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Arthur J. Kiser Papers

 Collection 0330-MDHC

Arthur J. Kiser (1871-1962) was a dentist and amateur poet from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a graduate of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. His papers are comprised of his poetry, sheet music, political cartoons, and a letter to University of Maryland President Harry Clifton Byrd. Topics include dental work, politics, the World Wars, gold mining, and Spiritualism. Documents pertaining to his involvement in the Modern Gold Placer Company of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Silver City, New Mexico, are also included.


  • 1920-1947
  • Majority of material found within 1942-1947

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


59 Items

Scope and Content of Collection

The Arthur J. Kiser papers span the years 1920 through 1947 with the bulk of the material dating between 1942 and 1947. The collection contains poetry; sheet music; political cartoons; documents pertaining to the Modern Gold Placer Company of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Silver City, New Mexico; and a letter to University of Maryland President Harry Clifton Byrd. Subjects covered include dental work, politics, gold mining, the World Wars, Prohibition, and Spiritualism.


Arthur J. Kiser was born in Ohio on February 23, 1871, to Henry Kiser (b. June 1, 1836) and Matilda Bucher (b. circa 1839). Henry Kiser and Matilda Bucher were married on November 4, 1858, in Seneca, Ohio.

Arthur J. Kiser graduated from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1894 and, upon graduation, was the recipient of the Mechanical Prize.

Arthur J. Kiser married Mary Ann Tallmadge (August 31, 1873-April 9, 1958) on June 5, 1901, in Lansing, Michigan. Their daughter, Dolores, was born in 1904. The family eventually moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where their second daughter, Genevieve, was born in 1910. The family lived for a time in a rental home at 34 West Byon Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Arthur practiced dentistry in Colorado Springs; and his practice is first listed in the Colorado Springs Business Directory in 1916.

Arthur J. Kiser died on December 16, 1962, and was buried with his wife Mary and daughter Genevieve (d. 1945) in Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Organized as five series.

  1. Series 1: Poetry
  2. Series 2: Music
  3. Series 3: Political Cartoons
  4. Series 4: Modern Gold Placer Company
  5. Series 5: Correspondence

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The source of the Arthur J. Kiser papers is unknown.

Processing Information

The materials were placed in acid-free folders and stored in an acid-free box.

Guide to the Arthur J. Kiser papers
Processed by Ashley Locke.
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742