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Kansas Association of Commerce and Industry Records, 1927-1987

Ms. Collection 242

 

Historical Sketch

Representatives from about forty Kansas local chambers of commerce met in Hutchinson in 1924 and decided a statewide organization was needed to promote a state system of highways. At that time, they formed the Kansas Association of Chambers of Commerce. The following year, the organization renamed itself the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, inaugurated a new constitution, and expanded its focus to also include the development of agriculture, waterways, and natural resources; advertisement of Kansas and its resources; and assistance to member organizations.

In 1927 the organization's headquarters moved from donated space in Kansas City to office space in Topeka to better monitor and meet with members of the Legislature. In 1930, the Chamber established a number of committees to further its work: agriculture; industry; tourist travel; advertising and publicity; research and conservation; forestation and recreation; and education. The group changed its name to the Kansas State Chamber of Commerce in 1938; it took the name Kansas Association of Commerce and Industry in 1972.

In 1987, after the last date of these records, the organization changed its name to the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry; its present name, once more the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, was adopted in 2004.

Fundamentally, the purpose and objective of the organization is to promote and attract business and industry in Kansas, to limit government internvention in private enterprise and to educate businessmen in economic and business practices. Many of the records in this collection refer to the organization's role as a lobbyist at the state and federal level and show how unified Kansas businesses can be a strong force in politics. Other records in this collection are concerned with democracy, communism, social welfare programs, education, and advertising.

Scope and Contents Note

The records are divided first into three series reflecting the group under each of its three names. Following that, the records for the Kansas State Chamber of Commerce and Industry are further subdivided into subseries (the series for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce is too small to be divided). These subseries consist of records of the boards of directors, councils and committees, publications and published newsletters, and subject files. The Kansas State Chamber of Commerce also has a rather small subseries for office administration. The subseries are further subdivided as necessary.

In the subject files subseries for the Kansas State Chamber of Commerce, many of the documents are speeches concerning various topics.

Contents List

Organization

Series 1: Kansas Chamber of Commerce, ca.1927-1938.
Series 2: Kansas State Chamber of Commerce, 1945-1971.
A)  Board of Directors
B)  Councils and Committees
C)  Office Administration
D)  Published Newsletters
E)  Subject Files
Series 3: Kansas Association of Commerce and Industry, 1972-1987.
A) Board of Directors
B) Councils and Committees
C) Publications and Published Newsletters
D) Subject Files
 
 

