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Photograph of the Women's Christian Temperance Union Carry A. Nation Home at 738 Broadview Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. This photograph was reproduced on the occasion of the Fifty-Seventh Annual Convention of the Women's Christian Temperance Union of Kansas from October 1-4, 1934.

Date: 
October 1934

1930's photograph of the Fairfax Airport in Kansas City, Kansas. The airport was active between the years 1921 and 1985.

Five-page telegram from the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City, Missouri to Governor Jonathan M. Davis in Topeka, Kansas. The consul expresses concern over a report of four Mexican boys being barred from the Major Hudson School in the Rosedale community of Kansas City, Kansas, because other students threaten to stop attending classes if the Mexican children are allowed to attend. He says a mob of two hundred children and adults shouted abusive language until a teacher, Margaret Jones, called the police. The consul asks that the governor investigate the situation.

Date: 
September 19th 1924

Invitation to the 35th Annual Commencement Exercises for the Western University and State Industrial Department on June 4, 1931 at Western University.

Date: 
1931

Photograph taken between 1935 and 1943 of a baseball game at the North American Aviation Athletic Field, Fairfax, Kansas City, Kansas. The game was part of a program supported by the Works Progress Administration.

Letter from Thomas J. Pendergast to Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring in which Pendergast introduces Howard M. Smith, "a member of my [Pendergast's] organization," for the purpose of discussing Black state schools in Kansas.

Date: 
January 30th 1931

Pamphlet containing a brief history of the Women's Christian Temperance Union Carry A. Nation Home in Kansas City, Kansas. The document begins with a biography of "Carry A. Nation, the Kansas Saloon Smasher", followed by the eventual acquisition of Nation's home by the W.C.T.U. This is followed by a profile of the administrators of the home up until publication in April 1928.

Date: 
April 1928

Blank agreement between a woman requesting room and board and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union Carry A. Nation Home in Kansas City, Kansas. In return for the woman relinquishing her assets to the W.C.T.U., the home provides free room and board, medical expenses, funeral, and burial after a $500 admittance fee. Other terms are set for a breach of contract.

Photograph taken between 1935 and 1943 of an arts and crafts building at Kensington Park, Kansas City, Kansas. The building was used to support programs of the Works Progress Administration.

Letter from Kansas City, Kansas Lawyer C. Clyde Myers to Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring in which Myers expresses his concern over the growing rift between Methodists and Baptists at Western University.

Date: 
April 15th 1932

Photograph taken between 1935 and 1943 of men playing horseshoes in Kensington Park, Kansas City, Kansas. This activity was part of the Works Progress Administration.

Photograph of an interior view of customers and waitresses at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's Fred Harvey House in Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri. Over 9,000 meals were served at the restaurant in a 24-hour period.

Memorandum of July 13, 1938 regarding future policy at the Woman's Christian Temperance Union Carry A. Nation Home in Kansas City, Kansas. The document addresses financial aspects of the home that no longer seem self-sustainable. The author suggests retracting the $500 admittance fee as those funds only cover approximately 19 months of room and board for that woman's share of costs to operate the home.

Date: 
July 13th 1938

1920's photograph of a portion of the cattle pens at the Kansas City Stockyards in Kansas City, Missouri. The facility, established in 1871 along the Kansas River and the Kansas Pacific and Missouri Pacific Railroad tracks, became one the leading livestock markets in the United States. The stockyards closed for business in October of 1999.

Letter from Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring to Reverend S. E. Newell, Pastor of African M. E. Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Woodring believes that actions relating to changing the leadership of Western University should not be brought up before the upcoming general election.

Date: 
May 14th 1932

Photograph taken between 1935 and 1943 of a cowboy band performing at a recreation center in Kansas City, Kansas, part of the Works Progress Administration.

1920's photograph taken of Kansas City Monarchs players believed to be (left to right): Newt Joseph (seated); Newt Allen (seated); Carroll Ray "Dink" Mothell (standing); Wilber "Bullet Joe" Rogan (seated); T. J. Young (standing); Frank Duncan (seated); Halley Harding (standing in back); Army Cooper (standing in front); unidentified (standing); and, Leroy Taylor (standing). Digital reproduction of the photographs was accomplished through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.

Photograph of North Seventh Street looking north from just north of Ann Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. The Huron building is pictured in the center background.

Photograph of men standing on the James Street Station Platform, Kansas City, Kansas before the last streetcar to pass over the elevated street railway, also known as the "L" structure. This streetcar line connected the West Bottoms with downtown Kansas City, Missouri via the 8th Street Tunnel. It was closed that day after 35 years of use as the "L" structure on the west side of the route was in disrepair. Businessmen demanded repairs and five years later it was re-opened for use.

Date: 
December 29th 1922

Letter from Kansas State College President W. A. Lewis to Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring. Lewis extends his support for the accreditation of Western University as a junior college. Lewis comments, "Personally I would be inclined to be far more linient with the colored people in their deficiencies than I would be if it were an institution for the whites."

Date: 
April 8th 1932

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KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.