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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

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

Letter from Wm. H. Hampton to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, describing a public execution in Kennett, Mo., ordered by Judge James Billings: "A bit of fun, as it were, for the savage desire of a righteous Judge."

Date: 
1938

Letter from Ruben R. Schade to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on the state of the Douglas-Billings Missouri Supreme court race in southeast Missouri counties, as well as other updates about regional politics.

Date: 
July 8th 1938

Letter from Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Slater to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, complaining of the frequent prostitution and other crime near their home on 14th Street, and noting that the police are frequent customers, making enforcement unlikely. They also express concern that the property owner rents to black people, and mention threats that they'll lose their pensions if they don't support Pendergast candidates. The Slaters report a bar serving "drinks [on] Sunday which they serve in bowls with crackers in it and call it chicken soup."

Date: 
July 26th 1938

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."

Date: 
November 13th 1935

Letter from Chester A. Franklin, editor of The Call newspaper, to Lloyd C. Stark. Franklin writes that "for Negroes, Missouri has two shortcomings which would disappear under strict enforcement of the law": education and public transportation.

Date: 
November 11th 1935

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