Box & Folder List

  Series 1: Kansas Chamber of Commerce, ca. 1927-1938
Box 1  
Folder 1 Board of Directors. Minutes, 1927-1930
  2 Board of Directors. Minutes, 1931-1932
  3 Board of Directors. Minutes of Meetings, 1931-1932
  4 General Committee. Taxation
  5 Highway Division. Minutes of Meetings
  6 Promotional Material (1 of 3)
  7 Promotional Material (2 of 3)
  8 Promotional Material (3 of 3)
  9 Public Opinion Surveys, 1934-1935
  Series 2: Kansas State Chamber of Commerce, 1945-1971
  A) Board of Directors
Box 2 Advance Material for Meetings, 1951-1959
Box 3  
Folders 1-3 Advance Material for Meetings, 1960-1963
  4 Handbooks, 1954-1967
  5-6 Minutes of Meetings, 1946-1951
Box 4  
Folders 1-5 Minutes of Meetings, 1955-1971
  6-7 Notes, Memos, etc., 1946-1947
Box 5 Notes, Memos, etc., 1948-1956
Box 6 Notes, Memos, etc., 1956-1962
Box 7  
Folders 1-2 Notes, Memos, etc., 1962-1963
  3-5 Executive Committee. Minutes, 1946-1971
  6 Magazine Committee
  7 Special Committee of Oil Industry Res/School Finance, 1959-1961
  8 Court Reform Study Committee
  9 Committee on Unemployment Compensation Board of Review Problems
  B) Councils and Committees
Box 8 Council Lists
Box 9 Council Lists
Box 10  
Folder 1 Advisors, Board of. Minutes, 1953-1966
  2 Agricultural Council. Council Service Forms,1969
  3 Agricultural Council. Minutes, 1947-1959
  4 Agricultural Relations Council. Minutes, 1960-1966
  5 Annual Convention. Arrangements Committee. Minutes, 1953-1971
  6 Annual Meeting – Business Session. Minutes, 1954-1971
  7 Aviation Council. Minutes, 1946-1958
  8 Business Climate Council. Minutes, 1957-1961
  9 Chamber Executives Advisory Council. Minutes, 1957-1961
  10 Citizens’ Tax Review Commission. Minutes, 1961-1971
  11 Congressional Dinner Committee. Minutes, 1971
  Economic Security Council.
  12 Minutes, 1963-1966
  13 Unemployment Compensation Committee, 1963-1965
  14 Workmen’s Compensation Committee, 1963-1965
  Education Council.
  15 Council Service Forms, 1969
  16 Minutes, 1952-1962
  17 Vo-Tech, Training Facilities./Minutes, 1961-1962
Box 11  
Folder Employer-Employee Relations Council.
  1 Council Service Forms, 1969
  2 Minutes, 1969-1970
  3 Unemployment Compensation Committee, 1971
  4 Environmental Committee. Minutes, 1970-1971
  5 Federal Affairs Advisory Committee. Minutes, 1947-1948
  6 Federal Affairs Council. Minutes, 1945-1946
  7 Federal Taxation and Finance Council. Minutes, 1952-1966
  8 Federal Taxation Council. Minutes, 1946-1951
  9 Finance Committee. Minutes, 1946-1951
  10 Flood Control Council. Minutes, 1949-1960
  11 Governmental Affairs Committee. Minutes, 1955
  12 Great State Council. Minutes, 1970-1972
  13 Highway Commission of Kansas, State
  Highway Council.
  14 Minutes, 1945-1953
  15 Minutes, 1954-1962
  Highway Development Council.
  16 Council Service Forms, 1969
  17 Minutes, 1959-1971
  18 Industrial Research Development Council
  Council Service Forms, 1969
Box 12  
Folder 1 Industrial Research Development Council.
  Minutes, 1963-1967
  2 Industrial Council. Minutes, 1945-1959
  3 Community Industrial Clinics, Committee on. Minutes, 1949
  4 County Zoning Committee. Minutes, 1950
  5 Gas Study Committee. Minutes, 1954
  6 Industrial Research Committee. Minutes, 1949
  7 Inventors’ Exposition Committee. Minutes, 1949
  8 Labor Relations Committee. Minutes, 1952-1953
  9 Plant Visitation Committee. Minutes, 1949
  10 Sales Tax and Use Committee. Minutes, 1956
  11 Industrial Developers Advisory Committee. Minutes, 1970-1971
  12 Industrial Development Council. Minutes, 1949-1963
  13 Kansas Chamber of Commerce Executives.
  Advisory Committee. Minutes, 1950-1972
  14 Kansas Council of Retail Associations. Minutes, 1958-1966
  15 Kansas Industrial Development Commission
  16 Labor Industrial Committee. Notes, Memos, etc., 1974-1975
  17 Labor-Management relations Council. Minutes, 1963-1966
  18 Labor-Relations Council. Minutes, 1953-1964
  19 Magazine Committee. Minutes, 1959-1960
  20 Model Workman’s Compensation Bill, Conference on. Minutes, 1956
  21 National Memorial Committee. Notes, Memos, etc., 1953-1954
  22 Nominating Committee. Notes, Memos, etc.,1958
Box 13  
Folder 1 Nominating Committee, 1959-1960
