Western University

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Author: 
Megan Dennis
University of Kansas

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.”

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Correspondence

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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

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."

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Correspondence

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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

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."

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Correspondence

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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from F. J. Peck, superintendent of Western University, to Governor Ben Paulen, informing the governor that the trustees of the university elected Bishop John A. Gregg and Rev. W. H. King to replace Bishop A. J. Carey and Rev. J.C.C. Owens, respectively.

Genre: 
Correspondence

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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

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.

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