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  Harry E. Chrisman, former Liberal author and historian, donated a large collection of his writings, photographs, and other items to Liberal Memorial Library for the purpose of research. This database searches the contents of the Chrisman Collection.  
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CallNo: C17  
Descriptive Title: Comment attached to 6 photos of people   Type: Comments
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size:    Condition: poor
Text: [enclosed in grey circle] album prints [lower, beside characture of soldier with drum] "Better Pictures for Less Money" [in pencil above quote, spelling questionable] Sawlay
Misc Info: There were 6 small photos taped to this. Also had another piece of thick cardboard with writing on it attached.
Subject: People
Men
Women
Sawlay
  Related to:  P544
P545
P546
P547
P548
P549
C16
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CallNo: N104-F2a4  
Descriptive Title: large group of people in Wyoming   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 7/16 x 3 1/2   Condition: fair
Text: [on side of negative] Ansco Safety Film
Misc Info: Large group of people pose for picture. There are 3-5 rows of people, and the group spans the length of the negative. There are men, women and children in the group, all wearing very nice clothing. Men are in suits, women in dresses and fancy hats. Children are also dressed nicely. Could be a family reunion? Group in front of trees.
Subject: group of people
men
women
children
grass
trees
Wyoming
Ansco
  Related to:  P419-F2a4
N103
E29
Other: The original picture has Wyoming [another word I can't make out] written in pencil on the bottom. The negative is pretty dark and has a large shadow on the right.
   

CallNo: N13-F2a2  
Descriptive Title: Betty Herian, Mayme Stroud and Anna Herian   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 2 7/16 x 3 3/8"   Condition: very good
Text: 8 9 Kodak Safety Film Kodak Safety Film Betty Herian, Mayme Stroud, Anna Herian (Van [Corven])
Misc Info: Three women dressed in western attire stand in front of grandstands with people; perhaps at a rodeo; automobile in background at left.
Subject: Betty Herian
Mayme Stroud
Anna Herian
Van Corven
western attire
women
rodeo
grandstands
sign
people automobile Kodak
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CallNo: N194-F2b3  
Descriptive Title: Enclosed building on wheels with flowers and people on it   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 1/2 x 2 7/16   Condition: very good
Text: 
Misc Info: A building or small, enclosed house is on top of wheels like a wagon. The building has a roof, door and windows. The bottom part of the building is made of brick. There are several people in the building: a man with a child sitting on his lap and a woman behind in the door, two people in the first window, a person in the second and third windows, and a man in a suit standing beside the wagon. There are flowers and vines around the doorway and windows on the wagon. There are names written at the bottom of the negative, but it's cut off and can't be read.
Subject: building
wagon
wheels
flowers
vines
people
men
women
children
Hancock
  Related to:  P523
P495
P276
P543
Other: There is a sign to the right in the negative that says "Own Your" and the initials CE. Not sure if this is hand-written or part of the original photo.    

CallNo: N216-A2b11  
Descriptive Title: Green Stone house   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 3/8 x 4 5/16   Condition: poor
Text: In red barely legible: The old Green Ranch House
Misc Info: Labeled as Plastics. It looks like a negative but feels like plastic, smooth on one side and rough on the other. Was in a folded Southwest Daily Times advertising copy paper with 3 other plastics.
Subject: Green Stone house
People
Building
Fence
  Related to:  C18
N215
N217
N218
Other: This is in very poor condition. It is hard to see the picture. There is a house and 1 or 2 people standing in front of the house. There is a possible fence also.    

CallNo: N217-A2a3  
Descriptive Title: Larrabee home   Type: Negative
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 9 3/16 x 6 5/16   Condition: good
Text: Signs in the picture: CITIZENS STATE BANK; TUCKER; WARREN HOTEL; POOL.
Misc Info: Labeled as Plastics. It looks like a negative but feels like plastic, smooth on one side and rough on the other. Was in a folded Southwest Daily Times advertising copy paper with 3 other plastics.
Subject: Larrabee
Moving
House moving
Town
Home
Automobiles
People
Street
  Related to:  C18
N215
N216
N218
Other: Negative is of a house being moved on a trailer. It is being pulled by a truck. There is a man walking backwards guiding the truck. There are people watching from the sidewalk, some have bicycles. There are automobiles parked on the side of the street.    

