Manuscript Collection

Civic Affairs and Leaders Collection Descriptions


Personal and professional papers of community leaders, but not politicians, who take active roles to improve their communities, and of organizations with similar goals. Can also include the records of social service organizations with civic aims.


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A

Aber, Elaine, (1916-2001) Papers, 1964-1984, (C4119)
1 cubic foot
The papers of Elaine Aber contain documents relating to the Equal Rights Amendment and the women's equality movement.

Asel, Arthur E. (1912-2000) Papers, 1971-1992, (K0885)
1 cubic foot
Asel was a Kansas City, MO Councilman for the Sixth District and chaired several committees. Includes his district news releases, news articles and letters to the Kansas City Star, and other organizational materials.

B

Bailey, Lawrence Dudley (1819-1891) Collection, 1855-1881, (K0125)
MICROFILM
1 volume
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, correspondence and some personal manuscripts of Lawrence D. Bailey, a Kansas Politian active in Kansas agricultural circles and served as president of the State Agricultural Society. The majority of the clippings relate to the monetary questions of the 1870's.

Beta Phi Mu, Librarian Oral History Project, Records, 1980-1985 (C4071)
0.4 cubic feet
25 audio cassettes
6 video tapes
The Beta Phi Mu Librarian Oral History Project collection contains the audio, video, and transcripts of interviews with Missouri librarians and members of Beta Phi Mu. Also included are an interview guide, correspondence, the interviewers’ notes, and background materials on the librarians.

Berkley, Eliot S. (1924-2012) Papers, ca.1935-2007, (K0103)
12 cubic feet
Personal papers and family of Eliot Berkley, PhD, who founded the International Relations Council (IRC).

Berkowitz, Walter J. (1892-1966) Papers, 1924-1965, (K0104)
3 cubic feet
Personal papers and materials collection and generated by Berkowitz, a prominent businessman and civil leader in Kansas City.

Bingham, Johnston Lykins (1800-1876) and Martha Lykins (1824-1890) Collection, 1841-1950, (K0294)
MICROFILM
4 folders, 2 volumes
Scrapbooks and other items, chiefly clippings, documenting Mrs. Lykins' promotion of the establishment of the Home for Widows and Orphans of Confederate Soldiers: an account book kept for the Patawatomi Baptist School and Mission, which Lykins, missionary, businessman, mayor of Kansas City, MO, took over from his first father-in-law, Isaac McCoy; an account book by Lykins and Brent; and clippings of material written by Mrs. Lykins, Lykins, and others.

Botsford, James Sherman (1844-1915) Memorial Booklet, 1915, (K1001)
1 folder
Memorial booklet for Botsford, prominent lawyer and civic leader, and former district attorney for Western Missouri.

Boundary Commission, St. Louis County, Records, 1985-2002, (S0812)
204 folders
The Boundary Commission reviewed proposals affecting the boundaries of incorporated and unincorporated areas in St. Louis County. State statute mandated that the commission approve any boundary changes in the county, although such changes also required voter approval. These changes included annexations, incorporations, disincorporation, consolidations and transfers of jurisdiction between municipalities and the county. The Boundary Commission reviewed proposals, was responsible for proposal paperwork and conducted public hearings on various boundary change proposals.

Bradshaw, Doris Crump, Papers, 1930-1962 (C3303)
3 linear feet
The civic, professional, and social organization papers of Doris Crump Bradshaw include: League of Women Voters, Missouri Library Association, Fortnightly Club, Columbia Garden Club, and Daughters of the American Revolution. Active in American Association of University Women, Mrs. Bradshaw served as state legislative chairman, 1945-1949, and state social studies chairman, 1950-1951.

Brand, Hyman (1877-1991) Papers, 1891-1965, (K0480)
3 folders
Digital photographs relating to Brand, co-owner of Brand and Puritz Coat and Suit company, civic and philanthropic leader, and his family.

Branton, William Coleman (1914-1985) Papers, 1943-1985, (K0828)
9 cubic feet
Personal papers of Branton, prominent attorney and civic leader in Kansas City, MO. Includes Photographs, correspondence, records and other papers relating to Branton's military duty, legal practice, banking career, civic activities, and personal life

Bryant, Girard Thompson (1905-1993) Papers, ca. 1954-1980, (K0036)
0.3 cubic foot
Two scrapbooks which include a series of book reviews and letters to the editor which Bryant, and African-American educator and civic leader, wrote and published in Kansas City newspapers. Also included are materials related to Dr. Bryant's year in Thailand and his travels in Europe.

Brookfield, Dutton (1917-1979), Papers, 1844-1979, (C2732)
72.4 linear feet
Business, political and personal papers and photographs of Kansas City, MO, community leader. President of Unitog Company (1953-1979), mayoral candidates (1963, 1971), and on boards of numerous corporations and educational and civic organizations. Family papers include letters from the Civil War, World War I and II, and Vietnam.

