Alma Ise Lindley Papers
NAxxxx.0017

Summary Information

Repository
Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Lindley, Alma Ise.
Title
Alma Ise Lindley Papers
ID
NAxxxx.0017
Date
1868-1977
Extent
1.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains the personal papers of Alma Ise Lindley. The collection includes writings by William Allen White, William Lindsay White, and Walt Mason.

Preferred Citation note

Recommended citation: Alma Ise Lindley Papers, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

Alma Laura Ise Lindley was born in 1874, the first daughter of Henry and Rose Ise. Her father, Henry, was an immigrant to the United States from Germany. Alma was from Downs in Osborne County. She is an older sister to John Ise, author of Sod and Stubble: The Story of a Kansas Homestead. Alma graduated from the Kansas State Normal School in 1899 with an Elementary degree. She returned to the school in order to complete her Life Certificate degree which she received in 1907.

Alma began her career in Frankfort, Kansas, where she was a teacher and an assistant principal in 1899. From 1900 to 1902 she taught and was assistant principal at Downs High School. During the 1902–1903 school year, she was principal at Gaylor High School and then in 1903–1904 she returned to teach at Downs city school. From 1905 to 1907, Mrs. Lindley taught at Chapman.

After teaching a few years, she went to Switzerland to do graduate work at the Polytechnic Institute in Zurich. Among her fellow students were Vladimir Lenin (1870–1924) and Albert Einstein (1879–1955). During her stay in Switzerland, she traveled to Sindringen, Jagsthausen, Mundelsheim, and Klein Bottwar, former homes of her father and mother. Returning to Kansas, she taught in high schools until her marriage to Fred E. Lindley. Alma was married to Fred Lindley on June 23, 1909. They went to Chicago where her husband received his law degree from the University of Chicago. The couple then moved to San Diego where Fred worked as an attorney.

Alma's lifelong interest was her pioneer parents who settled on the Plains in Kansas in 1873 with her six brothers and four sisters. Throughout her life, Alma kept in touch with her brothers and sisters as well as with relatives in Germany and Australia. She spent hours during the last two years of her life dictating stories about her parents and their life on the prairie. After Alma's death, her daughter, Mary Lindley Wright, published Prairie Legacy in 1981 as a memorial to her mother. Alma Ise Lindley died in December 1974 in San Diego.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of items documenting Alma Ise Lindley’s time at Kansas State Normal School, correspondence with family and friends, and the writings of William Allen White, William Lindsay White, and Walt Mason. Included are college yearbooks, some with unique leather or paper bindings, life certificates issued to Alma by Kansas State Normal School in 1899, and photographs. A sheet of paper was inserted in the 1906 yearbook between pages 44 and 45, marking a page on which Fred Lindley was pictured. The collection also contains books, pamphlets, and news clippings by William Allen White or written about him, as well as “Take a Look” columns written by William Lindsay White, articles about Mary White’s death, and two poems by Walt Mason. Post cards depict the people and places of Kansas; they were sent to and received by Alma Ise Lindley, Fred E. Lindley, and others.

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Arrangement note

Items are arranged in eleven series: 1) Yearbooks. 2) Books. 3) Photographs. 4) Correspondence. 5) Newspaper and magazine clippings. 6) Poems. 7) Newsletters. 8) Certificates and diplomas. 9) Programs. 10) Post cards. 11) Miscellaneous publications. Items are arranged chronologically within each series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives November 2006

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431
archives@emporia.edu

Processing Information note

Processed by Chieko Sato, Julie Krehbiel and Lanesa Poulton, November 2006.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

1 oversize file folder housed with other oversized items.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Kansas State Normal School -- Periodicals.
  • Kansas State Normal School -- Students -- Yearbooks.
  • Kansas State Normal School -- Students.

Personal Name(s)

  • Lindley, Alma Ise.
  • Lindley, Fred E.
  • Mason, Walt, 1862-1939.
  • White, Mary Katherine, 1904-1921.
  • White, William Allen, 1868-1944.
  • White, William Lindsay, 1900-1973.

Subject(s)

  • College students -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • College yearbooks -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Diplomas.
  • Postcards -- Kansas.
  • Postcards.
  • School principals -- Kansas.
  • Students -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Teachers -- Kansas.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Yearbook - Then a Days, 1901. 

1 1

Yearbook - The Shamrock, 1902. 

1 2

Yearbook - The Sunflower, 1904. 

1 3

Yearbook - Aureae Memoriae, 1906. 

1 4

Yearbook - The Octagon,  1908 

1 5

Yearbook - The Sunflower,  1912. 

Box
1
Folder
6

Book - Werner's Readings and Recitations, undated. 

2 1

Book - William Allen White in Memorian,  undated. 

Box
2
Folder
2

Book - Barbed WIre and Other Poems by Edwin Piper, October 1919. 

Box
2
Folder
3

Book - Thoughts of 65 by WIlliam Allen White, February 10, 1934. 

