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  • Kamehameha Schools President 1923-1934

    Kamehameha Schools Trustee

    1939-1983

    The Frank E. Midkiff Collection

    Ka Waihona Palapala Kahiko O Nä Kula ÿO Kamehameha Kamehameha Schools Archives

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  • Kamehameha Schools Archives Ka Waihona Palapala Kahiko O Nä Kula ÿO Kamehameha

    Stacy Naipo Kahu

    Archivist

    Candace W. Lee Hope Kahu

    Assistant Archivist

    Unless otherwise noted, all images should be cited: Kamehameha Schools.

    © Kamehameha Schools, 2013

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  • The Frank E. Midkiff Collection Finding Aid

    By Candace W. Lee

    Kamehameha Schools, Assistant Archivist, 2013 Descriptive Summary Repository: Kamehameha Schools Archives (hihoksa) Creator: Frank E. Midkiff Language of Materials: Materials in English and Hawaiian Location: The Frank E. Midkiff Papers room, Midkiff Learning Center, Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama. Abstract: This collection contains about 135 linear feet or 274 grey archival boxes of papers from Dr. Midkiff’s tenure as President and Trustee of Kamehameha Schools from 1923-1983. Additionally, 198 awards and honors are described. An influential Twentieth Century person, he received numerous awards, citations, accolades and honors. Administrative Information Access Restrictions The collection is open to researchers by appointment with the archivists. Copyright Notice Copyright for materials resides with the Kamehameha Schools. See Kamehameha Schools Statement of Privacy, Copyright and Disclaimer. www.ksbe.edu/disclaimer.php. Users of this collection are responsible for using the collection materials in compliance with U.S. and international copyright laws. Preferred Citation The Frank E. Midkiff Collection, Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama, Honolulu, Hawai’i. Acquisitions Information The Midkiff Learning Center was built at the Diamond Head end of Konia field at the Kapālama campus in 1977 and named after Dr. Midkiff in his honor. He was a Trustee of the Schools at that time. A room called The Frank E. Midkiff Papers contains his life’s work and awards. His wife, Marjorie, supervised the furnishing of the room. Awards and photographs filled the Diamond Head side of the room. Glass front koa cases were provided for Samoan artifacts, other awards and memorabilia. He may have begun to deposit his papers beginning in 1977. Processing Information Lela Goodell, a contract archivist, was hired to process the Midkiff papers. She completed her work on April 30, 1998. The Kamehameha Schools Archives opened in 1992 in the same room and accommodated to the given environment. In 2008, Candace W. Lee, the Assistant Archivist, wrote the biographical highlights, photographed, measured and processed the awards and artifacts and created an illustrated, annotated inventory. As a result of these additions, the name of the collection is changed from the Frank E. Midkiff Papers to the Frank E. Midkiff Collection. The Finding Aid was not completed for various reasons until 2013.

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  • Table of Contents

    Finding Aid information iii Part 1 Biographical Highlights 1 Part 2 Container List of Papers 15 Part 3 Awards and photographs in the

