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Art, Architecture, Literature, Music, and Theater

Documents related to artists, composers, musicians, authors, playwrights, architects and their works.

Advertising Cards

Advertising Cards

Contributed by: Kansas City Public Library

Victorian trade cards provide not only a rich resource for researching the history of printing, advertising, medicine, fashions, late nineteenth-century culture, etc., but also Kansas City companies. The cards reached their height of popularity in the 1880s and 1890s.

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Albrecht Dürer Woodcuts

Albrecht Dürer Woodcuts

Contributed by: Concordia Historical Institute

Images of 43 Albrecht Dürer woodcuts including nineteen "Life of Mary" woodcuts completed between 1502 and 1505 and twenty-two "Small Passion" woodcuts first appeared as a book printed in Nuremberg in 1511.

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American Regionalism: Visions from the Heartland

American Regionalism: Visions from the Heartland

Contributed by: University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology

This online exhibition presents important American Regionalist paintings, prints, and drawings in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art and Archaeology. This artistic movement represented everyday life in the heart of the United States during the 1920s through the 50s and later.

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Architectonic Fixations: Photographs from the Collection of Russell Sturgis

Architectonic Fixations: Photographs from the Collection of Russell Sturgis

Contributed by: Washington University Libraries Special Collections

This web site features approximately 320 digitally rendered images from a collection of over 15,000 photographic prints held by the University Archives of Washington University in St. Louis.

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Art to Enchant: Illustrators and Shakespeare

Art to Enchant: Illustrators and Shakespeare

Contributed by: Washington University Libraries Special Collections

Images from illustrated editions of Shakespeare's works. The editions range from 1744 through 1986.

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Autochromes

Autochromes

Contributed by: Kansas City Public Library

During the early 1930s Frank Lauder employed the autochrome process to photograph homes, gardens, and landmarks throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. Many of the 1200 images are close-ups of individual plants and flowers, but also include many exterior views of residences.

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Baron Missakian Collection

Baron Missakian Collection

Contributed by: Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City

The collection contains over 350 photographic portraits by Baron Missakian. Known as a "creative photographer," Missakian captured the images of Kansas City's resident and visiting performers during the Jazz Age.

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Brush Creek Follies: Photographs, Sound, and Video from the Arthur B. Church - KMBC Radio Collection

Brush Creek Follies: Photographs, Sound, and Video from the Arthur B. Church - KMBC Radio Collection

Contributed by: Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Photos, sound & video from the Arthur B. Church KMBC Radio Collection. For nearly 20 years in Kansas City and across the Midwest, Saturday nights meant a date with KMBC's "Brush Creek Follies." For 14 years the "Brush Creek Follies" held the number-two spot in the nation among rural music radio programs.

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Buck Clayton Collection

Buck Clayton Collection

Contributed by: Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City

A collection of over 1500 photographs and some sound recordings documenting Buck Clayton's life and musical career from 1929-1991. In addition to portraits of Clayton and other musicians, the photos document musical performances, tours and venues, and Clayton's experience as a music educator.

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Capitol Construction Photographs

Capitol Construction Photographs

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

In 1913, workers broke ground for the construction of the current capitol in Jefferson City. Local photographer, Thomas Garfield Cooper photographed the construction process using a glass-plate camera. Cooper photographed the construction from the top of the Missouri Supreme Court building.

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Cass Gilbert's Palace of Fine Arts

Cass Gilbert's Palace of Fine Arts

Contributed by: St. Louis Art Museum

The only remaining display building from the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also known as St. Louis World's Fair, the Palace of Fine Arts now houses the St. Louis Art Museum. This collection of 687 photographs documents the history of the Palace of Fine Arts.

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Centuries of Civil Engineering: A Rare Book Exhibition Celebrating the Heritage of Civil Engineering

Centuries of Civil Engineering: A Rare Book Exhibition Celebrating the Heritage of Civil Engineering

Contributed by: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

An exhibit draws upon highlights from the Linda Hall Library collections to focus on the historical accomplishments of both American engineers and their European predecessors and counterparts.

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Club Kaycee

Club Kaycee

Contributed by: Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Club Kaycee serves up sights and sounds of the Golden Age of Kansas City Jazz from the Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City, in cooperation with kansascity.com and The Kansas City Star.

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Connor Brochure

Connor Brochure

Contributed by: Joplin Public Library

Joplin’s Connor Hotel was constructed in 1906-1908 at the northwest corner of Fourth and Main Streets and served as the anchor of downtown Joplin for half a century. This brochure documents many of the building’s architectural elements and interior design.