Brown, Bernard Harley (1927-2011) Papers, 1978-2003, (K0629)
0.5 cubic foot
Papers of civic leader and former President of Menorah Health Center Foundation. Includes publications, photographs, newspaper clippings and a scrapbook concerning Brown's activities with the Medical Center.

Bullene, Thomas Brockway (1828-1894) Papers, 1874-1894, (K0288)
3 folders, 3 volumes
Diaries of a prominent business and civic leader and mayor of Kansas City, MO. Contain personal notes and writings, poetry, family history, some clippings, a few photographs, and financial records.

Business Men's Portrait Collection, 1897, (K0542)
4 folders
Photograph portraits of prominent Kansas City, MO businessmen removed from the first Convention Hall Cornerstone (1897).

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Case, Theodore Spencer (1832-1900) Papers, 1880-1940, (K0295)
MICROFILM
4 folders, 2 volumes
A handwritten manuscript of an early reminiscence of Kansas City. Scrapbook by Case, a doctor/lawyer, local historian, civic leader, that contains travel photographs, and family material, diplomas and certificates awarded to Case and his son, Ermine C. Case.

Cassidy, Terence W. (1934-1992) Collection, ca. 1879-1991, (K0302)
95 cubic feet
Collected materials of Cassidy, librarian and historian, concerning the history of street railway systems, interurbans, and buses in the Midwest, particularly the Kansas City area. Includes Cassidy's personal and research files: printed materials, publications, articles, and photographs. Also administrative records of the Kansas City Street Railway Company, the Kansas City Public Service Company, and the Kansas City Area Transit Authority.

Central Industrial District Records, ca. 1920-2000, (K0671)
17 cubic feet
Organizational records of the business association for Kansas City's industrial district in the West Bottoms. Includes minutes, membership information, studies, reports, and research data relating to the District and Kansas City generally. Also included are documents relating to historic preservation.

Clearinghouse for Midcontinent Foundations (CMF) Records, 1973-1993, (K0680)
30 cubic feet
The Clearinghouse was established for use by foundations and other funding institutions to exchange information and research requests for money. Includes correspondence and other planning materials for CMF conferences and meetings, publications and printed materials used by attendees, and photographs.

Clendening, Edwin McKaig (1852-1930) Papers, 1887-1929, (K0262)
8 cubic feet
Correspondence, speeches, programs and brochures, meeting minutes, clippings, and photographs, of Edwin Clendening, businessman and Secretary of the Commercial Club, forerunner of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Correspondence deals with a wide range of topics, both personal and relating to the work of the Chamber.

Cohen, Jerome S. (1913-2003) Papers, ca. 1953-ca. 1996, (K0741)
20 cubic feet
Personal and professional papers of the civic and business leader, including materials related to the American Humanics Foundation; H. Roe Bartle; the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund; and the Kansas City Zoo. Also includes Ray Morgan's notes and drafts for Cohen's biography.

Columbia Council on Religion and Race, Columbia, Missouri, Records, 1963-1970, (C3841)
0.4 linear feet
These records were maintained by a Columbia Council on Religion and Race, Housing Committee member and are not the official records of the council. They consist of minutes, committee reports, correspondence, conference materials and housing surveys. The major emphasis is on racial discrimination in housing within Columbia, Missouri, but also includes information on the entire state. There is an extensive clipping file.

Columbia League of Women Voters, Columbia, Missouri, Records, 1923-1974, (C3450)
1.2 linear feet, 14 oversize volumes
Meeting minutes, scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, publications, and miscellaneous material of the Columbia, Missouri, League of Women Voters.

Columbia Safety Council, Records, (SUNP2489)
0.2 linear feet
Newsletters, minutes, programs, and correspondence of a local affiliate of the National Safety Council, 1977-1983.

Columbians Against Throwaways, Columbia, Missouri, Records, 1977-1988, (CA5788)
8.5 linear feet, 7 audio cassettes
INVENTORY. Correspondence, legal documents, clippings, promotional and research material, photographs, and other records of a citizens group supporting a beverage container deposit ordinance.

Commercial Club of Kansas City Scrapbooks, 1886-1913, (K0264)
MICROFILM
8 microfilm rolls
Scrapbooks of media coverage for the activities of the Club (forerunner of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce), as well as many of Kansas City's civic events.

Community Development Society, Records, (WUNP5579)
Addition of Board of Directors meeting minutes for 1995; an annual conference program for 1995; and nomination materials for CDS awards for 1995.

Community Development Society, Records, (WUNP5697)
0.5 linear feet
INVENTORY. Addition of minutes, annual meeting materials, publications, scholarship files, and miscellany.

