit (March 11, 1892) and receipt for James R. Mead (May 31, 1892).
Box 4FF 35Property records of James R. Mead, 1892. Item 1: Abstract of title to James R. Mead (July 25, 1892). Item 2: Letter (April 25, 1892) from W. D. Blackford to James R. Mead concerning his claim against the Kansas Indians. Item 3: Lease from James R. Mead to Walter Horner (Sept. 16, 1892).
Box 4FF 36Time book for James Mead & Co., December 1892-February 1893. Log book of employee hours and wages.
Box 4FF 37Records dealing with property, 1893-1894. Item 1: Abstract of Title regarding Lot No. 64, Wabash Ave., Mathewson's 2nd Addition, Wichita, Kansas (Mar. 7, 1893). Item 2: Receipt for annual taxes paid by M. E. Mead on personal property in Scott County, Iowa (Sept. 29, 1894).
Box 4FF 38Correspondence from F. G. Adams to James R. Mead, January 1893. Correspondence to James R. Mead from F. G. Adams, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, regarding a paper about Kansas trails that Mead prepared for the Society's annual meeting.
Box 4FF 39Personal correspondence from L. L. Dyche to James R. Mead, November 1, 1894. Letter from L. L. Dyche which tells of his failed effort to bring back animal and human specimens and remains from Greenland.
Box 4FF 40Correspondence and property records of James R. Mead, July-December 1895. Item 1: Letter to James R. Mead from former son-in-law G. W. Bartholomew in Victor, Colorado, regarding arrangements for a trip to Colorado (Dec. 13, 1895). Item 2: Warranty deed from J. A. Caldwell and wife to James R. Mead (July 30, 1895). Item 3: Letter from James R. Mead to the Register of Deeds in El Reno, Oklahoma, regarding an inquiry on property owned by Caldwell (July 27, 1895). Item 4: Bill of sale for Lots 20-22-24 to Michael Baker from James R. Mead (Dec. 6, 1895). Item 5: Letter to James R. Mead from M. B. Shutts of Russell Gates Mercantile Co., Colorado Springs, Colorado, regarding sale of Mead's bicycles (Dec. 30, 1895). Item 6: Letter of introduction for James R. Mead from Joseph Davidson (Oct. 10, 1895).
Box 4FF 41Correspondence to James R. Mead, January-September 1896. Item 1: Correspondence from M. B. Shutts of the Russell Gates Mercantile Co., Colorado Springs, Colorado, regarding the selling of Mead's bicycles (Jan.-Feb. 1896). Item 2: Correspondence from T. J. Brown of E. B. Needham & Co., Colorado Springs, Colorado, regarding the selling of Mead's bicycles (Feb.-Mar. 1896). Item 3: Correspondence from W. K. Shultz, Ponca City, Oklahoma Territory, regarding the selling of Mead's bicycles (Feb.-Mar. and May-June 1896). Item 4: Correspondence from H. J. Seright in Perry, Oklahoma Territory, regarding the selling of Mead's bicycles (Apr.-Sept. 1896). Item 5: Correspondence from G. W. Bartholomew, Victor, Colorado, advising James R. Mead on mining investments (Jan.-June 1896). Item 6: Letter from J. A. Caldwell in Selma, Oklahoma Territory, regarding personal and business matters (Mar. 8, 1896). Item 7: Letter from L. E. Sayre to James R. Mead regarding printing charges for the Kansas Academy of Science, Lawrence, Kansas (Apr. 14, 1896). Item 8: Letter from William Long of Rimini, Montana, regarding mining accounts and payments (June 4, 1896). Item 9: Letter from Amado Chaves of Santa Fe, New Mexico, regarding a business venture (June 26, 1896). Item 10: Bills for James R. Mead from Wichita merchants (June 30 and July 1, 1896).
Box 4FF 42Personal correspondence to James R. Mead and mortgage bond, 1897. Item 1: Letter from D. Lewellen to James R. Mead regarding the birthplace of Lewellen's daughter (June 7, 1897). Item 2: Mortgage bond taken out by William and Louisa Caswell and Fred and Mary Buckley, payable to the Inter-State Mortgage Trust Co. (Aug. 16, 1897).
Box 4FF 43Correspondence and property records of James R. Mead, 1898-1899. Item 1: Report to the Commercial Reporting Committee, which was established to study a route for an extension of the Midland Railroad from Wichita to Dennison, Texas. James R. Mead was one of those involved in the study which also reported on the resources of eastern Oklahoma and Indian Territory (Apr. 19, 1898). Item 2: Letter from F. W. Cragin, Department of Geology and Paleontology, Colorado College, to James R. Mead regarding historical matters (Dec. 8, 1898). Item 3: List of properties in the Rushing Building, located in Wichita (Nov. 1898), and insurance assignment to James R. Mead (Oct. 1898). Item 4: Letter from J. A. Caldwell of Los Angeles, California, regarding quit-claim deed to James R. Mead (Dec. 10, 1898). Item 5: Receipts for James R. Mead (Aug.-Dec. 1898). Item 6: Mortgage loan to James R. Mead (Nov. 26, 1898) and lease assignment to James R. Mead (Mar. 1899). Item 7: Request for information from James R. Mead about the Savings Bank of Wichita (Aug. 17, 1898).
Box 4FF 44Correspondence and other material relating to James R. Mead, 1896-1899, 1909. Item 1: Letters from L. L. Dyche to James R. Mead regarding social matters and Arctic exploration (Sept. 1909 and Dec. 1899). Item 2: Letter from C. W. Collins regarding a leaking roof (July 6, 1899). Item 3: Tax receipt for Mead from Anthony, Harper County, Kansas (Dec. 27, 1898) and list of valuation and taxes on properties in Wichita, Kansas (1899). Item 4: Cancelled checks (Jan. 1896 and Sept.-Dec. 1899). Item 5: Various receipts for James R. Mead (Nov. 1898-Oct. 1899). Item 6: Letter to James R. Mead from Clarissa Greene (approx. 1899) and Old Settlers Association receipt (Feb. 25, 1899). Item 7: Letter from Warren Knaus to James R. Mead (July 11, 1899). Item 8: Letters regarding rental agreements (Jan. 1899). Item 9: Insurance policies for commercial and residential properties at 818-830 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, Kansas (Sept. 30, 1899).
Box 4FF 45Memorandum book of James R. Mead, 1898-1899. Travel log for trip to Dennison, Texas, 1898. Record of rent and taxes on real estate in Wichita and Salina.
Box 4FF 46Certificate of Incorporation and speech by James R. Mead, 1888, 1899. Item 1: Certificate of Incorporation of the Travis Placer Mining Co. filed with the Secretary of the Territory of Montana (Sept. 20, 1888). Item 2: Speech by James R. Mead for the Sons of the American Revolution regarding Israel Putnam's Revolutionary War activities (Feb. 22, 1899).
Box 5FF 1Account book of James R. Mead, 1860-1881. Accounts for the Wichita Agency (pp. 6-15, 99-100), Mary "Mamie" Mead (p. 56), William Greiffenstein (pp. 89-93), William Mathewson (pp. 109-117), Fairchild and Pierce (pp. 123-124), and C. R. Morehead (pp. 127-128). Also includes sections titled "Different Periods of United States History" (pp. 19-27), "Elocution" (p. 311), and a list of English and American authors and their works (pp. 341-349).
Box 5FF 2Account book of James R. Mead, 1867-1881. Accounts for Col. S. S. Smoot (pp. 16-17), James and Abe Kelly (pp. 18-19), Samuel Fulton (p. 27), the Kaw Agency (p. 29), Jesse Chisholm (p. 43), William Mathewson (p. 106), and James R. Mead's sister, Lizzie (p. 246).
Box 5FF 3Account book of James R. Mead, c. 1871-1890. This book contains account information on the Travis Placer Mining Company, which was located in Rimini, Montana. Mead and his friends George Travis and William H. Hackney were partners during the purchase and operation of the mine, which was active from 1888 through the mid-1890s. Records include receipts, business expenses, and employee account sheets. There are also some account records dating from the early 1870s.
Box 6FF 1Correspondence and financial records of James R. Mead, January-December 1900. Item 1: Letter from Charles Gould to James R. Mead regarding his paper on the Flint Hills (Dec. 14, 1900). Item 2: Correspondence from Tucker & Dickson, Wichita, Kansas, to James L. Mead, Chicago, Illinois, regarding real estate holdings (June 13, 1900). Item 3: Letter from Glen Miller, United States Marshal, Salt Lake City, Utah regarding a stock certificate (June 26, 1900). Item 4: Receipts for James R. Mead (July-Oct. 1900) and one for Mary E. Mead, Davenport, Iowa (Dec. 1, 1900). Item 5: Cancelled checks (Jan.-Dec. 1900).
Box 6FF 2Ledger of James R. Mead, 1886, 1899-1909, n.d. Ledger of James R. Mead containing lists of properties owned, rents collected, family genealogy, and property tax data.
Box 6FF 3Correspondence and business records of James R. Mead, January-November 1901. Item 1: Minutes for the first meeting of the Advertising Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, of which James R.Mead was the secretary (Jan. 22, 1901). Item 2: Correspondence with Edward A. Kilian and Charles Gould regarding regional history and Indians (Mar.-Nov. 1901). Item 3: Letter from R. V. Hewlett to James R. Mead regarding damaged bicycle (June 24, 1901). Item 4: Cancelled checks (Feb.-July 1901). Item 5: Quit-claim deed from James L. Mead to James R. Mead (July 10, 1901).
Box 6FF 4Correspondence and business records of James R. Mead, 1901-1904. Item 1: Correspondence with researchers such as Gould and Kilian asking James R. Mead about regional history (Jan.-Nov. 1902). Item 2: One copy of the Kansas State Historical Society Constitution, as amended Jan. 21, 1902. Item 3: Letter to James R. Mead regarding financial matters (June 20, 1902). Item 4: Tax list for property owned by James R. Mead and James L. Mead (1901 and Nov 15, 1902). Item 5: Various receipts (July-Sept. 1902). Item 6: Blank water meter card (1902). Item 7: Sewer assessments and receipts (July-Aug. 1902). Item 8: Letter from T. J. Anderson to James R. Mead (Mar. 1, 1902). Item 9: Letter from Mary Shaw to James R. Mead regarding his talk to McCormick School on Pioneer Day (Oct. 21, 1902). Item 10: Letter from Charles McGuffey to James R. Mead regarding a book subscription on the founders of State of Kansas (Feb. 24, 1902). Item 11: Letter from James L. Mead to James R. Mead regarding tax title to four lots in Wichita, Kansas (Mar. 27, 1902), and a list of accounts (1902). Item 12: List of rent collection, taxes, repairs, and damages on properties owned by James R. Mead (1903-1904). Item 13: Statement of various buildings owned by James R. Mead in Wichita, Kansas (Jan.-Dec. 1901). Item 14: Letter from W. E. Stanley to James R. Mead regarding the latter's knowledge of preserving the buffalo population throughout the state of Kansas (Feb. 10, 1902).
Box 6FF 5Personal correspondence and business records of James R. Mead, 1901-1903. Item 1: Receipt for payment of Elmo Lodge dues (Mar. 31, 1903). Item 2: Correspondence with George Martin, Kansas State Historical Society, regarding James R. Mead's memories of his early days in Kansas (May-Nov. 1903). Item 3: Correspondence with Edward A. Killan and Charles Gould regarding Kansas history (Nov.-Dec. 1903). Item 4: Tax receipts and other receipts (Jan.-June 1903). Item 5: Taxes on various Wichita properties (1901-1903). Item 6: Letter from Glen Miller to James R. Mead regarding Mead family genealogy (July 31, 1903).
Box 6FF 6Personal correspondence and business records of James R. Mead, January-December 1904. Item 1: Correspondence from Edward Kilian, George Martin and Robert M. Wright to James R. Mead regarding Kansas history (Jan.-Dec. 1904). Item 2: Correspondence from members of the larger Mead family seeking genealogical information (Feb. 25, 1904). Item 3: Letter from James R. Mead to H. N. Kitchen regarding renting Mead's farm in Waco Township, Sedgwick County, Kansas (Feb. 2, 1904). Item 4: Letter from the Kansas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution with regard to membership dues (Oct. 10, 1904). Item 5: Tax receipts and water permits (Feb.-Dec. 1904). Item 6: Letter from George Remsburg to James R. Mead regarding Kansas history (Feb. 24, 1904). Item 7: Bills, receipts, and accounts regarding goods and services; also included are letters from H. N. Kitchen regarding crops on Mead's farm (Mar.-Nov. 1904).