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Constance Fauntleroy Runcie Collection

Constance Fauntleroy Runcie Collection

Contributed by: Missouri Western State University

This manuscript collection of Missouri woman writer Constance Fauntleroy Runcie includes many original letters she wrote and received and materials that were used by the Runcie Club in St. Joseph that she organized.

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Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra

Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra

Contributed by: Kansas City Public Library

Joe Sanders and Carleton Coon co-founded the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks orchestra that gained fame during the 1920s. This collection includes many photographs of the orchestra and other performers as well as photographs from Fred Edmiston, author of The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks.

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Dallas Bartley, Small Town Boy

Dallas Bartley, Small Town Boy

Contributed by: Missouri State University Special Collections and Archives Department

This exhibt presents life of Dallas Bartley. From his earliest days in Springfield through his years performing with some of the most notable jazz musicians of his time, Dallas Bartley was an accomplished performer and composer.

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Dave Dexter, Jr. Collection

Dave Dexter, Jr. Collection

Contributed by: Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City

A variety of material including correspondence, writings and photographs from the noted music critic, writer, and record producer from Kansas City, Missouri. Over 2000 photographs contribute to the research of the early history of the record industry during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as the development of jazz and popular music.

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Depicting Devotion: Illuminated Books of Hours from the Middle Ages

Depicting Devotion: Illuminated Books of Hours from the Middle Ages

Contributed by: Washington University Libraries Special Collections

An exhibit of the Book of Hours showing Illuminations from the Middle Ages.

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Devil's Island Paintings

Devil's Island Paintings

Contributed by: University of Missouri - Columbia

These 24 paintings of Francis Lagrange, a prisoner on the Devil's Island, depict life within the penal colony off the coast of French Guiana. Lagrange was held on Isle Royale for 20 years under charges of art forgery and currency counterfeiting.

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Early Manuscripts by Charlotte Brontë: "The Secret" and "Lily Hart"

Early Manuscripts by Charlotte Brontë: "The Secret" and "Lily Hart"

Contributed by: University of Missouri-Columbia Special Collections

An example of a Bronte manuscript written in the tiny handwriting that is a characteristic of almost all the Brontë juvenilia.

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Ellinor Dale Runcie Collection

Ellinor Dale Runcie Collection

Contributed by: Missouri Western State University Library

Ellinor Dale Runcie (1871 -1935) was the only daughter of Constance Faunt LeRoy Runcie, founder of the oldest existing women’s social club, The Runcie Club located in St. Joseph, Missouri. A teacher, Ellinor was a world traveler and prolific writer like her mother. The collection features samples of her letters, poetry, and short stories.

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Facsimiles of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles

Facsimiles of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles

Contributed by: Pius XII Memorial Library, St. Louis University

A digital exhibit of art from 15 illuminated manuscript facsimiles.

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Greenwood Cemetery Funerary Art

Greenwood Cemetery Funerary Art

Contributed by: William Woods University

Grave markers and funerary art displayed here is from the Greenwood Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. This collection is of special interest for those researching African-American lineages.

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James Merrill: Other Writings

James Merrill: Other Writings

Contributed by: Washington University Libraries Special Collections

An exhibit depicting James Merrill's literary archives housed in Washington University's Modern Literature Collection.

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Japanese Ivory Carvings

Japanese Ivory Carvings

Contributed by: University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology

An exhibit presenting a selection of netsuke, okimono, and other Japanese ivory carvings that depict archery-related themes.

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Jesse James Brings Hollywood to the Ozarks

Jesse James Brings Hollywood to the Ozarks

Contributed by: McDonald County Library

Collection of photographs and memorabilia from the 1938 shooting of the film Jesse James. These items document the arrival of Hollywood stars and production teams, the filming of the movie in Pineville Missouri and elsewhere in McDonald County, and involvement of locals. Included are candid shots of movie stars, including Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda.

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Kansas City Sheet Music Collection

Kansas City Sheet Music Collection

Contributed by: Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Over 660 titles published from 1874 to 1966 including prominent works such as Euday L. Bowman's "Twelfth Street Rag," published by J.W. Jenkins' Sons Music Company, the most significant Kansas City publisher of sheet music.

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Lincoln and the Dome

Lincoln and the Dome

Contributed by: Pickler Memorial Library Special Collections/Archives, Truman State University

The creation and restoration of Allyn Cox's cartoon for a segment of "The Hall of Capitols" mural in the United States Capitol

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Louise and Omar Putman Collection

Louise and Omar Putman Collection

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

Amateur photographers Louise and Omar Putman spent their married life traveling primarily through Kansas and Missouri capturing images of the people they encountered and the places they loved.