CallNo: N82-J2  
Descriptive Title: Adobe Walls, Texas, Monument   Type: Negative
Date of Origin: 1929   Provenance:
Size: 2 7/16 x 3 7/8"   Condition: very good
Text: o Ansco Safety Film Dobe Walls, Texas
Misc Info: Adobe Walls monument surrounded by fence; people standing by fence; monument set off in the middle of plains.
Subject: Adobe Walls monument
Adobe Walls, Texas
plains
brush grass
fence
people
rocks
hills
Ansco Safety Film
  Related to:  P209-J2
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CallNo: P118-F2a2  
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Descriptive Title: Betty Herian, Mayme Stroud and Anna Herian   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1917   Provenance:
Size: 4 x 4 15/16   Condition: good
Text: [front] Betty Herian, Mayme Stroud, Anna Herian (Van Corven) [back] Alliance, Nebr. 1917 L to R: Betty Herian, Mayme Stroud, Anna Herian. Photo by Van Corven
Misc Info: Three women pose in front of grandstands or platform; might be at a rodeo. There are people behind them standing on grandstand or platform. There is an automobile in far left back.
Subject: Betty Herian
Mayme Stroud
Anna Herian
Van Corven
Alliance, Nebraska
rodeo
fence
sign
people
automobile grandstands
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CallNo: P209-J2  
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Descriptive Title: Adobe Walls, Texas, Monument   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1929   Provenance:
Size: 3 9/16 x 4 1/2   Condition: good
Text: [front] Dobe Walls, Texas [back] Adobe Walls Taken 1929 Harry E. Chrisman Lane D, Apt. 74, Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas
Misc Info: Adobe Walls monument surrounded by fence; people standing by fence; monument set off in the middle of plains.
Subject: Adobe Walls monument
plains
Adobe Walls, Texas
brush grass
fence
people
rocks
hills
  Related to:  N82-J2
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CallNo: P229-A3j  
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Descriptive Title: C.M. Waters Livery and Barn   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1910s   Provenance:
Size: 6 15/16 x 8 15/16   Condition: good
Text: [front] Don't Mark photo! [back] C.M. Waters operated "Oklahoma Feed Yard" in Liberal in 1913 and "Oklahoma Wagon Yard" in 1914-1915-1916-1917-1918-1919-1920. His name then drops out of the old telephone directories so he must have left Liberal (or) perhaps, died. His wagon yard address was listed as "South Liberal" or South of Rock Island tracks. The street at lower right is believed to be (Liberal Iron and Metal) St. so the barn was about where lights Sporting Goods or Maliney Cleaners is in 1960.
Misc Info: Picture is attached to brownish cardboard mat/frame. Actual picture size is 5 1/16 x 7"
Subject: livery and feed barn
people
street scene
horses
wagons
Wagon yard
Feed yard
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Other: Photo has tape on top back.    

CallNo: P25-C1c  
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Descriptive Title: Blizzard of 1957   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1957   Provenance:
Size: 8 1/16 x 10   Condition: very good
Text: [front] ROCK ISLAND GOLDEN[S] [back] 24 ; 36 [36 is circled] ; [stamp] HARRY E. CHRISMAN 10245 W 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 ; [photo has lines drawn on back]
Misc Info: Snow drifts almost as high as train. Three people stand in train entrance; one standing on snowdrift; more people in background on snow.
Subject: snow drifts
Rock Island Train
Golden [s]
people
Liberal area
telephone poles
fences
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Other: Photo has stains on back. Photo has tape on top back.    