Community Development Society, Records, (WUNP5708)
0.2 linear feet
INVENTORY. Addition of awards committee files, certified community developer files, and January 1997 board minutes.

Community Development Society, Records, (WUNP5641)
0.6 linear feet
INVENTORY. Addition of correspondence, reports, publications, minutes, committee files, and miscellaneous records.

Community Development Society, Records, 1969-, (C3880)
15 linear feet, 3 audio cassettes
Records of a professional association of academics and practitioners of community development in the United States and Canada, which promotes the effective practice of community development through advancement of education and research in the field. The records consist of correspondence and memoranda of officers; board meeting minutes; committee records; annual meeting materials; issues of the Journal of the Community Development Society and other publications; membership brochures, directories, newsletters, and surveys; and other assorted organizational records.

Community Development Society, Records, 1997, (CA5728)
16 cubic feet, 10 computer discs
Addition of material relating to the Journal of the Community Development Society and Vangaurd, financial records, board meeting minutes, committee materials, handbooks, photographs, and miscellaneous material, 1990s-2000s.

Coppaken, Arnold Lester (1924-2006) and Helen Glass (1930- ) Papers, 1943-1975, (K0884)
4 folders
The Coppaken were civic leaders in the Kansas City Jewish Community. Includes graduation programs from the Hebrew school at Congregation Keneseth Israel-Beth Sholom, a membership certificate for The Imperial Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, newspaper clippings, and photographs of the Children's Asthma Research Institute and Hospital (CARIH) conventions.

Cox, Lester E. (1895-1968), Papers, 1917-1968, (C3596)
MICROFILM
110 folders on 7 rolls of microfilm
Personal and business papers of a Springfield, MO, businessman. Most of the collection deals with Cox’s philanthropic activities, particularly his role as president of the Board of Trustees of Burge-Protestant Hospital. Cox’s considerable business interests are less well represented, most of these records dating from 1968.

Cumonow, Louis Ardie (1896-1980) Papers, 1961-2005, (K1054)
1 cubic foot
Photographs, clippings, certificates, awards and albums of Cumonow, founder of Gateway Sporting Goods Company.

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Darby, Harry (1895-1987) Papers, ca. 1938-1986, (K0719)
22 cubic feet
Darby was a businessman, politician, and civic leader. Includes scrapbooks, correspondence, photographs, meeting minutes, reports, committee notes, fund raising records, and clippings concerning Darby's association with the American Royal and related activities—Kansas Day, Future Farmers of American (FFA), BOTAR (Belles of the American Royal) and 4-H.

Davis, Donald Dwight (1896-1997) Papers, 1912-1997, (K0934)
12 cubic feet
Personal and business papers of Davis who was president of WHB radio and KMBC-TV. Also included are some papers of his wife, Harriet Treash Davis (1909-1997).

Dearmont, Russell L. (1891-1967), Papers, 1929-1965, (C2665)
72 linear feet
Personal, business, and family correspondence of a St. Louis lawyer and Democratic politician who was counsel and later president of the Missouri Pacific Railroad and was active in civic affairs.

DiCapo, Carl J. (1927- ) Papers, 1971-2002, (K0666)
9 cubic feet
Dicapo is a prominent businessman and civic leader in Kansas City. Included are personal files concerning his civic, cultural, and community activities such as his service on the Board of Parks and Recreation and Desegregation Monitoring Committee for Kansas City public schools. Business records deal with his Italian Gardens Restaurant. Also are photographs, audio and video tapes, certificates and plaques presented to DiCapo.

Drey, Kay, Art Museum/Forest Park, Records, 1978-2001, (S0823)
6 boxes

Dyer, Daniel Burns (1849-1912) Papers, 1866-1941, (K0168)
MICROFILM
2 cubic feet
Civil War veteran, Indian Agent, first mayor of Guthrie, OK, real estate investor, owner/president of the Augusta, GA Street Railway Company, publisher, Dyer was a nationally known collection of Native-American artifacts. Included are newspaper clippings, pamphlets, some correspondence and memorabilia, and three scrapbooks of similar materials dealing primarily with Dyer's life and interest in primitive cultures.

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Gage, John Bailey (1887-1970) Papers, 1943-1964, (K0254)
0.3 cubic foot
Correspondence of Gage, a prominent attorney and mayor of Kansas City, MO, relating to the Midwest Research Institution (MRI) and other organizations and issues in which he was involved. Many letters have attachments, most of which are the agendas and the minutes of the meetings of the MRI's Executive Committee of the Board of Governors, income and expenses, and a variety of reports. Also awards and certificates received by Gage.

Goller, Shirley Stolowy (1931-1999) Papers, 1924-1992, (K1189)
2 cubic feet
Goller was an prominent Jewish civic leader in Kansas City, MO photographs, scrapbooks, diaries, and other documents related to Goller's life and many community activities.

