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Jane F Flynn
Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Anderson Photo Company
Ford, Susan Jezak
A New Day
"The 41st Symphony Designers' Showhouse Takes Aim at The National Spotlight." Two-page spread explains a new emphasis for the Designers' Showhouse. Karen Mills, a radio show host, interior designer and...
A Noted Pastor Tells Why They Don't Go to Church
Photo of and article by Reverend Burris Jenkins, which includes factors in church attendance, his own background and mentor Alexander Proctor (a pastor in Independence, Missouri), and other issues in the...
A Pillar of the Community
January 21, 2009
Guadalupe Centers, Inc., is celebrating 90 years of service to the Latino community and the 30th anniversary of its executive director, Cristobal Medina. Reported to be the oldest Latino organization in...
A Positive Power Force
April 29, 2013
Profile on Inez Kaiser, a Kansas City civil rights activist known for her work in promoting the role of African-American women in business and community service. In the 1950s, Kaiser began her career as...
A Powerful Beacon at Whatsoever
March 19, 2008
Article describing the history of the Whatsoever Community Center located at 1201 Ewing St. in the Sheffield neighborhood. Orginally a soup kitchen founded in 1915 by a group of women from the Independence...
A Safe Haven for Former Prostitutes
January 9, 2011
Veronica's Voice, an organization founded by Kristy Childs, received an anonymous donation to establish a new home (location undisclosed) called Magdalene Manor as a safe haven for women and girls trying...
A String of Sixty Murders: A Serial Killer--or Copycats--Haunts Kansas City
Photo and article about the "sixty women--three quarters of them black, drug-using prostitutes"--found murdered in Kansas City since 1977, leading to an investigation into a possible serial killer.
A Successful Organization: Sketch of the Work of the Local W. C. T. U.
Portrait and biographical article about Mrs. Ira Lewis, "for more than ten years president of the local Central union of the Women's Christian Temperance union." History of the union, founded nationally...
A Unique Stand at the Alliance Fair
Photos of Frances Hellman, a woman author from Missouri, in an article with portrait photos about other women "authors at the Aguilar Library table" display at the Alliance Fair in New York City's Madison...
A Visit To The Poor Farm: How Jackson County Cares For Her Helpless Wards
July 29, 1890
The subheading reads: "A Description of the Building and Something of the Inmates--The County Judges Contemplate Further Improvements--Two Jay Goulds Happy With Their Imaginary Riches--Some Pathetic Cases...
A. W. Alger
Advertising card for A. W. Alger with two images of women in a kitchen called "The Old Way" and the "The New Way." The old way shows a stove falling apart, a broken dish, a spilling pot, a broken window,...
A Year of Tragedy, Triumph For This Councilwoman
July 12, 2007
Steve Penn's "Commentary"column features City Councilwoman Melba Curls. Melba was the wife of Phil Curls, Sr., who died on May 4, 2007. That date just happened to be the date she was to be celebrating...
A Young City Will Greet You
Photos and article about tourist sites in Kansas City for the "1939 Biennial Convention of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs in Kansas City. Description and history of...
Abbott Laboratory Assembly Line
Women in assembly line
Abbott Laboratory Interior
Woman at work table
Editorial discussing the status of women's reproductive rights after the passage of a Missouri bill banning a specific type of abortion procedure.
File containing a description of Caroline Hyde Swift, or Caroline Swift, former Star journalist and winner of "the Eisenhower proclamation medal" for "efforts to further the pursuit of freedom and independence...
About Town: History Made Personal
ABWA Helps Women Advance from Traditional Work Roles
Discusses the history of the American Business Women's Association, founded in Kansas City, and its current efforts to assist women in business.
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...
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