2 4

Book - FIfty Years Before and After by William Allen White June 11, 1935. 

2 5

Book - Choose You This Day by William Allen White, March 28, 1941. 

2 6

Photographs - 4 women, undated. 

2 7

Photographs - B.K. Cultinder and Ise, Miss Hill, undated. 

2 8

Photographs - Christmas Photo Card (Grace Monce), undated. 

2 9

Photographs - Co, Normal, Smith Center, undated. 

2 10

Photographs - Dr. Hill's Debating Team, undated. 

2 11

Photographs - Emporia Leap Year, undated. 

2 12

Photographs - Eurydice Club, undated. 

2 13

Photographs - Gramp at Gaylord, undated. 

2 14

Photographs - Group on Stairs, undated. 

2 15

Photographs - Group on Stairs, Men, undated. 

2 16

Photographs - Group on Stairs, Men, Women and Children, undated. 

2 17

Photographs - Kansas State Normal School Class of 1899, undated. 

2 18

Photographs - Literati Staff, undated. 

2 19

Photographs - Original 10 of the College, undated. 

2 20

Photographs - Strips, of 6 photos of L. Alma Ise, undated. 

2 21
Box Folder

Photographs - Milwaukee, July 12, 1908. 

2 24

Photographs - Wichita, undated. 

2 22

Photographs - Wichita Football Team, undated. 

2 23

Correspondence - William Allen White correspondence with Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Ellsworth, May 4, 1942. 

2 25

Correspondence - Letter, written by Robert L. Hampton to Alma, March 25, 1969. 

2 26

Newspaper Clippings - Articles by William Allen White, undated, 1937. 

2 27

Newspaper Clippings - Articles about WIlliam Allen White, undated, 1939, 1943. 

2 28

Newsclippings -"Take a Look" columns from The Emporia Daily Gazette, by William Lindsay White, undated, 1940. 

2 29

Newspaper Clippings - Articles about Mary White's death, 1921. 

2 30

Newspaper Clippings - "Bill White, Forced to Rest to Regain Health, Defends What Mencken Calls Yokels," The Kansas City Star, April 12, 1931. 

2 31

Newspaper Clippings - Articles about What People Said by WIlliam Lindsay White, 1938. 

2 32

Newspaper Clippings - "Behind the Lines" by WIlliam Allen White, May 22, 1940. 

2 33

Newspaper Clippings - Articles about William Allen White's death, 1944. 

2 34

Magazine Clippings - "Willliam Allen White," Vogue, September 15, 1941. 

Separated Materials note

Newspaper clipping located in oversized file drawer OS 12.

2 35

Magazine Clippings - "Emporia's Sage," Time, February 22, 1943. 

Separated Materials note

Newspaper clipping located in oversized file drawer OS 12.

2 36

Magazine Clippings - "William Allen White, 1968-1944," 1944. 

2 37

Poem - "The Little Green Tents" by Walt Mason, undated. 

2 38

Poem - "The Plum creek 'Leven," D.A Ellsworth, undated. 

2 39

Poem - "Rippling Rhymes" by Walt Mason, undated. 

2 40

Walt Mason's Eulogy - "Remarks" by Dr. Edward L.R. Elson, undated. 

2 41

Walt Mason's Eulogy - Story behind "The LIttle Green Tents," undated. 

2 42

Newsletters - The Normal Alumnus: A Teacher's Magazine, January 1908. 

2 43

Newsletters - The Alumni News, December 1967. 

2 44

Newletters - Spotlight, June 1977. 

2 45

Certificates and Diplomas - Common School Diploma issued to L. Alma Ise by School District Number 37, May 12, 1892. 

Separated Materials note

Newspaper clipping located in oversized file drawer OS 12.

2 46

Certificates and Diplomas - Teacher's Temporary Certificate issued to L. Alma Ise by School District Number 121, October 28, 1893. 

2 47

Certificates and Diplomas - Life Certificate, Elementary issued to Alma Laura Ise by State Normal School of Kansas, January 27, 1899. 

Separated Materials note

Newspaper clipping located in oversized file drawer OS 12.

2 48

Certificate and Diplomas - Life Certificate, Elementary issued to Laura Alama Ise by State Normal School of Kansas, June 15, 1899. 

Separated Materials note

Newspaper clipping located in oversized file drawer OS 12.

2 49

Certificates and Diplomas - 2 Teacher's Contracts issued to Marmie H. Helm and Bertha J.Virmond by Gove County High School, 1908. 

2 50

Programs - Annual Prize Contest in Essay and Oration, December 19, 1896. 

2 51

Programs - Junior Social, November 20, 1897. 

2 52

Programs - The State Normal School's Thirthy-fifth Commencement, June 15, 1899. 

2 53

Programs - Alpha Senate Constitution, By-Laws and Rules, 1904. 

2 54
Box

Normaliana - Postcards, undated. 

3