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Minutes, 1856-1991, (K0274)
MICROFILM
85 microfilm rolls
Minutes of the Chamber's Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Included in most of the volumes prior to 1968, are also minutes of the various standing and ad hoc committees of the organization. Most of the volumes are indexed.

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Records, 1856-1990, (K0527)
21 cubic feet
Organization records of the Commerce including general files of clippings, brochures, and correspondence; photographs; and slides, motion picture film, videotape, and audiotape.

Greater Kansas City Heart Association 1951 Heart Fund Scrapbook, 1951, (K1247)
1 volume
Scrapbook created by W.F. Shoemaker, Campaign Director, and staff of the Kansas City public relations firm, Cumerford, Inc. includes clippings and printed material.

Grindstone Valley Development Corporation, Columbia, Missouri, Records, 1963-1975, (C2730)
0.2 linear feet
Organizational records of the Grindstone Valley Development Corporation include bylaws, meeting minutes, financial records, stockholders’ agreements, research reports, and business correspondence. These records document the corporation’s real estate investments, sale of stocks and bonds, organization, potential development of the area now encompassed by the Grindstone Valley Nature Area, and the sale of that area to the City of Columbia in 1975.

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Hardy, David R. (1917-1976) Papers, 1965-1976, (K0319)
MICROFILM
1 cubic foot
Hardy served as chairman of the Mayor's Commission on Civil Disorder, appointed by Mayor Ilus Davis to study the city's disturbances of 1968. includes correspondence, reports, interviews and statements, clippings, and printed and published materials, the final report and recommendations.

Haskell, Henry Cummings (1902-1981) Papers, 1883-1979, (K0096)
2 cubic feet
The papers of Henry C. Haskell, an editorial writer for the Kansas City Star, includes scripts for four of his plays and a collection of his arts essays. His father, Henry J. Haskell (1874-1952), also an editor for the Kansas City Star, writing s include a boyhood family newspaper and reviews of and correspondence relating to two books written and published by Henry J. There is also an autobiography by Henry J.

HistorySpeaks Oral History Collection, 2001-2002, (K0400)
8 cubic feet
Video oral history interviews of individuals whose experiences highlight past events that have shaped Kansas City as.

Holland, Louis Edward (1878-1960) Papers, ca. 1916-1960, (K0019)
210 cubic feet
Papers documenting the public career of Louis E. Holland, long-time friend of President Harry S. Truman. Holland, a Kansas City businessman, was actively involved in national transportation issues-particularly the automobile and airplane, advertising and publishing.

Hosmer, Kent, Collection, (WUNP5815)
Newsletters, meeting material, promotional and educational material and other organized records of the US Committee In Solidarity With the People of El Salvador (CISPES), and similar records, including Spanish language material, related to revolutionary movements in central America; 1980s.

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International Relations Council (IRC) Records, 1953-1997, (K0095)
20 cubic feet
Organizational records of the Kansas City based International Relations Council which educates and advocates for understanding among nations

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Johnston, Louisa Poteet (1890-1979) Oral Interviews, 1975, (K0488)
3 folders
Interviews with Johnston, granddaughter of Alexander Majors, and owner/promoter of the Alexander Majors Historic House and Museum.

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Kahn, Norman Benjamin (1918-2011) Papers, 1939-2011, (K1270)
3 cubic feet
Kahn was a businessman, entrepreneur, community leader, supporter of the arts, and contributor to Jewish and community causes. Includes correspondence, reports and other materials relating to the Kansas City Philharmonic and Kansas City Symphony and other organization in which he was involved.

Kansas City Area Development Council/Prime Time Records, 1964-1992, (K0760)
45 cubic feet
Organizational records of the Council's Prime Time office including minutes, correspondence, working files, news releases, photographs, slides, and videotapes documenting efforts to promote Kansas City nationally.

Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Civic Department Scrapbooks, 1922-1927, (K0356)
MICROFILM
3 volumes
Newspaper clippings discussing every aspect of Kansas City including politics, city planning, recreation, education, scandals, streets, health, law enforcement, the state constitution, taxes, and elections among many other issues of the day.

Kansas City Chapter, Missouri Society-Sons of the Revolution, 1776 Records, 1896-2006, (K1264)
12 cubic feet
Organizational records of the chapter including membership applications, scrapbooks, correspondence, minutes, photographs, and publications.

Kansas City Consensus Records, 1984-2003, (K0761)
30 cubic feet
Consensus provided a citizen voice in public policies discussions. Organizational files dealing with the method and content of the various initiatives explored and undertaken by Kansas City Consensus. Included are Executive Committee and other committee minutes, reports, and working data; information on task forces that focused on topics; background research data; and financial reports and working papers.

