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Joseph B. Shannon

Joseph “Joe” Shannon presided over Kansas City's Northside Democratic Party from the early 20th century to 1930, after which he relocated to Washington, D.C., for a 14-year tenure as a U.S. Congressman. Shannon's political career was marked by his Jeffersonian Democratic views and his tenuous relationships with brothers James and Tom Pendergast.

Memorandum re: Walt Rainey

Memorandum describing testimony given by Walt Rainey, a member of the Joe Shannon-led Rabbit Club and associate of Max Jaben and "Johnny Mag" Mangiaracina. Rainey is described as under indictment in state court for operating a "policy game" and in federal court for tax fraud.

Letter from James H. White to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from James H. White to Lloyd C. Stark, in which Stark asks if he might make speeches in support of Judge James Douglas' campaign for Missouri Supreme Court and offers information about the campaign support with Kansas City Democrats. White writes that he has "been unemployed for more than two and one half years at this time," and suggests the reason is related to machine control.

Future: Vol. I, No. 23

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes an article, continued on page 8, about the effusive spending of city funds on the Kansas City Zoo, comparing the luxurious living conditions of a tiger there to many thousands of Kansas Citians with very poor housing and utilities, etc., including illustrative photos. Other featured articles include: “Arson Aylor” (p.

From Mrs. L. M. Fry to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from Mrs. L. M. Fry to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding continuing issues with the Pendergast Machine, Harry S. Truman, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

From Ellison Neel to Wallace I. Bowers

Letter from Ellison Neel to Wallace I.

From Anonymous to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter signed "A friend" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing specific incidents of fraud in the 1938 primary election.