Box 6FF 7Correspondence and business records of James R. Mead, 1905-1906. Item 1: Letter from H. N. Kitchen regarding the farm in Waco Township, Sedgwick County, Kansas (Jan 2, 1905). Item 2: Correspondence with L. L. Dyche, George Martin, Edward Kilian, and Robert M. Wright regarding Kansas history and assorted topics (Jan.-Dec. 1905). Item 3: Correspondence from researchers seeking information from James R. Mead (May-Sept. 1905). Item 4: Building permit for Market Street (Apr. 21, 1905). Item 5: Receipts including Wichita Gas, Electric Light & Power Co., (Jan. 1905-Jan. 1906). Item 6: Wichita Water Co., meter statements (Dec. 1905, Apr.-July 1906). Item 7: Letter from B. B. Smyth to James R. Mead regarding activities at the Kansas State Museum of Natural History (May 1905). Item 8: Letter from L. S. Naftzger to James R. Mead regarding finances at the Fourth National Bank (Mar. 24, 1905).
Box 6FF 8Checkbook, 1905. Kansas National Bank checkbook of James R. Mead.
Box 6FF 9Ledger on James R. Mead's building accounts, 1902-1905. Ledger of James R. Mead's building accounts, including information on renters, rents, repairs, and taxes.
Box 6FF 10Ledger on James R. Mead's building accounts, 1905-1906. Ledger of James R. Mead's building accounts, including information on renters, rents, repairs, and taxes.
Box 6FF 11Correspondence and business records of James R. Mead, January-December 1906. Item 1: Correspondence between James R. Mead and George Martin and L. L. Dyche regarding Kansas history (Feb.-July, 1906). Item 2: Letter from Mrs. J. F. Wilson to James R. Mead regarding the Travis Placer Mine in Lewis and Clark County, Montana (Jan. 18, 1906). Item 3: Memo for a special meeting of the stockholders of the Hockaday Hardware Co., Wichita (Mar 15, 1906). Item 4: Correspondence from A. C. Spilman to Mead regarding Kansas history (Mar. and Sept. 1906). Item 5: Letter to Mead from son-in-law John A. Caldwell, Los Angeles, California, regarding the San Francisco earthquake, business, family matters (May 14, 1906). Item 6: Application for a stock certificate for the Texas Fruit & Orchard Co. (July 30, 1906). Item 7: Real estate contract between James R. Mead and J. R. Hendricks (Dec. 8, 1906). Item 8: Receipts and cancelled checks for goods and services, Wichita, Kansas (Apr.-Dec. 1906). Item 9: Kansas State Historical Society flyer and membership invitation (Oct. 1905 and June 1906). Item 10: Letter from E. E. Blackman, Nebraska State Historical Society, to Mead regarding the latter's inquiries about Pawnee Indians (July 27, 1906). Item 11: Letter from Warren Moorehead to Mead regarding research assistance (Jan. 10, 1906). Item 12: Letter from Grace Meeker to Mead regarding her research on Kansas history (Mar. 23, 1906). Item 13: Letter from Frank Ford to Mead regarding prospects for buying farm land in Southern California (Mar. 23, 1906). Item 14: Letter from Hamilton Covey to James R. Mead regarding patents in coal lands of Wolf Creek, Colorado (May 4, 1906). Item 15: Letters from Jacob and Sidwell Hackney to James L. Mead thanking him for the bicycle gift to Sidwell (July 12, 1906). Item 16: Letter from Glen Miller to James R. Mead regarding family and social matters (Mar. 18, 1906). Item 17: Letter from L. G. Miller to James R. Mead regarding family and social matters (July 26, 1906).
Box 6FF 12Business records of James R. Mead, February-December 1906. Item 1: Water meter statements, Wichita, Kansas (Mar.-Nov. 1906). Item 2: Special paving assessments, Wichita, Kansas (June 29, 1906). Item 3: Receipts for semi-annual tax payments on properties in Sedgwick County, Kansas (Apr. and Dec. 1906). Item 4: Rent account sheet and receipts for goods, Wichita, Kansas (Feb.-Mar. 1906). Item 5: Deposit slips to the Kansas National Bank, Wichita, Kansas (July-Dec. 1906).
Box 6FF 13Statements of rent collected by James R. Mead, 1906. Statements showing rent collected on buildings in Wichita owned by James R. Mead.
Box 6FF 14Correspondence and business records of James R. Mead, February-December 1906. Item 1: Agreement between Missouri, Kansas & Texas Development Company and James R. Mead regarding railroad construction and land purchase (Aug. 2, 1906). Item 2: Correspondence with renters regarding repairs (Aug. 16, 1906). Item 3: Correspondence with James Lucas regarding stock in the Kansas National Bank, Wichita, Kansas (Aug. 1906). Item 4: Correspondence with L. L. Dyche, George Martin, Steve Tripp and others regarding Kansas history (Aug.-Dec. 1906). Item 5: Note about the inscription on General Ebenezer Mead's tombstone (Nov. 26, 1906). Item 6: Price list for traps (1906). Item 7: Letter from the National Geographic Society offering membership to James R. Mead; also included are brochures for the Society (May 1906). Item 8: Letters to James R. Mead regarding social and family matters (Nov. 1906). Item 9: Responses and requests to James R. Mead regarding current and future publication in historical magazines (Nov. and Dec. 1906). Item 10: Letters to James R. Mead regarding business ventures (Feb. and May 1906). Item 11: Bills for goods and services, Wichita, Kansas (Apr. and Aug. 1906).
Box 6FF 15Correspondence and business records of James R. Mead, January-December 1907. Item 1: Correspondence between Charles Lummis, Archeological Institute of America, and James R. Mead regarding a monument to be erected where the Santa Fe Trail at Switzer Creek is crossed by the Santa Fe Railroad, Burlingame, Kansas (Jan.-May 1907). Item 2: Letter to George Martin from James R. Mead describing the crossing of the Switzer Creek at Burlingame, Kansas; Marshall Murdock is mentioned (Jan. 13, 1907). Item 3: Correspondence with L. L Dyche regarding Kansas history (Jan.-Dec. 1907). Item 4: Information about a monument to be erected in honor of General Ebenezer Mead and correspondence with relatives (Jan.-Mar. 1907). Item 5: Letter from Sam F. Woolard, Kansas State Historical Society, regarding the building in which the first Kansas legislature met (Nov. 18, 1907). Item 6: Correspondence with George Martin and W. C. Killeen regarding Kansas history (Mar.-Nov. 1907). Item 7: Treaty with the Cheyenne & the Arapahoe tribes (Oct. 14 and 18, 1865). Item 8: Acknowledgment to James R. Mead for his subscription to the Connecticut Magazine (Mar. 1, 1907). Item 9: Bill and receipts for goods and services; also included is correspondence relating to stock options in the Texas Fruit & Orchard Co. (Jan.-Apr. 1907).
Box 6FF 16Financial records of James R. Mead, 1907-1908. Item 1: Deposit slips to Kansas National Bank, Wichita, Kansas (Jan. 1907-Jan. 1908). Item 2: Water permits (Jan.-Nov. 1907). Item 3: Cancelled checks (Jan.-Apr. 1907). Item 4: Tax and other bills and receipts (Mar.-Dec. 1907).
Box 6FF 17Statements of rent collected by James R. Mead, 1907. Monthly statement of rent collections on buildings owned by James R. Mead.
Box 6FF 18Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, January-July 1908. Item 1: Constitution of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association (1908). Item 2: Correspondence with George Martin regarding Kansas history and other matters (Jan.-July 1908). Item 3: Letter from George Bent, Colony, Oklahoma, with information about Pawnee Rock (July 6, 1908). Item 4: Correspondence regarding mammoth skeleton found near Medicine River, Barbour County, Kansas (July 9-10, 1908). Item 5: Letter to George Martin from James R. Mead regarding the route traveled by the 19th Kansas Cavalry during the 1860s (July 11-12, 1908). Item 6: Letter from Samuel Crawford to James R. Mead regarding the 19th Cavalry (July 13, 1908). Item 7: Letter from J. B. Thoburn to James R. Mead requesting guidance in finding portraits of Indians for a school history book on Oklahoma (May-July, 1908). Item 8: Letter from O. G. Libby informing James R. Mead of the upcoming publication of his paper on the Mandan Indians (July 6, 1908). Item 9: Letter from C. R. Noe to James R. Mead offering to sell prairie hay (July 23, 1908).
Box 6FF 19Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, August-November 1908. Item 1: Letter from William Allen White, Emporia Gazette, about Joseph Bristow's election to the U. S. Senate (Aug. 8, 1908). Item 2: Correspondence with George Martin in which James R. Mead describes his experiences with Black Kettle, Satanta, Col. Leavenworth, William Greiffenstein, William Mathewson, and William F. Cody (Aug.-Nov. 1908). Item 3: Letter from Henry Osborn to James R. Mead concerning the poor condition of the remains of a mammoth found near Medicine River (Aug. 3, 1908).
Box 6FF 20Correspondence of William D. Street and George Martin, November 5, 1908. Recounts history of 19th Cavalry. Transcript of Samuel J. Crawford interview, June 19, 1908. Concerns 19th Kansas Volunteers and his experiences in 1868, .
Box 6FF 21Financial records of James R. Mead, January-November 1908. Item 1: Deposit slips to the Kansas National Bank, Wichita, Kansas (Jan.-Nov. 1908). Item 2: Tax bill from Routt County, Colorado (May 4, 1908) and receipts (Jan.-July 1908).
Box 6FF 22Personal correspondence and records of James R. Mead, January-December 1909. Item 1: Correspondence with researchers (Jan.-Apr. 1909). Item 2: Receipts for payment of James R. Mead's membership dues (Feb.-May 1909). Item 3: Correspondence with George Martin and L. L. Dyche regarding Kansas history (Apr.-July 1909). Item 4: Letter from J. Shannon Nave to James R. Mead regarding plans for traffic relief on Douglas Ave., Wichita, Kansas (Aug. 6, 1909). Item 5: Scott County (Iowa) District Court Probate Letter of Administration from James R. Mead to settle the estate of Mary E. "Lizzie" Mead (Aug. 16, 1909). Item 6: Deposit slip to Kansas National Bank, Wichita, Kansas (Jan. 4, 1909) and various receipts (Mar.-Dec. 1909).
Box 6FF 23Correspondence of James R. Mead, October-December 1909. Item 1: Letter from James L. Mead to James R. Mead regarding the increasing of rent on jointly owned property (Oct. 7, 1909). Item 2: Letters to tenants of James R. Mead notifying them of a rent increase (Nov. 1 and Dec 1, 1909). Item 3: Correspondence with George Martin, L. L. Dyche, and Charles Reymershoffer regarding Kansas history (Oct.-Dec. 1909). Item 4: Letters from B. B. Smyth to James R. Mead regarding activities at the Kansas State Historical Society and the Kansas State Museum of Natural History (Nov.-Dec. 1909). Item 5: Letters from W. J. Martin to James R. Mead regarding his purchase of Warren Moorehead's book, The Stone Age, and various social matters (Nov.-Dec. 1909).
Box 6FF 24Correspondence, business records, and last will and testament of James R. Mead, 1909-1910. Item 1: City lease between James R. Mead and the Darris Drug Co., Wichita, Kansas (Nov. 4, 1909). Item 2: Receipts for goods and services in Wichita, Kansas (Nov. 1909-Feb. 1910). Item 3: Correspondence with George Martin regarding Kansas history (Dec. 1909 and Mar. 1910). Item 4: Translation and explanation of Indian song lyrics by an unknown writer about thunder-berry trees in Kansas (approx. 1909-1910). Item 5: Letter from George W. Fitch to James R. Mead about social matters (approx. 1909-1910). Item 6: Last Will and Testament of James R. Mead (died Mar. 31, 1910; will dated Dec. 1, 1905), and Letters Testamentary, Probate Court, Sedgwick County, Kansas. Also included are related legal and financial inventories and appraisals for the Estate of James R. Mead (Apr. and June 1910). Item 7: Letters of Ancillary Administration for the Estate of James R. Mead regarding property in Scott County, Iowa, and the Final Report regarding his estate (Sept. 28, 1910 and [1910]).
Box 6FF 25Letter from George C. Christopher to Fern Mead concerning fire escapes, March 30, 1911
Box 6FF 26Letter from Western Iron and Foundry Co. to Fern Mead concerning quotations for steel girding, September 12, 1912
Box 6FF 27Dog license, May 1, 1913
Box 6FF 28Ledger, 1911-1915; 1st National Bank of Davenport, Iowa, check ledger, 1913-1922; 1st National Bank of Davenport, Iowa, account ledger, 1912-1915
Box 6FF 29Ordinance #5543, December 28, 1916