Kansas City Convention Hall Records, ca. 1899-1936, (K0269)
MICROFILM
12 cubic feet, 11 volumes
Minutes from the Directors, Executives, Stockholders, Trustees. Also financial reports that include stocks, ledgers, subscriptions, cash records, and journals; event records; correspondence, and other organizational materials; scrapbooks of media coverage of the history and activities of Convention Hall, and many of Kansas City's civic events; and a large number of photos. Includes too files of the General Relief Committee.

Kansas City Star Photograph Collection, 1980-1999, (K0379)
114 cubic feet
Photograph negatives of events, people and places taken by the newspaper's photographers. In general these images were not used but were taken at the same time as those that were published.

Kansas Town Company Records, 1831-1957, (K0352)
MICROFILM
11 folders
Original records of the Town Company which was the origin of Kansas City, MO. Includes minutes and financial accounts of the corporation: lists of lots sold, notes receivable, distribution of proceeds, holdings, and minutes of the proprietors' meetings. Also research on the town site, the Town Company, its Founders, and the Town of Kansas from its origin until 1850.

Karnes, Joseph Van Clief (1841-1911) Papers, 1868-1937, (K0287)
3 folders
Autobiography of Karnes, an attorney prominent and influential member in the civic and legal community of Kansas City, MO. contains information on his family history and education, people he knew, the Kansas City public school and library system, and city charter reform. Also a small scrapbook comprised of clippings and writings.

Kemper, Jonathan Mubride (1953- ) Collection, 1989-2001, (K0752)
7 cubic feet
News clippings from area newspapers concerning Midwest banking and materials from the Kansas City Downtown Council of which Kemper, a banker and civic leader, was a member..

KC150 Sesquicentennial Committee Records, 1996-2001, (K0390)
25 cubic feet
Administrative files of the KC150 Committee to plan events for Kansas City's sesquicentennial celebration. Includes correspondence, chronological files, financial and legal materials, various databases, marketing and public relations, special events planning, committee minutes, sponsor files, videotapes, printed and published materials, and photographs.

Kimball, Charles Newton (1911-1994) Papers, 1911-1991, (K0055)
44 cubic feet
Personal and professional papers of a scientist, civic leader, and president of the Midwest Research Institute encompassing a range of economic and community development activities regionally and nationally.

Koenigsberg, Sol (1924- ) Papers, 1933-2011, (K1197)
0.3 cubic foot
Koenigsberg was Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City. Includes photographs and article about his experience in World War II; booklet on the Jewish Federation and Council and the General Campaign Chair and Women's Division Campaign; and research and drafts for his autobiography.

Krakauer, Kenneth (1918-2001) Papers, ca. 1890s-2000, (K0777)
9 cubic feet
Research and writing relating to the history of golf in Kansas City by civic leader Krakauer, the author of the book, "When Golf Came to Kansas City."

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Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, Columbia, Missouri, Papers, 1860s-1962, (C3877)
0.4 linear feet
Minutes, resolutions, maps, reports, and legal documents concerning the urban redevelopment project in Columbia, Missouri, for the area known as Flat Branch and/or the Douglass School Urban Renewal Area.

Lesky, Betty Pfeffer Lesky (1925- ) and J. Louis (1922- ) Papers, 1954-1999, (K0664)
5 folders
The Lesky's were active members of Kansas City's Jewish Community. Includes programs for the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award commemorative luncheons and the Purim Balls sponsored by Kehilath Israel Synagogue of which the Lesky's were planners..

Leuthold, Carolyn and David, Papers, 1964-1996, (C3960)
3 linear feet
Papers concerning the community and state-wide activities of Carolyn and David Leuthold of Columbia, Missouri, relating to politics, mental health, energy, and other issues. Includes committee and organizational records, personal papers, publications, and miscellaneous.

Liberty Memorial and Allied Charities Campaign Collection, 1919, (K0353)
MICROFILM
1 folder, 1 volume
Newspaper clippings from the local Kansas City area newspapers about the people who contributed to the campaign and the amounts they gave, poems related to the war and the campaign, and pictures and histories of the Kansas City men who died in the war. Many Red Cross ads are also included, as well as ads from companies that supported the campaign.

Liberty Memorial Association Records, 1917-1933, (K0022)
0.3 cubic foot (Microfilm)
Microfilmed copies of drawings for the construction of the Liberty Memorial. Also included are specifications for the project and a photocopy of H. Van Buren Magonigle's office procedures manual for 1917.

Lipsey, Adolph (1897-1984) Papers, ca. 1962, (K0481)
1 reel
Motion picture film of the groundbreaking for the synagogue for Congregation Beth Shalom at 95th Street and Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO.

