Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

National Archives at College Park, Maryland

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Motion Pictures

Reproduction from a circa 1931 35mm film reel of Ford Motor Company's twenty millionth automobile in Kansas City, Missouri. The montage includes footage of Liberty Memorial, Union Station, and the Ford Assembly Plant at 1025 Winchester Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri.

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Correspondence

Letter from James H. Anderson regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Anderson writes of Higgins' commendations as a war correspondent, including "the personal commendation of our great General, John J. Pershing," and states his confidence that Higgins will "become a valuable citizen in our community" upon his parole. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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Correspondence

Letter from Tom L. Evans, president of Crown Drug Company, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Evans writes of Higgins' accomplishments with the police department and Kansas City Safety Council, and states that he believes Higgins "has learned his lesson" and would be able to "completely rehabilitate himself" as a citizen. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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Miscellaneous Documents
Photographs

Mugshot and prison record of Anthony R. Gizzo, Inmate #20547, including biographical data as well as information about his conviction and sentencing. Gizzo was sentenced to two one-year terms, served concurrently, in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth on drug charges.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Certificate of conditional release for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, recording that he is entitled to "144 days deduction from the term of his sentence" due to good conduct, and listing the conditions of his release, including his probation officer, Lewis J. Grout, and parole advisor, John H. Lee. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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Correspondence

Memorandum from Robert H. Hudspeth, warden of the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, to James V. Bennett, director of the Bureau of Prisons, regarding Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295. The memo discusses Pendergast assigning his lawyers power of attorney to deal with his income tax liability with the Treasury Department, and lists Pendergast's visitor log, including attorneys and Treasury Department agents. The memo also notes that Pendergast has paid "a substantial portion" of his back taxes owed. Also included is a letter of introduction from Charles O'B.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Agreement between R. P. Lyons, vice president of Ready Mixed Concrete Company, and the United States Board of Parole, stating that Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, will be employed "steadily in the occupation of President" of Ready Mixed Concrete upon his parole, and agreeing to report to U.S. Probation Officer Lewis Grout should Pendergast's work become unsatisfactory. Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S.

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Correspondence

Letter from Herbert Corey regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Corey writes that, while Higgins was undoubtedly guilty as charged, "he is not a criminal at heart," and "was the perfect victim for a political machine," describing him as "a stumbling, jovial, well meaning man who was able to do some good for his city." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Letter from Floy Smith to the United States Parole Board regarding Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295. Smith writes to protest the parole of Pendergast, saying that Pendergast surely "considered himself getting off very easy with only a 15-months' sentence," and that it would be just for him to serve the full sentence. Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

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Correspondence

Letter from Alex F. Sachs, Jackson County highway engineer, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Sachs writes that Higgins has long "been actively interested in many worth while civic activities," and will "again become a useful and respected member of society." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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Correspondence

Letter from Joseph McGee regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. McGee writes that Higgins' printing busines swill "keep him busy and give him a chance to rehabilitate himself," and that the time he has served "is more than sufficient to keep him from any further transgressions." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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Correspondence

Letter from Ludwick Graves regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Graves, president of the Kansas City School District, writes that Higgins "really is a very fine man [who] regrets to the utmost what he did." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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