Kansas State Normal School Souvenirs

Summary Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Conard, Sally.
Kansas State Normal School Souvenirs
1912, Circa 1918-1923
0.25 Linear feet
Invitation to 1912 commencement exercises and postcard showing the Cafeteria Building.

Preferred Citation note

Kansas State Normal School Souvenirs, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

Sally Conard Sally Ann Clerico was born to Ernest L. Clerico and Mary Louise Hughes Clerico. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Emporia, Kansas, in 1961. Sally attended Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia where she was a member of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia in 1966, and completed her Master of Library Science Degree at the University of Hawaii in 1968. Sally married Kent L. Conard. She worked as an instructor and assistant cataloger in the William Allen White Library of Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia from 1970 to 1972. In 1985 she resumed working at the William Allen White Library at what had then become Emporia State University, and she retired in 2007 after a total of twenty-four years of library service.

Martha George Rider

Martha George was born in October, 1889, in Pennsylvania. Her parents were Reverend David M. George and Lizabeth A. George. In the early 1900s Martha’s father became the pastor of Bethany Congregational Church in Emporia, Kansas, and Martha and some of the other family members lived in Emporia. While attending the Kansas State Normal School in Emporia, Martha participated in several extracurricular activities and was a member of the Student-Faculty Council, the Sunflower yearbook staff, the Young Women’s Christian Association, the  Bulletin newspaper reporting staff, and the Omega Literary Society. Martha completed her Life Certificate at the Kansas State Normal School in 1912. She continued her studies at the Kansas State Normal School where she majored in mathematics. She was president of the Omega Literary Society and was also a member of the Mathematics Club, the Athletic Association, the Pedagogy Seminar, and the Girls’ Sports and Pastimes Association. Martha completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1914. After graduating she worked as a teacher in Emporia. On June 9, 1917, Martha married Thomas Thiel Rider in Emporia, Kansas. They lived in Missoula, Montana, where Thomas worked as a dentist. Thomas and Martha Rider had two children, Harold G. Rider and Anna M. Rider. Martha died on July 3, 1930, in Missoula, Montana.

Cafeteria Building

The cafeteria building was built on the campus of Kansas State Normal School in Emporia, Kansas, in 1918 using materials from the Administration Building which was demolished in 1917. The large cafeteria dining room occupied the first floor of the building, and the Home Economics Department had offices, classrooms, and cooking laboratory space on the upper floor. The cafeteria operation was closed in 1933 when newer facilities in the Memorial Union took over providing campus food service. After the cafeteria ceased operating, the Home Economics Department continued to use the building and it became known as the Home Economics Building. The building was demolished in 1963 to make way for the east wing expansion of the Memorial Union.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection includes an invitation to the commencement exercises for the Classes of 1912 at the Kansas State Normal School in Emporia, Kansas, and a post card showing a picture of the cafeteria building on the campus of the Kansas State Normal School. The invitation was mailed by Martha George to her brother Edward H. George. It includes an external envelope addressed to Mr. Edward H. George, Box 471, Colfax, Iowa. There is a cancelled two-cent postage stamp on the envelope, a postmark from Emporia, Kansas, on May 27, 1912, and a postmark in Colfax, Iowa, on May 28, 1912. An internal envelope is simply addressed to “Mr. George.” There is a folded invitation on heavy paper with a colored embossed seal marked “KSN 12,” and there is engraved writing expressing the invitation to the commencement exercises during the week of June 1st to 5th. There is a sheet of thin paper which was folded inside the invitation and folded around two other smaller cards. One card is a calling card for Martha George. The other card has the details of the commencement program and lists events from Friday, May 31, to Wednesday, June 5.

The post card shows a colored picture of the cafeteria building with the caption, “Cafeteria, State Normal School, Emporia, Kansas,” and the number “90339.” The back of the post card is marked, “Published by Eckdall & McCarty, Emporia, Kansas,” and also marked, “C.T. American Art Colored.” There is no postage stamp and no message written on the card. However, the card is addressed to “Miss Ellen Llewelyn, 6903 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa.”

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Arrangement note


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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives November, 2008

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

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Martha George appears in several photographs in the 1912 and the 1914 Sunflower yearbooks. The Bulletin issue of May 23, 1912, includes an article listing the schedule of commencement activities, and an article on the Omega reception which lists Miss George as a member of that society. The  Bulletin issue of May 19, 1914, lists the candidates for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in June, and lists Martha George of Emporia. Other collections which contain examples of commencement invitations or programs include the Brian Beattie Papers (2005.0002), the Isabel Milligan Papers (2006.0001), and the Mary S. Taylor Gantz Papers (2006.0002). Commencement materials may also be found in Record Group ESU003.008.006. The  Bulletin Index includes several articles about the different cafeteria buildings on campus, including one on tearing down the old cafeteria (September 19, 1917), and one on the new cafeteria (July 24, 1918). Record Group ESU004.002 includes files on campus buildings, including the building which served as the cafeteria from 1918-1933, and also as the building for the Home Economics Department until 1963.

Separated Materials note


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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Eckdall & McCarty.
  • Kansas State Normal School -- Buildings.
  • Kansas State Normal School -- Students.
  • Kansas State Normal School. Cafeteria Building.

Personal Name(s)

  • George, Edward H., 1893- .
  • Rider, Martha George, 1889-1930 -- Correspondence.
  • Rider, Martha George, 1889-1930.


  • College buildings -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • College students -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Commencement ceremonies -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Postcards -- Kansas -- Emporia.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Invitation, 1912. 

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Postcard, circa 1918-1923. 

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