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N. Clark Smith

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.”

Western University State Industrial Department Annual Catalogue

Catalog for the State Industrial Department at Western University showing the courses offered for the academic year 1934-1935. Also included are a list of faculty, an academic calendar, reasons for adult education, and a promotion for night school.

Western University 35th Annual Commencement Exercises Invitation

Invitation to the 35th Annual Commencement Exercises for the Western University and State Industrial Department on June 4, 1931 at Western University.

From W. A. Lewis to Harry H. Woodring

Letter from Kansas State College President W. A. Lewis to Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring. Lewis extends his support for the accreditation of Western University as a junior college. Lewis comments, "Personally I would be inclined to be far more linient with the colored people in their deficiencies than I would be if it were an institution for the whites."

From Thomas W. Butcher to Harry H. Woodring

Letter from Thomas W. Butcher, President of the State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas to Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring. Butcher agrees with Woodring that Western University should be given accreditation if it meets the standards imposed.

From S. E. Newell to Harry H. Woodring

Letter from Reverend S. E. Newell, Pastor of African M. E. Church in Kansas City, Kansas to Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring. Newell expresses his concern over the political allegiances Professor J. P. King, currently head of Western University. Instead, he suggests Professor G. A. Gregg, to head the university.

From Oscar F. Hall to Harry H. Woodring

Letter from Oscar F. Hall, Chief Engineer at Western University to Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring. Hall inquires why his salary was reduced by more than 10% and then provides reasons why it should not be cut and that it should even be raised.

From J. D. Barksdale to Gov. Ben Paulen

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.

From Harry H. Woodring to Thomas W. Butcher

Letter from Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring to Thomas W. Butcher, President of the State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas. Woodring asks serious consideration for Western University's proposal for accreditation as a junior college.

From Harry H. Woodring to S. E. Newell

Letter from Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring to Reverend S. E. Newell, Pastor of African M. E. Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Woodring believes that actions relating to changing the leadership of Western University should not be brought up before the upcoming general election.

From Harry H. Woodring to Oscar F. Hall

Letter from Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring to Oscar F. Hall, Chief Engineer at Western University. Woodring responds to Hall's letter explaining that his salary was much higher than administrators in similar academic positions. Thus, Woodring reduced his salary.

From Gov. Ben Paulen to F. J. Peck

Letter from Governor Ben Paulen to F. J. Peck, president and superintendent of Western University regarding Peck's earlier requests for additional funding for the university. Paulen writes that he will discuss further appropriations with the Board of Administration.