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Photograph of the exterior of Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium, ca. 1930s. This vantage point faces southwest from the intersection of 13th Street and Wyandotte Street. The building was constructed at a cost of $6,500,000.

Photograph of the interior of Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City during President Franklin Roosevelt's address, October 13, 1936.

Date: 
October 13th 1936

Transcript of testimony given by Thomas J. Pendergast Jr. in the office of the Intelligence Unit of the Internal Revenue Service at 1301 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Internal Revenue Agent P. J. McGrath asks various questions related to Thomas J. Pendergast Jr.'s finances starting in 1932.

Date: 
April 18th 1939

Scene in Kansas City, Missouri, looking west on 13th street near Oak Street. From: Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Date: 
1922

Letter from Frank E. Thompson to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Thompson informs Truman that he had been let go of his job as a machinist without cause. After attempting to contact James M. Pendergast, he asks for Truman to use his influence to prompt his reinstatement as machinist. Thompson mentions he is a committed member of the 12th Ward Pendergast Democratic Club under the direction of Tommy Fitzgerald.

Date: 
April 7th 1941

Exterior of the Convention Hall that housed the 1928 National Republican Convention in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This hall was once located on the north side of 13th Street between Wyandotte Street and Central Street. It was razed after the completion of the Municipal Auditorium in 1935. This elevated vantage point faces northeast on Central Street, just south of 13th Street.

Date: 
June 11th 1928

Exterior of the Convention Hall that housed the 1928 National Republican Convention in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This hall was once located on the north side of 13th Street between Wyandotte Street and Central Street. It was razed after the completion of the Municipal Auditorium in 1935. This vantage point faces northeast on Central Street, just south of 13th Street. The caption reads, "Scene of the Republican national convention at Kansas City. A huge spread eagle design on a sunburst jewel was suspended before Convention hall just before the opening of the convention.

Date: 
June 1928

Exterior of the Convention Hall that housed the 1928 National Republican Convention in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This hall was once located on the north side of 13th Street between Wyandotte Street and Central Street. It was razed after the completion of the Municipal Auditorium in 1935. This vantage point faces northeast on Central Street, just south of 13th Street.

Date: 
June 7th 1928

Exterior of the Convention Hall in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This hall was once located on the north side of 13th Street between Wyandotte Street and Central Street. It was razed after the completion of the Municipal Auditorium in 1935. This elevated vantage point faces northeast on Central Street, just south of 13th Street.

Date: 
December 11th 1927

Interior of the Convention Hall in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This hall was once located on the north side of 13th Street between Wyandotte Street and Central Street. It was razed after the completion of the Municipal Auditorium in 1935.

Date: 
December 11th 1927

Circa 1940 photograph of dancers at Municipal Auditorium, located on 13th Street between Wyandotte Street and Central Street. Source: John Randazzo

Date: 
1940

Count Basie at piano at Municipal Auditorium, showing audience in background, including Jay McShann, no date. Municipal Auditorium is located on 13th Street between Wyandotte Street and Central Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Source: John Randazzo.

Photograph of the crowd at Convention Hall attending the Golden Jubilee of Bishop Thomas F. Lillis. Caption: "THE GREAT THRONG for which Convention hall was inadequate listening to the sermon delivered by Archbishop John J. Glennon of St. Louis, who may be seen at extreme right. In the subsanctuary, facing at right angles to the speaker, are the threescore bishops and archbishops who attended the ceremony."

Date: 
September 22nd 1935

Postcard showing the sunken gardens on The Paseo in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces north towards 12th Street and the William T. Fitzsimons Fountain from the intersection of The Paseo and 13th Street. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Verna Borgman of Levasy, Missouri.

Date: 
October 29th 1921

Postcard showing the sunken gardens on The Paseo in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces north towards 12th Street and the William T. Fitzsimons Fountain from the intersection of The Paseo and 13th Street. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Irene Clark of Clinton, Missouri.

Date: 
August 23rd 1918

Postcard of the Convention Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces northeast at the intersection of 13th and Central Street. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Mrs. F.R. Chantry of Malvern, Iowa from an attendee at the 1928 National Republican Convention. The writer comments that, "If no one breaks away it is sure for Hoover. The great drive is to prevent his getting it."

Date: 
June 13th 1928

Postcard showing the sunken gardens on The Paseo in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces south from between the southbound and northbound lanes of The Paseo at 12th Street. The back of the postcard includes a short letter from Virgil H. Jaudon to his wife in California, Missouri.

Date: 
December 27th 1920

Postcard showing Loew's Midland Theatre at the northwest corner of 13th Street and Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Anna Walter of Altamont, Kansas.

Date: 
June 18th 1929

Postcard showing Loew's Midland Theatre at the northwest corner of 13th Street and Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Maud H. Fouband of Houston, Texas.

Date: 
September 18th 1933

Postcard of the Orchestra Promenade inside the Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri. Today, this space is better known as the lobby outside the Municipal Auditorium Music Hall. The back of the postcard includes a brief caption about the promenade and a short letter to Ella Breimeyer of For Wayne, Indiana.

Date: 
September 22nd 1938

Pages

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.