Series 2 ‒ Kansas House of Representative and Senate Papers

Box 6FF 30Correspondence of James R. Mead, 1869-1870. Item 1: Correspondence, mostly with W. D. Blackford, concerning Mead and Spencer's claim against the Kansas Indians (Jan. 1869-Jan. 1870). Item 2: Two letters from Senator Edmund S. Ross to James R. Mead concerning his and Spencer's claim against the Kansas Indians (Jan. 23, 1869 and Jan. 26, 1870). Item 3: Letter from Charley Belnall to James R. Mead regarding railroad construction (Jan. 25, 1869). Item 4: Letter from H. W. Farnsworth to James R. Mead regarding Col. Leavenworth and the ongoing claim against the Kansas Indians (Feb. 17, 1869). Item 5: Letter from J. W. McMillan informing James R. Mead that Judge Sears of Leavenworth will travel to Topeka to defend charges brought against him (Jan. 30, 1869). Item 6: Letter from James R. Mead to other Butler County Commissioners regarding improper payments to Alex Moorehead, who misrepresented his part in guarding, boarding and other expenses related to a prisoner held for a trial (Mar. 27, 1868). Item 7: Letter from Enoch Mead to James R. Mead regarding tax payments and orders for buffalo tongues (Feb. 26, 1869). Item 8: Letters from T. C. Peet to James R. Mead regarding management of the Towanda trading post (Jan. and Feb. 1870). Item 9: Letter from Emma Snow to James R. Mead regarding various matters (Feb. 20, 1870). Items 10-11: Letters to James R. Mead regarding legislative & other political matters during his term as a Kansas State Senator (Jan. 1869-Mar. 1870).
Box 6FF 31Records for the State Senate Committee of Ways and Means, 1869-1870. Documents from the Kansas Senate Committee of Ways and Means on which James R. Mead served.
Box 6FF 32Documents relating to James R. Mead's time as state legislator, 1869-1870. Documents and ephemera associated with James R. Mead's tenure as Kansas State Senator, including the oath of office, a request for a photograph sitting, and invitations.
Box 6FF 33Congressional Act making appropriations for Indian Department, June 30, 1870. Incomplete copy of Congressional Act making appropriations for the U.S. Indian Department.
Box 6FF 34Document titled "Memorial of Land and Emigration Company," c. 1869-1870. Petition requesting that the Kansas State Legislature cooperate in, and approve funds for, attracting settlement in the mid-western United States to increase entrepreneurship.
Box 6FF 35Kansas Senate Bills, c. 1869-1870. Kansas Senate Bills Nos. 1-7, 10-11, 15, 17, 19-23, 29, and 34-36.
Box 6FF 36Kansas House Bills, Nos. 4-93, c. 1869-1870. Kansas House of Representatives Bills Nos. 4-8, 46, 53, 55, 58, 61, 65, 68, 78-79, 87, and 91-93. Also present is the Report of Select Committee of House on Joint Rules.
Box 6FF 37Kansas House Bills, Nos. 98-275, c. 1869-1870. Kansas House of Representatives Bills Nos. 98, 107, 126, 155, 159, 162, 200, 204, 207, 211-213, 216, 218, 220-22, 225, 228, 231-232, 245-247, 249, 251-252, and 275.
Box 6FF 38U. S. Congress Bills, 1869-1874. Item 1: Kansas State Senate Calendar (Feb. 14, 1870). Item 2: U.S. House of Representatives Bills 1911 and 1738 and U.S. Senate Bills 369 and 699 (June 1869-Apr. 1874).
Box 6FF 39Certificate noting James R. Mead's election to Kansas Senate, November 2, 1868. Certificate stating that James R. Mead was duly elected to the office of Kansas State Senator.

Series 3 ‒ Personal Correspondence

Box 7FF 1Letter from James R. Mead to his sister Lizzie, December 1, 1848. Letter from James R. Mead to his sister Lizzie while she was away at school in Fort Plain, New York. Topics include an overnight hunting trip, their parents' health, Mead's experiences at school, and Lizzie's education.
Box 7FF 2Letters from James R. Mead to his sister Lizzie, March 1853-December 1854. Three letters from James R. Mead to his sister, Lizzie while she was away at school in Fort Plain, New York. Topics include Mead's time at school in Davenport, Iowa; the untimely death of a schoolmate; and social activities.
Box 7FF 3Letters from James R. Mead to his sister and his mother, January-August 1855. Items 1-6: Six letters from James R. Mead to his sister Lizzie while she was away at school in Fort Plain, New York. Topics include James's time at Iowa College, an overnight camping trip, social activities, James's working in a saw mill with a friend, and his and Lizzie's respective futures (January-May 1855). Items 7-8: Two letters from James R. Mead to his mother Mary E. Mead while she was traveling in Vermont; topics include social and family matters, as well as Mead's employment in a sawmill.
Box 7FF 4Letters from James R. Mead to his parents, October-November 1856. Four letters written by James R. Mead to his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, while he and his sister Lizzie were visiting relatives in New England. Topics include family and business matters, as well as sightseeing in New York City.
Box 7FF 5Correspondence of the Mead family, 1856-1857. Item 1: Letter to James R. Mead from his friend George Lucas concerning the latter's new marriage (Mar. 1857). Item 2: Incomplete letter from Lizzie Mead to her mother, Mary E. Mead, regarding school (Mar. 23, 1857). Item 3: Letter from James R. Mead to his sister, Lizzie, concerning his impending visit to her (Sept. 1856).
Box 7FF 6Letters from James R. Mead to his parents, February and October 1858. Two letters from James R. Mead to Enoch and Mary E. Mead about work and other daily activities.
Box 7FF 7Letters from James R. Mead to his family, May-November 1859. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, and his sister Lizzie. These letters contain descriptions of the country and difficulties Mead faced while traveling west to Kansas (May-July), concerns about land claims (July-August), remarks about the hunting in Kansas (Nov. 11, 1859), and a note (May 8, 1859) describing the territory and the company with which he is traveling.
Box 7FF 8Letters from James R. Mead to his family, March-December 1860. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, and his sister, Lizzie. Of note is a letter to his mother (Mar. 9, 1860) in which he informs her of his intention to settle in Kansas; a letter to his father Enoch (Apr. 17, 1860) regarding a plan to start a fur business; and a letter to his parents (Oct. 14, 1860) which contains a description of Kansas Territory.
Box 7FF 9Letters from James R. Mead to his family, January-December 1861. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents Enoch and Mary E. Mead and his sister Lizzie, including letters in which he describes Agnes Barcome and gives his father advice (Jan.-April 1861); a letter to his mother (May 1, 1861) in which he announces that he is getting married; a series of letters in which Mead describes the effect of the Civil War on his business and his religious views (Sept.-Dec. 1861); and a letter announcing his marriage to Agnes (Dec. 3, 1861).
Box 7FF 10Letters from James R. Mead to his family, February-October 1862. Letters written by James R. Mead to his wife Agnes, to his parents Enoch and Mary E. Mead, and his sister Lizzie. Topics include business and farming matters, and relations with Indians. Also present is a bill of sale between Mead and his sister pertaining to livestock and furniture (July 12, 1862).
Box 7FF 11Letters from James R. Mead to his family, January 1863-January 1864. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents Enoch and Mary E. Mead and his sister Lizzie. Of note is a letter to his parents (Mar. 1863) announcing the birth of a son, James L. "Bunnie" Mead, and a letter to his mother and sister (Sept. 7, 1863) in which he describes the burning of Lawrence on August 21. Also included is a hand-drawn map of Towanda, and Ignace Mead Jones's handwritten copy of Mead's March 1863 letter to his parents, which is difficult to read.
Box 7FF 12Letters of James R. Mead to his family, March-December 1864. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, his sister Lizzie, and his wife Agnes. Mead relates experiences in trading with Indians, mentions Bunnie and his progress, notes concern about Agnes, and the problems he is encountering finding good help. Notable items include a letter to his parents (Nov. 26, 1864) in which Mead discusses Kansas politics and the possibility of running for the state legislature; a letter to his sister (Aug. 10, 1864) describing the war's effect on business, Jefferson Davis's proposal to the Kansas Indians, and Mead's own religious views. There is also a letter from Agnes to her sister-in-law, Lizzie, concerning her infant daughter, Elizabeth Agnes Mead (Dec. 4, 1864).
Box 7FF 13Letters from James R. Mead to his family, January-December 1865. Letters from James R. Mead to his parents Enoch and Mary E. Mead and to his sister Lizzie. Of note are letters in which Mead announces his election to the Kansas Legislature (Jan. 8, 1865) and describes an Indian attack on a nearby settlement (Apr. 4, 1865).
Box 7FF 14Letters from James R. Mead to his family, February-November 1866. Letters from James R. Mead to his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, and his sister, Lizzie, on business and personal matters. Of note is the letter (Nov. 4, 1866) in which Mead announces that his wife Agnes has given birth to their second daughter, Mary Elenora Mead.
Box 7FF 15Letters from James R. Mead to his family, March-December 1867. Letters from James R. Mead to his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, his sister Lizzie, and his wife Agnes. Of note is a letter (Apr. 1, 1867) regarding Agnes's impending trip with the children to see the Mead family in Iowa and then her sisters in Wisconsin. Also of interest is Mead's application to Indian agent George Snow, which requests permission to trade with the Osage tribe (Nov. 1867).
Box 7FF 16Letters from James R. Mead to his family, February-November 1868. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, and his sister, Lizzie, in which he discusses the Indian Wars, Senate business, family life, and the possibility of quitting the Indian trade. Of note is a letter to his parents (Nov. 20, 1868) announcing his election to the Kansas legislature.
Box 7FF 17Letters from James R. Mead to his family, January-November 1869. Correspondence between James R. Mead and his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, his wife Agnes, and his sister Lizzie. Notable items include a letter to Agnes (Jan. 12, 1869) in which Mead mentions William and Elizabeth Mathewson; a letter from Mead's father (Jan. 14, 1869) regarding financial difficulties and his views about impeaching the President; a letter from Agnes regarding Mead's being away from the family (Feb. 1, 1869); a letter to his parents (Apr. 17, 1869) in which Mead tells them of Agnes's death; letters to his parents regarding business, the children, and a request that Lizzie help with the latter (Apr.-Sept. 1869); and a letter from Lizzie informing Mead of his infant son William's death (Aug. 12, 1869).
Box 7FF 18Letters from James R. Mead to his sister Lizzie, c. 1854-1855. Four letters from James R. Mead to his sister Lizzie, who was attending school in Fort Plain, New York, while he was living in Iowa and attending college.
Box 7FF 19Letters between James R. Mead and his family, c. 1860s-1873. Items 1-5: Letters from James R. Mead to his parents Enoch and Mary E. Mead, his wife Agnes, and his sister Lizzie, describing his life as a buffalo hunter and trader with the Indians during the 1860s. Item 6: A letter (July 1873) from cousin Ed James asking for Mead's help in finding a job in Kansas. Item 7: Incomplete letter (approx. 1873) from Mead to unidentified person (possibly his mother Mary E. Mead) about his financial problems after the near-failure of the First National Bank of Wichita.
Box 7FF 20Letters from James R. Mead to his family, January-December 1870. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, and his sister Lizzie. Notable items include a letter to his parents (Jan. 6, 1870) regarding his claim in Wichita and his business arrangement with Mathewson at Fort Sill; a letter (Mar. 29, 1870) informing his parents that he has sold his post at White Water and that his main interests now are in Wichita; and a letter to his parents (Oct. 2, 1870) describing his business with Mr. Mathewson, and Mrs. Mathewson's care of the Mead children after the death of their mother Agnes.
Box 7FF 21Letters from James R. Mead to parents and to an associate, January-December 1871 and May 7, 1907. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, and to L. B. Murdock. Of interest are Mead's letters concerning his dealings in Wichita property and the effort to bring the railroad to the town. Note: the Murdock letter is dated 1907, but does refer to Mead's association with Jesse Chisholm, William Greiffenstein, and others during the 1860s.
Box 7FF 22Letters from James R. Mead to his family, January-December 1872. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, and his sister, Lizzie. A notable topic is the family's investment in the new Bank of Wichita (later known as the First National Bank of Wichita), in which Mead served as Vice-President. Note for item 21: Letter to parents from Mead (approx. 1872) is incomplete.