CallNo: P262-F2f8  
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Descriptive Title: Newspaper staff   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 6 1/2 x 7 7/16   Condition: excellent
Text: [back] Left to right - Charles Hayes, reporter; Mrs. Sandra Matter, clerk; ______________, sports reporter; Maurine Tate, Society Ed & Local Features editor; Eulala Keller, Classified & Proofreader; at far desk - Arnold Ericson, city editor and wire. 4 col HARRY E. CHRISMAN LANE D. APT. 74 BLUEBONNET COURTS LIBERAL, KANSAS
Misc Info: Photo is of an office with 4 workers sitting at desks and two people standing. There are 3 women and 3 men. A typewriter and phone is visable. The desks on the left look like cubicles.
Subject: newspaper staff
people
1950s typewriter
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CallNo: P263-F2a4  
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Descriptive Title: Railroad and crowd of people   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 6 3/4 x 9 7/16   Condition: good
Text: [back] 5 col "Four" [stamp] HARRY E. CHRISMAN LANE D. APT. 74 BLUEBONNET COURTS LIBERAL, KANSAS
Misc Info: Photo is of a huge group of people standing between a train and a railroad track. There are buildings behind the train. There is one automobile in the left side of photo and horse and buggys on the right side of photo. There is a man standing on the rail of the track. There are people on the train. There are electric or telephone poles by the buildings.
Subject: railroad train
train
crowd
people
car
Automobile
Buildings
Horses
Wagons
Poles
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CallNo: P272-A1a  
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Descriptive Title: Downtown street scene   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1920's   Provenance:
Size: 2 3/16 x 5   Condition: good
Text: [front] [sign on store front] QUINLAN & TAYLOR REAL - ESTATE INSURANCE [there are more signs, but unable to read them] [back] 5 col 2.2 [stamp] HARRY E. CHRISMAN LANE D, APT. 74 BLUEBONNET COURTS LIBERAL, KANSAS
Misc Info: Photo is of a street scence. There are people in automobiles and people standing. There is one wagon with two horses and a man standing in wagon. There is a dog running across the street. There is an empty wagon with 2 white horses hooked up to it. There are 2 men sitting in the front right corner of photo.
Subject: Street
Downtown
Buildings
People
Automobiles
Horses
Wagon
Poles
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CallNo: P419-F2a4  
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Descriptive Title: Group picture, possibly town members   Type: Print
Date of Origin: late 1800's or early 1900s   Provenance:
Size: 5   Condition: good
Text: [No text on copy 1] [Copy 2 front] Wyoming picnic
Misc Info: Photo is of a large group of people crowded together for photo. There are men, women, and children. All are dressed nice. They are all in front of very tall trees.
Subject: people
men
women
children
town members
Wyoming
Picnic
Trees
  Related to:  N104-F2a4
Other: Two copies of same photograph from negative N104.    

CallNo: P426-F2a  
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Descriptive Title: Old Adobe Hotel at Courtland   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1912   Provenance:
Size: 5 7/8 x 7 15/16   Condition: poor
Text: [front] [people have numbers circled on them 1-12] [back] Interior of Hotel at Courtland (Ballroom Upstairs) [?] Mattingly 5 [5 is circled] Sam Berry John Spikes Nillie Clifford Mr. Miller 2 [2 is circled] Sam Herron Mrs. Miller 1 [1 is circled] Papa (Jim Herron) [cigt Rose] [Mrs. Jeffers] Dick [Jeffers] Tom Cowan 3 [3 is circled] Rita Herron 4 [4 is circled] Eula (King) (Walker) 1 [1 is circled] Tomerlin 6 [6 is circled] 7 [7 is circled] } [6 and 7 have a brace] Miller sisters (Ran Photo gallery) 8 [8 is circled] John Spikes 9 [9 is circled] Tillie [or Nillie] Clifford 10 [10 is circled] 11 [11 is circled] } [10 and 11 have a brace] Mr. + Mrs. Griffin 12 [12 is circled] Tommy Cowan 13 [13 is circled] Al Mattingly [Note] PHOTO SHOWS INTERIOR OF OLD ADOBE HOTEL AT COURTLAND, ARIZONA (Ballroom Upstairs ABOUT 1912-13 Shown (by numbers): 1. Jim Herron, noted Arizona and International cattle man; Herron built and owned the old hotel; 2. Thomas Darrel (Sam) Herron, son of Jim; 3. Rita (Herron) McGrew, daughter of Jim; 4. Eula (King) Walker Tomerlin; 5. Sam Berry; 6-7 the Miller sisters (who ran a photo gallery in Courtland); 8. John Spikes; 9. Nellie Clifford; 10-11. Mr. and Mrs. Griffin; 12. Tommy Cowan; 13. Al Mattingly;
Misc Info: Photo is of 3 rows of people all facing the camera. They are in a room. There is a dresser on the left side. There are 27 people in group.
Subject: People
Jim Herron
Courtland Arizona
Old Adobe Hotel Ballroom
Herron family
  Related to:  P422-
P423-
P424-
P425-
Other: Jim Herron Family    

CallNo: P463-A2a11  
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Descriptive Title: Where my Antonia worked and lived   Type: Print
Date of Origin: November 1963   Provenance:
Size: 3 9/16 x 5 1/16   Condition: excellent
Text: [front] NOV 63 [back of photo] Where my Antonia worked + lived ; Red Cloud, Nebraska ; A KODAK PAPER
Misc Info: Photo is of a two-story home. There is a huge tree directly in front. There are people on the porch and in front of the house. Two men and two women. There is a bay window on the top floor behind the tree.
Subject: Willa Cather
House
People
Trees
Men
Women
Chimney
  Related to:  P461-
P462-
P464-
P465-
P466-
P467-
P468-
P469-
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CallNo: P71-3b1  
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Descriptive Title: Depot at Arkalon, Kansas   Type: Print
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 5 x 7 1/8   Condition: fair
Text: [front] on the [?????] From the Cimarron Flood, May [?] # [?] Arkalon, KAN. [back] 20 (20 is circled) Harry E. Chrisman Lane D, Apt. 74 Bluebonnet Courts Liberal, Kansas. [note] 20 [20 is circled] 24 [24 is circled] Depot at Arkalon, Kansas. The (three x's) faded caption on the picture reads: "on the way back to Liberal, Kansas, from the Cimarron Flood, May 1914, Arkalon, KANS." 60%
Misc Info: Train pulling out of depot. People on a flat car. Train is pulling away from a building behind it. Picture's left top corner is bent.
Subject: train engine
people
depot
Arkalon, Kansas
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Other: Photo has tape on top back.    

