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1968 Riot Collection
Writings, interviews, images, audio and other items documenting the April 9-13, 1968, race riots in Kansas City

Note: audio material housed with print collection


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Milt Abel Collection
See: Bettye Miller - Milt Abel Collection


Advertising/Promotional Ephemera Collection
Assorted material related to various companies, products, and services, covering subject areas such as food, medicine and domestic life, 1800s-1900s


Ahmad Alaadeen Collection
Jazz saxophonist, composer and educator from Kansas City, 1934-2010


American Association of University Women - Kansas City Collection
Scrapbooks and photographs from the organization's Kansas City chapter, 1909-1985


American Composers Collection
Material related to over 80 composers, including manuscript music scores, programs, correspondence, news clippings, and other items


Bernard "Step-Buddy" Anderson Collection
Oklahoma City-born writer, photographer and musician (primarily trumpet and piano), who played with Jay McShann and other Kansas City jazz notables, 1919-1997


Billy G. Asby Collection
Kansas City-area architect, whose work ranged from a small hamburger drive-in to large industrial buildings, 1926-2010


Harold Ashby Collection
Jazz saxophonist from Kansas City, 1925-2003


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David Basse Collection
Kansas City jazz singer and percussionist, 1954-


Marciem Bazell Collection
Opera director for the UMKC Conservatory of Music & Dance, 2007-2014


Amy Cheney Beach Collection
Foremost American composer of the Romantic period and virtuoso concert pianist, 1867-1944


J.A. Beauchamp Collection
Material related to the Beauchamp family, including military records, correspondence during World War I and a bill of sale for a slave, 1851-1934


Allan Bell Collection
Kansas City music and theatrical promoter, and owner of booking/management agency America's Best Attractions, 1960s-1970s


Eliot S. Berkley Collection
Small collection of miscellaneous historical documents from educator and civic leader from Kansas City


Lucile H. Bluford Collection
Kansas City-based journalist, owner and editor of the Kansas City Call, and crusader of African-American and women's rights, 1911-2003


Walt Bodine Collection
Kansas City reporter, broadcaster and talk show host on KMBZ, WDAF and KCUR, who covered the 1951 Kansas City flood and the 1957 Ruskin Heights tornado, and conducted interviews with celebrities and historic figures, 1920-2013


Richard W. Bolling Collection
Missouri Democratic Representative to U.S. Congress, serving from 1949-1983

Note: audio material housed with print collection


Bookplate Collection
Nearly 600 bookplates, plus promotional catalogs, directories, order forms, correspondence and other material related to bookplates, 1672-1948


Priscilla Bowman Collection
Kansas City jazz and rhythm-and-blues singer who had a 1955 #1 R&B hit, "Hands Off," recorded with Jay McShann, 1928-1988


Walter Brenner Collection
South African-born composer; studied, composed and worked in Germany and United States, 1906-1969


Rita Brinkerhoff Collection
See: Zine Collection


Robert Brookmeyer Collection
Jazz pianist and trombonist, arranger, and composer from Kansas City, 1929-2011


Eugene Butler Collection
Kansas City-area composer, conductor, educator and church musician, 20th century-


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Fred Calland Collection
Ohio-born radio broadcaster/producer, record collector, educator, and noted opera expert, 1923-1999


Blanche & Cecil Carstenson Collection
Small collection of material highlighting Kansas City-based artisitc couple, 1907-2002


Jimmy and Jeannie Cheatham Collection
Husband and wife musicians and co-leaders of the Sweet Baby Blues Band, 1920s-


Children's Mercy Hospital Collection
Historical and business records from the Kansas City hospital specializing in children's health care, 1897-


Arthur B. Church KMBC Radio Collection
Owner/operator of KMBC radio and television stations in Kansas City, and creative force behind several syndicated radio shows, 1920s-1950s


Classical Music Manuscripts Collection
Assorted music scores and parts from multiple composers and music educators dating back to the 1700s


Wilbur "Buck" Clayton Collection
Kansas-born jazz arranger, composer, trumpeter, band leader, and influential member of Count Basie's band, 1911-1991


Composers & Musicians Autograph Collection
Assorted material containing autographs of various famous and significant composers and musicians, 1800s-1900s


James F. Condell Collection
College professor of psychology, music scholar and performer, radio broadcaster/producer, and co-author of jazz pianist Jay McShann's unpublished autobiography, 1921-1998


Dan Conn Collection
Music aficionado and record collector (emphasis in rock), and longtime employee of Music Exchange record store in Kansas City, 1950-2006


