Civic Affairs and Leaders Manuscript Collections

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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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.


Bailey, Lawrence Dudley (1819-1891) Collection, 1855-1881, (K0125)
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)
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.

Bloch, Henry W. (1922- ) Papers, ca. 1920s-2010s (K1343)
4 cubic feet
Personal papers of Henry Wollman Bloch (1922 - ), co-founder and honorary chairman of H&R Block, Inc., and native resident of Kansas City, Missouri. Contains materials relating to Bloch and wife, Marion Helzberg Bloch's, numerous philanthropic efforts in Kansas City and beyond. Bloch's activities in support of the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, and the University of Missouri, Kansas City, are represented. Also found are speeches, materials and correspondence regarding public appearances and events attended by Bloch, photographs, publications and news articles about Bloch, and op-eds written by Bloch. Personal correspondence, information related to Bloch's World War II service, and Bloch family history and genealogy are included. Materials range from the 1920s to the 2010s, but fall most heavily in the 1980s-2010s.

Botsford, James Sherman, Memorial Booklet, (K1001)
0.02 cubic foot (1 folder)
The James Sherman Botsford Memorial Booklet contains a memorial services booklet for James S. Botsford issued by the Kansas City Bar Association in 1915.

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 (1891-1977) Papers, 1935, (K0480)
0.01 cubic feet
The papers consist of two photographs related to Hyman Brand 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

Brush Creek Community Partners Records, ca. 1995-2014 (K1323)
20 cubic feet
Organizational records of a community-based nonprofit organization whose work centered on urban core redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization along the Brush Creek Corridor of Kansas City, Missouri, from 1995-2014. The records include Board of Directors notebooks, meeting minutes, news clippings, financial statements, the organizational plan, corridor reference materials, correspondence, and photographs. Also included are materials relating to FOCUS KC.

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 and 5 audio cassettes
The papers of Dutton Brookfield contain the business, political and personal papers and photographs of a Kansas City, MO, community leader. Brookfield was President of Unitog Company (1953-1979), a mayoral candidate (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 Portraits of 1897, 1937 (K0542)
0.26 cubic feet
Photographic portraits of prominent Kansas City businessmen and civic leaders removed from the first Convention Hall cornerstone.


Case, Theodore Spencer, Papers, (K0295)
0.57 cubic foot (7 folders, 1 volume)
The Theodore Spencer Case Papers consist of correspondence, a handwritten manuscript along with transcriptions of the manuscript, newspaper clippings, pages from a medical review, scrapbooks, a photograph, and an oversize volume.

Cassidy, Terence W., Collection, (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.

Children's Grove, Columbia, Missouri, Records, (CA6447)
1 folder
Records of a organization dedicated to fostering mental health in youth include meeting minutes and a proclamation for Kindness Week, 2016.

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 League of Women Voters, Columbia, Missouri, Records, (CA5572)
1 video cassette
Addition of recording of "Let the People Know" of 31 May 1995. A television program about the 75th anniversary of the League of Women Voters.

Columbia League of Women Voters, Columbia, Missouri, Records, (CA5614)
1 video cassette
Addition. Recording of a League of Women Voters public forum, 8 February 1996, on "Perspectives on the Proposed Boone County Constitution."

Columbia League of Women Voters, Columbia, Missouri, Records, (CA5680)
3 video cassettes
Addition of two public service announcements for the League by Candice Bergen and Phylicia Rashad; and a forum on the Missouri House, 24th and 25th Districts, taped 3 October 1996.

Columbia League of Women Voters, Records, (CA5508)
6 linear feet
Addition of records of the organization from ca. 1934-1992. Includes minutes, publications, correspondence, committee files and other materials. See also League of Women Voters of Columbia, Boone County, Records (CA5742).

Columbia League of Women Voters, Records, (CA5567)
1 linear foot
Addition of scrapbooks containing photographs, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous. Also includes records of the organization from 1992-1993, 1995.

Columbia League of Women Voters, Records, (CA5647)
6 video cassettes
Addition of interviews with various candidates in 1994. Materials are from the "Impact on the Issues" series.

