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A color glass plate positive photograph of a hawtorn (crataegus) tree in bloom in the north central section of Penn Valley Park. This vantage point faces north towards downtown Kansas City, Missouri and shows Liberty Memorial in the right background.

Date: 
April 29th 1941

This photograph was taken looking west-northwest at the intersection of 6th Street Trafficway and Grand Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. Almost all of the buildings in this photograph were demolished for the construction of Interstate Highway 35/70. Advertisements for Dodge, Harris-Goar, Creme Oil, and the 1925 film "Wages for Wives" are shown on Merrit Outdoor Advertising Co. billboards. Also pictured is the Portland Hotel Annex and an autopark.

Date: 
1926

This photograph was taken looking west-northwest on 8th Street between Oak and Locust Streets.

This photograph was taken looking west on the northwest corner of Admiral Boulevard and Harrison Street in Kansas City, Missouri. The buildings pictured have since been demolished for the construction of Interstate Highway 70.

Photograph of the W. W. Yates School, known before 1918 as Lincoln School (right) and Lincoln High School (left). Once located at the northwest corner of Campbell Street and 11th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces northwest from the intersection of 11th and Campbell.

Photograph of the W. W. Yates School, known before 1918 as Lincoln School. Once located at the northwest corner of Campbell Street and 11th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces north from just west of the intersection of 11th and Campbell.

Photograph of Kindergarten students at Lincoln School, known after 1918 as W. W. Yates School. Once located at the northwest corner of Campbell Street and 11th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

Photograph of Preston Allen, Jr. in uniform, taken by Ronson Studio.

1926-1927 photograph of LeRoy Anthony, Thelma Anthony-Scott, and Ruby Anthony-Miller posed on an imitation reindeer during their visit with Santa Claus at the Jones Store in downtown, Kansas City, Missouri.

The Tower Orchestra at Tower Theatre, 213 E 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.

Date: 
April 13th 1935

The Tower Adorables, a dance troupe who performed at the Tower Theatre, 213 E 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.

Date: 
April 1935

The Tower Theatre and the Esquire Theatre, 211-213 E 12th St., Kansas City, Missouri. This photograph was taken looking south on 12th Street between Grand Avenue (now Grand Boulevard) and McGee Street.

Date: 
1940

Program for a Mens' and Mothers' Day commemorative event at the Allen Chapel A. M. E. Church on May 12, 1940 with Rev. T. J. Burwell, Pastor.

Date: 
May 12th 1940

Program for an artists' recital sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The event was held at the Edison Hall in the Power and Light Building on December 28, 1940. The program includes works by Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, et al..

Date: 
December 28th 1940

Invitation from the Kansas City Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. The organization is presents a recital featuring Yolande Meek, a pianist and pupil of Alberta Boehm of the Conservatory of Music. The event was held on Friday, April 26, 1940 at Edison Hall in the Power and Light Building.

Date: 
April 26th 1940

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

A leaflet for the public, written by the Kansas City Joint Board of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU). The ILGWU requests that the public boycott the Donnelly Garment Company for denying of its workers "the rights and privileges, wage scales, and hours of work that prevail in every shop in the dress industry throughout the country." Included in the leaflet is a copy of a letter written from ILGWU Kansas City Joint Board Manager Wave Tobin to the Donnelly Garment Company on March 9, 1937 addressing concerns by the union.

Date: 
March 9th 1937

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.

Date: 
June 30th 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.

Date: 
February 6th 1939

Full-page advertisement by International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) in the June 8, 1937 issue of the Kansas City Journal-Post. The ILGWU responds to criticism directed towards the union by the Kansas City Citizens' Protective Council, Inc. in a May 13, 1937 advertisement. The ILGWU also includes an excerpt of a speech made by Frank Prins at garment industry dinner in Kansas City on March 6, 1937.

Date: 
June 8th 1937

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