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Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Nettie Thompson Grove
"Doc" Brown, Famous Kansas City Cake Walker
Manuscript about Kansas City cake walker Joseph "Doc" Brown (Doctor William Henry Joseph Cutter Brown), that consists of a chronological collection of 149 published articles, notices, and advertisements....
100 Years to Grow on: Folger's Coffee
History of the Kansas City-based Folger's coffee company, established in California but headquartered in Kansas City since 1907. It was first located at 20th and Baltimore and move the headquarters to...
12th Street, East from Main
Postcard of 12th Street, East from Main
1904 Saint Louis World's Fair
File containing a magazine or book excerpt with several large photos and captions from scenes at the 1904 Saint Louis World's Fair, including the Administration Building, Machinery Hall, the California...
A Brand-New Glow
July 27, 2007
A new sculpture design, "Transformed Flower," has been approved by the Municipal Art Commission. The sculpture, by California artist Phillip Smith, willl be erected at the north end of the Richard & Annette...
A City of Glass
Article provides information on the glass in the new Sprint Center as well as other buildings downtown which contain a lot of glass. For the Sprint Center the following information is provided: 2,204 panels...
A Friend of ''Jim'' Bridger
November 21, 2005
Article describes a man's encounter with legendary explorer Jim Bridger in the Spring of 1850. William Walker, of Scandia, Kansas, was welcomed by Bridger in a small Indian village in Utah while travelling...
A Fusion of the Funky and the Familiar: California Chic, Midwest Mundane Meet in Karen Koblitz's Work
Photo and biographical article about Karen Koblitz, a ceramics sculptor from California teaching art at Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas, since 1977.
A History of Travel in America
Appendices K and L of the book in the form of excerpts from mid-19th century travel books with advice for overland travelers to California to start at "Independence or St. Joseph, Mo." using a certain...
A Map of North America with the European Settlements and Whatever Else is Remarkable in the West Indies from the Latest and Best Observations
Map of North America showing California as an island. No western boundary for Canada is indicated. Included are northern and eastern Canada, Central America, the Bahamas, and northern South America.
A Map of the Indian Territory, Northern Texas, and New Mexico, Showing the Great Western Prairies
Photo reprint of a map showing westward routes, locations of Indian tribes in the middle west and western United States in 1844, and some particular notations which probably refer to details of Josiah...
A Memorial and Biographical Record of Kansas City and Jackson County, Mo.
Biographical sketch of Professor George Bartholomew, "the greatest horse educator in the world," describing his career of training and exhibiting horses in Utah and California and Saint Louis, also involved...
A Missouri Forty-Niner's Trip Across the Plains
October 1, 1948
Letter from James Evans to his brother, Ellis G. Evans, detailing his October 27, 1850 journey from Missouri to California in 1850. His account is an expressive litany of woes including Indian hostility,...
A Peek at a Life in Burlesque
May 1, 2014
Interview and biographical article on Tempest Storm, a famous burlesque performer of the 1950s. Born Annie Blanche Banks, Storm left her home in Georgia at the age of 14 and eventually made her way to...
A President, a Church, and Trails West
Continuation of title, "Competing Histories in Independence, Missouri." The author Jon E. Taylor, former historian for the Harry S Truman National Historic Site in Independence, Missouri, examines how...
A Short Biographical Sketch of Lilburn W. Boggs, by His Son
Biographical article about Lilburn Boggs (1792-1860), "Ex-Governor of the State of Missouri" from 1836 to 1840 and a former Santa Fe trader in Independence, Missouri. Native of Kentucky moving to Saint...
AC10 Personal Papers of Alvin Ailey Finding Aid
1925-1990 [Bulk: 1958-1989]
The Allan Gray Family Personal Papers of Alvin Ailey documents the personal and professional life of twentieth century American choreographer Alvin Ailey through Ailey’s correspondence, notebooks, book...
AC13 Dr. Julia H. Hill Collection Finding Aid
The Dr. Julia H. Hill Collection contains items related to the professional and community activities and achievements of Dr. Julia H. Hill, former president of the Kansas City, Missouri, Branch of the...
AC20 Matthew W. Washington Photograph Collection Finding Aid
The Matthew W. Washington Photograph Collection contains photographic prints and negatives showing African American life in the Kansas City metropolitan area between 1949 and 1962.
AC48 Dr. Girard T. Bryant Collection Finding Aid
The Dr. Girard T. Bryant Collection contains items related to the professional life of educator Dr. Girard T. Bryant.
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