Ruth DeTurk Papers

Summary Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Ruth DeTurk Papers
0.25 Linear feet
Tissue memento of 1903 Founders Day and photocopies of tissue.

Preferred Citation note

Recommended citation: Ruth DeTurk Papers, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

Processed by Shari Scribner, August 2006.

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Biographical/Historical note

Kate DeTurk Kate DeTurk was born in Martinsville, Indiana. She moved to Kansas with her parents in 1871. They settled in Cowley County then moved to Sumner County in 1886. Kate graduated as valedictorian of the Sumner County High School class of 1891. She attended Kansas State Normal School at Emporia, Kansas, where she earned an elementary teaching certificate in 1893. Kate taught in the Arkansas City, Kansas, schools from 1893-1903 and in the Wellington school system from 1903-1934. She passed away on November 8, 1959, and is interred at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington.

1903 Founders Day Celebrating the 39th anniversary of the Kansas State Normal School, this celebration was held in the gymnasium on March 2, 1903. The program included piano and vocal performances and featured a debate between the classes of the 1880s and the 1890s as to which decade was superior. Alumni from the 1870s participated as judges. Prizes were given for most pointed and the flattest arguments. This was the first Founders Day celebration to include a debate. Jasper N. Wilkinson, President of the Kansas State Normal School, also presented a speech.

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Scope and Contents note

The primary item of this collection is a tissue from the 1903 Founders Day celebration held at Kansas State Normal School. The tissue has a flowered background design. It serves as an invitation to the celebration and provides date, location, and program information. An American flag is also printed on the tissue. The remainder of the collection consists of four photocopies taken of the tissue. Each photocopy is of a different area of the memento.

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Arrangement note


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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Ruth DeTurk is noted as a student in the 1903 annual catalogue (Np:1a.1) and as alumni in the 1903 Alumni Number of the catalogue.

Separated Materials note

One oversize file folder located in basement oversize drawer OS 4.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Kansas State Normal School-- History.

Personal Name(s)

  • DeTurk, Kate.


  • Schools--Excercises and recreations--Kansas--Emporia

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Tissue invitation to the 1903 Founders Day celebration, February 14, 1903. 

Separated Materials note

Tissue invitation located in oversized drawer OS 4.

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Photocopies of tissue invitation to the 1903 Founders Day, February 14, 1903. 

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