Columbia Safety Council, Records, (CA2489)
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
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, (K0264)
8 microfilm rolls
The scrapbooks of the Commercial Club of Kansas City trace the media coverage of the activities of the Club, as well as many of Kansas City’s civic events. Most of the articles originated from Kansas City area or other Missouri newspapers and chronicle events and activities that spanned from 1886 to 1913.

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, (CA5579)
0.2 linear feet
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, (CA5641)
0.6 linear feet
Addition of correspondence, reports, publications, minutes, committee files, and miscellaneous records.

Community Development Society, Records, (CA5697)
0.5 linear feet
Addition of minutes, annual meeting materials, publications, scholarship files, and miscellany.

Community Development Society, Records, (CA5708)
0.2 linear feet
Addition of awards committee files, certified community developer files, and January 1997 board minutes.

Community Development Society, Records, (CA5728)
16.75 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.

Convention Halls and Municipal Auditorium Scrapbook, 1899-1954, (K0938)
0.25 cubic feet
The collection consists of a scrapbook of documents and photographs related to the Kansas City Convention Hall and Municipal Auditorium from 1899-1954.

Coppaken, Arnold Lester (1924-2006) and Helen Glass (1930- ) Collection, 1943-1975, (K0884)
0.04 cubic foot (3 folders, one oversize item)
The Arnold Lester and Helen Glass Coppaken Collection contains graduation programs, a certificate of Mr. Coppaken’s, newspaper clippings, and photographs of Mrs. Coppaken and friends.

Corey, Raymond E. Photograph Collection, (K1311)
8.45 cubic feet (292 folders, 49,489 negatives, 741 slides, 437 photographs)
This collection consists of the photographic work of Raymond Corey, a staff photographer for The Kansas City Star from 1965 to 1980. The collection primarily contains negatives, slides, and photographs produced by Corey in the course of his career with The Kansas City Star. Additionally, there is a scrapbook of newspaper clippings containing the articles in which Corey’s work appeared, and oversize photographic reproductions of his work.

Cowan, Donna, Scrapbooks, 1957, (C4277)
0.2 cubic feet (4 folders)
The Donna Cowan collection includes two scrapbooks - one on conservation in Missouri, and one on Missouri Girls State, 1957. The Missouri Girls State was sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Missouri, which provided Missouri girls citizenship training in order for them to better understand and participate in the functioning of the government. 1957.

Cox, Lester E. (1895-1968), Papers, 1917-1968, (C3596)
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.


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, 1866-1913, (K0168)
0.75 cubic feet
The papers contain correspondence, ephemera, clippings, pamphlets, scrapbooks, and photographs related to the Daniel B. Dyer, Native Americans, and Dyer's collection of Native American artifacts.


Gage, John Bailey, Papers, 1887-1970, (K0254)
0.60 cubic foot (22 folders)
The John Bailey Gage Papers consists of correspondence primarily relating to the Midwest Research Institute (MRI). Many of these letters have attachments, most of which are the agendas and the meeting minutes of the institution’s Executive Committee of the Board of Governors. Also included are copies of by-laws and reports on income and expenses. Additional materials include speeches made by Gage, photographs, certificates, programs, and a title of abstract for the Gage Addition to Kansas City.

Green Impact Zone Records, 2009-2011, (K1330)
0.5 cubic feet
The records include annual reports, meeting minutes, director’s files, publications, and reports relating to this Kansas City, Missouri, community-based organization focused on urban core revitalization and environmental improvements.

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)
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, (K1247)
0.1 cubic foot (1 folder)
The Greater Kansas City Heart Association 1951 Heart Fund Scrapbook is a single volume created by W.F. Shoemaker, campaign director of the 1951 Heart Fund and staff member of the Kansas City public relations firm Cumerford, Inc. The scrapbook includes clippings, printed material, and fundraising correspondence.

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.


Hardy, David R. (1917-1976) Papers, 1965-1976, (K0319)
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.

Henry C. and Henry J. Haskell Papers, (K0096)
1.25 cubic feet
The collection contains the papers of Henry C. Haskell, and his father, Henry J. Haskell, a prominent editor for The Kansas City Star. The papers pertaining to Henry C. Haskell primarily consist of his plays and his contributions as an arts writer for The Kansas City Star. Henry J. Haskell’s papers consist of the articles he wrote as editor for The Kansas City Star and of his published writings. Additionally there is some correspondence and biographical information for both of the Haskell men.

