EDWIN GREEN'S CITY DIRECTORY OF THE INHABITANTS, INSTITUTIONS, MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS, BUSINESS FIRMS, ETC., in the CITY OF FORT LEAVENWORTH. FOR 1878-9.; together with an abstract of state collection laws, court calendar, &c., of Kansas and Colorado. Also United States Post Office Directory of Kansas.

Leavenworth: Philips & Springer, general job printers, Times Printing House, 1878. This 1878 edition was the first Edwin Green Directory of Ft. Leavenworth. 8vo. 197, (1) pp. 32-page illustrated furniture catalogue for Abernathy Brothers of Leavenworth, Kansas is inserted between pp. 192 and 193; broadsheet, 12 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches, folded to fit, pasted to rear board titled “List of organized counties in the State of Kansas,” with the names of their respective county seats, 1879. Small printed business card of P.S. Noble, Adjutant General State of Kansas pasted on front board, with inscription "Presented by Maj. Shreve." Additionally inscribed on front pastedown by A. P. Shreve to P.S Noble; Shreve served as paymaster for a Union regiment during the Civil War and is listed here as a “bookkeeper.” Fred Harvey who established restaurants and hotels along railroad routes in the west is found listed among the residents; he called Leavenworth his home through his death in 1901. The 10th Cavalry, made up of African-American troopers, was formed at Ft. Leavenworth in 1866; following the Civil War the city was home to nearly a fifth of the African-Americans in Kansas, with a significant number of the entries here denoting “col'd” residents, who accounted for about 20% of the city’s population; almost all of these residents were members of the working class, the men listed as laborers, hostlers, porters, etc., the women as seamstresses, maids, etc. One “colored” church is also listed, the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. OCLC locates two copies (Missouri-KC, Yale) of this edition and three of an 1884 edition (Denver, SMU, and Kansas); the Yale copy is defective, lacking the 32-page Abernathy Furniture catalogue among other pages. Original brown cloth-backed printed and illustrated boards (spine ends worn, small nick out of lower part). Old stamps of an historical society on front pastedown and title page (stamped “withdrawn”). Item #61495

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