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1. "Retrospection" "Retrospection" 1917 Poem written by Melvin B. Tolson published in the Lincolnian yearbook his junior year (1917). Tolson graduated in 1918 from Lincoln High School.

2. A Bit of Nature A Bit of Nature June/15/1897 Illustrations (by Will Weber, "one of Kansas City's most gifted artists") and poem by local poet Robert Wiziarde about cowboys.

3. A Library Hall A Library Hall 2004-2005 Written by Phil Kirk, this poem refers to the Central Library of the Kansas City Public Library located at 10th and Baltimore. The first floor of the building is called Kirk Hall and is named after Phil...

4. A Poet Talks of Indians A Poet Talks of Indians February 28, 1932 Brief article profiling poet and scholar John G. Neihardt, on the occasion of a personal reading from his epic group of poems Cycle of the West at the Community Church (Linwood Boulevard and Forest Avenue)....

5. A Treasury of American Song A Treasury of American Song 1943 Song lyrics to the "Ballad of Jesse James" by Billy Gashade in an excerpt from a 1943 book not in this library.

6. A World of Verse in Kansas City A World of Verse in Kansas City October 21, 2012 Article describes the 30th Midwest Poets Series to be held at Rockhurst University. Robert Stewart is interviewed and discusses his organization of the event in 1983 as well as ongoing preparations for...

7. About Town: Poems Recall Her Life in Excelsior Springs About Town: Poems Recall Her Life in Excelsior Springs February/5/1974 Biographical article about M. Deborah Ellett, "poetry editor for the City Inner & Outer Magazine which is devoted chiefly to minority affairs and success stories," growing up in Excelsior Springs, Missouri,...

8. African Americans in Literature African Americans in Literature File contains a copy of the poem "Toussaint L'Ouverture: Chateau de Joux, 1803," by Edward Arlington Robinson, reprinted in the November 30-December 4, 1931 issue of Current Literature.

9. Alberta Wilson Constant Alberta Wilson Constant Winter, 1964 Photos and biographical sketch of Alberta Wilson Constant, or Alberta Constant, wife of Edwin Constant and poetry editor of the Veterans' Voices magazine, as well as editor of the Jackson County Histocial...

10. Author and Newsman George Washington Ogden Dies at 94: He Had Been City Editor of the Old Kansas City Author and Newsman George Washington Ogden Dies at 94: He Had Been City Editor of the Old Kansas City Times April/6/1966 Obituary for George Washington Ogden, or George Ogden, "94, author and former city editor of the old Kansas City Times" "before its purchase by The Star." Native of Lawrence, Kansas coming to Kansas City...

11. Biography of Carolyn Benton Cockefair (1884-1969), English Professor Biography of Carolyn Benton Cockefair (1884-1969), English Professor 2003

12. Biography of Dale Eldred (1933-1993), Sculptor Biography of Dale Eldred (1933-1993), Sculptor 1999

13. Biography of John B. Bisceglia (1891-1988), Clergyman Biography of John B. Bisceglia (1891-1988), Clergyman 2010

14. Biography of Randall Jessee (1914-1976), Newsman Biography of Randall Jessee (1914-1976), Newsman 2003

15. Biography of Saturnino Alvarado (1883-1955), Civil Rights Activist Biography of Saturnino Alvarado (1883-1955), Civil Rights Activist 2009

16. Browning, King and Company Browning, King and Company 1895 Folder contains an issue of "Browning, King & Co's Illustrated Monthly", V.11, #1, July, 1895. The publication includes poetry, anecdotes, stories, illustrations, etc. The back of the publication contains...

17. Charles Edson Charles Edson Information about Charles Edson, or C. L. Edson, author of the poems, "Kansas City" and "Kansas City Saga." He was born in about 1889, becoming a newspaper journalist in Kansas, New York, and Kansas City,...

18. Christmas Night in the Quarters Christmas Night in the Quarters May 23, 1905 Facsimile of original manuscript of "Christmas Night in the Quarters" by Irwin Russell.

19. Clara Virginia Townsend Clara Virginia Townsend File containing photos and information on Clara Virginia Townsend, or Clara Townsend (ca. 1858-1939), a former teacher, school principal, and creator of "Prunes and Prisms" column (under the pen name of...

20. Consider the Prose and Cons of an Official State Poem Consider the Prose and Cons of an Official State Poem February 16, 2005 House Bill 370 in the Missouri State Legislature has provision in it for a Missouri State poem, one written by Russ Heindselman of La Grange in northeast Missouri. There has been some criticism that the...