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Jul 28

Kansas Manufacturing Atlas 1976: What was here 45 years ago?

Posted to KGI Online Library Blog on July 28, 2021 at 12:39 PM by Bill Sowers

"Kansas Manufacturing Atlas, 1976."  Thumb through this book and take a look at how the manufacturing landscape has changed in Kansas from what it looked like in the mid 1970s. Available online at the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library...

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Jun 05

Selling Kansas in 1940

Posted to KGI Online Library Blog on June 5, 2017 at 9:24 AM by Bill Sowers



Published in 1940 this publication, available through the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library gives a summary of the accomplishments of the newly created Kansas Industrial Development Commission as well as a plug for all that Kansas has to offer the world. The booklet starts off:

"The Kansas Industrial Development Commission has been in existence only since May, 1939. It was created by a progressive State Legislature, inspired by the leadership of Gov. Payne Ratner and in response to a public demand that Kansas be fully equipped to meet the growing competition engendered by its ambitious sister states. This accounting seeks to tell modestly of the plans, hopes, objectives and whatever of accomplishment has been gained in less than a year and a half. Sincere appreciation is also herewith expressed for the cordial cooperation that has been rendered this Commission from a thousand sources"

The booklet gives an account of activities of the Commission including promotional projects and services provided by the Commission in 1939/1940. Some of the topics covered are:

Kansas Industrial Development Commission services to manufacturers
Milling Industry
Kansas apples
Dairy Month
Kansas potatoes
Dairy loans
Kansas pottery project
A new business code for Kansas
The need for an industrial survey for Kansas
Kansas editorial contest
State beautification project
Kansas and the national defense