Social Reform and Welfare

, 1947-1997 (K0870)
4 c.f.

Chapter of a national women's fraternity that enriches the lives of members through lifetime opportunities for friendship, leadership, learning, and service. Organizational records of the chapter includes Minutes, presidents' files, treasurers' files, annual reports, committee files, publicity, newsletters, correspondence, and scrapbooks.

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49/63 Neighborhood Coalition Records, 1971-2001 (K0061)
20 c.f.

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Organization records of a neighborhood association in midtown Kansas City, MO.

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Abortion Rights Alliance Records, 1973-1984 (S0112)
0.01 cubic foot, 2 folders

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Founded in 1969 as the Committee for Legal Abortion, the Abortion Rights Alliance was a citizen's group that supported Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court case legalizing abortion. An affiliate for the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), the group worked to keep abortion safe and legal. The records include pro-choice and anti-abortion groups' pamphlets and flyers, correspondence from NARAL, memos, newspaper clippings, press releases, and the Abortion Rights Alliance newsletter, Reproductive Freedom Letter.

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Frank Ackerman Papers, 1942-1972 (C3443)
14.2 cubic feet, 2 audio discs

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The Frank Ackerman Papers contain extensive documentation of his work on behalf of the mentally retarded in Missouri. This includes his research materials on services offered to the mentally retarded nationwide and his work for various organizations in Missouri. A lesser amount of material covers his farming business in Pike County, Missouri, and the funeral of Viola Ackerman. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, printed materials, organizational records, and handwritten notes.

Originals in the Virginia State Library.

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Ad Hoc Group Against Crime Records, 1986-2000 (K0856)
6 c.f.

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Organizational records of the Ad Hoc Group including minutes, reports, financial records, printed and published materials, clippings, and photographs.

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Jane Addams to Miss Brand Letter, 1930-1935 (S0119)
0.01 cubic foot, 1 folder

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A letter from Jane Addams to Miss Brand, in which Addams declines an invitation from Brand to give a speech in St. Louis due to her poor health. Addams was a nationally renowned social reformer, best known for establishing Hull Huss, a settlement home in Chicago, Illinois. The letter, which dates between 1930 and 1935, was most likely written by her friend and sometime secretary, Louise de Koven Bowen.

Adult Abuse Remedies Act Records, 1978-1982 (S0359)
0.04 cubic feet, 23 folders

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The collection documents the effort by the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri to promote the passage in Missouri of a law to protect battered women. The law passed in early 1980 but was found to be unconstitutional by a circuit judge later that year. The Missouri Supreme court upheld the law in 1982. The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, court briefs, and other materials relating to the lobbying effort of Legal Services of Missouri between 1978 and the passage of the Adult Abuse Remedies Act in 1980.

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Donna Allen Papers, 1920-1992 (C3795)
18.6 cubic feet, 18 audio cassettes, 1 audio disc

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Papers of director of Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press and editor of Media Report to Women. Includes professional correspondence and printed materials on sex and race discrimination cases, media stereotypes, public broadcasting, women's news, national and international women's conferences, and women in management. Also documents Allen's involvement in labor, civil rights, and anti-war activism.

Alpha Delta Pi Parents Club Scrapbooks, 1953-2009 (K0871)
2 c.f.

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The Club provides tangible and monetary support to the Alpha Delta Pi sorority chapter. Includes Scrapbooks concerning activities of the organization containing newspaper clippings, correspondence, and photographs.

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Alumnae Panhellenic Association of Greater Kansas City Records, 1925-2002 (K0824)
6 c.f.

The Association is a social group for college sorority alumnae engaged in philanthropic work. Organizational records including minutes, financial records, rush materials, committee reports, and photos and newspaper clippings. Also information on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its effect on sororities.

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American Association of University Women, Ballwin/Chesterfield Branch Records, 1980-2010 (S1158)
4 cubic feet

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This collection contains board meeting minutes, histories, conference materials, Star Award files, directories, and photographs of the Ballwin-Chesterfield branch of the American Association of University Women.

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American Association of University Women, Ferguson-Florissant Branch Records, 1959-2015 (S1163)
8 cubic feet

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The records of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Ferguson-Florissant Branch contain correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, yearbooks, and reports relating to the group’s mission to empower women in their community through public service, education, and political lobbying. Topics of interest include histories of the Ferguson-Florissant Branch, the group’s participation in the Famous American Women Project, as well as their publication of Show-Me the Arts: A Guide to Missouri’s Cultural Resources. Also included in these records are the branch’s scrapbooks, containing extensive photographic documentation of their meetings and charitable endeavors, including the Annual Book Fair. The materials date from 1959 to 2015.