    Frank E. Midkiff Papers room. 105

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    PART 1

    Frank Elbert Midkiff 1887-1983

    Biographical Highlights

    November 15, 1887 Frank Elbert Midkiff was born in Anna, Illinois to Reverend James Jesse and Bertha Wilson Midkiff He was the fourth of nine children. His mother died when he was 12 years old. 1905 In 1905, Frank graduated from Stonnington High School in Illinois and attended Shurtleff Academy and College in Upper Alton, Illinois. 1907 Frank was a laborer at Yellowstone National Park. He also worked as a foreman at Kimberley Gold Mine in Jardine, Montana in charge of running ore through Huntington Mill. 1908-10 To earn money between his junior and senior years at Colgate University, Frank was the principal, the teacher of physics, chemistry, biology, and agriculture and the coach of sports teams at Lewistown High School in Lewistown, Illinois. 1911-1912 Frank taught chemistry, biology and Robert’s Rules of Order at Colgate Academy. 1912 Frank graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University with an A.B. in Geology. 1912 – 1913 After graduating from Colgate University, Frank taught English and was the coach of baseball and football at Peddie Institute in Hightstown, New Jersey. After the school year, he decided to see the world. He would support himself by working at each destination. Honolulu, Hawaiÿi was the first stop on his journey to Constantinople, now Istanbul, Turkey. 1913 – 1918 From ages 26 to 29, Frank took a position at Oÿahu College, now Punahou School. He taught English, mathematics, physiography and parliamentary law. In addition, he was the Athletic Director for boys. As coach of the football team, he won five football championships. He also coached basketball, baseball and track. He was the head of Rice Hall, the boys’ dormitory. Frank was a lifetime member of Central Union Church in Honolulu. He sang in the choir, was a Sunday School teacher, a Moderator, a Deacon, a Trustee and a President of the Board of Trustees.

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    1916 While at Oÿahu College, Frank founded their JROTC program. He attended the Civilian Officer's Training School in Monterey, California 1917 Company “D,” the first company of American citizens of Japanese ancestry in Hawaiÿi had Frank as one of its organizers.

    1917 Frank, a First Lieutenant in the Hawai'i National Guard, was a coach and captain of the championship Hawai’i National Guard football team. Frank married Ruth Richards on June 29, 1917. Ruth was the daughter of Theodore Richards, the second principal of Kamehameha Schools from 1893-1898.

    The Midkiff children are Mary Wilson, Robert Richards, and Frances Elizabeth.

    Photo: Left to right: Theodore Richards, Mary Atherton Richards, Ruth Richards Midkiff and Frank E. Midkiff

    1918 During World War I, Frank rose to the rank of Captain of Infantry, Regimental Adjutant, U.S. Army during World War I. His military activities increased and from 1918 to 1919, he was Officer in Charge of the Fourth Officers’ Training School at Schofield

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    Barracks, Territory of Hawaiÿi. He was Captain of “M” Company of American citizens of Filipino ancestry and Post Adjutant after the Armistice of World War I. As a civilian, Frank was Chairman of the Territory of Hawaiÿi Full Employment Commission until 1923. He was a member of the Pacific War Memorial Commission and its President from 1918- 28

    1919 Frank received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in August. He received “The Great War for Civilization, U.S. Army, WWI” medal. Frank was a co-founder and charter member of the American Legion, Post No. 1 in Hawaiÿi. Frank was Chairman of the Department of Hawai'i Americanization Committee to aide the formation of the Society of American Citizens of Japanese ancestry.

    Frank was chairman of the First Charter Revision Commission for the City of Honolulu.

    Frank was employed by Lewers & Cooke, Ltd. until 1923 as its neighbor island representative. 1923 - 1934

    From the ages of 36 to 47, Frank became the President of The Kamehameha Schools. Frank was a Trustee of Bishop Memorial Church of The Kamehameha Schools. 1924 Frank was invited to join the Social Science Association of Honolulu, a study group of the best and brightest minds in the Islands that continues today. He was secretary for seven years and president for one year. He wrote sixteen essays from 1925 – 1978. 1928 – 1931 Frank was President of the University Club.

    1928 - 1982 Frank was Vice-Chairman and Secretary (1931-52) and Chairman (1952-82) of the Permanent Committee of the Frederic Duclos Barstow Foundation which promotes the education of American Samoans His adventure began when Mr. and Mrs. William Barstow appeared in his office quite unexpectedly. Their son, Frederic, arrived in Honolulu from American Samoa where he spent several years recovering from tuberculosis. Only a few hours after reuniting with his parents who had come via steamship from New York, Frederic dropped dead from a heart attack. His broken-hearted parents were taken to see Frank E. Midkiff who had a reputation for helping those in difficult circumstances. The Barstows asked Frank to find a way to thank the Samoans for their kindness to their son. Frank learned that the Samoans needed a modern school system