David Conn Collection
Music aficionado and record collector (emphasis in classical), and longtime employee of Music Exchange record store in Kansas City, 1947-2010


L. Perry Cookingham Collection
Distinguished city manager of Kansas City, Missouri, serving from 1940-1959

Note: audio material housed with print collection


Coterie Theatre Collection
Material related to the Kansas City theatre company/venue, 1978-


Paul Creston Collection
Prolific American composer, pianist and organist, 1906-1985


Betty Crow Collection
Photographs and other material from Mutual Musicians Foundation board member, documenting Kansas City's jazz scene primarily during the 1990s


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Vic Damon Collection
Recording engineer and owner of Damon Recording Studios in Kansas City, 1933-1973


Ernest Daniels Collection
Jazz drummer, vibraphonist and percussionist from Kansas City, 1911-1979


Katherine K. Davis Collection
St. Joseph, Missouri-born composer, most famous for her composition The Little Drummer Boy, as well as works for girls’ choirs and untrained singers, 1892-1980


Dave E. Dexter, Jr. Collection
Writer, editor, music critic and record producer (most notably Capitol Records) from Kansas City, 1915-1990


Ed Dix Collection
Jazz tenor saxophonist and bandleader from Kansas City, 1930-


Dorothy Green Dreher Collection
Writer, poet and educator from Kansas City, Missouri, 1915-2001


Theodore (Ted) Dreher Collection
Composer, musician and writer based in Kansas City, 1912-1996


Frank Driggs Jazz Oral History Collection
Audio oral histories (1956-1986) of early jazz musicians (including many associated with the Kansas City style); conducted by noted historian, author and collector


John Duncan Collection
Alabama-born African American musician, music educator, composer and academic administrator, 1913-1975


Florence Anderson DuPage & Richard DuPage Collections
Separate collections highlighting Kansas City-affiliated husband's and wife's careers as individual composers, 1908-2003


Warren Durrett Collection
Big band leader, composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Kansas City, 1920-2002


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Engravings & Sketchbooks Collection
Hundreds of engravings, along with other printmaking formats, of portraits known and unknown, as well as Arabian Nights, Napoleonic, Romantic Orientalism, Religious and Egytian subject matter, 1700s-1900s


U.S. Epperson Collection
Prominent Kansas City businessman and philanthropist (1861-1927) and wife (d. 1939), whose palatial home at 5200 Cherry Street has served as a number of different types of offices, classrooms and spaces at UMKC over the years, 1893-1939


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Bernard G. Farrar, Jr. Collection
Small collection of Civil War letters from the distinguished military leader from St. Louis to his wife


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GLAMA (Gay & Lesbian Archive of Mid-America) Collections
Initiative to collect, preserve, and make accessible the materials that reflect the histories of the LGBT communities of the Kansas City region

Note: Goes to UMKC/GLAMA website


George Geelan Blues And Jazz Festivals Collection
Kansas City documentary photographer of local and regional blues and jazz festivals, 1995-2003


Tim Gillesse Collection
Tim "Timbabwe" Gillesse was a long time collector of reggae and Caribbean music and culture


Vince Giordano Collection
Charts for over 2000 dance band arrangements from noted New York bandleader and film/TV consultant specializing in 1920s and 1930s music


J. David Goldin Collection
Goldin is an internationally recognized authority on the history of radio


Grand Emporium Collection
Assorted material, including show flyers and photos, documenting venerable Kansas City nightclub from 1985-2004, plus some of co-owner Roger Naber's other promotional endeavors before and during that time


Houston Gray Collection
Material related to film and theater collector from Kansas City, Kansas, 1913-1989


Richard Gray Film Studies Collection
Film-related material, including photographic publicity stills from various films, 1920s-1960s


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Jerry Heaster Collection
Longtime business columnist and editor for the Kansas City Star, 1938-2012


Higginson Collection
Rare documents from Kansas City jazz pianist Jay McShann's first recording dates, supervised by Fred Higginson of radio station KFBI in Wichita, Kansas; contains one of the earliest known autographs of alto saxophonist and modern jazz pioneer Charlie Parker, 1940


William Henry Humiston Collection
Ohio-born composer, music critic and editor, and early member of the MacDowell Colony, 1869-1923


Clete Huske Collection
Scrapbooks of clippings related to a variety (mostly jazz and blues) performers


Patricia Huyett Collection
Writer, poet and educator (including at UMKC) from Lenexa, Kansas, 1951-2011


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Dan Jaffe Collection
Writer, "jazz-poet", UMKC educator, and co-founder of BkMk Press, 1933-


Diana Hearne James Collection
Material related to Kansas City patroness of the arts and her husband, noted artist Frederic James, 1915-1997