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Mag, Arthur (1896-1981) Papers, 1921-1981, (K0092)
8 cubic feet
Personal and civic papers of a prominent attorney and civic leader in Kansas City

Magazine, Sidney (1906-2001) Papers, 1920-1990s, (K1192)
3 folders
Magazine owned Magazine, Lerner and Minda CPA and a civic leader in the Jewish Community in Kansas City, MO. Includes family photographs depicting life events and his Westport High School report cards.

March, Joan S. (1932- ) and Walter I. (1918- ) Papers, 1976-2011, (K0746)
0.3 cubic foot
Papers of active members of the Jewish Community in Greater Kansas City. Includes posters and photographs relating to events, particularly the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy of which Joan March was a founder.

Margolin, Sol E. (1915-1996) Papers, 1959-1980, (K1196)
0.3 cubic foot
Margolin was executive director of the Jewish Community Center and civic leader in the community. Includes photographs, programs, newspaper articles, original art, and memorabilia relating to the Jewish Community Center of Kansas City.

Milgram Food Stores, Inc. Collection, ca. 1910-1995, (K0325)
3 cubic feet
The Records, heavy with photographs, document the business and activities of the company and the Milgram family. Among the many topics are the American Royal, Jazz, the Ban Johnson League and other amateur sport.

Miller Nichols (1911-2000) Papers, ca. 1958-1997, (K1081)
39 cubic feet
Personal and professional files of Nichols, president of the J.C. Nichols Company and active civic leader in Kansas City, MO. Also some personal correspondence of his wife Jeanette Nichols.

Missouri River Navigation Association Records, ca. 1925-1943, (K0354)
10 folders
Photographs, maps and a few notes pertain to navigation on the Missouri River. The Association represented Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, and was concerned with improving navigation/commerce on the Missouri River.

Mitchell, Frances Pearle (c. 1864- ), Papers, 1858-1919, (C1703)
0.3 linear feet
The papers of a Rocheport, Missouri woman consist of appointments, certificates, correspondence, invitations, programs, and dance cards. Mitchell, a graduate of Stephens College, was involved in many civic and women’s organizations, including the Missouri Women Farmers’ Club.

Montgomery, George Sneed (1870-1950) Papers, ca. 1860s-1947, (K0716)
0.3 cubic foot
Genealogy, correspondence, memos, speeches, scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs concerning Montgomery's activities as Presiding Jackson County Judge during the early years of Kansas City's Reform Era.

Morantz, Shirley Rae Tranin (1923- ) and Stanley Aaron (1919-2010) Papers, 1922-2010, (K0648)
4 cubic feet
Personal papers of Shirley Morantz, Administrative Secretary for the National Office of the Panel of American Women, and Stanley Morantz, board member of numerous religious and civic groups. Also programs, clippings, military papers, speeches and writings by and organizational publications and awards received Stanley Morantz.

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Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City Records, 1931-2011, (K0279)
21 cubic feet
Organizational records of a historical society for Kansas City area history. Includes minutes and Secretaries' files; President's files; Treasurers' files; membership records; Curators' files of correspondence with researchers; general correspondence; historical information; and other materials related to the operation of the organization.

Nelson, Oscar David (1895-1981) Papers, 1914-1980, (K0069)
58 cubic feet
Personal, including his philanthropic work, his personal investments, travel and general correspondence, and professional papers of former chairman of the board of Butler Manufacturing Company.

Nigro, Dominic M. (1893-1975) Papers, 1953-1982, (K0693)
0.3 cubic foot
Nigro was a noted Kansas City physician, businessman, and civic leader. Includes photographs of family, friends and various activities of Nigro, such as founder of the Knute Rockne Clubs of America under whom he played football.

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Office of Economic Opportunity, Community Action Agency, Manual, (WUNP5639)
0.2 linear feet
Guidelines, instructions, and other materials documenting the origins of Community Action services.

Oliver, John W. (1915-1990) Papers, 1936-1990, (K0751)
25 cubic feet
Speeches, writings, correspondence, photographs, and personal files of Oliver, Senior U.S. District Judge of Western Missouri. Also personal papers of his wife, Gertrude Field Oliver (1916- ).

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Paxton, Heather N. (1964- ) Collection, ca. 1880s-2013, (K0721)
2 cubic feet
Advertising flyers to local Kansas City area events and organization, concentrated mostly on the artistic community. Also research and writings by Paxton, a local author and historian.

Paxton Jr., Frank, (1918-1997 ) Papers, 1960-1997, (K0558)
38 cubic feet
Personal and business papers of Paxton, former president of Paxton Lumber Company and civic leader in Kansas City, MO. Includes material on the lumber business, and his interest in education and the Guadalupe Center. Also extensive genealogical research on the Paxton family.

PedNet Coalition, Columbia, Missouri, Records, (WUNP5960)
Correspondence, newsletters, and meeting minutes of the organization advocating an integrated network of bike and pedestrian routes through the city of Columbia, MO.

