Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression


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Photocopy of a letter from President Harry S. Truman to James M. Pendergast in which Truman expresses his desire for Pendergast to be able to reestablish the Kansas City Democratic organization of the 1920's and 1930's. He also hopes that James's current feud with the Aylwards does not hinder this goal. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum does not hold the original document.

January 29th 1947

Letter from Kansas City attorney Thomas Phillips to Thomas L. Evans, President of Crown Drug Company. Phillips writes in support of Dick Shanahan for a political appointment. He begins his recommendation mentioning that Shanahan has received an endorsement from James M. Pendergast.

June 11th 1947

Kansas City Police Department mugshot of Charles "Mad Dog" Gargotta. Gargotta was a prominent organized crime figure in Kansas City who was found shot in April, 1950 along with Charles Binaggio at the First Ward Democratic Club.