Box 7FF 23Letters from James R. Mead to his family, January-December 1873. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, and his sister, Lizzie. Notable items include a letter to his parents announcing that he will marry Lucy Inman (Jan. 13, 1873); a letter to his parents describing his house and the real estate business in Kansas (March 23, 1873); a letter to his parents (Oct. 24, 1873) regarding the recent financial panic and the condition of the First National Bank of Wichita; a letter to his parents (Dec. 19, 1873) regarding his plans to build a toll bridge across the Arkansas River to make money; several letters explaining the bank situation to his parents and President J. C. Fraker's role in it (Sept.-Dec. 1873); and a letter to Lizzie written on back of a broadside (Apr. 10, 1873). This last item and a letter to Mead parents (July 23, 1873) are incomplete.
Box 7FF 24Letters from James R. Mead to his family, January-December 1874. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, and his sister, Lizzie, in which Mead discusses the election of the First National Bank of Wichita's board of directors, his business with William Mathewson, and his success in the cattle business and fur trade.
Box 7FF 25Letters from James R. Mead to his family, January-December 1875. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, and his sister, Lizzie. Topics include his activity in the cattle business, the family's stock in the First National Bank of Wichita, and the economic depression in Kansas.
Box 7FF 26Letters from James R. Mead to his family, January-December 1876. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, and his sister, Lizzie. Notable items include a letter to his father regarding the dubious condition of the First National Bank of Wichita (Jan. 7, 1876); a letter to Lizzie on the death of their father's brother, Theodore, and the settlement of his estate (Jan. 24, 1876); a letter to his parents (June 22, 1876) describing the various enterprises he is involved in; a letter to Lizzie (Aug. 28, 1876) instructing her what to do with their mother's bank stock; a letter to his parents (Oct. 2, 1876) telling them of the difficulties the bank is experiencing due to the actions of its president, J. C. Fraker; and a letter to his parents (Oct. 8, 1876) advising them how to handle the crisis to avoid losing money while describing his own financial situation. Items 22 and 23 are incomplete; the latter document deals with farming in Wichita during the 1870s.
Box 7FF 27Letters from James R. Mead to his family, January-December 1877. Correspondence between James R. Mead, his father Enoch, and his sister Lizzie. Topics include their respective financial situations after the failure of the First National Bank of Wichita, and Mead's business dealings in agriculture and property following his financial losses.
Box 7FF 28Correspondence between James R. Mead and his family, January-July 1878. Correspondence between James R. Mead, his parents Enoch and Mary E. Mead, and his sister Lizzie. Topics include the resolution of his financial problems and his July trip to the mountains in Colorado, where he visited mining districts.
Box 7FF 29Letters from James R. Mead to his family, March-November 1879. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents, Enoch and Mary E. Mead, and his wife Lucy. The primary subject is Mead's months-long mining efforts in Colorado, along with news of financial and family matters.
Box 7FF 30Letters from James R. Mead to his family, 1880-1881. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his son James L. Mead and his wife Lucy about a trip to Davenport, Iowa, and various family matters.
Box 7FF 31Correspondence between James R. Mead and his family, 1880-1885. Correspondence between James R. Mead and his parents (Enoch and Mary E. Mead), his children (James Lucas, Lizzie, and Mary "Mamie" Mead), and his second wife Lucy. Subjects include mining in Colorado, family matters, and business interests.
Box 7FF 32Letters from James R. Mead to his family, 1885-1889. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents Enoch and Mary E. Mead, his sister Lizzie, and his son James L. Mead. Topics include the challenges of running a farm; an outbreak of cholera in 1885 which killed many of Mead's hogs; the harsh winter of 1885-86; the engagement of Mead's oldest daughter Lizzie to George "G. W." Bartholomew in January 1886; Mead's mining partnership in Rimini, Montana, in 1888; the death of Mary "Mamie" Mead's fiance in the fall of the same year; and the birth of Lizzie and George Bartholomew's daughter in 1889.
Box 7FF 33Letters from James R. Mead to his family, January 1888. Letters from James R. Mead to his wife Lucy, his son James L. Mead, and other family members. The subject matter centers on Mead's impressions of Minneapolis and the terrain of Montana during his railroad trip west for the purpose of establishing a mine in Rimini.
Box 7FF 34Letters from James R. Mead to his family, 1890-1899. Correspondence from James R. Mead to his parents Enoch and Mary E. Mead, his sister Lizzie, his son James L. Mead, his daughter Mamie (Mary), his third wife Fern Mead, and a family friend with the surname Potter. Topics include difficult economic times in Wichita during the early 1890s, mining in Montana, the welfare of the Mathewson children in the Mead household, the fatal illness of Mead's second wife Lucy Mead in early 1894, and family matters. Specific letters of note include one to Mead's parents regarding a tornado which destroyed much of Towanda (Apr. 4, 1892), and another from Mead to his son concerning relatives of his mother, Agnes (March 27, 1895).
Box 7FF 35Letters from James R. Mead to his family, 1903-1907 and 1910. Letters from James R. Mead to his sister Lizzie, his daughter Mary "Mamie" Lee, and his son James L. "Bunnie" Mead. Item 5, a letter to Bunnie, is incomplete.
Box 7FF 36Correspondence between James R. Mead and L. L. Dyche, 1892, 1905, and 1909. Correspondence between James R. Mead and L. L. Dyche, professor at the University of Kansas, regarding Kansas history, bison and other animals, and Dyche's travel plans.
Box 7FF 37Letter from James R. Mead to T. B. Murdock, and a clipping on flooding, 1908-1909. A letter from James R. Mead to Thomas Benton "Bent" Murdock, editor of the El Dorado Republican, and a clipping from the same paper regarding Mead's remembrances of flooding in Kansas in the 1860s.
Box 7FF 38Letters to James R. Mead from his wife Agnes and a trading post employee, February 1869. Letters to James R. Mead from his wife Agnes and an unidentified employee at the Towanda trading post. These items deal with the bad weather and isolation at Towanda during the winter.
Box 7FF 39Letter to James R. Mead from his wife Lucy, September 19, 1880. Letter to James R. Mead from his second wife Lucy regarding family matters.
Box 7FF 40Letter to James R. Mead from his wife Fern, May 13, 1906. Letter to James R. Mead from Fern regarding her imminent return to Wichita with their children following a trip to Oklahoma.
Box 7FF 41Letters to James R. Mead from his family, June-September 1880. Correspondence to James R. Mead from his father Enoch, his wife Lucy, and his daughters Lizzie and Mamie (Mary), while Mead was mining at Tin Cup, Colorado. The letters deal with family matters and a visit by Lucy, Mamie, and Lizzie to their relatives in Iowa. Item 1 is an incomplete letter (approx. 1880) from Mead's father; the first two pages are missing.
Box 7FF 42Letters to James R. Mead from family and friends, 1898-1907. Letters to James R. Mead from his son-in-law J. A. Caldwell (Lizzie's husband), his daughters Lizzie and Mary (or "Mamie"), his son James L. "Bunnie" Mead, his granddaughter Elizabeth "Bessie" Caldwell, other family members, and his friend Dr. Jacob S. Hackney. Topics include the birth of Loreta Mead in 1904, business affairs, family matters, Mead's trip to see relatives in Vermont, and life in California after the earthquake of 1906.
Box 7FF 43Letters to James R. Mead from G. W. Bartholomew, May-June 1896. Letters to James R. Mead from former son-in-law George W. Bartholomew concerning the problems leading up to the dissolution of his marriage to Mead's daughter Lizzie.
Box 7FF 44Letters to James R. Mead from his father Enoch, 1866-1891. Correspondence and postcards sent to James R. Mead from his father Enoch Mead, including a letter (Feb. 5, 1866) concerning the proposed purchase of the Weston farm, a letter (Feb. 25, 1869) about politics and taxes, a letter (April 7, 1884) relating Mead family history, and a letter (Sept. 23, 1885) on James's business losses and Enoch's words of encouragement.
Box 7FF 45Letters to James R. Mead from his sister Lizzie, 1855-1896. Correspondence to James R. Mead from his sister Lizzie, including a letter (Dec 18, [1861]) congratulating Mead on his marriage, and a letter (Aug. 12, 1869) concerning his infant son William's illness and death.
Box 7FF 46Letters to James R. Mead from Elizabeth Mathewson, 1870-1871. Four letters to James R. Mead from Elizabeth Mathewson about business and social matters.
Box 7FF 47Letters to James R. Mead from his cousins, 1857-1858. Letters to James R. Mead from his cousins G.O. James and Melancthon Mead.
Box 7FF 48Correspondence to James R. Mead from associates and friends, 1867-1906. Letters, postcards, and a telegram to James R. Mead from friends. Notable items include a letter from F. A. McCarty asking for ponies to be furnished by Mead (Feb. 8, 1868); a telegram informing Mead that his daughter Mary's fiance George Clement has died (Aug. 13, 1888); and a letter (May 28, 1896) from J. Q. Potter informing Mead about his mother and sister's difficult living situation.
Box 7FF 49Letter (partial) to James R. Mead, February 8, 1869. Unsigned letter to Mead concerning hired help. Empty envelopes addressed to Mead.
Box 7FF 50Correspondence to James R. Mead from family and friends, 1901-1907. Correspondence to James R. Mead from Margaret Riker, sister of Mead's first wife Agnes (Jan. 1901, Nov.-Dec. 1905, and Dec. 1907); from his son James L. Mead regarding the cost of building a skyscraper in Wichita (Nov. 1904); and from H. B. Alley (Feb. 1907) regarding a monument for Mead's great-grandfather.
Box 7FF 51Correspondence to James R. Mead from family and friends, 1906, 1908. Correspondence to James R. Mead from A. R. Museller about Mead's article on "The Saline River Country in 1859" (Mar. 21, 1906), and letters from extended family members regarding social matters and genealogical information on the Mead family.
Box 7FF 52Correspondence to James R. Mead from family, 1909. Letters mostly offer condolences at death of James R. Mead's sister Lizzie.
Box 7FF 53Letter regarding historical documents in James R. Mead's possession, February 18, 1907. Letter to James R. Mead from the Journal of American History regarding historical documents in Mead's possession.
Box 7FF 54Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1859
Box 7FF 55Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1860
Box 7FF 56Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1861
Box 7FF 57Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1862
Box 7FF 58Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1863
Box 7FF 59Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1864 and 1865
Box 7FF 60Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1866
Box 7FF 61Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1867
Box 7FF 62Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1868
Box 7FF 63Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1869
Box 7FF 64Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1870
Box 7FF 65Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1871
Box 7FF 66Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1872
Box 7FF 67Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1873
Box 7FF 68Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1874
Box 7FF 69Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1875
Box 7FF 70Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1876
Box 7FF 71Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1877
Box 7AFF 1Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1877
Box 7AFF 2Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1877
Box 7AFF 3Excerpts from a diary of James R. Mead concerning his mining activities in Colorado, 1879
Box 7AFF 4Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1880-1889
Box 7AFF 5Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1890-1899
Box 7AFF 6Personal correspondence of James R. Mead, 1900-1910
Box 7AFF 7Photocopies of James R. Mead's letters given to Ignace and Sky from Robert Mead; contains copies of 2 deeds concerning James L. "Bunnie" Mead's property in Wichita; contains a revised table of insurance policies on Bunnie's properties in Wichita.
Box 7AFF 8Contents from a notebook that contains excerpts from letters of James R. Mead (1859-1910), compiled by Bunnnie Mead, copied by Loreta Mead Almond and given to Ignace Mead Jones as a Christmas present in 1940.
Box 7AFF 9Notebook given to Ignace Mead Jones from Loreta Mead Almond.

