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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

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 from Elsie Belle McD to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing support throughout the state for James Douglas in his campaign for the Missouri State Supreme Court.

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September 15th 1938

Letter from R. Emmet O'Malley, director of the Kansas City Water Department, to Robert E. Hannegan, regarding the candidacy of Mrs. McDaniels for statewide office. McDaniels was supported by "the St. Louis organization," and Tom Pendergast stated that he would not oppose their candidate. O'Malley writes that he "talked both with Jim Aylward and Senator Truman; both expressed themselves in accordance with Mr. Pendergast's views."

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December 19th 1938

Letter from Lauretta S. Canfield to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, expressing the support of the women of Independence Avenue Methodist Church in his work enforcing liquor and gambling laws, stating that "As christian citizens WE pledge our co-operation to do all we can for the betterment of our City and State."

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May 20th 1938

Letter from Ruth Vawter to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Vawter writes regarding Mrs. Marie S. Barnhill, former Area Supervisor of Women's Work for the WPA in Webster County. Barnhill's successor "is making her brags that she can deliver Saline County in the palm of her hand to the Organization for Judge Billings," and Vawter suggests that Barnhill, who is not currently allied to either Supreme Court candidate, could support Douglas "should [Stark] be able to help her."

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June 10th 1938

Letter from Mrs. W. A. Judd, a Kansas City election judge, to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing her concern about corruption and criminality in the upcoming election and requesting additional protection at the polls. She believes "Kansas City has no protection for any one but the criminal element."

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March 24th 1938

Letter from Mrs. T. N. Moore to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, noting that it is one of many from women requesting additional protection at the polls during the upcoming election, and describing illegal activities and threats at prior elections.

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March 27th 1938

Letter from Mrs. L. M. Fry to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding continuing issues with the Pendergast Machine, Harry S. Truman, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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June 26th 1940

Letter from Mrs. Liona McCormick to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that "there was not one thing fair about any one part of this election." McCormick, from Blue Township in Jackson County, describes Pendergast workers handing out ballots during a recent primary while her party was not allowed access to the polling places, and requests help in cleaning up elections in the future.

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August 12th 1940

Letter from Eleanor W. Carroll to Lloyd C. Stark, prior to Stark's election as governor. The letter addresses a dinner held by the Clarksville Women's Chamber of Commerce that Stark was unable to attend, and his concern that his absence was poorly received. Carroll promises to make his regrets known.

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November 7th 1935

Letter from Eleanor W. Carroll to Mrs. Katherine Stark, regarding Katherine's husband Lloyd C. Stark's candidacy for governor. She discusses winning the support of Pike County voters, as well as an upcoming tea for the Democratic Women's Club, among other campaign issues.

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November 9th 1935

Letter from Eleanor W. Carroll to Mrs. Katherine Stark, regarding Katherine's husband Lloyd C. Stark's candidacy for governor. She discusses Republican and Democratic support for Stark's camapaign and letters she has written to anti-Pendergast friends. She also mentions Republican women who want to work in support of Stark for governor but are unwilling to join the Democratic Women's Club to do so.

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November 19th 1935

Letter from Charles W. Dickey to Lloyd C. Stark, noting that Stark is well regarded for not soliciting the Pendergast endorsement as much as other candidates, but that having that endorsement would likely ensure him the nomination. He also writes that Stark has support in Wright and Texas counties.

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October 10th 1935

Letter from May Sommers, State Field Director of the Women's Benefit Association, informing members about a lawsuit brought against their society and other fraternal organizations in Missouri.

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May 29th 1936

Anonymous letter alerting Gov. Stark to the women's working conditions at General Hospital in Kansas City.