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Photograph of the Lincoln High School Cadet Band and Orchestra posed in front of the school. Major N. Clark Smith, director, is pictured in the back to the right.

Date: 
1920

Pro Forma Decree of Incproration of the Negro Musicians Association from the Missouri Secretary of State.

Date: 
October 23rd 1929

Jackson County Court documents regarding the Decree of Incorporation of the Negro Musicians Association. Documents include the statement that the purpose is to "unite ... the musical profession for the better protection of its members," "to serve the public in furnishing music on all occasionans where it may be required," as well as listing members including Count Basie, Bennie Moten, and Leroy Berry.

Date: 
1929

Document noting the terms and price for the sale of 1823 Highland Avenue, described as a "4 apartment flat," which was to become the headquarters of Musician's Protective Union No. 627. The building was sold for $4,750.

Date: 
October 1st 1929

Contract for the sale of 1823 Highland Avenue, which was to become the headquarters of Musician's Protective Union No. 627. The property was sold for $4750.

Date: 
October 17th 1929

Photograph of Bennie Moten's Orchestra posed outside. Pictured left to right: are Jimmy Rushing, Jack Washington, Woodie Walder, Count Basie, Leroy Berry, Bus Moten, Eddie Durham, Willie McWashington, Vernon Page, Thamon Hayes, Harlan Leonard, Ed Lewis, Booker Washington, Bennie Moten.

Date: 
1929

Panoramic photograph of the bands of the Musicians Protective Union Local 627, assembled for the annual Battle of the Bands at Paseo Hall, followed by a parade to the Musicians Association Building at 1823 Highland Avenue, where this picture was taken. The eight contestant bands pictured are Bennie Moten and George Lee's orchestras, Elmer Payne's Music Masters, Paul Banks's Rhythm Aces, Andy Kirk's 12 Clouds of Joy, Jap Allen's Troubadours, Julius Banks's Red Devils, and Bill Little and His Little Bills.

Date: 
May 4th 1930

Photograph of twelve men with medical paraphernalia labeled "Internes" at Kansas City's African-American General Hospital No. 2.

Date: 
May 1931

Photograph of Bennie Moten’s Orchestra at Pearl Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, 1931. Pictured from left: Jimmy Rushing, vocals; Hot Lips Page, trumpet; Willie McWashington, drums; Booker Washington, trumpet; Ed Lewis, trumpet; Count Basie, piano; Buster Moten, accordian; Leroy "Buster" Berry, banjo; Thamon Hayes, trombone; Bennie Moten, piano; Harland Leonard, reeds; Eddie Durham, trombone; Jack Washington, reeds; Vernon Page, tuba; Woodie Walder, reeds.

Date: 
1931

Circa 1931 photograph of the Bennie Moten Orchestra posed in front of the Fairyland Park stage at the southeast corner of Prospect Avenue and 75th Street. Pictured in bottom row are Count Basie, Hot Lips Page, Ed Lewis, Eddie Durham, Woodie Walder, Leroy Berry, Harlan Leonard, and Jack Washington (second, third fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and twelfth from left, respectively). Top row, from left are Bennie Moten, Bus Moten, and James Rushing.

Date: 
1931

Panoramic photograph of the Paseo Y.M.C.A. men's bible study class.

Date: 
May 10th 1931

1932 photograph of Thamon Hayes’ Kansas City Rockets group posed in front of the Fairyland Park stage at the southeast corner of Prospect Avenue and 75th Street. From left: Ed Lewis, Baby Lovett, Jesse Stone, Richard Smith, Herman Walder, Thamon Hayes, Vic Dickenson, Woodie Walder, Harlan Leonard, Booker T. Washington, Vernon Page.

Date: 
1932

Musicians' Protective Union membership card for William "Count" Basie for the year 1933. E. M. Jefferson is listed as the union secretary.

Date: 
1933

Photograph of Bus Moten, Leroy "Buster" Berry, and Jimmy Rushing in Kansas City, circa 1933.

Date: 
1933

Riverside Jockey Club 6th Day official program listing details of the day's eight races, including horse owners, trainers, and jockeys.

Date: 
June 2nd 1933

Photograph of the Beau Brummel Club's 15th anniversary celebration at the Elk's Place Restaurant.

Date: 
February 9th 1934

Inside cover describes the volume as "the story of a trip South that was taken April 9, 1920, by 27 Negro Business and Professional Men of Kansas City and the Biography of each..." The story was published as a serial in the Kansas City Call. The back of the booklet contains advertisements for a number of local businesses.

Date: 
April 9th 1934
Lawrence Denton and His Seibrand Brothers Circus Orchestra Handbill

Handbill advertising Lawrence Denton and His Seibrand Bros. Circus Orchestra performing at Shine Hall. Admission is thirty-five cents and attendeees are instructed to "come for fun ... not to fight!"

Date: 
October 17th 1935

Photograph of The Call newspaper staff outside of their office at 1715 E. 18th Street. Lucile Bluford is shown top row, fourth from left. Chester Franklin is shown seated, front center.

Date: 
October 5th 1935

Program for a concert featuring contralto Marian Anderson as part of the "Annual Douglas [sic] Celebration". Biographies of numerous musicians and writers are included, and the program also notes that Frederick Douglass has three grandchildren residing in Kansas City.

Date: 
February 16th 1937

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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.