Series 4 ‒ Manuscripts, Articles, Biography and Memorabilia

Box 8FF 1Mead's letters to the Wichita Eagle, the Wichita Beacon, and the El Dorado Times, as well as an essay for the Kansas Day Club. Subjects include early Kansas history, the naming of Wichita, hunting, Jesse Chisholm, William Ross, Ewing Moxely, Ed S. Mosely, William Mathewson, Rain Makers, and Pawnee Rock.
Box 8FF 2Letters from James R. Mead concerning early Kansas history, c. 1890s-1908. Mead on subjects of early Kansas history, including descriptions of what attracted him to Kansas, the 1860 drought, cholera, battles among the Plains Indians, and the Treaty of the Little Arkansas.
Box 8FF 3Writings of James R. Mead on various topics, c. 1890s-1900s. Mead on various subjects, including Indian burial mounds, the mountain lion, and a visit to Arkansas.
Box 8FF 4Historical writings of James R. Mead on various topics, c. 1890s-1900s. Manuscripts by James R. Mead on early Kansas history, including his opinion of Indians, Saline River days, and observations and recollections from 1859.
Box 8FF 5Writings of James R. Mead on Kansas fruit produce, c. 1890s-1900s. Mead's writings on orchards in the Arkansas Valley, and edible and native wild fruits of Kansas.
Box 8FF 6Writings of James R. Mead on animals and the Leonid meteor shower, c. 1890s-1900s. Mead's writings on animals and astral events, including "Some Notes on Birds of Southern Kansas," "The Leonid Meteors of 1833 as Observed by a Native Kansan," "Wild Animals I Have Known in Sedgwick County, Kansas," and an untitled essay on wolves.
Box 8FF 7Writings of James R. Mead on the naming of Kansas waterways and the city of Wichita, c. 1890s-1900s. Mead's writings on the origin of the names of various streams and rivers in Kansas, as well as the naming of Wichita.
Box 8FF 8Writings of James R. Mead on trails in Kansas and the Great Plains, c. 1890s-1900s. Mead's writings on trails in Kansas and the Great Plains used by settlers, Indians, and commercial traders. Noted instances include the Chisholm, California, and Osage Trails.
Box 8FF 9Manuscript by James R. Mead on New Mexico Indians, c. 1890s-1900s. Manuscript by James R. Mead, possibly written after a trip to the Southwest, which describes Pueblo ruins and burial sites in New Mexico.
Box 8FF 10Manuscript by James R. Mead on the Salina Raid, c. 1890s-1900s. Description of the Salina Raid by Confederate sympathizers in August 1862; the original manuscript and a photocopy are present.
Box 8FF 11Writings of James R. Mead on bison in Kansas and early trading days, c. 1890s-1900s. Essays describing the buffalo in Kansas during the 1850s and 1860s, and Mead's entry into trading with Plains Indians.
Box 8FF 12Saline River diary, October 1860. Copy of James R. Mead's Saline River diary, which recounts hunting for buffalo and wolves.
Box 8FF 13Journal of James R. Mead, April-June 1889. Journal recording Mead's daily life while mining in Rimini, Montana.
Box 8FF 14 Sketchbook of James R. Mead. Sketch tablet of drawings made by James R. Mead of the inscriptions or petroglyphs he found in the Smoky Hill (Saline River) region of Kansas. Some drawings are labeled with a location and what he believed them to represent. Mead came across the inscriptions in July 1861 and made most of the drawings on May 26, 1887. He revisited the area and made additional drawings on July 24, 1892.
Box 8FF 15Typescript of James R. Mead's dictated memoirs, 1890. Typescript of Mead's life and family history as told to a stenographer.
Box 8FF 16"Who Was the First Child Born in Wichita?," c. 1900s. Handwritten and typed copies of Mead's manuscript, "Who Was the First Child Born in Wichita?"
Box 8FF 17The Little Arkansas, c. 1897. Typescript of paper on the Little Arkansas River concerning its landscape and use by buffalo, Indian tribes, and settlers. Mead also writes of the Treaty of the Little Arkansas and the notable persons involved in the agreement.
Box 8FF 18What's the Matter with Kansas?, c. 1900-1905. Essay by Mead on the land and variable weather in Kansas, which nonetheless has resulted in considerable agricultural progress.
Box 8FF 19Writings by James R. Mead on the Arkansas River Valley, c. 1900s. Typescript on the Arkansas River valley and the Treaty of the Little Arkansas River.
Box 8FF 20"The Pawnee As I Knew Them," October 7, 1906. Typescript of article Mead published in the Topeka Daily; the text contains a description of Mead's observations of the Pawnee as warriors and horsemen, as well as their interactions and occasional conflicts with other tribes and settlers.
Box 8FF 21Drafts of "The Saline River Country in 1859," c. 1905. Rough drafts and typescript of Mead's essay which tells of his settling in Kansas along the Saline River and of the pioneers and Indians he encountered. This article was eventually published in the Kansas State Historical Society Collections, Vol. IX, 1905-1906.
Box 8FF 22Draft of "The Wichita and Other Indians in Kansas," c. 1903. Manuscript of Mead's article which tells of the Indians that lived in Kansas before and during the early days of statehood. This essay was eventually printed in the Kansas State Historical Society Collections, Vol. VIII, 1903-1904.
Box 8FF 23Copies of James R. Mead's articles on Indians and early Kansas history, n.d. Copies of articles by James R. Mead that were printed in the Kansas State Historical Society Journal: "Trails in Southern Kansas" (1893), "The Wichita Indians in Kansas" (1903), "The Saline River Country in 1859" (1904), and "Explanation of Maps" (1906). Also present is an excerpt from "The Little Arkansas" (1910), reprinted from O. H. Bentley, History of Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas (Chicago: C. F. Cooper, 1910).
Box 8FF 24Copies of James R. Mead's articles on Kansas natural history and wildlife, n.d. Copies of articles by James R. Mead printed in the journal Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science: "Camps of Prehistoric People in Sedgwick County" (1890), "A Dying River" (1894), "Were Quails Native to Kansas?" (1898), "Felis Concolor" (1898), "Some Natural History Notes of 1859" (1898), "Flint Hills of Kansas" (1900), "Archeology of Catalina Island" (1900), and "Notes on the Archeology of Butler County" (1903).
Box 8FF 25Compilation of James R. Mead's published writings, 1938. Compilation of items with the label "Articles Written by James R. Mead, Clippings Saved by James R. Mead," which was assembled by his daughter Loreta M. Almond in 1938. Included are typescripts of Mead's articles on early Kansas history, archaeology and topography, as well as information on Mead family genealogy, obituaries, and speeches.
Box 8FF 26Typed draft of Mead's memoir, c. 1898. Incomplete typescript of James R. Mead's "Reminiscences of Frontier Life."
Box 8FF 27Bound volume of James R. Mead's correspondence and memoir, n.d. Typed transcripts of Mead's last will and testament, his correspondence, and an expanded typescript of his memoir, "Reminiscences of Frontier Life." Also present is part of a letter from 1913 in which his friend L. L. Dyche recalls his friendship with Mead.
Box 8FF 28Programs for the Kansas Academy of Science and other organizations, 1883-1906, n.d. Programs for the annual meetings of the Kansas Academy of Science and other organizations. Mead was a member of the Academy from the early 1880s until his death.
Box 8FF 29Programs for the Kansas State Historical Society, 1900-1908. Programs for the annual meetings of the Kansas State Historical Society. Mead was a member of this organization from 1894 until his death.
Box 8FF 30Papers written by others, 1835-1907. Contains papers written by others: "Notes on the evidence of Human Remains from Jacob's Cavern" by Charles N. Gould (1903), "Changes in the climate of Kansas" by F.H. Snow (1907), "American Fur Trade of the Far West" by Chittenden (1902), "Indian Sketches" by John J. Irving (1835).
Box 8FF 31Manuscripts of unknown authors' works on Satanta or White Bear, n.d. Two handwritten manuscripts of unknown author, but seem to be written by two different people. The subject is Satanta or White Bear.
Box 8FF 32William Mathewson's recollections on conflict between Indians and white settlers, c. 1890s-1910s. Anonymously written manuscript of Mathewson's recollections of conflict between Indians and white settlers in Kansas and Colorado during the 1860s.
Box 8FF 33Notes by Ignace Mead Jones on and original folder containing William Mathewson's recollections on conflict between Indians and white settlers, c. 1890s-1910s., n.d.
Box 8FF 34Poems by James R. Mead, 1855, 1869. Three untitled poems by Mead. Two were written in 1855 while he was attending Iowa College; the last was written in 1869 after the death of his first wife Agnes.
Box 8FF 35Notes on early Kansas and Wichita history, c. 1900s. Notes by James R. Mead on early Kansas and Wichita history.
Box 8FF 36Letter from James R. Mead to unknown addressee, c. 1880s-early 1890s. Partial letter from Mead to unknown addressee (possibly to his sister Lizzie) concerning cattle sales, mining efforts in Colorado, and possible land purchases in Iowa.
Box 8FF 37Clippings concerning early Kansas history and Mead's travels in the western United States, 1890-1907. Newspaper articles by James R. Mead on early Kansas history and his travels to Colorado and Montana.
Box 8FF 38Material concerning the life and death of James R. Mead, 1879, 1910. Program and eulogy for Mead's funeral service; copies of a biographical sketch on Mead; photocopied entry on Mead in the United States Biographical Dictionary (Chicago: S. Lewis & Co., 1879: 364-65); and articles from the Wichita Eagle and the Salina Daily Union regarding Mead's death (1910).
Box 8FF 39Biographical sketch of James R. Mead, 1888. Biographical article on James R. Mead, taken from an unidentified book on Sedgwick County, Kansas.
Box 8FF 40Memorabilia of James R. Mead, 1849-c. 1910. Item 1: Mead's college memorabilia, including a catalogue of officers and students of Iowa College, Davenport, Iowa (1849-1850). Item 2: Iowa College Newsletter (October 1877). Item 3: Pamphlet describing the prospective publication of a history of Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas, with Mead as a contributing author (approx. 1909-1910). Item 4: Mead's notebook on real estate and other details. Item 5: Scottish Rite directory (1901).
Box 8FF 41Manuscripts of unknown authors' works, 1850-c. 1870s. Poems by unknown authors, passages from Longfellow's Hyperion (possibly in the hand of James R. Mead's sister Lizzie), and an anonymous essay on women in history.
Box 8FF 42Recipes and knitting instructions, n.d. Recipes for pickled apples, hard soap, and other items; and knitting instructions by an unknown writer.
Box 8FF 43Certificates and credentials for James R. Mead, 1866-1907. Certificates regarding Mead's respective memberships in the Kansas Academy of Science (1895 and 1898), the Kansas State Historical Society (1894, 1905, and 1906), and the National Geographic Society (1907). Certificates acknowledging Mead's status as Notary Public (May 1866) and a U.S. Marshal's Deputy (May 1870); also included are ephemera.
Box 8FF 44Clippings on the Kansas Academy of Science, 1880s. Newspaper clippings on the Kansas Academy of Science, including the contributions of James R. Mead.
Box 8FF 45Clippings on James R. Mead, and report card for James L. Mead, 1871-1909. Item 1: James L. Mead's report card (June 1874). Items 2-10: Newspaper clippings on the Mead family home and heirlooms in Davenport, Iowa (Sept. 1909); Mead's railroad and mining ventures (1871 and 1889-1890); his visit to New England to explore family history (1907); his marriage to Lucy Inman (Feb. 5, 1873); and his discovery of a mammoth's remains (1908).
Box 8FF 46Wichita Beacon, September 21, 1887.
Box 8FF 47Wichita Beacon, February 5, 1873; Wichita Eagle, April 20, 1876.
Box 8FF 48Copied material on Mead family history, 1980. Photocopied documents regarding Mead family history, including copies of notes taken by James L. Mead on his father's diaries and genealogy.
Box 8FF 49Clippings on Mary "Mamie" Mead, 1892, 1952. News clippings on Mary "Mamie" Mead's marriage to Isaac B. Lee (June 3, 1892) and her obituary (March 30, 1952).
Box 8FF 50Clipping containing letters from James R. Mead, February 23, 1907. Clipping from the Greenwich Graphic (Connecticut, Feb. 23, 1907), which contains two letters from Mead urging the erection of a monument to pay tribute to his great-grandfather, Gen. Ebenezer Mead.
Box 8FF 51The Tin Cup (newspaper), n.d.
Box 8FF 52Clippings on James R. Mead's various endeavors, 1885-1910. Newspaper clippings about James R. Mead's business activities and early history in Kansas, and an article about James L. Mead's long career in the bicycle business.
Box 8FF 53"Insect Eating Birds" by Frank Palmer, 1873.
Box 8FF 54Annals of Iowa, edited by Samuel Storrs Howe, January 1882.
Box 8FF 55"The Barbarism of Slavery" by Sen. Charles Sumner, June 4, 1860. Charles Sumner's speech, "The Barbarism of Slavery," concerning the Senate bill to admit Kansas as a free state.
Box 8FF 56"50 Years in Kansas; A Sketch of the Life of George W. Martin" by William E. Connelley, 1907.
Box 8FF 57 "Early History of the Seventh Kansas Cavalry" by S. M. Fox.
Box 8FF 58"Field Notes" by H. A. Rowland with article by A. C. Spilman.
Box 8FF 58A"Peary's Discovery of the North Pole," by J. Hampton Moore of Pennsylvania, March 22, 1910. Speech delivered in House of Representatives.
Box 8FF 59Clippings on various topics, 1876-1906. Clippings on current events, business developments, and the early history of Kansas.
Box 8FF 60Clippings of published poems, c. 1847-1906. Poems about the surrender of the city of Veracruz, Mexico, during the Mexican War; the death of Abraham Lincoln; and the San Francisco earthquake.
Box 8FF 61Information on monuments.
Box 8FF 62Journal by unknown author who traveled with James R. and Fern Mead in Yellowstone, n.d.
Box 8FF 63Memorabilia of James R. Mead, c. 1880s-1900s. Item 1: Business card of the First National Bank (Wichita, Kansas), other financial information, and a list of leading citizens of Wichita. Item 2: Contents found in James R. Mead's billfold, including a visitor's ticket to the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce (1888) and an incomplete copy of Botts' Rapid Calculation. Item 3: Pass to the "Pioneer's Ball" in Wichita (1884).
Box 8FF 64Letter from from D. L. Thomas to James R. Mead concerning Mead's article "Rasping the Reds," May 13.

