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City Directory Portrait of Marie Anderson

City Directory portrait and contact information for Marie Anderson, Kansas City resident in 1905.

City Directory Address Card for Corinne

City directory address card for Corinne, Kansas City resident in 1905.

City Directory Contact Information for Codie Ridgeway

City directory contact information for Codie Ridgeway, Kansas City resident in 1905.

City Directory Contact Information for Miss Nellie Curtiss

City directory contact information for Miss Nellie Curtiss, Kansas City resident in 1905.

City Directory Contact Information for Miss Flo.

City directory contact information for Miss Flo., Kansas City resident in 1905.

City Directory Address Card for Miss Frances Bishop

City directory address card for Miss Frances Bishop, Kansas City resident in 1905.

City Directory Portrait of Miss Helen Spencer

City directory portrait and contact information for Miss Helen Spencer, Kansas City resident in 1905.

City Directory Portrait of Ella Frank

City directory portrait and contact information for Ella Frank, Kansas City resident in 1905.

City Directory Contact Information for Goldie Gordon

City directory contact information for Goldie Gordon, Kansas City resident in 1905.

City Directory Contact Information for Ida Townsend

City directory contact information for Ida Townsend, Kansas City resident in 1905.

City Directory Address Card for Hazel King

City directory address card for Hazel King, Kansas City resident in 1905.

Author: 
Kelsey Carls

In a 1933 interview with journalist Jerome Beatty, Tom Pendergast cast himself as a protector of community values, boldly claiming that his political organization’s work had long been focused on...

Clipping entitled "Lay Plan for Kidnapers' Return" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "William Simpson, city detective, who was one of the officers who flew to Amarillo to return the kidnapers, is shown here with H. F. McElroy, city manager, completing plans for their return to Kansas City by airplane."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933
Tom Pendergast
Author: 
Jason Roe
Coinciding with the rapid expansion of Pendergast’s businesses in the 1920s and 1930s, Tom Pendergast consolidated his political power at the end of 1925 and maintained a firm grip until the late 1930s. He gained almost unchallenged control due to a change in the city government that was, ironically, first proposed by well-meaning reformers including the philanthropist William Volker.
Ernest Hemingway's Passport Photo
Author: 
Dory DeAngelo

Ernest Hemingway said he learned how to write while working as a reporter for The Kansas City Star when he was only 17 years old. Ernest got a job on the paper and was assigned to cover General Hospital, Union Station, and the 15th Street police station, often riding in police cars to the scene of a crime.

Roberts Co. Advertisement
Author: 
Susan Jezak Ford

Homer Roberts was as persistent in the 1920s as any car salesman today, but his goals reached well beyond the next sale. With enduring determination and a love of the motorcar, Roberts was the first African American to own an automobile dealership in the country.

Thomas Hart Benton
Author: 
Mary Frances Ivey

Thomas Hart Benton, one of the leaders of the Regionalist movement in American art, was a prolific painter, muralist, draughtsman, and sculptor from childhood until the end of his life in 1975. Today he is best known for his realist depictions of American life, which, in his own time, were perceived as directly opposed to modernist movements cultivated in Europe. His paintings, largely vignettes of daily life and ordinary rural characters, were simultaneously praised for their frankness and criticized for their gritty representations of American culture and history.

Reproduction from a circa 1931 35mm film reel of Ford Motor Company's twenty millionth automobile in Kansas City, Missouri. The montage includes footage of Liberty Memorial, Union Station, and the Ford Assembly Plant at 1025 Winchester Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
1931

An autochrome photograph of Helen H. McDermand's house, taken from the southeast. The picture shows an automobile parked by the house entrance.

Date: 
June 22nd 1933

A colorized glass plate positive photograph of the Nelson Gallery of Art (now known as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art), taken from the southeast.

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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.