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Arthur Burdette Warner Papers

Identifier: MS W1

Scope and Contents

Three of Arthur Burdette Warner's speeches along with some newspaper clippings. Warner was a lifelong educator who both graduated from and taught at Missouri State Normal School (now Truman State University). He later became involved in local politics in Kirksville, Missouri.


  • 1894-1936


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Biographical Note

Arthur Burdette Warner (1855 April 12-1936 April 22) received his secondary education at private academies in Bowling Green and Princeton, Missouri, and then began his teaching career as Superintendent at Princeton in 1875. After earning a Bachelor of Pedagogical Didactics at the First District Normal School in Kirksville (now Truman State University) in 1879, Warner was Principal of several school districts in Missouri and Iowa until 1902, when he went to Spokane, WA for four years as Superintendent. He returned to Missouri in 1906 to accept a position as Professor of Education at his alma mater. Warner became politically active in the Progressive Party after settling in Kirksville. He served on the City Council for one term, 1911-1913, and was his party's unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 1912. In 1914, he was urged to run for Mayor but in a move to block his candidacy, the opposition petitioned the Normal Board of Regents to keep him out of politics on the grounds that his political activity was detrimental to his value as a teacher. He didn't run for office, but the controversy caused the Board to drop him from the faculty and he retired to a farm near La Plata, Missouri.


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This collection is organized into 2 series.

  1. Administrative Correspondence, 1940
  2. Addresses and Newspaper Articles, 1894-1936

Immediate Source of Acquisition

In 1940, President Walter Ryle contacted Mrs. Alice Warner about obtaining her husband's papers for the college. She said that he had discarded his books and files when they left the farm and moved to a small house in La Plata shortly before his death, but she did find three of his addresses and a few newspaper clippings which she donated to the Archives.

Processing Information

An artificial arrangement scheme for the collection was imposed during processing in the absence of an original order. Organized by subject.

Arthur Burdette Warner Papers, 1894-1936
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[before 2018]
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Repository Details

Part of the Truman State University, Pickler Memorial Library, Special Collections Manuscripts Repository