  2 Nominating Committee, 1961-1967
  3 Nominating Committee, 1963-1964
  4 Nominating Committee, 1965-1968
  5 Nominating Committee. Minutes, 1953-1972
  6 Office Quarters Relocation Committee. Minutes, 1959-1966
  7 Past Director’s Club. Minutes, 1961
  8 Political Participation Council. Minutes, 1963-1966
  9 Political Participation Council. Notes, Memos, etc., 1960
  10 Presidential Special Study Committee. Minutes, 1971
  Public Affairs Council.
  11 Council Service Forms, 1969
  12 Minutes, 1970-1971
  13 Public Relations and Publicity, Advisory Committee on. Minutes, 1961-1965
  14 Retail Associations, Kansas Council of. Minutes, 1957-1959
Box 14  
Folder 1 Retail Council. Minutes, 1955-1971
  2 Political Participation Committee. Minutes, 1964
  3 Social Legislation Council. Minutes, 1954-1963
  4 Unemployment Compensation Financing Committee, 1961-1964
  5 Social Security Council. Minutes, 1945-1953
  6 Public Assistance Committee. Minutes, 1949
  7 Unemployment Compensation Committee. Minutes, 1947-1951
  8 Staff Retirement Plan Committee. Minutes, 1956-1961
  9 State-Wide Development Credit Corporation
  Steering Committee. Minutes, 1955-1974
  10 State-Wide Economic Development Committee. Minutes, 1962
  State Taxation and Finance Council.
  11 Notes, Memos, etc., 1955-1967
  12 Minutes, 1951-1967
  13 State Taxation and School Finance Committee. Minutes, 1948-1959
  14 State Taxation Council. Minutes, 1945-1957
Box 15  
Folder 1 Sunday Closing Committee. Minutes, 1962-1967
  2 Taxation and Public Finance Council. Council Service Forms, 1969
  3 Taxation and Public Finance Council. Minutes, 1970-1971
  4 Tourist Promotion Council. Minutes, 1951-1955
  Tourist Recreation Promotion Council
  5 Council Service Forms, 1969
  6 Minutes, 1963-1966
  7 Transportation and Communication Council. Notes, Memos, etc.,1961-66
  8 Transportation and Communication Council, 1959-1960
  9 Travel Business Conference Advisory Committee. Minutes, 1957-1960
  10 Turnpike Dedication Committee. Minutes, 1956
  Water Resources Council
  11 Council Service Forms, 1969
  12 Minutes, 1963-1971
  13 Notes, memos, Etc., 1954-1956
  14 Committees Miscellaneous. Minutes, 1963-1966
  C) Office Administration
Box 16  
Folder Chamber Directories:
  1 Undated
  2 1964 February
  3 1965 April
  4 1965 November
  5 1966 May
  6 1967 January
  7 1967 September
  8 1968 February
  9 1968 September
  10 1969 February
  11 1969 July
  12 1970 February
  13 1970 September
  14 1971 February
  15 Council Reorganization, 1965-67
  16 Council Reorganization, 1965-67
Box 17  
Folder 1 Council Reorganization, 1967-69
  2 Council Reorganization, 1967-69
  3 Directories of State-Wide Kansas Associations, 1956
  4 Employees’ resignations, 1962-1966
  5 Employee Sick Leave Records
  6 Past Directors and Presidents, 1954-1971
  7 Policy Book changes, 1970
  8 Policy Book changes, 1971
  9 Professional and Trade Association Members Directories, 1964-1970
  D) Published Newsletters
Box 18  
Folder 1 Industrial Relations Bulletins 1967 Jan 20, 1967
  2 Legislative Action Bulletin, 1963-1965
  3 Legislative Reports, 1953-1956
  4-7 Legislative Service Bulletin, 1957-1971
  8 Men with Ideas Provide Leadership for Progress in Kansas, 1953-1967
Box 19  
Folder 1 Private Memo to Members, 1948-1959
  2-4 Progress in Kansas, 1946-1964 (see also oversize storage: 74-03-03-01
  5-7 Reporter, 1963-1968
Box 20 Special Reports, 1951-1959
  E) Subject File
Box 21  
Folder 1 Agriculture
  2 Agriculture
  3 Agriculture, Industry Science Conference
  4 Automation
  5 B-E Days, or Business Education
  6 Biographical Information
  7 Bosses’ Night
  8 Buffalo Chips
  9 Business Climate
  10 Business-Consumer Relations
  11 Civic Clubs
  12 Coburn, John H. “Changing Roles of Local Government in Economic Government”
  13 Commencement Addresses
  14 Communication
  15 Communism
Box 22  
Folder 1 Community Development
  2 Congressional Dinner, 1858-1967
  3 Co-ops
  4 Credit
  5 Democracy
  6 Economic Development
  7 Education
  8 Education
  9 Education, Economic
Box 23  
Folder 1 Education, Economic – “The Economics and Politics of Survival”
  Employment – see Unemployment
  2 Engineering
  3 English Instruction
  4 Entrepreneurship
