Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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October 8th 1935

A letter from International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) Kansas City Joint Board Manager Wave Tobin to Fred L. Smith of C. J. Gayfer and Co., Mobile, Alabama. Tobin urges Smith to inform the Donnelly Garment Company that C. J. Gayfer and Co. will no longer carry Donnelly garments if they do not cooperate with the ILGWU. Tobin then outlines her grievances with the Donnelly Garment Company and presents her case to Smith.

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June 30th 1937

A form letter from International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) Director of Publicity Max D. Danish to garment merchandisers. Danish informs the recipients that the ILGWU has taken out an advertisement in the Kansas City Star, Kansas City Times, Kansas City Journal-Post and New York Women's Wear Daily relating to a "controversy concerning collective bargaining" between the Donnelly Garment Company and the ILGWU.

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June 17th 1937

A letter from International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) Kansas City Joint Board Manager Wave Tobin to Fred L. Smith of Gayfers Dept. Store, Mobile, Alabama. Tobin urges Smith to inform the Donnelly Garment Company that Gayfers Dept. Store will no longer carry Donnelly garments. Tobin also outlines her grievances with the Donnelly Garment Company and presents her case to Smith.

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February 6th 1939

A letter from Fred L. Smith of C. J. Gayfer & Company, Inc., Mobile, Alabama to Donnelly Garment Company Vice President Alex Green. Upon receiving literature criticizing the Donnelly Garment Company from the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), Smith requests that Green provides his opinion of the ILGWU's claims.

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February 13th 1939

A letter from Fred L. Smith of C. J. Gayfer & Company, Inc., Mobile, Alabama to the "Gentlemen" at Donnelly Garment Company (DGC). Upon receiving literature criticizing the DGC from the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), Smith urges DGC "to deal with your employees on a collective basis for a reasonable salary and reasonable working hours." Else, Smith warns that the ILGWU will make their accusations public, which would potentially force retailers to withdraw DGC products.

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June 19th 1937

Letter signed by "A Republican Supporter" offering a tip about a corrupt construction scheme involving Pendergast supporters.

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June 22nd 1939

Letter describing unfair treatment by Pendergast bosses at the WPA in Crawford County, Missouri.

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April 12th 1940

Letter from Edgar Shook to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing potential legal action against Kansas City, Missouri as well as "the present controvery respecting the County Court's refusal to pay our employees compensation which we have certified for them." Shook writes that "McElroy has seen fit to abuse the Board and its employees at meetings of the City Council."

Date: 
January 13th 1938

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Senator Harry S. Truman, discussing state politics. Stark compliments Clarence Cannon and says he can be of assistance, and writes that "he will be delighted to do anything he can because, confidentially, he is deeply grateful to Mr. Pendergast for his friendship and assistance."

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Miss Alice Blakely, which refers to her application for work as a stenographer in the office of Lloyd W. King, State Superintendent of Schools.

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April 11th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Lloyd W. King, State Superintendent of Schools, regarding Miss Alice Blakely's application for work as a stenographer in King's office.

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April 11th 1935

Letter from Democracy Publishing Company to Lloyd C. Stark asking if he would like to participate or place an advertisement in an upcoming issue, and describing their recent issues as featuring Tom Pendergast and James Aylward.

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June 18th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Mrs. Francis M. Wilson, stating his confidence that he will receive the support of the Pendergast machine and Bennett Clark.

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July 6th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Chester A. Franklin, editor of The Call newspaper, offering to discuss further his suggestions "concerning the need of better educational facilities for the Negroes in Missouri."

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November 13th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Jim Pendergast, making a gift of a jug of Golden Delicious apple cider from Stark's orchard.

Date: 
November 20th 1935

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