J.W. Jenkins' Sons (Jenkins Music Company) Collection
Material related to the Kansas City-based Jenkins Music Company, 1878-2000


Leon M. Jordan Collection
African-American police detective and political leader from Kansas City, and trainer of Liberia's (Africa) post-WWII national police force, 1905-1970


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Kansas City Musical Club Collection
Material relating to the organization, especially when Mrs. Spencer A. (Marjorie) Gard was President of the organization, 1890s-1970s


Kansas City Repertory Theatre Collection
Consisting of materials related to seasonal productions of the theatre since its inception in 1964


Kansas City Zine Collective Collection
See: Zine Collection


Kansas City Zine Con Collection
See: Zine Collection


Louis Katzman Collection
Noted composer, arranger and bandleader, 1910s-1940s


Rachel Kauffman Collection
See: Zine Collection


Kathe "Kathleen" Kaul Collection
Popular record surveys from WHB, KUDL and other radio stations (1963-1975) as well as operational files related to the Mutual Musicians Foudation (1990s-2000s); from Kansas City appraiser, auctioneer and local music supporter


Gerald Kemner Collection
UMKC music educator and composer from Kansas City, 1932-2007


Barney Kessel Collection
Jazz guitarist whose diverse credits span jazz to rock, including session work as part of the famed "Wrecking Crew", 1923-2004


Eunice Lea Kettering Collection
Ohio-born composer and educator, 1906-2000


KMBC Radio Collection
See: Arthur B. Church KMBC Radio Collection


Karl Kratz Collection
German-born dancer, choreographer, and educator, with professional ties to Kansas City


KWKI Radio Collection
See: Richard & Mary Jane Miller (KWKI Radio) Collection


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Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Collection
Director of UMKC Libraries (1950-1985), namesake of Miller Nichols Library's Special Collections Department (dedicated 2002), Professor Emeritus of American Studies, scholar and world traveler, 1920-2000


Theodore Lawrence Painting Company Collection
Head of a successful painting company in Kansas City, 1878-1974


Carroll Lewis Collection
Pianist, bandleader, educator, and longtime music coordinator for the Raytown School District in the Kansas City area, 1950s-2000s


Mel Lewis Collection
Jazz drummer and band leader from New York, 1929-1990


Dr. Milton C. Lewis Collection
African-American physician based in Kansas City, including ties to Wheatley-Provident Hospital and the 18th and Vine district, 1894-1967


Felicia Londré Collection
Large collection of stage scripts from American, European and Russian playwrights, acquired by distinguished UMKC faculty member, author and dramaturg


J.E. Lynn Railroad Memorabilia Collection
General Passenger Agent for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad office located in Kansas City, and collector of railroad memorabilia, 1896-1960


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MacDowell Colony Collection
Manuscript scores and other music material related to over 50 composers associated with the New England artist colony, 1800s-1900s


Stuart MacKay Collection
Canadian-born bassoonist versatile in jazz, classical and popular music performance, 1909-2008


Ted Malone Collection
Colorado-born radio and television personality, war reporter, storyteller, poetry reader and early broadcast “interpretationist,” working at one time for KMBC in Kansas City, 1908-1989


MANA de Kansas City Collection
Organizational papers for the local chapter (chartered in 1981) of the national Latina organization founded in 1974 by Mexican-American women in Washington, D.C., 1977-


Map & Atlas Collection
See: Rare Book Collections - Map & Atlas Collection


Gaylord Marr Collection
Expansive collection of writings, teaching material, theatre production, periodicals, images and personal effects related to UMKC Associate Professor of Communication Studies and namesake of the Marr Sound Archives, 1923-2006


Matchbook Cover Collection
Hundreds of matchbook covers advertising a variety of businesses, services and products in the Kansas City area and elsewhere


Reverend William Madison Mayfield Collection
Log books of Kentucky-born minister whose pastorates included rural and urban churches in Kansas and Missouri, including Kansas City, 1875-1943


Danny Mayo Collection
Record collector, road manager, and stage/sound/lighting manager (notably for Good Karma Productions) based in Kansas City, 1952-2011


Justin McCarthy Collection
Irish Nationalist, politician and writer, 1830-1912


McLean Family Collection
Family documents, including correspondence and diaries, as well as material related to the McLean Band Shop in downtown Kansas City, 1800s-1900s


Jay McShann Collection
Pioneering pianist and vocalist who helped shape the unique style of jazz that emerged out of Kansas City in the 1930s and 1940s, 1916-2006


