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Don W. Holter Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SC-013

Scope and Contents

The Don W. Holter boxes include meeting notes and communications about the book ‘The Lure of Kansas’. It includes a full copy of the book ‘Fire on the Prairie’ and most of the individual chapters of the book ‘Fire on the Prairie’.


  • Created: 1905-1999

Biographical or Historical Information

Don W. Holter was born on March 24, 1905 in Lincoln, Kansas to Henry O. and Lenna Mater Holter. Holter graduated from Baker University in 1927. He was ordained during the Kansas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and had his first appointment in 1931 in Oak Park, Illinois. He was elected as a Bishop in the United Methodist Church in 1972. Holter died on September 12, 1999. Don W. Holter is the author of ‘The Lure of Kansas’ and ‘Fire on the Prairie’. He was approached by the Methodist Church to write ‘The Lure of Kansas’ as a history of Methodism in Kansas because he had written many other books.

Note written by Grace Bennett


3.00 boxes

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This collection holds the meeting notes and communications of Don W. Holter, Neil Heidrick, and the Combined Editorial Board of the Kansas East and Kansas West United Methodist Conferences. The papers are divided into three boxes. Box one of three contains the meeting notes and communications. Box two of three hold a spriled copy of the book ‘Fire on the Prairie’. Box three of three holds edits for chapters of the book ‘Fire on the Prairie’ and most of the individual chapters of the book as well.

Arrangement Note

Series 1: Holter Communications About ‘The Lure of Kansas’ Box 1 Folder 1- EUB Book >Minutes from a meeting of the combined editorial board of the Kansas East and Kansas West United Methodist Conferences, at First United Methodist Church Emporia, Kansas, August 26, 1989 by Ina Turner Gray Acting Secretary, Don Holter, Author- Present. >Letter urging community members to the afore mentioned meeting to make a decision regarding the printing of the book about the history of the Evangelical and United Brethren Churches in Kansas. From Neil Heidrick. >Maps from 1858-1956 of the Iowa Conference, 2 districts including Kansas Territory, then forming the Kansas Conference in 1864. Six maps total- All of Kansas with some parts of Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. >Corrections for ‘The Lure of Kansas’. Typed up corrections with chapter and page numbers. >Letters to, Members of the Editorial Committee. September 28, 1989 from Neil Heidrick about cost and editing of the book. >‘The Lure of Kansas’ book advertisement, can use paper to send in money and buy book. >Letter to Dr. Judson Jones Chairman, Kansas East Conference Commissioner of Archives and history from Don W. Holter, offering to loan $3,000 if necessary to publish ‘The Lure of Kansas’. >Two copies of a letter to Members of Editorial and Publishing Committee, an update about ‘The Lure of Kansas’ in March 26, 1990 by Neil Heidrick. Stated May 15, 1990 as the day publisher would deliver the copies of the book. >Another information sheet about the book as well as a section to use to order the book. >Certificate of Copyright Registration- Received June 10, 1991 for ‘The Lure of Kansas’. Folder 2- Copy of Fire on the Prairie: Methodism in the History of Kansas by Don W. Holter.   Series 2; Don W. Holter’s Book Fire on the Prairie Box 2 >Spiraled Copy of Fire on the Prairie.   Box 3 >Dedication and preface to Fire on the Prairie. >Introduction to Fire on the Prairie. >Edited copy of Introduction. >Edited copy of preface. >Edit for John Hoon for introduction. >Edits from Holter to Members of the Editorial Community of various aspects of Fire on the Prairie. >Two copies of Chapter Eight- From Lane to Westmar. >Chapter Nine- Growth Church Membership, Women's Societies, Youth Organizations. >Chapter Ten- Personalities. >Chapter Twelve- Turbulent Years. >Chapter Thirteen- Union to Union 1946-1968. >Chapter Seven- Bleeding Kansas. >Chapter Eight- Civil War Years. >Chapter Nine- The Methodists and Education Early Efforts to 1880. >Chapter Ten- The Passing of the Frontier. >Chapter Eleven- Temperance and Public Morals. >Chapter Twelve- Builders of the Fire. >Chapter Thirteen- Growth Amidst Turmoil. >Chapter Fourteen- The Methodists and Their Colleges, the Middle Period, 1880- The Depression. >Two Copies of Chapter Fifteen- New Institutions in a New Century. >Two Copies of Chapter Sixteen- Through the Difficulties of the Thirties. >Two Copies of Chapter Seventeen- A United Church- The First Twenty-five Years 1939-1964. >Two Copies of Chapter Eighteen- Methodist Fervor Through Fire, Sun, Wind, and Heat.

Related Materials

Holter also wrote Flames on the Prairie.

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Repository Details

Part of the Baker University and Kansas United Methodist Archives Repository

518 8th Street
PO Box 65
Baldwin City KS 66006 US