  5 Federal Aid
  6 Flood Control
  7 Freedom
  8 Free Enterprise
  9 Free Enterprise
  10 Free Enterprise
  11 Free Enterprise Commercial KARB
  12 Future Predictions
  13 Gateway to Goals
  14 Generation Gap
  15 Geology in KansasGovernment and Business
  16 Government and Business
  17 Highway Map, Kansas, 1953
  18 Historical Album of Kansas
Box 24  
Folder 1 Historical File
  2 Howard Kershner’s Commentary of the News, 1965-1968
  3 Industrial Development
  4 Inflation
  5 Insurance
  6 Introductory Material
  7 Junior Chamber of Commerce
  8 KABIE Study Tours, 1953-1967
  9 KABIE Study Tours – Blue Book, 1967
  10 Kansas for the Right to Work
  11 Kansas for the Right to Work
  12 Kansas
  13 Kansas Organization of Commercial Organization Managers, 1947-1948
Box 25  
Folder 1 Kansas Business
  2 Kansas Development Credit Corporation, 1965-1968
  3 Kansas Industrial Development Commission
  4 Kansas Power and Light (see also oversize storage: 74-03-03-01)
  5 Labor Relations
  6 Law Enforcement
  7 Leadership (of Voluntary Leadership)
  8 Legislative Information (see also oversize storage: 74-03-03-01
  9 Legislative Information
  10 Legislative Objective
  11 Legislative Reports
  12 Legislative Voting Records (see also oversize storage: 74-03-03-01
Box 26  
Folder 1 Lincoln Comments
  2 Lobbying
  3 Local Chambers of Commerce
  4 Local Chambers of Commerce
  5 Local Chambers of Commerce
  6 Local Chambers of Commerce
  7 Local Chambers of Commerce, Council Forms Returned
  8 Management
  9 Military Service, Compulsory
  10 Minimum Wage
Box 27  
Folder 1 Morell, Ben – Speeches
  2 Miscellaneous
  3 Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings
  4 Miscellaneous Publications
  5 Natural Resources
  6 Oil and Oil Products
  7 Patriotism
  8 Pattern for Progress
  9 Peace Act of 1961, Kansas Citizens
  10 Political Action by Business
Box 28  
Folder 1 Political Action by Businessmen
  2 Politics
  3 Pollution
  4 Population
  5 Poverty
  6 Practical Politics
  7 Profits
  8 Program of Work
  9 Promotional Material
  10Public Relations
Box 29  
Folder 1 Radio Skits
  2 Research
  3 Retailing
  4 Roads and Highways
  5 Salesmanship
  6 Social Security
  7 Social Welfare
  8 Socialsim
  9 Speeches – Misc.
  10 State Chamber of Commerce
  11 State Chamber of Commerce
  12 State Chamber of Commerce
  13 State Chamber of Commerce
Box 30  
Folder 1 Sunday Selling
  2 Taxation
  3 Trade Associations in Kansas
  4 Transportation
  5 Unemployment
  6 Unions
  7 United States, Chamber of Commerce of the
  8 Vital Statistics on Selected Kansas Cities
  9 Vocational Education
  10 Voting
  11 Water Resources
  Welfare State – see Socialism
  12 Women
  13 Working Together
  14 Youth Employment
  Series 3: Kansas Association of Commerce and Industry, 1972-1987
  A) Board of Directors
Box 34  
Folder 1 Advance Memos, 1978-1979
  2 Advance Memos, 1980-1982
  3 Correspondence, 1978-1980
  4 Handbooks, 1979-1983
  5 Minutes of Meetings, 1972-1977
  6 Minutes of Meetings, 1978-1981
  7 News Releases, 1977-1979
  8 News Releases, 1980-1983
Box 35  
Folder 1 News Releases, 1984
  2 Notes, Memos, etc., undated
  3 Notes, Memos, etc., 1956-1967
  4 Notes, Memos, etc., 1978
  5 Notes, Memos, etc., 1978
  6 Notes, Memos, etc., 1979
  7 Notes, Memos, etc., 1979
  8 Notes, Memos, etc., 1980
  9 Notes, Memos, etc., 1981
Box 36  
Folder 1 Notes, Memos, etc., 1981
  2 Notes, Memos, etc., 1982
  3 Executive Committee, 1972-1975
  B) Councils and Committees
Box 37  
Folder 1 Annual Convention Committee, 1972-1974
  2 Annual Convention Committee – Business Session, 1972-1974
  3 Business and Economic Development Council, 1972-1975
  4 Chamber Executives Advisory Council, 1972-1975
  5 District Public Affairs Committees,
  6 Education Council, 1972-1975
  7 Great State Council, 1972-1973
  8 Greater Kansas Council, 1973-1975
  Greater Kansas Council.
  Public Affairs and Promotion Division
  9 Greater Kansas Awards, 1974
Box 38  
Folder 1 Highway Development Council, 1973-1975
  2 Industrial Developers Advisory Committee, 1972-1974
  3 Industrial Division – Board of Directors, 1972-1980
  4 Kansan of the Year Committee, undated material
  5 Kansan of the Year Committee, 1973