Series 5 ‒ Photographs

Box 9FF 1Photographs removed from Album 1 (album in Box 21) of various relatives of James R. Mead from both sides of his family. Among the images are Item 3: Jabez Mead (possibly an uncle) and his wife Mary, Greenwich, Connecticut, n.d.; Item 9: Josephine Hill, cousin of James R. Mead, 1880; Item 14: Lizzie J. Ball (granddaughter of Rev. Eleazer Kellogg, uncle of James R. Mead's mother Mary Emmes James Mead, hence a cousin of the Meads).
Box 9FF 2Photographs removed from Album 1 (album in Box 21) of various relatives including immediate family of James R. Mead. Among the images are Item 3: Theodore H. Mead; Item 7: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Mead, sister of James R. Mead, as a child and an adult, n.d.; Item 8, 29: James L. "Bunnie" Mead, only surviving son of James R. Mead, as an infant and child; Item 13, 17: Jabez Mead, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1868, Item 15: Mrs. Edward Mead, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1868; Item 18: Mrs. Jabez (Mary) Mead; Item 21: Josephine Hill, cousin to James R. Mead, c. 1870s; Item 31: Mary "Mamie" Mead, second daughter of James R. Mead, and Martha "Mattie" Fabrique, n.d.
Box 9FF 3Photographs removed from Album 1 (album in Box 21) of various relatives of James R. Mead including the James family. Among the images are Item 1: John K. James, brother of Mary Emmes James Mead and uncle of James R. Mead; Item 2: "Uncle Eleazer Kellogg"; Item 5: Harriet James, daughter of John K. James and cousin of James R. Mead; Item 6: Mary Emmes (James) Mead, mother of James R. Mead.
Box 9FF 4Photographs removed from Album 2 (album in Box 22) of various relatives and associates of James R. Mead. Among the images are Item 1: Elizabeth Mathewson, n.d.; Item 2-5, 7: Lucy Inman Mead, second wife of James R. Mead, as a child and as an adult, n.d.
Box 9FF 5Photographs removed from Album 3 (album in Box 23) of various relatives and associates of James R. Mead, 1880s-1890s, n.d. Among the images are those of William Mathewson and Lucy Inman Mead; and Item 4: C. G. Jones; Item 5: Mrs. J. A. Miller; Item 6: Caroline Tarleton Mathewson, second wife of William Mathewson; Item 8: William H. Hackney; Item 9: Mrs. H. H Hackney; Item 10: Mary Emmes (James) Mead, mother of James R. Mead; Item 11: Lucy Mathewson, daughter of William and Elizabeth Mathewson; Item 12: William Alford Mathewson, son of William and Elizabeth Mathewson.
Box 9FF 6Photographs removed from Album 3 (album in Box 23) of various relatives and associates of James R. Mead, n.d. Among the images are those of Lucy Inman Mead, second wife of James R. Mead; John James; James L. "Bunnie" Mead, son of James R. Mead, and his wife Cora Mead; and Item 2: Allie Mead, cousin of James R. Mead, and his wife; Item 3, 9, 17, 18, 23, 25: Lucy and William Alford Mathewson, children of William and Elizabeth Mathewson; Item 4: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Mead Caldwell, eldest daughter of James R. Mead; Item 7: Mary "Mamie" Mead, second daughter of James R. Mead, and Martha "Mattie" Fabrique; Item 8, 18: Elizabeth Mathewson, wife of William Mathewson.
Box 9FF 7Photographs removed from Album 3 (album in Box 23) of various relatives and associates of James R. Mead, various dates. Among the images are those of Lucy Inman Mead, second wife of James R. Mead; and Item 6: Lucy and William Alford Mathewson, children of William and Elizabeth Mathewson.
Box 9FF 8Photographs and copy prints of James R. Mead and his family. Among the images are Item 1: Reproduction depicting James R. Mead, his sister Lizzie and their mother Mary created from daguerreotype images, n.d.; Item 3: Mead homestead in Greenwich, Connecticut, n.d.; Item 5-7, 14: Mary Emmes (James) Mead, mother of James R. Mead, n.d.; Item 8-10: Enoch Mead, father of James R. Mead, n.d.; Item 12: Agnes Barcome Mead, first wife of James R. Mead, c. 1860s; Item 15: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Mead, sister of James R. Mead.
Box 9FF 9Photographs (originals and copy prints) of James R. Mead at various times in his adult life
Box 9FF 10Printed drawing and signature of James R. Mead, n.d.
Box 9FF 11Photographs of James R. Mead and his family. Among the images are Item 1: Ignace Mead, third daughter of James R. Mead, with Indian artifacts, c. 1908; Item 2, 20-23: James L. "Bunnie" Mead, son of James R. Mead, various dates; Item 3: The Mead family in Colorado Springs, 1902; Item 4: The Meads at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado, August 1896; Item 5: The Mead family in front of their home, May 15, 1907; Item 17, 18: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Mead Caldwell, eldest daughter of James R. Mead, n.d.; Item 19: Mary "Mamie" Elenora Mead, second daugther of James R. Mead, n.d.; Item 24-25: James Enoch Mead, grandson of James R. Mead, 1898; Item 26-27: Loreta Mead, youngest daughter of James R. Mead, as a baby, c. 1905; Item 28: Loreta and Ignace Mead, youngest daughters of James R. Mead, c. 1906.
Box 9FF 12Photographs of relatives of James R. Mead. Among the images is Item 2: From l-r, Ignace Mead Jones, Carol Lynn Jones, and Sharon Jones at the dedication of James R. Mead Intermediate School in Wichita, Kansas, 1853. Ignace is the elder of Mead's two daughters from James R. Mead's marriage to Fern Hoover Mead, Carol is the great-granddaughter of Mead, and Sharon is Ignace's daughter.
Box 9FF 13Photographs of associates of James R. Mead, unidentified people and famous figures. Among the images are those of Phil Block, A. F. Roat, N. F. Niederlander; James Kelly; folk figures M. V. Bates and wife Anna.
Box 9FF 14Images of Towanda and Wichita, 1860s-1870s, n.d. Among the images are sketch by J. E. Taylor of James R. Mead's ranch and trading post at Towanda, Kansas; photographs and copy prints of home of James R. Mead on East Central, Wichita; and Item 1: Main St. Wichita, 1870, looking north from Douglas Ave.; Item 3: First home in Wichita, built by Darius S. Munger; Item 4: Wichita 1871.
Box 9FF 15Photograph of people in front of log cabin labeled Prewett & Perry, Rimini, Montana; photo postcard captioned "Cabins at Tincup, Colorado."
Box 9FF 16Photographs of the flood in Elwood, Kansas, April 1881; copy prints of Kansas places and towns; copy prints of panoramic views of Lawrence (1858) and Topeka (1880).
Box 9FF 17Images showing Wichita's Great Flood of 1904 which struck in early July. Item 1-3: Photo postcards; Item 4: Flood souvenir booklet.
Box 9FF 18Photograph (original and copy prints) of Jesse Chisholm; includes articles about and obituaries of Chisholm.
Box 9FF 19Photographs (originals and copy prints) of early Kansas associates of James R. Mead, n.d., including Indian trader Mosely, James Marion Steele, Nathaniel Anderson English, Mike Meagher, Alexander Spilman, John Sarcoxie, Samuel Crawford, General Leavenworth.
Box 9FF 20Photographs (original and copy prints) of Lewis Lindsay Dyche, well-known naturalist and acquaintance of James R. Mead. File includes biographical information.
Box 9FF 21Photographs (originals and copy prints) of William Mathewson, n.d. File includes biographical information.
Box 9FF 22Copy print of Elizabeth Mathewson, n.d. File includes biographical information.
Box 9FF 23Copy print of drawing of William Greiffenstein, n.d.
Box 9FF 24Copy prints and photocopied images of Indians of various tribes; many are labeled.
Box 9FF 25Photographs (originals and copy prints) of Indians from various tribes, 1898, n.d.; many are labeled. File includes further identification of several images.
Box 9FF 26Vacation photographs of James R. Mead in Alaska and Yellowstone.
Box 9FF 27Vacation photographs of James R. Mead in Alaska.
Box 9FF 28Photographs, pictures and stereo postcards of various places such as Lincoln's grave and resort in Long Island. Copy print of James R. Mead, Fern Mead and others with Santa Fe Trail marker at Lost Springs, Kansas, 1908.
Box 9AFF 1Daguerreotype of Enoch Mead, father of James R. Mead.
Box 9AFF 2Tintype of Enoch Mead, father of James R. Mead.
Box 9AFF 3Tintype of James R. Mead.
Box 9AFF 4Tintype of James R. Mead.
Box 9AFF 5Ambrotype of Enoch Mead, Mary James Emmes Mead, James R, Mead and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Mead and other unidentified people.
Box 9AFF 6Daguerreotype of James R. Mead.
Box 9AFF 7Daguerreotype of James R. Mead.
Box 9AFF 8Ferrotype of James R. Mead mounted on wood.
Box 9AFF 9Daguerreotype of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Mead, sister of James R. Mead.
Box 9AFF 10Tintype of two unidentified males.
Box 9AFF 11Tintype of an unidentified male.
Box 9AFF 12Daguerreotype of an unidentified male.
Box 9AFF 13Daguerreotype of an unidentified woman.
Box 9AFF 14Daguerreotype of an unidentified male.
Box 9AFF 15Tintype of an unidentified male.
Box 9AFF 16Ambrotype of an unidentified male.
Box 9AFF 17Daguerreotype of an unidentified woman.
Box 9AFF 18Daguerreotype of an unidentified male.
Box 9AFF 19Tintype of an unidentified male.
Box 10FF 1Photographs of Indians from various tribes; many identified.
Box 10FF 2Photographs of Indians from various tribes; many are identified.
Box 10FF 3Photograph of Texas cattle fording Arkansas River in Wichita, July 1869.
Box 10FF 4Osage Trust Lands Certificate No. 382 granting James R. Mead title to land in Sedgwick County, 1873.
Box 10FF 5Photograph labeled "U.S. Surveyors -- Surveying Sedgwick County, 1867."
Box 10FF 6Photograph of Indians from various tribes
Box 10FF 7Scrapbook containing photographs and newspaper articles documenting Wichita tribe's reconstruction of council lodge on Mead Island in Wichita, 1927. Wichita Indian Historical Society presented scrapbook to Wichita tribe member Such-ah in appreciation. Photographs by Fern Hoover Mead Jordan, wife of James R. Mead.