Freda Mendez-Smith Collection
Organization and event material related to Richard Cabot Clinic, MANA de Kansas City, Fiesta Hispaña and Ballet Folklorico, from prominent Latina civic leader in Kansas City, 1980s-2010s


"Cactus" Charlie Menees Collection
Radio broadcaster/producer, critic and jazz educator from St. Louis, 1916-1993


Richard & Mary Jane Miller (KWKI Radio) Collection
Mentor, pioneer and raconteur of radio, and owner of several stations including KWKI Kansas City, 1971-1974


Steve Miller Collection
New York-born and Kansas City-based society band leader, 1927-2012


Bettye Miller - Milt Abel Collection
Wife and husband jazz musicians based in Kansas City, 1927-2006


Baron Missakian Collection
Studio photographic portraits from the Jazz Age, 1922-1938


Missouri Constitution Collection
Material related to the State Constitution of 1945, Missouri's fourth and current rule of law, 1944-1945


Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC) Collection
Business papers of the professional library organization, 1976-2011


David Morantz Collection
Columnist/educator on Judaic Studies and community activist from Kansas City, 1893-1959


Music Library Association - Midwest Chapter Collection
Organizational material related to the regional chapter of MLA, 1940s-


Mutual Musicians Foundation Photograph Collection
History of the Kansas City, Missouri, Musicians Protective Union Local 627, 1917-


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Julius Osiier Collection
Dannish-born composer and conductor, perhaps best known for originating the "Pop" concerts in Kansas City, 1865-1939


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Solita Palmer Collection
Kansas City-born composer and wife of producer Emerson Yorke


Parody Hall Collection
Concert posters, band photos, event calendars and other material related to the revered live music venue in Kansas City, 1980s


B. Blaine Pennington Collection
Librarian and literary scholar whose collection provides insight into the world of children's literature and the publishing process, including material related to prominent author-friends such as Maurice Sendak, 1930-


A. W. Perry's Sons Collection
Music publishing firm in Sedalia, Missouri, 1870s-1960s


Calder Pickett Collection
Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Kansas and host of The American Past, a radio program (1970s-2000s) on KANU in Lawrence, Kansas, 1921-


Pla-Mor Ballroom Photograph Collection
Personnel and structural images related to the storied entertainment complex at Linwood and Main Streets in Kansas City, 1927-1972


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Evie Quarles Collection
Images of local and national musical acts taken by Kansas City-based blues and jazz photographer, 1980s-2000s


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Railroad Collection
Certificates from various railroad companies along with other ephemera, including weekly reports, time cards, company rules and invitations, 1800s-early 1900s


Eugene G. Ramey, Sr. Collection
Austin, Texas-born musician and pioneering bassist in the Kansas City jazz tradition, with close ties to pianist Jay McShann and alto saxophonist and modern jazz innovator Charlie Parker, 1913-1984


Joseph K. Redmond, Jr. Collection
Manager of the Uptown and Tower Theaters in Kansas City, and collector of photographs and other theater-related ephemera, 1875-1996


Regional Clubs & Organizations Collection
Assorted material, such as booklets, programs, news clippings, tickets and ribbons, related to various clubs and organizations, primarily in Kansas City, 1800s-1900s


Ed Roche Collection
Long-time engineer in Kansas City, responsible for recording the local jazz festivals, 1964-1972


Rockhill Homes Association Collection
Organizational papers related to the Kansas City neighborhood association, 1950s-2010s


T. E. Roderick Collection
Business correspondence related to the formation of the agricultural conglomerate Ozark Peach and Apple Farm Co., 1912-1914


Ron Rooks Collection
Music aficionado, record collector, and proprietor of Music Exchange record store in Kansas City, 1952-2006


Lewis Reuben Rowland Collection
Material related to Paseo High School graduate and World War II veteran, especially during his time growing up in Kansas City, 1910-2003


Judge Reuben F. Roy Collection
Personal and professional correspondence related to politics, women's rights, the Temperance Movement, education, small town life, and other social and cultural issues; collected by the Missouri Judge, 1863-1922


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Norman Saks Collection
Historical documents, publications, ephemera and memorabilia from preeminent Charlie Parker/jazz collector, 1910s-2010s


Cora Davis Sanders Music Collection
Piano-lesson material collected and utilized by Kansas-born educator


Raymond Scott Collection
Pianist, band leader and composer of jazz and popular music, and pioneer in electronic music, 1908-1994


Sheet Music Collection
Tens of thousands of commercially published titles covering a variety of musical styles, visual artistry, and thematic subjects, 1800s-1900s


George Elliott Simpson Collection
Composer, arranger, performer and music educator, 1876-1958