  6 Kansan of the Year Committee, 1974
  7 Kansan of the Year Committee, 1975
  8 Kansan of the Year Committee, 1976
  9 Kansan of the Year Committee, 1977
  10 Kansan of the Year Committee, 1978
  11 Kansan of the Year Committee, 1979
  12 Kansan of the Year Committee, 1980
  13 Kansan of the Year Committee, 1981
  14 Kansas Retail Council, 1972-1975
  15 Miscellaneous Committees, 1972-1980
  16 Natural Resources and Environmental Council, 1972-1974
Box 36  
Folder 1 Nominating Committee, 1977-1979
  2 Nominating Committee. Minutes, 1971-1984
  3 Past Directors & Presidents of KACI Correspondence, 1972-1975
  4 President’s Task Force of Organization and Finance, 1972
  5 Public Affairs Council, 1972-1975
  6 Taxation and Public Finance Council, 1972-1975
  7 Workman’s Compensation Committee, 1972
  C) Publications and Published Newsletters
Box 37 (see also oversize materials located at 74-03-03-01)
Folder 1 Action
  2 Business-Industry Political Action Committee Newsletter
  3 BIPAC Politics
  4 Legislative Reports
  5 Legislative Reports
  6 Legislative Reports
  7 Legislative Service Bulletins
  8 Legislative Service Bulletins
  9Legislative Testimony
  10 Moneyplan
  11 National Education Program Newsletter
  12 PRIDE Newsletter (see also next series)
  13 Special Reports. Legislative Voting Record
  14 Special Reports. Legislative Voting Record
  15 Strictly Business
  C) Subject Files
Box 38  
Folder 1 American Legislative Exchange Council
  2 Bi-Centennial
  3 Campaign Associates
  4 Center for Legislative Improvement
  5 Chamber of Commerce of the United States
  6 Chamber of Commerce of the United States
  7 Chamber of Commerce of the United States
  8 Common Cause
  9 Economic Development
Box 39  
Folder 1 Education
  2 Employees – Retirement Plans, 1976-1978
  3 Governmental Ethics commission
  4 Gramm, Phil
  5 Kansans for the Right to Work
  6 Kansas Chamber of Commerce Executives
  7 Kansas Legislative Administrative Services
  8 Kansas Legislative Handbook Information
  9 Kansas Legislative Research Department
  10 Kansas. Legislature. 1973-1975, Legislative Guides    
  11 Kansas. Legislature. 1975, Voting Record    
  12 Kansas. Legislature. 1975, Roster    
  13 Kansas. Legislature. 1977-78    
  HCR 5009, HCR 5026    
  House Journal 1978 March 16    
  14Kansas. Legislature.1979, HCR 5043, SB 281    
  15 House Republican State Committee    
  16 Kansas Voter’s Guide    
  17 Liberty Bowl    
  18 Lobbying Laws, Federal    
  19 Lobbying, State    
  20 Local Chambers of Commerce    
  21 Local Chambers of Commerce, Directories, 1972    
Box 40      
Folder 1 Local Chambers of Commerce, Directories, 1974-1977    
  2 Local Chambers of Commerce, Directories, 1978-1979
  3 Miscellaneous
  4 Miscellaneous
  5 National Association of Manufacturers
  6 National Endowment for the Humanities
  7 National Legal Center for the Public Interest
  8 News Clips
  9 Opinionnaire, 1 of 2
Box 41  
Folder 1 Opinionnaire, 2 of 2
  2 Out-of-State Chmabers and Associations
  3 PACE ‘76 Meeting
  4 Policy Book Changes, 1972
  5 Policy Book Changes, 1973
  6 Policy Book Changes, 1974
  7 Policy Book Changes, 1975
  8 Policy Book Changes, 1976
Box 42  
Folder 1 Policy Book Changes, 1976
  2 Policy Book Changes, 1977
  3 Policy Book Changes, 1978
  4 Political Action Committees
  5 Political Action Council of Kansas
  6 PRIDE, 1976
  7 PRIDE, 1977 Jan-June
  8 PRIDE, 1977 July-Dec
  9 Product Liability
Box 43  
Folder 1 Seminars and Conferences
  2 Speakers and Films
  3 Speeches
  4-5 United States
  Congress, HB 2010, HB 2152, SB 120
  6 Whittaker, Bob – Campaign Material
Box 44 Oversize material (Location: 74-03-03-01)

Additional Information for Researchers

Processed by

Robert A. McInnes

Volume

18 ft. (44 boxes)

Provenance

This collection was donated by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1993; accession no. 1987MS087.

Citation

Researchers needing to cite any or all of this collection in footnotes should cite the specific document, box and folder number, Kansas Association of Commerce and Industry records, ms. collection 242, Library and Archives Division, Kansas State Historical Society.

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