Harlan Leonard once described N. Clark Smith’s impressive persona as the segregated Lincoln High School’s band leader in Kansas City, saying that Major Smith held a “commanding personality”: “He was short, chubby, gruff, military in bearing, wore glasses, and was never seen without his full uniform and decorations. His language was rather rough and occasionally shocking to the few young ladies who were taking music classes, though never offensive. Major Smith simply ran a tight ship. . . . He drilled the Lincoln marching bands until they were the best in the area, some said the best of their kind in the Middle West.”
Letter from F. J. Peck, president and superintendent of Western University, to Governor Ben Paulen, regarding the removal of a Mr. Small and his replacement with Mr. Easter for a position at the university at the request of the Board of Administration and other issues of concern with the board and personnel.
Letter from F. J. Peck, president and superintendent of Western University, to Governor Ben Paulen. Peck congratulates Paulen on the appointment of a Mrs. Childs, and looks forward to Paulen approving the university's new board of trustees.
Letter from F. J. Peck, president and superintendent of Western University, to Mr. C. Miller, secretary to Governor Ben Paulen regarding a voucher being sent to a Mr. Guy, and thanking the office for its help with "money and instructions."
Letter from Allen S. Peal to Governor Ben Paulen, writing about his concerns with Western University's president, F. J. Peck. Peal writes that he was rejected for the position of Dean at the Negro Topeka school due to the "powerful 'influence' of 'Dr. Peck,'" and that Peck has created other issues for his attempts to obtain teaching jobs. He accuses Peck of being a "dirty coward" who has "illiterate henchmen" who are running him out of Kansas.
Letter from F. J. Peck, president and superintendent of Western University, to Governor Ben Paulen regarding Sgt. Walter B. Williams being "redetailed" to the school by the War Department as an instructor in Military Tactics and Science, and attributes this decision to the efforts of Senators Arthur Capper and Charles Curtis and Congressman Daniel R. Anthony. Peck also reports that the school has in its arsenal "one hundred and thirty high-powered rifles, six target guns and fifty thousand rounds of ammunition."
Letter from Rev. J. D. Barksdale, editor of the Western Christian Recorder, to Governor Ben Paulen regarding concerns about F. J. Peck, president of Western University. Barksdale writes to offer the opinion that Superintendent F. J.
Letter from F. J. Peck, president and superintendent of Western University, to Governor Ben Paulen regarding staff turmoil at Western University. He writes that the "little unrest" is caused by individuals who want his job, and that he has issues with male teachers because he objects to teachers dating female students. Peck also notes that the school graduated 89 students and mentions he does not want to replace a current domestic arts teacher.
Letter from F. J. Peck, president and superintendent of Western University, to Governor Ben Paulen, thanking Paulen for and discussing his recent visit to the university, and further describing financial shortfalls facing the school and asking for Paulen's help in gaining additional funding from the Board of Administration, who have been resistent to doing so.
Letter from F. J. Peck to Gov. Ben Paulen reporting his intention to resign from his position as pastor and teacher at the Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church and Western University in the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas. He writes that conditions at the school have made his stay "impossible and humiliating," and that he had been told he was "marked for slaughter," and suggests the governor could provide "more congenial and progressive leadership" for those "who would like to work in Kansas."
Letter from Allen S. Peal to Governor Ben Paulen, writing that the difficulty at Western University "is not a personal but a racial one [that] could better be described as 'a condition' or 'system,'" and reminds the governor of his announcement that he "intended to be Governor of ALL the people." Peal also requests a personal meeting with Paulen to discuss the issue.
Letter from F. J. Peck, superintendent of Western University, to Governor Ben Paulen, apologizing for not notifying the governor of the results of a recent board meeting and blaming the lapse on illness.