Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression
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President Harry S. Truman (right) with James Pendergast, evidently taken in Independence, Missouri, upon Truman's arrival from Washington, D.C. This photo has been badly retouched and contains crop marks. Donor: John Boos.

Date: 
August 3rd 1946

Photocopy of a letter from President Harry S. Truman to James M. Pendergast in Kansas City. Responding to Pendergast's request for suggestions for Kansas City mayor candidates, Truman suggests that Bryce Smith should run again. Truman states, "Bryce made a good Mayor and I know he has always been our friend." The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum does not hold the original document.

Date: 
January 17th 1946

Photocopy of a letter from President Harry S. Truman to James M. Pendergast in Kansas City. After learning that James had sided in opinion with one of Truman's political adversaries, Truman sends a heated letter, mentioning that he never thought it to "be necessary for me to ask a Pendergast to make a choice between an upstart little Rabbit and the President of the United States." Truman ends the letter saying, "[Roger] Slaughter is obnoxious to me and you must make your choice." The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum does not hold the original document.

Date: 
May 21st 1946

Photocopy of a letter from President Harry S. Truman to James M. Pendergast in which Truman provides his opinion on the federal investigations of Tom Pendergast's tax fraud. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum does not hold the original document.

Date: 
September 19th 1946

Photocopy of a letter on behalf of President Harry S. Truman to James M. Pendergast, President of the Jackson Democratic Club at 1908 Main Street. Enclosed with the letter was a check for $6.00 to the Jackson Democratic Club, a Pendergast organization, for membership dues for 1947. Attached to the letter is a newspaper article from February 14, 1986 that recognizes this membership renewal forty years previous. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum does not hold the original document.

Date: 
December 17th 1946

Modified photograph of Kansas City gambler and Mafia associate Morris "Snag" Klein.

Date: 
October 25th 1946

Letter written by Mary Bonomo, to be provide information to the FBI in the event of her death. She writes that she fears for her life due to a debt owed to her by Chuck Casciopipa, and due to knowledge of other crimes she and her husband were suspected of having. She also feared her imprisoned husband Mario's brothers Tom and Sam, as well as Joe DiGiovanni.

Date: 
January 26th 1946