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Henry John Weltmer papers

Call Number: RH MS 23

Scope and Contents

The collection contains records, papers and photographs of Weltmer's military and business careers, along with family papers and memorabilia. Over the years, Weltmer kept copies of war correspondence and journals of the 137th Infantry and later the 130th Field Artillery activities. These records are a part of the collection. For additional photographs from the Henry J. Weltmer collection, see RH Ms-P23.


  • Creation: 1905 - 1956


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Henry John Weltmer

Henry J. Weltmer was born at Hamlin, Kansas in 1887. As a young man, he enlisted in Company F of the first Kansas Infantry. He served all grades from private to colonel and commanded Company F of the 137th Infantry in the Mexican Border conflict (1916) and World War 1, 1917-1918. He graduated from Command & Staff Schools at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and Leavenworth, Kansas. After the war, he was editor and publisher of the Kansas Democrat and manager of the Hiawatha Daily World. He served as postmaster at Hiawatha from 1931-1935. In 1938, he promoted and planned the building of the National Guard Armory in Hiawatha. In December 1940, he and the Hiawatha battalion were called into active duty to train at Camp Robinson, Arkansas. He later transferred to the Army Air Force and was promoted to full colonel where he served 5 1/2 years. He retired from the Air Force in 1948, and was employed as Alcoholic Beverage Control Inspector for Kansas. He was one of the principal Brown County supporters of Governor Fred Hall in the 1954 primary and general election campaigns.


3.75 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 23

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Keith Weltmer, June 1959.

Separated Materials

Photographs located at RH MS-P23

Guide to the Henry John Weltmer Collection
Henry John Weltmer papers
pg August 1976. Inventory revised May 2001, by mh; mg 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Henry John Weltmer Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 23, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States