Henry Wollman Bloch (1922 - ), Papers, (K1343)
4 cubic feet plus oversize item
Personal papers of Henry Wollman Bloch (1922 - ), co-founder and honorary chairman of H&R Block, Inc., and native resident of Kansas City, Missouri, contain materials relating to Bloch and his wife, Marion Helzberg Bloch, including numerous philanthropic efforts in Kansas City and beyond as well as Bloch’s activities in support of the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum and the University of Missouri, Kansas City. The papers also contain speeches, materials, and correspondence regarding public appearances and events attended by Bloch, photographs, publications and news articles about Bloch, and op-eds written by Bloch. Additionally, the collection contains personal correspondence, information related to Bloch’s World War II service, and Bloch family history and genealogy.

Hill, Dr. Robert Lee (1952- ) Papers, ca. 1970s-2010s (K1352)
23 cubic feet
Dr. Robert Lee Hill served as minister of the Community Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kansas City, Missouri for thirty years. The papers include sermons, books, speeches, correspondence, photographs, awards and additional materials relating to his long career and numerous activities within and outside of the church and the Kansas City community.

HistorySpeaks Oral History Collection, 2000-2002, (K0400)
10 cubic feet
The records of the History Speaks Oral History Project contain videotaped interviews, participant files, and project administrative files relating to this early 21st century project. The project focused on capturing stories of prominent Kansas Citians from the business, nonprofit, arts, political, and civic communities. Participants were selected whose experiences highlighted events that shaped Kansas City's history and development. The concept for the project originated out of celebrations surrounding Kansas City's 150th anniversary.

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, (CA5815)
5 cubic feet
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.

Hy Vile Family Papers, 1922-2012, (K0560)
8 cubic feet
The papers contain documents, publications, scrapbooks, and photographs related to the personal and professional life of Hy Vile and the Vile family.


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


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.


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)
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, 1897-1937, (K0269)
7.63 cubic feet
The records contains administrative, financial, and event records related to the construction, maintenance, and business of the Kansas City Convention Hall. The records also include scrapbooks and photographs providing information about the variety of events held at the building.

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, 1839-1957, (K0352)
0.27 cubic feet and microfilm
The collection contains original Kansas Town Company records and research materials compiled by the Native Sons of Greater Kansas City and Mildred C. Cox.

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, Papers, (K1197)
0.5 cubic foot (13 folders, 40 photographs)
This collection contains papers related to the Jewish Federation and Council of Greater Kansas City, including the organization's history, organizational reports, and newspaper clippings. In addition, there are personal papers related to Sol Koenigsberg, who was Executive Director of the Jewish Federation and Council, including a memoir and newspaper clippings regarding Israel. In addition, there are an assortment of personal photographs.

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."


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)
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, (K0022)
0.08 cubic foot (1 folder)
The Liberty Memorial Association Records consist of two copies of specifications for Liberty Memorial dated 1923.

Lykins Family Papers, 1841-1866, (K0294)
0.16 cubic feet
The papers contain correspondence, ledger books, and scrapbooks related to the lives and activities of Johnston Lykins, Martha Lykins Bingham, his second wife, and William Lykins, his son.


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.

McDonald County Secession Papers, (SP0013)
0.2 cubic feet (4 folders)
The McDonald County Secession papers contain photocopied newspaper articles dealing with the publicity surrounding the McDonald County secession hoax from Missouri in 1961.

Milgram Food Stores, Inc. Collection, (K0325)
4.5 cubic feet (264 folders)
The collection contains papers and photographs related to the Milgram family and Milgram Food Stores, Inc. The personal papers primarily focus on the personal interests of Nat, the founder of Milgram Food Stores, and Lester, his son. The materials consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The materials related to the Milgram Food Stores contains correspondence, newsletters, reports, and information regarding the company. The bulk of the business materials pertains to photographs of individual Milgram stores and Milgram sponsored events.

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 Patriotic Associations, Collection, (CA5939)
0.4 linear feet, 1 roll of microfilm
Records of state and local chapters of various patriotic and heritage associations in Missouri.