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American Association of University Women, Kirkwood-Webster Groves Branch, 1970-2014 (S1159)
5 cubic feet

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This collection contains annual reports, membership directories, promotional videotapes, and board minutes of the Kirkwood-Webster Groves branch of the American Association of University Women.

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American Association of University Women, Missouri Division, Committee on Equal Pay Scrapbooks, 1958-1963 (C1442)
0.67 cubic feet (2 volumes)

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Correspondence with club women, professional women, legislators and businessmen; background material on equal pay; newspaper clippings; and photographs of governor signing legislation. Photographs and negatives of presentation of collection to SHS are located in Editorial Office.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)-Western Missouri Records, 1960-2008 (K0398)
74 c.f.

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Organizational records of the regional chapter including administrative files, case files, and position files.

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American Civil Liberties Union Pamphlets, 1913-1937 (C2537)
1.6 cubic feet

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Printed pamphlets and reports on issues involving civil liberties, published by the American Civil Liberties Union and such related organizations as the Free Speech League and the League for Industrial Democracy. Also included is miscellaneous socialist and communist literature.

American Civil Liberties Union Posters, 1970s-1980s (CA4479)
1 folder

ACLU posters and newsletters from the 1970s and 1980s.

American Civil Liberties Union Mid-Chapter Records, 1968-1984 (C1735)
0.4 cubic feet

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The records of the ACLU, Mid-Missouri Chapter, a civil rights organization, consist of case files, correspondence, and meeting minutes.

American Red Cross, Morgan County Chapter Records, 1932-1937 (R0427)
1 volume

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The Morgan County, Missouri, chapter of the American Red Cross was organized on 20 April
1932 in Versailles. It distributed flour and clothing to needy families, and contributed funds to the
national flood relief effort in January 1937. Chairpersons were Dr. H. N. Lutman and Mrs. A. J.
Gunn.

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American Red Cross, Scott County Chapter Records, 1944-1952 (R0673)
(21 folders)

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The American Red Cross, Scott County Chapter Records contain photocopies of files from the American Red Cross chapter in Sikeston, Scott County, Missouri. Most concern allotments for dependents, emergency loans, extensions of leave, and other family matters of servicemen during World War II.

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Americans for Democratic Action Records, 1948-1988 (S0045)
2 cubic feet, 55 folders

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The collection contains meeting minutes, letters, memos, periodicals, and membership information pertaining to Americans for Democratic Action, St. Louis Chapter, a political advocacy group that promotes the principles of liberals as formulated in the New Deal. The bulk of the material dates from 1959 to 1970 and 1977 to 1982, all during the administration of Jack L. Pierson. Subjects of interest include the group’s endeavors to promote progressive political candidates, as well as their involvement in anti-war protests.

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Americans for Israel and Torah (AMIT) Collection, 1930-2007 (K0875)
0.75

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AMIT educates and cares for Israel's youth, including the most vulnerable children in Israel. Organizational records for the Kansas City, Missouri Nitzanim chapter of the Mizrachi Women's Organization of America and its evolution into the Americans for Israel and Torah (AMIT) organization. Includes reports, manuals, newspaper clippings, programs, newsletters, booklets and pamphlets, correspondence and speeches, banners, and photographs.

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Archives Societaire, 1832-1882 (C0233)
2 rolls of microfilm

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Selected letters from the Archives Societaire, housed at the Archives Nationales, Paris, France. The Archives Societaire are the records of the followers of Charles Fourier. Included is correspondence of Victor Considerant, founder of the Fourierist colony at Reunion, TX, and Albert Brisbane, Fourierism's foremost advocate in the United States.

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A. Sterl Artley Papers, 1940-1998 (C3955)
1.8 cubic feet

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Papers of A. Sterl Artley, professor at the University of Missouri College of Education. Artley was one of three authors of the "Dick and Jane" primers and an expert in the field of reading education. The papers consist of correspondence, his autobiography, publicity and newspaper clippings, photographs, lecture notes, and publications.

A. Sterl Artley Papers, no date (CA6392)
0.2 cubic feet

Addition of publications, clippings, bibliographies, and miscellaneous professional material. See also C3955.

