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A letter in which Henley L. Cox informs Mrs. W. A. Masters that Cox has sent out the formal call to 145 educators to meet and organize the Missouri state branch of the National Colored Association. He inquires if there are any funds available to help facilitate the meeting and then lists all of the steps taken in preparation for the meeting.

Date: 
January 11th 1928

A letter in which Mrs. W. A. Masters, president of the Missouri Branch of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, informs Henley L. Cox that "owing to the financial condition of the state that there is not money available to make the slightest contribution to the organization of the Colored Branch." She then provides an overview of her organization's current financial situation.

Date: 
January 17th 1928

In this letter, John E. Carlson compliments Chauncey Downs on his performance at the Minstrel Show and hopes that "more entertainments of this fine sort will be given by the Monrovian Club."

Letter from Director Insurance H. L. McCoy to The American Legion, Wayne Miner Post No. 149, Kansas City, Missouri. McCoy acknowledges receipt of the post's letter and has referred their request for information to the Adjutant General of the Army.

Date: 
February 4th 1935

Letter from Kansas City, Missouri Department of Police Director Otto P. Higgins to Wayne Miner Post No. 149 Post Commander Dr. Milton C. Lewis. Higgins writes that he appreciates Lewis's letter concerning police officers Cavanaugh and Keleher.

Date: 
June 28th 1935

Letter from John J. Phelan to Dr. Milton C. Lewis, Commander of the American Legion, Wayne Miner Post No. 149, Kansas City, Missouri. Phelan informs Lewis that Dr. Louis H. Renfrow is endorsed as state commander for the American Legion. Phelan then provides a biography on Renfrow.

Date: 
August 22nd 1935

Receipt acknowledging that Q. J. Gilmore, Chairman of the Young Mens Negro Democratic Club's Committee, transferred $20.00 to William Kenner, secretary to the American Legion, Wayne Miner Post No. 149. This money was generated from the sale of tickets for a celebration held at Winwood Beach.

Date: 
December 7th 1933

Letter from Wayne Miner Post No. 149 Commander Milton C. Lewis to W. G. Mosely, President of the Out-State Democratic Club of Missouri. Lewis regrets that the Wayne Minor Post Drum and Bugle Corps will be unable to perform at Liberty Park in Sedalia, Missouri on August 4th and 5th, 1934 as they previously booked an engagement at Paola, Kansas.

Date: 
July 28th 1934

Letter from the Council of Men's Clubs President Milton C. Lewis to the Musicians' Protective Union, Local No. 627, A. F. of M. Lewis on behalf of the Council of Men's Clubs believes the Local No. 627 should accept "a reduction in the price of Union Music, in conformity with the reduction of wages in other crafts."

Date: 
May 24th 1932

Letter from Musicians' Protective Union, Local 627 President William Shaw to Dr. Milton C. Lewis, President of the Council of Men's Clubs. Shaw on behalf of the Local No. 627 believe that despite the current depression, the current wages for musicians as set by the union are "not exhorbitant [sic]".

Date: 
May 26th 1932

Letter from Hannibal H. Hill, Jr. to Dr. Milton C. Lewis of the American Legion, Wayne Miner Post, No. 149. Hill provides an invoice for the nights he and his orchestra performed from March 10 through March 15, 1935. In this invoice Hill includes each member of the orchestra, their instrument, what nights they played, and how much money each are due. Hill claims that to date, he has not received nearly the amount owed for each performer.

Date: 
April 24th 1935

A draft of a letter from Dr. Milton C. Lewis to an unknown recipient. Lewis informs this person of the purpose and mission of the Kansas City Council of Men's Clubs. He then provides what he believes to be the six duties of a Kansas City colored organization. Lewis then comments that those on the council are serious and hardworking men.

Letter from Kansas City Council of Men's Clubs President Dr. Milton C. Lewis to Missouri Representative Gil Burke. Lewis on behalf of the council thanks Burke for his efforts to prohibit lynching in Missouri. Lewis writes, "although your efforts may apparently seems without immediate results, the effects are being felt not only in Missouri, but throughout the country."

Date: 
February 9th 1931

Letter from the 25 Industrus Club to an unknown recipient. The writer provides information on a number of "whisky joints" run by Italians from the North End as well as places of prostitution. The writer comments that "when the Republicans party was in there was about 150 of such women but sinse the Democrats have got in office they have increased to about 250 or more with out exaggerateing a bit, and we have sat and watched the police come and take money from these girls and would never do a thing to stop it."

Date: 
April 4th 1934

Letter from Dr. Milton C. Lewis to Dwight Brown, President of Parole Board, Missouri State Penitentiary. Lewis believes that inmate Willie Smith's parole application should be considered favorably because of his good record before and during incarceration. He informs Brown that if approved, Smith would be under the care of Vincent Spizzuca of St. Louis, Missouri.

Date: 
March 16th 1931

Invitation from the Music Department at Western University presenting a recital with Bobbie Boggess, lyric soprano and Laveeda Boggess, pianist. The event was held at the University Auditorium on Friday, May 30, 1941.

Date: 
May 30th 1941

A letter from International Ladies Garment Workers Union Special Representative Meyer Perlstein and Donnelly Garment Workers Union No. 124 President Virginia Stroup to the Donnelly Garment Company. In this letter, Perlstein and Stroup inform the company of harassment that Donnelly employees have experienced from coworkers after joining the union. Perlsten and Stroup explicitly state their intention to solve the matter peaceably.

Date: 
January 25th 1935

In this letter, unknown writer "ESH" reproduces a statement given by dairy union representative R. O. Jackson. ESH furnishes this information to Walter Labhart and Irving U. Labhart, brothers and directors of the Aines Farm Dairy Company at 3110 Gillham Road, Kansas City, Missouri. The contents describe unrest between the Aines Farm Dairy Company and the local dairy producers union.

Date: 
May 14th 1937

A letter from International Association of Fire Fighters President Fred W. Baer to William F. White of St. Louis, Missouri. Baer relates to White the current working condition and political situation of Kansas City firemen. He implies that firemen of Kansas City are hired by the Pendergast Machine and that the female relatives of the firemen are actively encouraged to act as judges of precincts.

Date: 
March 18th 1937

A letter from International Printing Pressmen & Assitants' Union of North America Representative C. C. Moranville to George O. Pratt of Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
October 8th 1935

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