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Empty, stamped envelope of correspondence addressed to Thomas J. Pendergast at 525 Deleware [Delaware], Kansas City, Missouri. The envelope does not include a return to sender name or address.

Date: 
December 27th 1917

Letter from Kansas City Court of Appeals judge, Ewing C. Bland, to his uncle, Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on January 16, 1918. Bland recommends against using Joe Shannon to use for political influence and instead suggests Mike Casey, an attorney with close ties to Tom Pendergast.

Date: 
January 16th 1918

Letter from Kansas City Court of Appeals judge, Ewing C. Bland, to his uncle, Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on December 11, 1920. Bland inquires if Sanford Madden should continue his campaign for marshal since he does not have the support of all Kansas City political factions.

Date: 
December 11th 1920

Letter from Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. to his nephew, Kansas City Court of Appeals Judge Ewing C. Bland, on December 31, 1920. Mitchell comments that Sanford Madden should not the support of all Kansas City political factions in order to be a strong candidate for marshal. Mitchell contends that Thomas J. Pendergast's endorsement is not needed if Madden has the support of James A. Reed and Judge Miles Bulger.

Date: 
December 31st 1920

Program for "Peaceful Valley", a play in three acts by Edward E. Kidder and presented by the Dramatic Club of Holy Cross Parish at the Auditorium Theatre on November 24, 1920. Notable political figures paying compliments include James M. Pendergast and Thomas J. Pendergast.

Date: 
November 24th 1920

Form letter from Matthew A. Foster to the voters of Kansas City in which Foster urges Kansas Citians to vote against bossism and the interests of John P. O'Neill, Tom Pendergast, and Joe Shannon. Foster asserts that "every name on the Republican Ticket is a guaranty of honest, efficient public service."

Date: 
April 1st 1920

Form letter from the Jackson County Republican Committee to the citizens of Kansas City in advance of the 1922 Election. The letter asserts that the nominees on the Democratic ticket were selected by Joseph Shannon, Tom Pendergast, Cas Welch, Johnny O'Neill, and Miles Bulger. The Jackson County Republican Committee instead urge the recipients to vote for Republican candidates.

Date: 
November 3rd 1922

The souvenir program for the Irish-American Societies of Kansas City, Mo. Thirty-Seventh Annual Picnic, held in Fairyland Park in Kansas City, August 17, 1924. The program includes a list of activities, sponsors, and advertisements. Activities include athletic events divided into nine groups, including a "Fat Ladies' Race", of which the first prize is a five-pound box of chocolates. Portraits of Judges Henry F. McElroy and Harry S. Truman are included in the program. The back cover shows sponsorship by T. J. Pendergast.

Date: 
1924

First Volume of The Echo, the 1924 student yearbook for St. Agnes Academy, Kansas City Missouri. Included are portrait photographs of academy students and local clergy, individual narratives on the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshman classes, calendar and event programs of the school year, and playground snapshots with captions. Notable political figures paying compliments include Thomas J. Pendergast.

Date: 
1924

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on April 6, 1924 showing a truck carrying a large reproduction of a check for $5,000 from Kelly-Dennis Company to T. J. Pendergast. The advertisement was funded by the Republican city committee.

Date: 
April 6th 1924

Telegram from Tom Pendergast to Senator James A. Reed regarding "the Franklin matter."

Date: 
January 18th 1926

Copy of a telegram form James A. Reed to Tom Pendergast regarding "the Franklin matter."

Date: 
January 21st 1926

Letter from Harry S. Truman at Fort Riley, Kansas to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. This letter reveals his growing association with Tom Pendergast. Truman says, "I wonder if you would call up Buck and ask him to see Tom and get Tom to request Reed to pay me a visit. I'd be sitting on top of the moon if that could be done and Col. A.J.E. would have a spasm."

Date: 
July 6th 1926

Letter from Harry S. Truman at the Worthington Hotel in Herington, Kansas to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this letter, Truman describes some of the men in power in Herington including the postmaster: "His name is Dave Naill and he is considered an authority on Republican politics in Kansas. He's got Tom [Pendergast] backed off the boards as a boss."

Date: 
November 8th 1926

Letter from James A. Reed to Tom Pendergast asking for assistance for Samuel M. Cromwell.

Date: 
October 29th 1927

Letter from James A. Reed to Tom Pendergast regarding the position of city coroner, recommending Dr. Allen Porter for the job.

Date: 
April 5th 1928

Program for "Sailor Maids", a musical comedy in two acts by Charles Ross Chaney and presented by the St. Agnes Academy Departments of Music, Expression and Dancing at the Missouri Theatre on May 25, 1928. Notable political figures paying compliments include Miles Bulger, Conrad H. Mann, Walsh-Aylward, and Thomas J. Pendergast.

Date: 
May 25th 1928

Letter from Bennett C. Clark to James A. Reed. Clark suggests that Reed convinces Pendergast to support Elmer Jones instead of H. O. Maxey or Gene Nelson as Missouri Speaker of the House.

Date: 
December 20th 1930

Letter from James A. Reed to Bennett C. Clark. Reed agrees with Clark in support of Elmer Jones as Missouri Speaker of the House. However, Reed says that he has not yet been able to speak with Thomas J. Pendergast on the matter.

Date: 
December 26th 1930

Letter from James A. Reed to Tom Pendergast seeking assistance for Tim Hallissey.

Date: 
April 22nd 1930

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