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now Records, 1972-1980 (S0040)
1 cubic foot, 52 folders

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The Association of Community Organizations for Reform NOW (ACORN) contains bylaws, correspondence, newsletters, issue statements, and press releases relating to the group's mission to fighting for social and economic justice for low and moderate-income families. Missouri. Missouri ACORN began in 1976 and expanded its membership to fifteen hundred families by 1980. Their goal was to build a broadly based constituency of low and moderate-income citizens who, by learning to exercise their collective power on local issues, could then attempt more substantial, more long term issues on city, county, or state-wide levels. Subjects of interest in this collection include insurance redlining, utility rate increases, and the allocation of Community Block Grant funds.

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Howard F. Baer Papers, 1960-1985 (S0038)
4 cubic feet

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The Howard F. Baer Papers contain correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings documenting his activities as a member of the St. Louis Zoological Sub district Commission from 1979 to 1984 and his time as a Trustee of the Missouri Botanical Garden from 1937 to 1985. Also included in the collection is Baer's autobiography, "An Ordinary Man."

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Nina Balsam Papers, 1994-1997 (S1182)
2 cubic feet

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The papers of Nina Balsam contains meeting minutes, legal materials, and a curriculum pertaining to domestic violence. Balsam is a professor at Washington University, where she teaches courses on Domestic violence. She also served as the first Legal Director for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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Beauvais Manor Records, 1834-1999 (S0611)
11 cubic feet, 183 folders, 298 photographs

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The Women's Christian Association of St. Louis began an effort to open an elder care facility in June 1880. It purchased a building, Beauvais Manor on South Grand, in May 1882, and opened the facility under the name St. Louis Memorial Home. The collection includes annual reports, minute books, resident applications, a legal file on the home's Baxter Road property, financial and administrative records, and photographs.

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C. Jasper Bell Scrapbook, 1935-1936 (C3226)
0.4 cubic feet

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Newspaper clippings pertaining to the Townsend Plan, a pension plan for the elderly sponsored by Dr. Francis Townsend in the mid-1930s, and the U.S. House of Representatives' investigation of it which Congressman Bell instigated and chaired. Clippings are from papers throughout the country. December 17, 1935 to July 26, 1936.

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Bellevue Valley Community Association Records, 1927-1950 (R0347)
(10 folders)

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These are minute books and miscellaneous papers of the Bellevue Valley Community Association. The Association was formed at Caledonia, Washington County, Missouri, in 1926 to promote civic and social improvement. The minutes are complete from 13 January 1927 to the dissolution of the Association in 1950.

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Walter J. Berkowitz Papers, 1924-1965 (K0104)
3 c.f.

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Personal papers and materials collection and generated by Berkowitz, a prominent businessman and civic leader in Kansas City.

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Harry Edward Berndt Papers, 1943-2015 (S0851)
8 cubic feet, 183 folders

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The papers of Harry Edward Berndt (1926- ), a former sociology professor at St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley, and executive director of Metro Housing Resources, a housing advocacy agency for low-income and minority individuals. The materials consist of correspondence, research articles, essays, and working and subject files, documenting his research interests in urban sociology, intercultural and interracial relations, and organizational analysis. Other items of interest include drafts and correspondence of his books New Rules in the Ghetto: Community Development and Urban Poverty (1977) and Only a Priest (2010), a biography of Monsignor John Alexander Shocklee, a civil rights and labor activist.

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Leon Milton Birkhead Papers, 1893-1980 (K0280)
5 c.f.

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Papers of Birkhead, popular, progressive figure in religious and civic affairs documenting his professional and public career. Birkhead was pastor of All Souls Unitarian Church in Kansas City from 1917 until 1939 when he resigned to begin the Friends of Democracy, an "anti-propaganda" organization.

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Mary Johnson Bland Papers, 1821-1964 (K0139)
3 c.f.

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Photocopy of, Bits and Pieces from the Mary Johnson Bland Files on The Cox, Harris and Johnson Families of St. Clair County, Missouri, 1700-1925. Also included is research on the Bland family and a Mrs. Bland's journal kept while in England and France with the Red Cross in 1944. Other materials concerning her work with the Red Cross and other organizations.

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Susan Block Papers, 1970-2005 (S0853)
17 cubic feet

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The papers of Susan Block contain correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, and legal materials chronicling Block's career as a St. Louis County Circuit Judge and advocacy for children.

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Doris Crump Bradshaw Papers, 1930-1962 (C3303)
3 cubic feet

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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.

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Raymond B. Bragg Papers, 1901-2000 (K0468)
9.4 c.f.

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Bragg was minister of the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Kansas City, MO and Executive Director of the American Unitarian Association's Unitarian Service Committee. Includes sermons, aspirations or prayers, printed programs of church sponsored public forums and services, publications, news clippings, minutes, photos, pamphlets, notes, memos, contracts, financial information and correspondence to, from, or mentioning Bragg.