CallNo: P78-I2  
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Descriptive Title: Jack rabbit roundup   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1935   Provenance:private collection - Lee Larrabee
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 9/16   Condition: good
Text: [front] Photo by C.A. Smith - 1935 [back] 3 [3 is circled] Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [address is stamped twice] Harry E. Chrisman LANE D, APT 74 LIBERAL, KANSAS [address is stamped once] [note] 3 [3 is circled] Picture No. 3 When the slat (fence) gate is closed behind them, the men and boys enter pen and club frightened animals to death. The woman in pen with club is mopping up on jacks that have been beaten and stunned but are still alive. Thousands of dead jackrabbits litter the ground over an area of fifty to seventy-five yards in the Pen. - Photos courtesy Lee Larrabee.
Misc Info: Photo is of dead and stunned jackrabbits in pen; people clubbing rabbits while people in background watch.
Subject: jack rabbits
people with clubs
slat gate or fence
Lee Larrabee
vehicles
men
boys
woman
pen
  Related to:  P77
P123
P257
P552
P553
Other: Photo has tape on top back and a paperclip stain on top right corner.    

CallNo: P9-C1c  
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Descriptive Title: Blizzard of 1957   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1957   Provenance:Southwest Daily Times
Size: 8 1/16 x 10   Condition: very good
Text: [back note] Even the snow-plows stalled in the deep cuts when high winds drifted them full of snow. Photo by Joe Cannon, Southwest Daily Times. 24 c/o [Jones] 75 % [back] 5 24 Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215
Misc Info: Snow plow is stuck in large, long snow drift. Three people on right side of ditch, three or four on left side; one man standing on drift by plow.
Subject: snow drifts
snow plow
people
Liberal area
telephone poles
dirt
ditch cuts
fence
Joe Cannon Southwest Daily Times
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Other: Photo has tape on back.    

CallNo: PC37-C1c  
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Descriptive Title: Blizzard of February 1912   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin: February 1912   Provenance:
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2   Condition: good
Text: [front] Snow plow stuck near Liberal 2-28-12 [back] Post Card; Place Stamp Here; Correspondence Here; Name and Address Here; Return Photo to Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [back note 1] Taken in the cut west of Liberal not too far from the point of entry. [back note 2] The February storm of 1912 buried the entire southwest in snow that was three feet deep on the level and filled all the railroad cuts to the top. Trains failed to run for several days and there was great loss of livestock. Photo courtesy O.B. Wimmer, Liberal. (sentence underlined) Don't mark photo!
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Subject: snow plow
snow bank
people
highline poles
Liberal, Kansas
O.B. Wimmer
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CallNo: PC3-C2c  
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Descriptive Title: Freight train wreck   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin: July or August 18, 1938   Provenance:private collection - Turtle Studio, Liberal KS
Size: 3 1/2 x 6 1/2   Condition: good
Text: [front] Wrecked freight train on R.I. RR at Arkalon Bridge 8-18-38. Engine 5036. Cost $115,000. Wt. 733200 lbs. Power 67000 Drawbar Booster 70000 lbs. Turtle Studio. 21. [back] Post Card Turtle Studio Kodak Finishing and Gift Shoppe Liberal, Kans. 14 S. Kansas Ave. Correspondence. Address. Place Stamp Here. 34 (circled) 75% Harry E. Chisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215. [back note] 34 (circled) 24 Engineer Walter Walker rode old Engine 5036 into the Cimarron when floods caused the bridge to give way, July 18, 1938.
Misc Info: Cranes pull engine from train wreckage. People look on from bridge, ground below.
Subject: train wreckage
Arkalon bridge
Walter Walker
train engine
railroad ties
two cranes
Rock Island Railroad
workers Engine 5036
Cimarron River people Turtle Studio
Liberal, Kansas Kodak Finishing
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