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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.

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1934

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

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1931

Letter from Kansas City, Kansas Lawyer C. Clyde Myers to Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring in which Myers expresses his concern over the growing rift between Methodists and Baptists at Western University.

Date: 
April 15th 1932

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.

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May 14th 1932

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."

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April 8th 1932

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.

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July 14th 1932

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.

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July 29th 1932

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.

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April 7th 1932

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.

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April 8th 1932

Document with figures for the enrollment and budget of Western University, Kansas City, Kansas for the fiscal year 1930. The document states that Western University has 32 faculty and an average of 115 students.

Date: 
1930

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.

Date: 
May 12th 1932

Letter from Kansas City, Kansas Lawyer C. Clyde Myers to Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring in which Myers provides recommendations for the Committee of Western University. He does so in knowledge of a rift between Methodists and Baptists for influence over the university.

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February 6th 1932

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.

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June 15th 1926

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.

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March 27th 1926

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."

Date: 
October 12th 1926

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.

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September 23rd 1926

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, 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.

Date: 
June 12th 1928

Letter from F. J. Peck, superintendent of Western University, to Governor Ben Paulen. Peck expresses concerns about his department heads being called to jury duty and the disruption that can cause at the school, and requests that the governor help him to get a staff member excused from the obligation.

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December 28th 1926

Letter from Governor Ben Paulen to Allen Peal regarding issues at Western University, and stating that he hopes difficulties between Peal and university president Pastor F. J. Peck will not influence Peal against him, as he refrain[s] from interferring in the conduct of state institutions or schools unless compelled to do so."

Date: 
September 17th 1926

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