Series 6 ‒ General Personal Correspondence

Box 11FF 1Letters from Enoch Mead to his daughter, Lizzie (1856-1857).
Box 11FF 2Letters from Enoch Mead to his daughter, Lizzie (1860-1861).
Box 11FF 3Photocopied letters from Enoch Mead to his wife and daughter while he was in Wichita, Kansas (February 1871); two photocopied letters from Enoch Mead to his wife and daughter concerning bank stock (February 1872).
Box 11FF 4Personal correspondence of Enoch Mead (1835-1836).
Box 11FF 5Personal correspondence of Enoch Mead (1850-1859). Contains several letters from Enoch's brother, Theodore.
Box 11FF 6Personal correspondence of Enoch Mead (1860-1869). Contains several letters to Enoch from his wife, Mary; contains several letters from his daughter, Lizzie.
Box 11FF 7Personal correspondence of Enoch Mead (1870-1879). Contains a letter from his sister, Almira Platt; contains a letter from John Q. Potter.
Box 11FF 8Personal correspondence of Enoch Mead (1880-1889). Contains congratulatory remarks from family and friends concerning the Meads' 50th wedding anniversary; contains postcard announcing the 24th Annual Festival of the Scott County Pioneer Settlers association.
Box 11FF 9Personal correspondence of Enoch Mead (1890). Contains several letters and empty envelopes addressed to E. Mead.
Box 11FF 10Letter of Commission from the Presbyterian Church (December 1842).
Box 11FF 10APapers found in Enoch Mead's pocket books; receipts, letters, notes, etc. (1821-1890).
Box 11FF 11Programs from the Scott County Old Settlers Day; essay entitled "Sign of the Times," Yale College (April 2, 1830); address delivered by Rev. George F. Magoun, at the Festival of the New England Society, of Scott County, at the Butis House, Davenport, Iowa ( December 21, 1860); newspaper clippings and obituaries.
Box 11FF 12Enoch Mead Book, Yale College, New Haven; July 1827.
Box 11FF 13Lecture on The West and c. by Enoch Mead.
Box 11FF 14Polemic Theology. Book appears to be notes written by Enoch Mead on a class on Polemic theology at Auburn Theological Seminary, dated 1832-1833.
Box 11FF 15Didactic Theology. Preliminary inquiries to the study of theology by James Richards, D.D.
Box 11FF 16Account book of Enoch Mead.
Box 11FF 17Account book of Enoch Mead.
Box 11FF 17AMortgage (January 5, 1880) between Enoch and his wife Mary Mead and their daughter Lizzie Mead and the German Savings Bank in Iowa; a sworn statement (February 13, 1880) made by Mary Mead that her daughter, Lizzie, is single.
Box 11FF 18Copies of sermons, including 1830 sermon book by William B. Sprague D.D.; 1856 book, entitled How to be Rich or Key to Honest Wealth; and sermon delivered at the funeral of Reverend James Cogswell, D.O.; 1863 sermon entitled "Farewell Sermon" by Rev. A. T. Twing, A.M.
Box 11FF 19Correspondence to Mr. and Mrs. Mead concerning their 50th wedding anniversary (January 20, 1855).
Box 11FF 20Personal correspondence of Mary Mead (1850-1855).
Box 11FF 21Personal correspondence of Mary Mead (1856-1859).
Box 11FF 22Personal correspondence of Mary Mead (1860).
Box 11FF 23Personal correspondence of Mary Mead (1861).
Box 11FF 24Personal correspondence of Mary Mead (1863).
Box 11FF 25Personal correspondence of Mary Mead (year unknown).
Box 11FF 26Personal correspondence of Mary Mead (1850-1859). Letters to Mary Mead from family and friends.
Box 11FF 27Personal correspondence of Mary Mead (1860-1869) including letter dated March 27, 1863 from Theodore Day while he was in the Union Army describing battle which took place on January 8, 1863.
Box 11FF 28Personal correspondence of Mary Mead (1880-1889). Letters from family members; telegram (June 7, 1884) informing her of her father's death.
Box 11FF 29Personal correspondence of Mary Mead (1890-1899). Letters from family members and empty envelopes.
Box 11FF 30Memorandum by Mary Mead concerning her Brooklyn, New York trip (August 28, 1855).
Box 11FF 31Book, Annals of Iowa, vol. 1, 1882. This book was the property of Mary Mead.
Box 11FF 32Autograph album to Mary James (Mead) with writings from her family and friends. The earliest entry is dated 1831.
Box 11FF 33Book of writings and locks of hair.
Box 11FF 34Recipe book belonging to Mary E. Mead dated 1835.
Box 12FF 1Letters written by Lizzie Mead to her parents while she was in Dubuque, Iowa.
Box 12FF 2Letters (December 19, 1855) and (December 19, 1858) from Lizzie to her mother.
Box 12FF 3Letters from Lizzie to her mother (1860).
Box 12FF 4Letters from Lizzie to her mother (1861).
Box 12FF 5Letters from Lizzie to her mother (1868).
Box 12FF 6Letters from Lizzie to her mother (year unknown).
Box 12FF 7Letters from Lizzie to others (1856-1869).
Box 12FF 8Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1853). Letters concern religion and contain a valentine.
Box 12FF 9Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1854). Includes poem, invitation and general correspondence.
Box 12FF 10Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1855). General correspondence from relatives and friends; letters dated February 7, 1855 and February 15, 1855 concerning a religious revival taking place in Davenport, Iowa.
Box 12FF 11Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1856). General correspondence and a valentine.
Box 12FF 12Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1857). General correspondence.
Box 12FF 13Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1858). General correspondence and a valentine.
Box 12FF 14Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1860). General correspondence.
Box 12FF 15Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1861). General correspondence.
Box 12FF 16Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1862). General correspondence including letters from Union soldiers. John Potter wrote about food and conditions in camp (October 15, 1862); Lizzie's cousin, Theodore Day, wrote about a series of small engagements, the strength of the regiment, disease, and expresses hope in the Army of the Potomac's new commander, General Burnside (November 26, 1862).
Box 12FF 17Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1863). Includes six letters from Union soldier John Potter. His letter (January 2, 1863) concerns life and food in the camps and mentions several Union generals; letter (March 14, 1863) concerns march he was on; letter (April 16, 1863) concerns recent engagement he was in; letter (July 21, 1863) concerns march to Jackson; letters (September 1, 1863 and November 21, 1863) concerns his engagements.
Box 12FF 18Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1864). Includes letter from and picture of Union soldier John Potter (July 3, 1864); letter (July 20, 1864) from John Potter concerning life as a soldier.
Box 12FF 19Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1865). Contains general correspondence; contains a letter (April 28, 1865) from John Potter asking Lizzie to congratulate her brother James R. Mead on his election win, Potter also makes reference to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln; contains a letter (November 2, 1865) from Anna Lawrence concerning general correspondence and a description of Lincoln's grave in Springfield.
Box 12FF 20Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1866). Inlcudes letter (May 21, 1866) from John Potter of general news and description of returned Union soldiers; letter (July 25, 1866) from Anna Lawrence at Freedman's Village in Arlington Heights, Virginia, who writes about Arlington and the village, including her views concerning Robert E. Lee, his wife, and the estate becoming a National Cemetery; letter (August 15, 1866) from John Potter with a picture of him and his wife; letter (December 9, 1866) from Anna Lawrence concerning the problems of finding employment for the freedmen and description of Washington, D.C.
Box 12FF 21Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1866).
Box 12FF 22Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1868). Includes letter (November 20, 1868) from Alfred Blease concerning the railroad in Colorado.
Box 12FF 23Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1869). Includes a "Dear Teacher" letter (July 24, 1869); letter (March 10, 1869) from Alfred Blease where he looks to Grant as the "conservative element of this country."
Box 12FF 24Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1870-1878). Includes letter of condolence (January 14, 1870) from Alfred Blease over the death of Lizzie's grandfather; letter (July 12, 1870) from Alfred Blease describing the landscape of New Mexico he has observed while on a trading trip to the silver mines of Los Cruces.
Box 12FF 25Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (1880-1901).
Box 12FF 26Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (dated, but no year given). Includes letters to Lizzie from Alfred Blease; partial letter concerning a life-long "companionship"; letter of condolence to Lizzie over the loss of Willie, son of James R. Mead; letter (July 7) concerning 4th of July events and the presidential campaign of Grant and Colfax, and mining; letter (August 29) concerning an Indian raid; letter of condolence (June 26) over the loss of Agnes, wife of James R. Mead.
Box 12FF 27Personal correspondence of Lizzie Mead (n.d.)
Box 12FF 28Empty envelopes.
Box 12FF 29Lizzie Mead's certification to teach in school; announcement of the Iowa Teachers Association Meeting; program for the 29th Annual Festival of the Pioneers Settlers Association; The Literary Advertiser and Public School Advocate 9 (February, 1860) Des Moines, Iowa; Daily Commercial Report and Market Review 5436 (May 18, 1874) Chicago, Illinois.
Box 12FF 30Lizzie Mead's report card from the Fort Plain Seminary for fall term of 1855, spring term of 1855, and winter term 1856; flier about Fort Plain Seminary.
Box 12FF 31Sheet music for "Columbia & c." written by Lizzie Mead; the lyrics to the "Star Spangled Banner;" a music book of anniversary hymns; a program for a concert, May 23, 1855.
Box 12FF 32Poetry, presumably written in Lizzie Mead's handwriting.
Box 12FF 33Booklet of two watercolor pictures, painted by Lizzie Mead; locks of Lizzie Mead's hair.
Box 12FF 34Various newspaper clippings.
Box 12FF 35Recipes for Boston Brown Bread and for Indian Bread; price lists.
Box 12FF 36Steamer ticket and calling cards; Paper entitled "Enigmatical Dinner Table."
Box 12FF 37Receipt for dental work performed on Miss E. Mead, December 8, 1860; receipt for cement for Miss M. E. Mead, July 31, 1902. Businesses located in Davenport, Iowa.
Box 12FF 38Funeral announcement for Dr. John James.
Box 12FF 39Agnes Barcome Mead's personal correspondence (1866-1868). Photocopied letters contain descriptions of the children, son James L. "Bunnie" Mead and daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" Mead; handwritten letters to her in-laws, Lizzie and Mr. and Mrs. Enoch Mead; a letter (January 20, 1869) from Lizzie, sister of James R. Mead, to Agnes.
Box 12FF 40Letter (February 5, 1890) from Lucy Mead to James R. Mead's mother, Mary E. Mead.
Box 12FF 41Zetta Mead Day's personal correspondence (1830s), photocopy and original. (Note to researcher: Included in this folder is an explanatory note written by Robert D. Mead, grandson of James R. Mead, who went through James R. Mead's papers.)
Box 12FF 42Mary (Mamie) Mead's personal correspondence (1888-1946). Letter to her grandparents announcing her engagement (April 1, 1888); letters to Ignace and Fern (1930s); letter to James and Madge (1946) regarding the letters from Zetta Mead Day and the burning of Rev. Enoch Mead's sermons.
Box 12FF 43Loreta Mead's personal correspondence (1940) and a copy of a petition for Roger Price Almond to the Kansas Bar Association.
Box 12FF 44Ignace Mead Jones correspondence (1968-1989). Correspondence and articles sent to her related to research of local history; copy of "The Meaning of Wichita"; copy of the "Mooney Memorial Christian Church" by Dorothy Starr; letter from Jeand Audrey Walmsley (May 8, 1989) with photographs of the Wilson sandstone cliffs and caves.
Box 12FF 45"John Marion Steele: Charter Member of the First Presbyterian Church, Wichita, Kansas" and correspondence related to the subject with Ignace Mead Jones (1980).
Box 12FF 46Correspondence of Schuyler Mead Jones. Correspondence related to research and items sent to him including photograph of James R. Mead's signature, information about A. C. Spilman, and photographs that he sent to Fort Sill Museum for identification; copy of "The Wichita Grass Lodge" by Schuyler Jones.

Series 7 ‒ Oversized Documents

Box 13FF 1Certificate for land granted to James R. Mead (August 1860) and signed by President Buchanan.
Box 13FF 2Sketch labeled "Drouthy Kansas."
Box 13FF 3Address entitled "Carries Address to the Patrons of the Daily Democrat and News" (January 1, 1861).
Box 13FF 4Broadside for "The Iowa Book Rooms," 1885.
Box 13FF 5Certificates: James R. Mead as a Life Member of the Kansas State Historical Society, 1906; James R. Mead Master of the Royal Secret of the 32nd Degree from the Scottish Rite, 1900.
Box 13FF 6The National Platform as adopted by the Chicago Republican Convention 1868; written text becomes a portrait of Ulysses S. Grant.
Box 13FF 7Pictorial Monogram of the State Government of Kansas, 1870.
Box 13FF 8Photographs: Wichita High School Class of 1921; James R. Mead
Box 13FF 9Transparencies of maps used in Mead's book, Hunting and Trading on the Great Plains, 1859-1875.
Box 13FF 10Map of J. P. Hilton's Addition to the City of Wichita. On verso is hand-drawn map "Map of J. R. Meads addition to the city of Wichita, Kansas.
Box 13FF 11Map of Hawthorne Place, Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Box 13FF 12Princess Addition to Wichita, Kansas with handwritten annotations. One copy has handwritten note: "Only lots marked by Red line belong to us. You have planted some fruit on lots not ours. Keep this for Reference."
Box 13FF 13Photographs of James R. Mead, James L. "Bunnie" Mead and Fern Mead.
Box 13FF 13Mathewson's Addition, 1883.
Box 13FF 14Copy of Anna Mae Bradshaw sketch "Mule Drawn Street Car."
Oversized Storage Nebraska-Kansas map (1857). Moved to Map Collection; call number Map 1857-0005
Oversized Storage Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, drawn by D. D. Morse , 1878. (Photograph of map.) Moved to Map Collection; call number Map 1878-0002.
Oversized Storage Map labeled "James R. Mead's Addition to Wichita", 1870. Moved to Map Collection; call number Map 1870-0005
Oversized Storage Wichita, Kansas, Bird's Eye View, Drawn by E. S. Glover 1873. Moved to Map Collection; call number Map 1873-0005
Oversized Storage Rand, McNally & Co. Map of Kansas, 1888. Moved to Map Collection; call number Map 1888-0007.
Oversized Storage Map of Wichita, Kansas, 1887. Moved to Map Collection; call number Map 1887-0012.
Oversized Storage Map of the United States showing Routes of Principal Explorers and Early Roads and Highways, 1908. Moved to Map Collection; call number Map 1908-0003.
Oversized Storage Reproduction poster "Lewis Lindsay Dyche Naturalist and Explorer," Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas, 1977; Certificate: James R. Mead as a member of the Kansas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, 1897; pages showing views of Scottish Rite Temple, Wichita. Kansas, n.d.; print of the engraving "Garfield's Home - 'Lawnfield,' Mentor, Ohio," supplement of the American Agriculturist, Vol. XLVI, No. 10, October 1887.
Oversized Storage Maps: Plat of East Wichita, 1910; plat of Douglas Avenue Addition to Wichita Kansas, 1914; Princess Addition to Wichita, Kansas, circa 1887; Town of Wichita Sedgwick County Kansas East Half of North East Quarter Section 20 Township 27 South Range 1 East 80 Acres by William Greiffenstein, 1876; Meads Addition; J. R. Mead's Addition to Wichita.

Series 8 ‒ Wichita Grass Lodge on Mead Island

Box 14FF 1Newspaper clippings about stamps and stamp collecting.
Box 14FF 2Programs (after 1910).
Box 14FF 3Sale advertisement for Payne's land in Wichita (1929).
Box 14FF 4Bliss Isely correspondence (1924-1925) regarding the Indian Lodge.
Box 14FF 5Duplicate photographs of those found in the scrapbook (in Box 10 FF 7).
Box 14FF 6Duplicate photographs of those found in the scrapbook (in Box 10 FF 7).
Box 14FF 7Photographs originally in a folder labeled "Prints of Wichita Grass Lodge -- made from Jordan negatives and printed in Oxford, England, 1985, at Pitt Rivers Museum, Dr. Schuyler Jones, Curator."
Box 14FF 8Newspaper articles concerning the Wichita Grass Lodge.
Box 14FF 9Kanhistique, vol. 11 no. 3, July 1985, "The Wichita Grass Lodge" by Dr. Schuyler Jones; one copy of The West Side Story, vol. 3, February 1989, "The Wichitas Even Slept on the Island" by Susan Hund-Milne.
Box 14FF 10Newspapers clippings from local papers on topics of local history (1910-1989), including William Mathewson, Jesse Chisholm, L. L. Dyche, and Tin Cup.
Box 14FF 11Newspaper articles concerning Kansas history.
Box 14FF 12Newspaper articles concerning Kansas history.
Box 14FF 13Newspaper articles concerning Kansas history.

