Letter from J. C. Nichols to one of his investors and friend, Jeanette Lee. Nichols discusses his efforts at curbing unions in Kansas City in an effort to further his developments. Nichols also discusses Kansas City's lack of significant growth at the end of the 1930s. After citing causes of this, Nichols provides examples of consumer weariness in Kansas City and offers ways to combat it.
Letter from Jeanette Lee to J. C. Nichols in which she updates him on personal matters and assures him that she is not fazed by Kansas City's recent lack of significant growth. She believes that the same sentiment of consumer weariness resides throughout the United States and the developed world at large.
Letter from Miss Reta Walters accusing Harry Truman of being in league with Tom Pendergast and providing evidence to support her claim. She also notes prominent Kansas Citians who advocated for clemency for Pendergast after his conviction of tax evasion. Documents also address Pendergast's involvement in the liquor distilling and distribution business.
Manuscript by J. C. Nichols for publication in the J. C. Nichols Edition of the "National Real Estate Journal," February 1939. Nichols discussing the difficulties in extending or perpetuating property restrictions in an effort to retain property value. Nichols also details some of these restrictions, particularly as to architectural regularity.
Speech made by J. C. Nichols in Washington, D.C. in June, 1924. Nichols discusses how community features such as neighborhood activities, golf courses, and festive decorations add distinction and consumer appeal to fledgling subdivisions.
Letter from Harry S. Truman to J. C. Nichols. Truman states that it would not be prudent for the federal government to interfere with Kansas City labor issues. Instead, he suggests contacting the Director of Police in Kansas City.
Legal document that details the housing and property restrictions imposed upon sections of Blocks 27 through 30 in Mission Hills, Kansas. Some benign restrictions stipulate acceptable architectural features and minimum residence cost and ground frontage. However, other stipulations specifically state, "None of the lots hereby restricted may be conveyed to, used, owned, nor occupied by negroes as owners or tenants."
This picnic oven in Indian Hills was a favorite spot of Mr. Nichols, and the family often spent an evening here. Mr. Nichols is shown bringing the firewood, Ernest Holt tending the fire, Miller and Eleanor with one of the family dogs around a tub of water, Jake Scott standing at the fireplace, Grace Carlson seated at far right, and Clyde Nichols and another of the family pets seated on top of the fireplace.
An early J. C. Nichols Company sign located on Brookside Boulevard by Countryside Park. In the background is the "Rock House" located at 5230 Brookside Boulevard. This vantage point faces west on Brookside Boulevard between 52nd Street and 53rd Street. The sign reads: "1000 Acres Restricted, Country Club District, Highly Developed and Protected Residence Property, water, light, gas, etc., attractive prices, J. C. Nichols, High Class Residence Property, 1213-14 Commerce Bldg.".