People's Association for Better Municipal Government, Columbia, Mo., Papers, 1951-1957, (SUNP2109)
8 folder(s)
Constitution minutes, membership and miscellaneous papers of a group formed after the charter-city council form of city government was begun.

Pfeffer, Walter L., II, Collection, (CA5847)
17.4 cubic feet
Records of Columbia Association of Life Underwriters, University of Missouri Alumni Association, Evans Scholars Alumni Association, MU College of Arts and Science Alumni Association, MU Political Action Committee, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Southside Optimist Club, and DeSmet Jesuit High School, and personal papers.

Pierson, Elmer F. (1896-1982) Papers, 1938-1981, (K0084)
0.5 cubic foot
Photocopied scrapbooks compiled following Pierson's retirement from the Vendo Company, a manufacturer of vending machines. They are items Pierson felt to be of greatest personal interest dealing with Vendo and Pierson philanthropic and civic activities.

Pratt, Stephen R. (Dick) (1918-2008) Papers, 1957-1965, (K1206)
0.25 cubic foot
Pratt served as Prosecuting Attorney for Clay County, MO, Kansas City Councilman, and Circuit Judge of Clay County. Includes scrapbooks: his political campaign Division II Circuit Court Judge, and cases he handled; and his appointment as an Honorary Missouri Colonel.

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Quarry Heights Owners' Association, Columbia, Missouri, Records, (CA6358)
1 folder
Bylaws, correspondence, rules, membership lists, and president's material of Wesley S. Platner, 1960s.

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Rahm, John Edwin (1875-1950) Family Collection, 1921-1983, (K1136)
8 cubic feet
Correspondence, legal documents, rosters, procedures/instructions, scripts, programs, clippings, photographs, ephemera relating to the Jewel Ball, a social and fundraising event held in Kansas City MO. also records from the E.D. Fisher Commission Company/J.E. Rahm Grain Company, including Stock certificate books and financial and transfer ledgers.

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Scarritt, Charles W. (1869-1937) Papers, 1870-1937, (K0675)
0.5 cubic foot
Scarritt, of the prominent Kansas City Scarritt family, was a Methodist pastor, businessman, realtor, and civic leader. Includes letters written to Charles by members of his family, Mrs. Calvin (Grace) Coolidge, and poet Grace Noll Crowell. Also family photographs and other family memorabilia and papers.

Scarritt, Nathan (1821-1890) Family Papers, 1839-1962, (K0248)
1 cubic foot
Newspaper clippings, articles, announcements, correspondence, and publication relating to the Scarritt and Chick families, two early families in Kansas City. Deeds and leases concerning the property owned by Scarritt and his estate. Also are family histories and a diary and autobiography of Nathan Scarritt, Methodist minister and missionary and early city builder.

Schmidt, Liz, Collection, (WUNP4702)
9 linear feet
Clippings and printed material pertaining to elections, schools, and Columbia and Boone County issues during the 1970s and 1980s gathered by Schmidt in the course of her work with the League of Women Voters and other groups.

Scott, James T. Memorial, Collection, 2010-2011 (C4072)
0.1 linear feet, 5 CDs, 3 DVDs, 1 computer disc
The collection contains audio, video, and images related to the James T. Scott Monument Committee in Columbia, Missouri. The committee was created to raise funds to purchase a new headstone for lynching victim James T. Scott's burial site in Columbia Cemetery.

Senior Leadership of Johnson County, KS Records, 1996-2007, (K1181)
2 cubic feet
Organizational records of a steering committee to coordinate a leadership program with Leadership Northeast for seniors in Johnson County. Includes minutes, committee reports, correspondence, scrapbooks, newsletters, photographs, floppy disks, and CDs.

Shook, R. Edgar (1894-1970) Papers , 1937-1946, (K1133)
1 cubic foot
Shook was an attorney in Kansas City, MO active in politics. Includes scrapbooks of newspaper clippings chronicling Shook's tenure as a member of the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners and as president of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners.

Shultz, Marian Tranin (1920- ) Papers, 1910s-2008, (K1060)
1.5 cubic foot
Daughter of entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Menorah Medical Center (MMC) founder Earl Tranin, Shultz has also been a volunteer at MMC. Includes correspondence, letters, postcards, magazines, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, certificates, plaques, yearbooks, and a Menorah Medical Center history.

Smith, Robert C., Papers, (WUNP5921)
Papers of a Columbia, MO, lawyer involved in many civic activities. Includes speeches from dedication ceremonies, planning documents for the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, and records of the Hinkson Investment Club.

South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Records, 1931-2006, (K1198)
8 cubic feet
Organizational records including by-laws and articles of incorporation, minutes, membership/board reports, financial records, newsletters, anniversary booklets, video, CDs, membership directories, event files, scrapbooks, maps, and photographs.