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Hyman Brand Papers, 1891-1965 (K0480)
0.01 c.f.

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Digital photographs relating to Brand, co-owner of Brand and Puritz Coat and Suit company, civic and philanthropic leader, and his family.

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Esther Swirk Brown Collection, 1994 (K0971)
0.01 c.f.

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Brown, a social activist, played significant roles in the desegregation of the South Park elementary school (Merriam, KS) and the Brown v. Board of Education case. Included is a memorandum by her husband Paul Brown summarizing Esther's life and involvement in civil rights activities.

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Brush Creek Community Partners Records, 1995-2014 (K1323)
20 c.f.

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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.

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Bureau For Men Records, 1920-1981 (S0176)
12.5 cubic feet, 328 folders, 41 photographs, 3 volumes

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This collection contains the records of the St. Louis Bureau for Men, the first agency in the United States to provide social services to transient and homeless men. The collection is a combination of the Bureau's administrative files and the professional files of two of its four directors, Isaac Gurman and Charles Mann. The records document the founding of the Bureau until its demise in 1982 and the change of its focus from beggars, transients, and homeless men in the 1930s to ex-convicts in the 1950s-1980s.

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Lee D. Cady Papers, 1937-1941 (C2892)
0.8 cubic feet

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Cady's correspondence with doctors, legislators, and businessmen in Missouri, and state health officers of other states; copies of premarital examination and prenatal blood test bills; and various promotional publications and magazine and newspaper clippings regarding premarital examination and prenatal blood test bills.

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DeVerne Calloway Papers, 1929-1986 (S0012)
18.2 cubic feet, 604 photographs

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The DeVerene Calloway papers contain correspondence, meeting meetings, newspaper clippings, photographs, and oral histories chronicling her career as the first African-American woman elected to the Missouri legislature. As the Missouri State Representative from the 70th District (1962-1981), Calloway focused on assisting welfare recipients and prisoners, which is reflected in her correspondence. The materials in this collection date from 1929 to 1986.

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Ernest Calloway Papers, 1932-1989 (S0011)
36.4 cubic feet, 666 photographs, 1 oversize volume, 10 audio tapes, 1 CD

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The Ernest Calloway papers contain correspondence, speeches, public statements, reports, campaign materials, newspapers, and photographs documenting Calloway's activities as president of the St. Louis NAACP, political analyst for Teamsters' Local 688, and as a political activist in St. Louis and a lecturer on urban problems for St. Louis University. The papers include reports and memoranda developed by the NAACP on employment issues concerning blacks, including a study of hiring discrimination by the St. Louis Police Department and a boycott of the St. Louis Lever Brothers plant for discriminatory hiring practices. Included in the collection are materials from significant St. Louis black political campaigns, including the Reverend John J. Hicks' election as the first black on the St. Louis Board of Education and Theodore McNeal's election as the first black in the Missouri Senate. Other campaigns documented include aldermanic committee races in the predominantly black 25th ward from 1960 to 1964 and the Tucker-Cervantes mayoral race in 1965. Statistics on black voting behavior and employment compiled by Calloway are also included.

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Cape Girardeau County Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Inc. Records, 1937-1989 (R1413)
1 cubic foot (14 folders, 1 volume)

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The Cape Girardeau County Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Inc. Records contain the records for the Cape Girardeau County Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Inc. a location of the National Easter Seal Society originally known as the National Society for Crippled Children.

Carleton College Collection, 1859-1979 (R0133)
1 roll (6 folders)

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These are business papers, correspondence, and printed material of Carleton College (1854-1916) and its alumni association, and newspaper clippings pertaining to the history of the school, located in Farmington, St. Francois County, Missouri.

Avis Dungan Carlson Papers, 1940-1976 (S0463)
0.8 cubic foot, 32 folders

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Avis Dungan Carlosn was a community leader, an author of book on aging, and a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was also president of the League fo Women Voters (1953-1955), served on the Citizens Committee on Public Housing, the Adult Education Council of Greater St. Louis, and the St. Louis Human Rights Commission. The collection includes manuscripts, articles, genealogy, appointment book, and newspaper clippings.

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Childbirth and Parent Education, Inc. of Kansas City Records, 1968-1980 (K0911)
1 c.f.

Organizational records include correspondence, newsletters, other printed/published materials, convention files, and questionnaires.

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Childbirth Education Association of Greater Kansas City Records, 1966-1985 (K0676)
2 c.f.

Organizational records of the Association including minutes, correspondence, public relations files, photographs, clippings, financial records, teaching manuals, and publications.

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