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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.

Dates

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

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Extent

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.

Biography

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.

Arrangement

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.
Title
Guide to the Arthur J. Kiser papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Ashley Locke.
Date
2007-05-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742
301-405-9212