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Riverside Jockey Club 6th Day official program listing details of the day's eight races, including horse owners, trainers, and jockeys.

Date: 
June 2nd 1933

Program for a concert featuring contralto Marian Anderson as part of the "Annual Douglas [sic] Celebration". Biographies of numerous musicians and writers are included, and the program also notes that Frederick Douglass has three grandchildren residing in Kansas City.

Date: 
February 16th 1937

Portrait of St. Stephen's Baptist Church pastor Rev. Raymond J. Jordan, whose home and work addresses and phone numbers are listed. Jordan also served as president of the General Baptist Convention of Missouri and Kansas.

Photograph of the Beau Brummel Club's 15th anniversary celebration at the Elk's Place Restaurant.

Date: 
February 9th 1934

Inside cover describes the volume as "the story of a trip South that was taken April 9, 1920, by 27 Negro Business and Professional Men of Kansas City and the Biography of each..." The story was published as a serial in the Kansas City Call. The back of the booklet contains advertisements for a number of local businesses.

Date: 
April 9th 1934

Crown Drugstore lunch counter menu from the 1930s listing drinks, ice cream, sandwiches, and other items.

Contract between Musicians' Protective Union Local 627 and Harlan Leonard on terms for a performance from 10 PM to 1 AM at Co-Eds Club.

Date: 
May 28th 1938
Lawrence Denton and His Seibrand Brothers Circus Orchestra Handbill

Handbill advertising Lawrence Denton and His Seibrand Bros. Circus Orchestra performing at Shine Hall. Admission is thirty-five cents and attendeees are instructed to "come for fun ... not to fight!"

Date: 
October 17th 1935

Invitation to a Kansas City Playboys Social Club event, including a listing of officers and members of the Club, and instructing people to "Get hip to the jive with the Playboys of K.C."

Date: 
September 7th 1937

Letter from Alma Henderson and Dorothy H. Davis, co-chairmen of The Call's Club Greeting Committee, to members of local clubs regarding the possibility of placing Christmas greetings and other messages in the paper during the holiday season.

Date: 
November 11th 1938

Invitation to the Sky-high "12" Club's 3rd Annual Spring Dance at Lincoln Hall.

Date: 
May 18th 1937

Permit for Dancing granted for a dance with "Co Eds" at Lincoln Hall from the Kansas City Department of Welfare, Division of Recreation.

Date: 
November 19th 1937

Handbill advertising Harrison Blackburn and His Happy Entertainers, appearing with the Lawrence Denton Orchestra, at Little Casino "just a half block west of Main on Second Street."

Menu from Lone Star Gardens, advertising "REAL FLOOR SHOWS," and listing available cocktails and lunch options.

Ticket for Friday night dancing to the Rythm Musketeers, a "Broadcasting Dance Band." It notes that "Clubs and Lodges [are] given half of Profits."

Musicians' Protective Union membership card for William "Count" Basie for the year 1933. E. M. Jefferson is listed as the union secretary.

Date: 
1933

Photograph of twelve men with medical paraphernalia labeled "Internes" at Kansas City's African-American General Hospital No. 2.

Date: 
May 1931

Photograph of The Call newspaper staff outside of their office at 1715 E. 18th Street. Lucile Bluford is shown top row, fourth from left. Chester Franklin is shown seated, front center.

Date: 
October 5th 1935

Undated photograph of the exterior of The Call newspaper's office on 18th Street, including the surrounding streetscape.

View looking west along 18th Street. The Boone and Gem Theaters can be seen on the north side of the street.

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