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A City and Its Characteristics
Brief introductory article for Henry Haskell's more in-depth examination of Kansas City, with a photo and description of William R. Nelson and the changes in Kansas City up to its Republican National Convention...
A Good Word for the Bad Boy
Biographical article about William Rockhill Nelson (1841-1915), founder and editor of the Kansas City Star newspaper, with an excerpt of a letter written by him "to Father Cavanaugh, of the Notre Dame...
A Great Editor's Methods
April 8, 1916
Portrait and biographical article about William Rockhill Nelson (1841-1915), founder and editor of the Kansas City Star newspaper and "probably the most successful newspaper editor of modern times." Description...
Annual Review of Greater Kansas City, 1908
Photo of the William Rockhill Nelson residence on "Rock Hill Road."
Art--Western Gallery of Art--Dutch and German Paintings
Article about the Western Gallery of Art, on the second floor of the library building at the time, with paintings donated by William R. Nelson.
As KC grew, so did The Star
Article traces the history and evolution of The Star from its birth in 1880. It also contains information about William Rockhill Nelson, Roy Roberts and other persons associated with the paper.
Baron of Brush Creek
Article describes the residential neighborhoods that William Rockhill Nelson created for newspaper employees just before the turn of the twentieth century. "The Hoosier newspaperman and homebuilder believed...
Biography of Laura Nelson Kirkwood (1883-1926) and Irwin Russell Kirkwood (1878-1927), Newspaper Heiress and Newspaper Trustee
Biography of William Rockhill Nelson (1841-1915), Newspaperman
City of the Future: A Narrative History of Kansas City, 1850-1950
Story of the initial controversy over bringing parks to the city between "reformers," those in favor of city beautification, and "mossbacks," those against it, in the late 1800s.
Crossroads of America: The Story of Kansas City
Chapters of the book about Kansas City journalists including William Rockhill Nelson (1841-1915), founder of the Kansas City Star and a native of Indiana coming here in 1880. Description of his life and...
Dictionary of Missouri Biography
Short biography of newspaperman William Rockhill Nelson (1841-1915), written by Timothy Westcott. Includes citations.
He Hitched a "Star" to His Wagon
Biographical article about William Rockhill Nelson, the founder and editor of the Kansas City Star. Includes following his death and reviewing his career as a prominent Kansas Citian from 1880 to 1915,...
Historic Kansas City Architecture
Photos of some of the "nearly 100 rental houses of varying sizes. ..built by William Rockhill Nelson. ..south and east of his Oak Hall residence" in 1908.
Historic Kansas City Foundation Surveys Longfellow Area
Report on an "architectural-historical survey" being done on the area between 22nd, Troost, 31st, and Main Streets, an early suburb of Kansas City settled by Germans and William R. Nelson's employees.
Historic Westport--The Harris Home: A Rich and Varied History
Detailed history of the house and its many owners starting "in the mid-1850s," including involvement from William R. Nelson.
Historical Study of the Kansas City Star since the Death of William Rockhill Nelson, 1915-1949
Thesis toward a master's degree from the University of Missouri on the history of the Kansas City Star, concentrating on the paper's nature after William R. Nelson.
History Held Onto
Article on the John S. Wolcott residence in Mission Hills. Built by Wolcott in 1928 with architect Selby Kufiss, the home was constructed with $5000 worth of materials originally used in Oak Hall, home...
History, All in a Row
April 23, 2004
Article describes the small "neighborhood" of Pierce Avenue, located several blocks south of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. These row houses were built in 1907 and 1908 by William Rockhill Nelson to...
Hughes' Kansas City Views
Includes a photo of the W. R. Nelson residence in the Hyde Park Residential District.
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