Series 9 ‒ Business and Personal Correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan, James L. "Bunnie" Mead and Loreta Mead Almond

Box 15FF 1Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1910).
Box 15FF 2Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1912).
Box 15FF 3Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1913).
Box 15FF 4Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1914).
Box 15FF 5Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1915).
Box 15FF 6Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1916).
Box 15FF 7Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1922).
Box 15FF 8Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1923).
Box 15FF 9Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1924).
Box 15FF 10Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1926).
Box 15FF 11Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1927).
Box 15FF 12Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1928).
Box 15FF 13Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1929).
Box 15FF 14Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1930).
Box 15FF 15Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1931).
Box 15FF 16Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1932).
Box 15FF 17Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1935).
Box 15FF 18Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1936).
Box 15FF 19Business correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1937-1944). General correspondence and Fern Mead Jordan's last will and testament.
Box 15FF 20Personal correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan. Includes letters to Fern from L. L. Dyche (1904-1915).
Box 15FF 21Personal correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1910-1912).
Box 15FF 22Personal correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1913).
Box 15FF 23Personal correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1914).
Box 15FF 24Personal correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1915-1919).
Box 15FF 25Personal correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan (1920-1930).
Box 15FF 26Personal correspondence of Fern Mead Jordan. Includes letters from radio personality "Lola" (1928-1930).
Box 15FF 27Memorabilia of Fern Mead Jordan. Includes cartoon, entitled "Bringing up Fern"; certificates from the American Red Cross and the Sedgwick County War Funds Association; war ration book; brochure from the Braley Flying School and agreement (signed by Fern and Loreta) of the Braley Flying Women's Club.
Box 15FF 28Various undated correspondence and documents.
Box 15FF 29Empty envelopes addressed to Fern Mead Jordan.
Box 15FF 30Account notebook of James L. "Bunnie" Mead's bicycle business.
Box 15FF 31Account book of James L. "Bunnie" Mead, 1917.
Box 15FF 32Account book of James L. "Bunnie" Mead's dated 1934.
Box 15FF 33Business correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead. Includes correspondence (1890-1899) written by James L. "Bunnie" Mead to his father James R. Mead and aunt Lizzie concerning business issues.
Box 15FF 34Business correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead. Inclues correspondence (1900-1907) written by James L. "Bunnie" Mead to his father James R. Mead and aunt Lizzie concerning business issues.
Box 15FF 35Business correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead to Fern Mead Jordan (1912).
Box 15FF 36Business correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead to Fern Mead Jordan (1913).
Box 15FF 37Business correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead to Fern Mead Jordan (1914).
Box 15FF 38Business correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead to Fern Mead Jordan (1915).
Box 15FF 39Business correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead to Fern Mead Jordan (1916).
Box 15FF 40Business correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead to Fern Mead Jordan (1920-1929).
Box 15FF 41Business correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead to Fern Mead Jordan (1930-1939).
Box 15FF 42Business correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead to Fern Mead Jordan (1943).
Box 15FF 43Business correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead to Fern Mead Jordan (n.d.).
Box 15FF 44Correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead to Ignace Mead Jones.
Box 15FF 45Business correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead (1905-1911). Includes letter (April 6, 1911) written by James L. "Bunnie" Mead to William Mathewson.
Box 15FF 46Business correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead (1912).
Box 15FF 47Business correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead (1913).
Box 15FF 48Business correspondence of James L. "Bunnie" Mead (1914).
Box 15FF 49Business correspondence and related documents (1880-1900). Includes receipt and deed (June 11, 1886) from A. A. Hyde to James L. "Bunnie" Mead.
Box 15FF 50Business correspondence and related documents (1901-1910).
Box 15FF 51Business correspondence and related documents (1911).
Box 15FF 52Business correspondence and related documents (1912).
Box 15FF 53Business correspondence and related documents (1914).
Box 15FF 54Business correspondence and related documents (1916-1940). Includes letters from Fern Mead Jordan.
Box 15FF 55Lists of properties belonging to James L. "Bunnie" Mead.
Box 15FF 56Account ledger pages and receipts (n.d.).
Box 15FF 57Summons issued to the Wichita Newspaper Association (May 13, 1913).
Box 15FF 58Catalog and price list illustrating Mead Cycle Company's genuine British-made bicycles, 1906.
Box 15FF 59Article entitled "The New Mead Programme" in Bicycling News.
Box 15FF 60Program of the Tercentenary Celebration of the Town of Greenwich and the dedication of the stone in memory of Maj. General Ebenezer Mead (June 23, 1940).
Box 15FF 61Newspaper clippings concerning James L. "Bunnie" Mead's estranged wife, Cora, her death and the investigation to determine if the cause of her death was murder or suicide.
Box 15FF 62
Box 15FF 63Empty envelopes addressed to James L. "Bunnie" Mead.
Box 15FF 64Photograph of group including James L. "Bunnie" Mead holding one of his sons next to his father James R. Mead.
Box 15FF 65Business correspondence and related documents of Loreta Mead Almond.
Box 15FF 66Letter (November 12, 1914) from Loreta Mead to her mother Fern Mead Jordan listing different gift items she would like.
Box 15FF 67Letters to Loreta from Ruth Dyche.
Box 15FF 68Postcards written to Loreta.
Box 15FF 69Membership card to the American Red Cross; receipts for United States Bonds of the 4th Liberty Loan and pin.
Box 15FF 70Loreta Mead's monthly report card from Washington School, 2nd grade class; Commencement Exercise program from Wichita High School (June 1, 1923).

Series 10 ‒ Personal Correspondence of Ignace Mead Jones and Family

Box 16FF 1Personal correspondence of Ignace Mead Jones (1913-1918). Includes letters written by Ignace to her mother Fern Mead Jordan, her stepfather Mr. Jordan and sister Loreta Mead.
Box 16FF 2Personal correspondence of Ignace Mead Jones. Includes letters written by Ignace to her husband Schuyler Jones and Olive Ann Beech.
Box 16FF 3Personal correspondence of Ignace Mead Jones. Includes letters from friends; letters from her half-brother James L. "Bunnie" Mead; letter from her half-sister, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Mead Caldwell.
Box 16FF 4Personal correspondence of Ignace Mead Jones. Includes telegrams from her husband Schuyler Jones; letter from Schuyler Jones concerning his White House visit to measure Eleanor Roosevelt for a pair of boots.
Box 16FF 5Personal correspondence of Ignace Mead Jones. Includes postcards and greeting cards from her friends.
Box 16FF 6Personal correspondence of Ignace Mead Jones (1971-1982). Includes letters, cards and notes from Olive Ann Beech.
Box 16FF 7Business Documents of Ignace Mead Jones. Includes warranty deed (January 11, 1950) and petition to sell real estate between Loreta Mead Almond and Ignace Mead Jones.
Box 16FF 8Small notebook with a quote from a book.
Box 16FF 9Small notebooks with reminders.
Box 16FF 10Memorabilia of Ignace Mead Jones. Includes membership card to the American Red Cross; ration book; letter from Wichita Public School principal.
Box 16FF 11Peronal and business correspondence of Schuyler Jones, husband of Ignace Mead Jones (1930-1980).
Box 16FF 12Brochure for the Teitzel Jones Boot Company; ration books for Schuyler Jones, Jr. and his son Schuyler.
Box 16FF 13Account book, 1901-1917.
Box 16FF 14Photographs of unidentified individuals.
Box 16FF 15Photographs. Includes photographs of buildings damaged by storm; photographs of Ignace Mead or Loreta Mead on horseback near their home at 134 North Belmont Avenue in Wichita; other unidentified snapshots, including several of airplanes.
Box 16FF 16Photographs of unidentified individuals.
Box 16FF 17Photographs of Fern, Loreta and Ignace Mead.
Box 16FF 18Photographs of Wichita and Ft. Dodge; woodblock prints of Ft. Smith and the New York Chamber of Commerce building.

Series 11 ‒ Hunting and Trading on the Great Plains, 1859-1875

Box 16FF 19General correspondence to Ignace Mead Jones, daugther of James R. Mead, from other researchers requesting information on various subjects.
Box 16FF 20Correspondence between Ignace Mead Jones and her son Schuyler concerning the book (1978-1980).
Box 16FF 21Reminiscences of Frontier Life. Contains 168 pages of the memoirs of James R. Mead family history.
Box 16FF 22Reminiscences of Frontier Life. Contains 168 pages of the memoirs of James R. Mead family history.
Box 16FF 23Reminiscences of Frontier Life. Contains 168 pages of the memoirs of James R. Mead family history.
Box 16FF 24Excerpts of transcribed James R. Mead letters by Robert D. Mead, grandson of James R. Mead, sent to Ignace from James E. Mead, October 20, 1988.
Box 16FF 25Photocopies of original James R. Mead letters.
Box 16FF 26Photocopies of original James R. Mead letters.
Box 16FF 27Excerpts of transcribed James R. Mead letters by Robert D. Mead, grandson of James R. Mead, sent to Ignace from James E. Mead, October 20, 1988.
Box 16FF 28Excerpts of transcribed James R. Mead letters by Robert D. Mead, grandson of James R. Mead, sent to Ignace from James E. Mead, October 20, 1988.
Box 16FF 29Photocopies of James R. Mead letters transcribed by his son James L. "Bunnie" Mead.
Box 16FF 30Excerpts of transcribed James R. Mead letters by Robert D. Mead, grandson of James R. Mead, with a note from Ignace Mead Jones and Schuyler Mead Jones.
Box 16FF 31Photocopies of original handwritten James R. Mead letters.
Box 17FF 1Photocopies of the transcribed diary of Mary Emmes James Mead, mother of James R. Mead, January 1888-December 1890.
Box 17FF 2Photocopy of transcribed James R. Mead journal entitled "Journal of Incidents and Events Occurring During an Excursion to the Rocky Mountains" dated May 4, 1859-June 14, 1859.
Box 17FF 3Sets of photocopies taken from a tablet filled with drawings, sketched by James R. Mead of the cave figures.
Box 17FF 4Photocopies of a James R. Mead journal, dated March 5, 1879-September 12, 1879.
Box 17FF 5Photocopies of James R. Mead's account ledgers.
Box 17FF 6Photocopies of addresses written and delivered by James R. Mead; letter to the editor of El Dorado Times (February 19, 1892).
Box 17FF 7Correspondence to Schuyler Mead Jones from researchers providing him with information and pictures of Alexander Spilman and other issues.
Box 17FF 8Photocopies of published articles that mention James R. Mead.
Box 17FF 9Photocopy of the "Addendum to the Explanation of Trust Agreements (JEM) of the James L. Mead Wichita Trust."
Box 17FF 10Notes from published books and maps.
Box 17FF 11Notebooks.
Box 17FF 12Legal pads with notes.
Box 17FF 13List of items photocopied; handwritten excerpts from letters; articles written by Craig Miner titled "Plain Talk" and "Two Wichita Fathers."
Box 17FF 14Notes for the book.
Box 17FF 15Notes for the book.
Box 17FF 16Part of the manuscript in handwriting and the epilogue.
Box 17FF 17Part of the manuscript in handwriting and the epilogue.
Box 17FF 18Notes about the route taken by James R. Mead in 1859; excerpts from James R. Mead's writings concerning certain topics; part of the manuscript.
Box 17FF 19Photocopies requested by Schuyler Mead Jones from Ignace Mead Jones.
Box 17FF 20Notes, photocopies and news clippings. Included are letters between Schuyler Mead Jones and Ignace Mead Jones about the book.
Box 17FF 21Notes, photocopies and news clippings. Included are letters between Schuyler Mead Jones and Ignace Mead Jones about the book.
Box 17FF 22Notes, photocopies and news clippings. Included are letters between Schuyler Mead Jones and Ignace Mead Jones about the book.
Box 17FF 23Maps and their descriptions for the book.
Box 17FF 24Maps and their descriptions for the book.
Box 17FF 25Photographs for the book.
Box 17FF 26Photographs for the book.
Box 17FF 27Photocopies of maps and photographs for the book.
Box 17FF 28Miscellaneous articles for the book.
Box 18FF 1 October 1979 draft copy of Chisholm Trail, The Life of a Hunter on the Great Plains of America 1859-1875.
Box 18FF 2 October 1979 draft copy of Chisholm Trail, The Life of a Hunter on the Great Plains of America 1859-1875.
Box 18FF 3Marked-up copies of the second draft, dated January 1980 (Chapters 1-5; 12-14; 16).
Box 18FF 4Marked-up copies of the second draft, dated January 1980 (Chapters 1-3; 5-6; 17).
Box 18FF 5Editor's changes to the book.
Box 18FF 6Editor's changes to the book.
Box 18FF 7Footnotes.
Box 18FF 8Index.
Box 18FF 9Epilogue.
Box 18FF 10Introduction, written by Ignace Mead Jones.
Box 18FF 11Appendix.
Box 18FF 12Record book of the revisions made and notes on the final draft.
Box 18FF 13"Miscellaneous proofs of final corrections" for the book.
Box 18FF 14Master copy of Hunting and Trading on the Great Plains 1859-1875.
Box 18FF 15Correspondence of Schuyler Mead Jones concerning the book (1980-1987).
Box 18FF 16Correspondence of Schuyler Mead Jones concerning the book (1980-1987).
Box 18FF 17"About the Author" forms.
Box 18FF 18Contracts between Schuyler Mead Jones and the University of Oklahoma Press.
Box 18FF 19University of Oklahoma Press "Readers Reports."
Box 18FF 20Book reviews for Hunting and Trading on the Great Plains 1859-1875.
Box 18FF 21True West magazine (November 1986), which published a chapter from the book entitled "Paradise Valley."
Box 18FF 22Computer disks of the transcribed James R. Mead letters.
Box 18FF 23Photographs of the book; photographs of Ignace Mead Jones and her husband Schuyler Jones at their 61st wedding anniversary.

Series 12 ‒ Scrapbooks

Box 19FF 1Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings of obituaries.
Box 19FF 2Scrapbook containing photographs, newspaper clippings and poetry.
Box 19FF 3Scrapbook containing James R. Mead's transcribed letters compiled by Loreta Mead (1938).
Box 20FF 1Scrapbook containing maps and photographs.
Box 20FF 2Scrapbook concerning the Wichita Grass Lodge on Mead Island.
Box 20FF 3Scrapbook concerning the "Old Settlers Society" and obituaries.

Series 13 ‒ Artifacts

Box 21 Album number 1. (Photographs removed to Box 9, FF 1-3.)
Box 22   Album number 2. (Photographs removed to Box 9, FF 4.)
Box 23 Album number 3. (Photographs removed to Box 9, FF 5-7.)
Box 24 File used by James R. Mead to organize business papers.
Box 25 Hat box used by Elizabeth "Lizzie" Mead, sister of James R. Mead, to store her letters.
Box 26 Billfolds used by James R. Mead.
Box 27 File box used by Fern Mead Jordan.
Box 28 Oversized photographs of Loreta Mead on horseback and in costume.
Box 29 Trunk used by Enoch Mead.