Virginia Welch Forbeck Papers

Summary Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Forbeck, Virginia Welch.
Virginia Welch Forbeck Papers
1857-1870; 1937-1942; 1997
0.75 Linear feet
This collection consists of research materials and a thesis written by Virginia Welch Forbeck.

Preferred Citation note

Virginia Welch Forbeck Papers, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

Virginia Welch Forbeck was born on December 31, 1916, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and at the time of this writing resides in Seal Beach, California, according to the Emporia State University Alumni Association. She graduated from Kansas State Teachers College, of Emporia, Kansas, in 1937 with a Bachelor of Science in Education in History. While attending Kansas State Teachers College she was active in academic and social clubs. According to the 1935 Sunflower yearbook, Forbeck belonged to Winnetaska; in 1936 she is listed as belonging to Winnetaska, Alice Freeman Palmer Society, Young Women’s Christian Association, and the History and Government Club. As a senior in 1937 she is listed as belonging to the clubs listed above as well as Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national honorary mathematics fraternity, and Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society.

The 1936 Emporia City Directory lists her as living at 1030 East 12th Avenue, at the home of John and Ora Forbeck.

She returned to Emporia while attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, to work on her Master’s thesis. She reports having spent several weekends in the furnace room of the Kellogg Library going through the Kansas News and  Emporia News newspapers in search of information pertaining to the early history of Emporia. She earned a Master of Arts degree in history from Northwestern University on June 16, 1943. The thesis was titled  The Early History of Emporia, Kansas, and dated August 1942.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of detailed notes from newspapers, booklets and magazines which are written on slips of paper. They are stored in a 4’’ by 6’’ cardboard index card file box. The notes include a brief bibliographic citation. They are filed under the following terms: Introduction, Town Company, Geography, Important Men, Plumb, Post Office, People, Welsh, Temperance, Business & Industry, Transportation, G of Town Before War, Journalism, State Politics, Agriculture, Drouth of 60, County Seat, Gov’t Before War, Education, Churches, Social Org’s, Music, Lodges, Civil War, Indians, Gov’t After War, RR, Humor, Banks, Growth After War, and Bibliography.

Virginia Welch Forbeck also kept detailed notes from the writings of the following books and authors: Kansas Day by P. H. Barrington,  People of Kansas by Carroll Clark and Roy Roberts,  Pioneer Days in Kansas by Richard Cordley,  Kansas in the Sixties by Raymond Gaeddert,  The First Two Years of Kansas by George Martin,  The Last American Frontier by Frederick Logan Paxton,  Parties and Slavery   1850-1859 by Theodore Clarke Smith, and Kansas,  The Prelude to War for the Union by Leverett Wilson Spring.

There is also a snapshot of Ms. Forbeck that was taken in 1997.

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Arrangement note

The notes from newspapers and magazines are arranged by subject, in original order. The notes from books follow, arranged in alphabetical order by author. Photograph is in a separate box from the card file.

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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

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Other histories of Emporia and Lyon County, Kansas, exist in the Emporia State University Archives.

Separated Materials note


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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Emporia Town Company.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Emporia (Kan.)
  • Kansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Kansas -- History.
  • Kansas -- Politics and government.
  • Lyon County (Kan.)
  • Lyon County (Kan.) -- Politics and government.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Personal Name(s)

  • Jones, Lucina, 1889-1989.
  • Plumb, Preston B., 1837-1891.


  • Agriculture -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • American literature -- Kansas.
  • Authors, American -- Kansas.
  • Banks and banking -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Business enterprises -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Cities and towns -- Growth.
  • Droughts -- Kansas -- Emporia, 1860.
  • Education -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Emporia (Kan.) -- Church history.
  • Emporia (Kan.) -- Historical geography.
  • Emporia (Kan.) -- Humor.
  • Emporia (Kan.) -- Politics and government.
  • Emporia (Kan.) -- Social life and customs.
  • French -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Indians of North America -- Kansas.
  • Industries -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Journalism -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Music -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Post office stations and branches -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Railroads -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Societies -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Temperance -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Transportation -- Kansas.
  • Welsh -- Kansas -- Emporia.

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Collection Inventory

Box Box-folder

“Employia Kansas Notes”, detailed description of notes from newspapers, booklets and magazines. 

Box Folder

Photograph – Virginia Welch Forbeck, 1997. 

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