Missouri River Navigation Association Records, (K0354)
0.34 cubic foot (19 folders, 204 photographs, 1 oversize photograph, 24 negatives)
The Missouri River Navigation Association Records contains photographs and negatives depicting different aspects of engineering and activities along 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)
0.75 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.

Moulder Family, Papers, 1873-1987, (CG0012)
0.2 cubic feet (7 folders)
The papers of the Moulder family contain photographs, letters, postcards, and family papers. The materials were primarily produced while residing in Morley and Crowder, Missouri.


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)
0.5 cubic feet
The collection of Dominic M. Nigro contains photographs of family, friends, and various activities created by or related to Dr. D. M. Nigro of Kansas City. In addition, the collection contains items related to Nigro’s involvement with athletics and the Boys’ Town of Italy.


Office of Economic Opportunity, Community Action Agency, Manual, (CA5639)
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- ).

Oscar David Nelson (1895-1981), Papers, 1914-1980, (K0069)
58 cubic feet
This collection consists of the personal papers, including the philanthropic work, of Oscar David Nelson. Materials within this collection include personal investments in real estate, farms, oil corporations, and stocks; interest in the Republican Party; correspondence regarding education, health services, churches, and travel; and professional papers from his time as the chairman of the board of the Butler Manufacturing Company.


Paxton, Heather N., Collection (K0721)
2 cubic feet
Collection primarily contains event flyers, programs, and advertisements to local Kansas City area events, organizations, and institutions. Additional materials include correspondence for charitable requests, materials associated with organizations and institutions that Heather Paxton was affiliated with, local area publications, abstract of title for the Talleys addition to Kansas City, and historical photographs of the interior of the New England Bank.

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

People's Association for Better Municipal Government, Columbia, Missouri, Records, 1951-1957, (C4278)
0.2 cubic feet (8 folders)
Constitution, minutes, correspondence, membership lists, committee reports, financial records and miscellaneous papers of a group formed soon after the Charter-City Council form of city government began in Columbia.

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.


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.


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.

Scenic Missouri, Inc., Records, (CA6243)
6.75 linear feet, 5 audio cassettes, 57 computer discs, 47 video cassettes
Records of a nonprofit organization advocating scenic conservation in Missouri. The group conducted ""Save Our Scenery"" initiative-petition drives and placed a statewide vote on billboard control on the November 2000 ballot. The measure lost 51 to 49 percent. Contains correspondence, financial records, publicity materials, photographs and slides, and audiovisual materials.

Schmidt, Liz, Collection, (CA4702)
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.

Schmidt, Liz, Collection, (CA4705)
8 linear feet
Addition. League of Women Voters material, fair housing material, and elections.

Scott, James T. Memorial, Collection, 2010-2011 (C4072)
0.1 linear feet, 9 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.

Solid Waste Task Force, Columbia, Missouri, Records, 1990-1993, (C4207)
0.5 cubic feet (11 folders)
The records contained in the Solid Waste Task Force collection consist of pamphlets, brochures, letters, notes, newspaper clippings, and legal documents. The records display a clear path from citizen activism to the implementation of laws intended to address citizen concerns.

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.

Stoerker, Lewis (1921-1992), Papers, 1965-2007, (CA6423)
1.2 cubic feet
Papers of a theatre professor at the University of Missouri largely concern his efforts to establish the Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.


The Missouri Collection (C3982)
17.9 cubic feet, 9 audio cassettes, 3 audio discs, 9 CDs, 1 computer disc, 1 film, 6 film strips, 3 DVDs, 2 video cassettes (791 folders, 21 oversize ite
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.

Troost Corridor Community Association Records, 1998-2005, (K1332), (K1332)
0.5 cubic feet
Records relating to this community-based organization in Kansas City, Missouri, that operated from 1998-2005. The records include materials that remained when the TCCA office was vacated.


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.


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)
0.01 cubic feet
Correspondence and clippings regarding the invitation of guests to the Whiteman Air Force Base Dedication. There are also newspaper articles referencing the event and the presence of B-47 bombers at the base at that time.

William Volker and Company Records, ca.1893-1964, (K0059)
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)
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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