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Panoramic view of Western University Band at Muehlebach Field in 1925, G. H. Taylor, director. Source: Booker T. Washington.

Date: 
1925

Catalog for the State Industrial Department at Western University showing the courses offered for the academic year 1934-1935. Also included are a list of faculty, an academic calendar, reasons for adult education, and a promotion for night school.

Date: 
1934

Invitation to the 35th Annual Commencement Exercises for the Western University and State Industrial Department on June 4, 1931 at Western University.

Date: 
1931

Document with figures for the enrollment and budget of Western University, Kansas City, Kansas for the fiscal year 1930. The document states that Western University has 32 faculty and an average of 115 students.

Date: 
1930
University of Kansas City Administration Building
Author: 
Jason Roe
During a bright autumn day on October 1, 1933, nearly 2,000 people gathered in the shade of trees along the south side of Brush Creek to officially celebrate the opening of the University of Kansas City. Inspired speeches by Chairman of the Board Ernest E. Howard and Dr. Burris Jenkins, a prominent local minister, declared the founders' intention that the university should serve as an institution of opportunity for Kansas Citians who could not travel far away to attend college.
Harry Truman being sworn in as judge
Author: 
Jon Taylor

Truman’s tenure in Jackson County government had a profound impact on Kansas City and Jackson County. He encouraged Jackson Countians to support bond issues during the Great Depression, which left a lasting legacy on the built environment of Kansas City and Jackson County. Even though he was a member of the machine, he developed a bipartisan strategy that ensured Kansas Citians and Jackson Countians would embrace these bond issues, because he wanted to demonstrate to voters that these projects would not just benefit the machine, but everyone.

Rendering of Paseo Baptist Church
Author: 
Kimberly R. Riley

Daniel Arthur Holmes was born the son of slaves in Randolph County, Missouri, in 1876. His family moved to Macon, Missouri, after being freed at the end of the Civil War. Holmes, a third generation preacher, answered the call to preach at age 17 and was ordained in 1901. Holmes began his career in the greater Kansas City area in 1914 as pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas. He later took over leadership at Vine Street Baptist Church at 1835 Vine and soon led the church in an expansion program. By 1927 the church was built at its current location at 25th Street and the Paseo and renamed Paseo Baptist Church. Holmes served as pastor for 46 years—from 1921 to 1967.

The Generalite, 1940 is a yearbook for the General Hospital Number Two, Class of 1940. Included are portraits of Dr. Edwin Henry Schorer, director of Health for Kansas City, Missouri; Dr. Percy C. Turner, Superintendent for General Hospital No. 2; Lorenda S. Harris, R. N., Superintendent of Nurses; and Miss Bernice F. Brown, R. N., Instructor of Nurses. Also included are group photographs of the staff physicians, staff nurses, graduate nurses, and students of each graduating class.

Date: 
1940

Invitation from the Music Department at Western University presenting a recital with Bobbie Boggess, lyric soprano and Laveeda Boggess, pianist. The event was held at the University Auditorium on Friday, May 30, 1941.

Date: 
May 30th 1941

Program by the Music Department at Western University presenting a recital with Bobbie Boggess, lyric soprano and Laveeda Boggess, pianist. The event was held at the University Auditorium on Friday, May 30, 1941 and included works by Bach, Puccini, Hayden, et al..

Date: 
May 30th 1941

Remarks of the court on Thursday, February 25, 1937, before imposing sentences for Criminal Case No. 13650: United States vs. Callie Clark, Lorne E. Wells, Frank H. Adams, Joe R. Wells, Jr., Pearl Sperry, John A. Luteran, and Leo B. Roach, Defendants. This document states that there is no question of the defendants guilt; "The only reliance of defendants is the hope... that perhaps the exact and precise conspiracy charged in the indictment is not amony the several of which unquestionably they are guilty." The document also remarks on civic ethics in elections.

Date: 
February 25th 1937

Memorandum for Criminal Cases No. 14567: United States vs. Thomas J. Pendergast, Defendant, and No. 14,459: United States vs. Robert Emmet O'Malley, Defendant. In this memorandum, Judge Merrill E. Otis provides insightful, detailed documentation for both cases "for the express purpose of submitting it for publication in the Federal Supplement" as these cases attracted an overwhelming amount of publicity and attracted outrage from machine supporters and from proponents who thought the sentence too lenient.

Date: 
August 19th 1939

David Portnoy's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Portnoy describes his positive experience as a manager of a St. Louis garment company operating with a union contract.

Date: 
1937

Reporting at the end of the Kansas City Police Department's first year of operation under the state administration.

Date: 
December 31st 1940

Legal documents alleging election fraud in the primary election of August 2, 1938.

Date: 
September 17th 1938

Leaflet promoting Fred Whitten as the Coalition candidate for Kansas City mayor.

Date: 
1938

Letter from Ernest O. Boone to Lloyd C. Stark reporting on opinions on Stark's candidacy throughout the northern Missouri and requests an endorsement on his behalf for the appointment of Negro inspector of schools.

Date: 
December 17th 1935

Report from William Kitchen on the status of Lloyd Stark's gubernatorial campaign in various communities across Missouri.

Date: 
July 20th 1936

Letter and document written by Jesse Barrett providing a positive accounting of the career of U.S. District Judge Merrill E. Otis of Kansas City.

Date: 
March 10th 1937

March/April 1932 issue of 'Mother's Appeal' magazine, described as "a bi-monthly magazine defending homeless children, distressed parents and broken homes."

Date: 
March 1932

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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.