Speaker Services for the United Nations Records, ca. 1959-1976, (K0792)
14 cubic feet
Organizational records of a speakers' bureau which promoted the United Nations and international exchange of ideas by bringing noted diplomats and other outstanding speakers to Kansas City. Includes correspondence, research materials, public relations files, and printed material.

Statland, Suzanne (1931-1990) Papers, ca. 1950-1978, (K0841)
3 cubic feet
Statland was involved in several Kansas City area historical, social and educational groups in Kansas City. Includes organizational files for the UMKC Friends of the Library, Historic Kansas City Foundation, Landmarks Commission, and Future Alternatives. Also research and speeches relating to human resources and relations, as well as various issues, such as parking and the environment.

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The Missouri Collection, (C3982)
The Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.

Tranin, Donald H. (1927-2007) Papers, ca. 1930-2007, (K0694)
7 cubic feet
Personal papers of Donald Tranin, his father Earl Tranin (1896-1979), and the Paper Supply Company of Kansas City, MO. Included are political activities, investments in businesses and real estate, and civic activities.

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Van Horn, Robert Thompson (1824-1916) Family Papers, 1832-1965, (K0297)
2 cubic feet
Van Horn was a newspaper owner/editor, a mayor of Kansas City, U.S. Congressmen, and civic leader. Includes correspondence, Civil War service records, business and property records, and some artifacts and ephemera. Also contains the papers of Van Horn's granddaughter Adela Cooley Van Horn, who traveled extensively, and kept correspondence, passports, narratives, and photographs, and genealogical records.

Vile, Hy (1902-1984) Papers, 1922-1984, (K0560)
6 cubic feet
Vile was a civic leader and founder and chairman of the board of Vile-Goller/Fine Arts Printing and Lithographing Co. Personal and professional correspondence of Vile including newspaper columns and manuscripts he wrote; materials related to his various community and civic activities; honors, awards and recognitions received; family history; and travel literature.

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Wadsworth, Homer Clark (1913-1994) Papers, 1949-1982, (K0724)
8 cubic feet
Personal and professional correspondence of Wadsworth, civic leader, director of the Kansas City Association of Trusts and Foundations, and president of the Kansas City school board with foundations, trusts, special projects, and universities with which was associated. Also his speeches.

Watkins, Beverly S. (1917-2012) Collection, 1934-ca. 1983, (K0246)
1 volume
Scrapbook of news clippings and historical research compiled by James Anderson, historian for the Native Sons of Greater Kansas City, concerning the French Settlement and Community in Kansas City, MO and other people, places and events of Kansas City history.

Webster, Thomas A. (1907-1988) Papers, 1921-1988, (K1219)
9 cubic feet, 5 volumes
Webster was executive director of the Urban League of Kansas City, community activist, and chairman of the Social Science Department of Avila College. Includes files related to his research and writing: notes, clippings, preliminary and final drafts of articles, correspondence, and printed material. Also his personal and professional correspondence and scrapbooks and files of his wife, Fern Beck Webster (1911-2002), an early childhood educator and advocate.

Westport Citizens Action Coalition Records, 1984-2002, (K1058)
3 cubic feet
Organizational records of the Coalition of Westport areas neighborhood groups: Coleman Highlands, Roanoke, and Valentine. Includes minutes, studies, legal documents pertaining to activities, zoning, and political candidates.

White, Shirley Copaken (1927- ) Papers, 1937-2007, (K1187)
2 cubic feet
White is very active in cultural, philanthropic, and social organizations, including those of Beth Shalom Synagogue and Hadassah. Includes publications; White and Copaken family photographs and printed materials; Beth Shalom Synagogue and Hadassah materials; Paseo High School reunions; the grand opening of the Lewis and Shirley White Theatre at the Jewish Community Campus; Jewish Community Foundation programs; and newspaper and magazine clippings about Sandi White, Rita Blitt, the AT&T Building, and miscellaneous other subjects.

Whiteman Air Force Base Dedication Collection, 1955, (K0338)
2 folders
Correspondence regarding the invitation of Kansas City guests to the dedication and includes responses from the invitees.

William Volker and Company Records, ca.1893-1964, (K0059)
BIOGRAPHY
14 cubic feet
The William Volker Company provided William Volker with the means to become a major philanthropist in Kansas City, MO. Included is limited correspondence, Company records pertaining to sales, accounts, employee policies, and photographs of employees. Also included are requests for financial assistance from the William Volker Fund.

Wright, Herbert Perry (1865-1945) Papers, 1896-1945, (K0013)
MICROFILM
5 cubic feet; 16 microfilm rolls
Scrapbooks compiled by H.P. Wright, a Kansas City banker, pertaining to friends, institutions, and events in which Wright was interested.

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