Sister Cities Collection
Material related to various events and activities conducted during the visit of a delegation from Seville, Spain - Kansas City's first sister city, 1967


Charles Sanford Skilton Collection
Composer and music educator, who later worked in Lawrence, Kansas, at the University of Kansas and Haskell Institute (now University), the latter at which he became acquainted with Native American tribal melodies, 1868-1941


Frank Smith Collection
Jazz pianist from Kansas City, 1932-1999


Major N. Clark Smith Collection
Kansas-born composer, music director and educator, including a position from 1915-1922 at Lincoln High School in Kansas City, 1877-1935


Robert M. Snyder, Jr. Collection
See: Rare Book Collections - Snyder Collection


Martha Jane Starr Collection
Kansas City philanthropist and trailblazer in the area of family planning and women’s health issues, with strong ties to the University of Missouri-Kansas City and several of its programs and initiatives, 1906-2011


Suzanne Statland Collection
Primary and secondary resources related to Holocaust Studies

Note: audio material housed with print collection


Leith Stevens Collection
A bandleader and film composer, Stevens scored The Wild One and War of the Worlds


Patricia Stevens Collection
Organizational papers, ephemera and memorabilia related to the longtime Kansas City modeling agency and finishing school, 1940s-2000s


Dana Suesse Collection
Small collection related to the Kansas City-born pianist, composer, and playwright, 1909-1987


Frederick "Fritz" R. Swischer Collection
Kansas-born musician, composer and artist based in Kansas City, and author of Kansas City, 1923-1937: The Music, an analytical and historical treatise of Kansas City Jazz, 1942-


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Joe Thomas Collection
Jazz saxophonist and influential member of Jimmie Lunceford's band; and director of the Bruce R. Watkins Funeral Home and choir director at St. Stephen Baptist Church, both in Kansas City, 1909-1986


Virgil Thomson Collection
Kansas City-born composer and critic, noted for his development of the "American Sound" in classical music, 1896-1989


Brian Thurn Collection
Photographs, posters and other material primarily related to African-American culture during the 20th century, particularly in Kansas City


The Great Tichborne Case Collection
Celebrated 19th-century legal case in the United Kingdom of Arthur Orton, an impostor who claimed to be missing heir Sir Roger Tichborne, 1872


Don Tiff Collection
Pianist, composer, arranger and band leader, as well as musical director of the Orpheum Theatre in Kansas City, 1910-1998


Harry Trotman Collection
New Jersey-born band leader and music business owner, 1920-2010


Frank Trumbauer Collection
Bandleader, composer and prominent jazz saxophonist of the 1920s and 1930s, most notable for his seminal recordings with cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, 1901-1956


William F. Trumbauer Collection
Jazz trumpeter, and UMKC educator (1965-1976) responsible for developing and managing its jazz program, 1923-1978


John B. Tumino Collection
Booking agent and manager for notable Kansas City jazz musicians such as Jay McShann, Charlie Parker and Julia Lee, 1911-2001


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Universal Underwriters Group Collection
Organizational papers from the Kansas City automotive insurance company founded in 1922


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Victorian Studio Portrait Photograph Collection
Studio photographic portraits from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s


William Volker & Company Collection
Kansas City philanthropist and home-furnishings business owner, 1859-1947


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Richard "Colonel" Ware Collection
Retired Air Force Reservist and longtime sales representative for RCA, Capitol and Columbia Records, 1919-2011


Thomas Weaver Collection
20th century composer and musician, and son of composer Powell Weaver


Claude "Fiddler" Williams Collection
Long-time Kansas City musician noted for peforming jazz on the violin, 1908-2004


Dr. Vincent T. Williams Collection
Missouri-born physician, music composer and scholar, 1903-1968


Bob Wills Tiffany Transcriptions Collection
Collection consisting of a set of Bob Wills Tiffany Transcriptions on 16" disc format as well as promotional print material, 1946-1947


Women's Committee for the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance Collection
Organizational material from philanthropic group promoting the interests of the academic unit, 1941-


World War II Collection
War-related emphemera, including correspondence, postcards, rationing stamps, etc.


Wilder Wylie Collection
North Dakota-born radio and television producer and copywriter, 1922-1958


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Helen Xarhis-DePasco Collection
World War II-era material, including correspondence with enlisted brothers, photographs and other associated ephemera belonging to Kansas City-born woman


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Zine Collection
Multiple collections related to local and national underground/DIY magazine culture, including from Rita Brinkerhoff, Kansas City Zine Collective, Kansas City Zine Con, and Rachel Kauffman, 1970s-2010s


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