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Max Hunter Collection of Ozark Folk Song

Max Hunter Collection of Ozark Folk Song

Contributed by: Music Department, Missouri State University

An archive of almost 1600 Ozark Mountain folk songs recorded between 1956 and 1976.

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Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis

Contributed by: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis

The museum's web site, featuring a calendar of exhibits, as well as links to its digital collections. The Museum contains strong holdings of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century European and American paintings, sculptures, prints, installations, and photograph.

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Mineral Area Historic Building Landscape through an Architect's Eyes

Mineral Area Historic Building Landscape through an Architect's Eyes

Contributed by: Missouri Humanities Council KRJ Architects

This study examines the Mineral Area historic building landscape, and how it was influenced by the availability of materials, labor, and cultural background of the builders.

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MSU Theatre and Dance Collection

MSU Theatre and Dance Collection

Contributed by: Missouri State University

Select items from the archival holdings of the university's Theatre and Dance Department, including programs, fliers, photographs, correspondence, and clippings. The digitized materials focus on the United Service Organizations (USO) performances and represent a small sampling of the collection.

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MU in Brick and Mortar

MU in Brick and Mortar

Contributed by: Space Planning and Management Building and Infrastructure Archives, University of Missouri

Scans of building elevations and architectural renderings providing a historical progression of changes that have occurred on University of Missouri campus.

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Musicians Local No. 627 and the Mutual Musicians Foundation: The Cradle of Kansas City Jazz

Musicians Local No. 627 and the Mutual Musicians Foundation: The Cradle of Kansas City Jazz

Contributed by: Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Web exhibit on the history of Kansas City’s Local 627, the African-American Musicians Union founded in 1917 and now known as the Mutual Musicians Foundation.

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Nang: Thai Shadow Puppets

Nang: Thai Shadow Puppets

Contributed by: University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology

Collection of two dozen figures dated from the 1980s, providing examples of the forms and characters used in modern Nang performances.

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Otomi Cutout Figurines

Otomi Cutout Figurines

Contributed by: University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology

Exhibit of different varieties of Otomi cutout figurines dated to the late 1970s.

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Ozarks Digital Library - The Turnbo Manuscripts

Ozarks Digital Library - The Turnbo Manuscripts

Contributed by: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Collection of approximately eight hundred short tales, stories and vignettes by Silas Claiborne Turnbo that reflect life along the White River Valley in northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri during the latter half of the 19th century.

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Photographs from the Joseph K. Redmond Jr. Collection

Photographs from the Joseph K. Redmond Jr. Collection

Contributed by: Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Collection of 148 black & white and color images collected by Joseph K. Redmond about theaters, both movie and stage, primarily in Kansas City from 1900 to 1982, with the majority dating from 1930 to 1945.

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R.A. Longs City and Country Homes Photograph Album

R.A. Longs City and Country Homes Photograph Album

Contributed by: Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City

An album of 72 photographs of the city and country homes of Kansas City lumber baron and philanthropist, R.A. Long (1850-1934).

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Ravenna Mosaic Company: A Retrospective

Ravenna Mosaic Company: A Retrospective

Contributed by: Pius XII Memorial Library, St. Louis University

An exhibit on the Ravenna Mosaics Company including the complete mosaics making process.

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Spiritual Journeys: Books Illustrating the First Two Centuries of Contemplation and Action in the Society of Jesus

Spiritual Journeys: Books Illustrating the First Two Centuries of Contemplation and Action in the Society of Jesus

Contributed by: St. Louis University

Featuring early Jesuit works from Pius Library's rare book collection, this exhibit explores the evolution of Jesuit identity over the first two centuries of the Society's existence.

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St. Joseph City Hall, The Edmund Eckel/Otto Brunner Architectural Collection

St. Joseph City Hall, The Edmund Eckel/Otto Brunner Architectural Collection

Contributed by: St. Joseph Museums, Inc.

Sixty photographs and architectural drawings illustrating the construction of St. Joseph City Hall. The project was completed by the Eckel and Aldrich architectural firm in 1927. The photographs illustrate each step in the construction process as well as interior and exterior details and decoration.

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St. Louis Mechanics Liens

St. Louis Mechanics Liens

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives; St. Louis Circuit Court Mechanics Liens

The St. Louis Mechanic's Liens collection consists of 5,129 liens filed in the St. Louis court system between April 21, 1824, and December 31, 1875. The documents provide a snapshot of the people living and working in the St. Louis area, as well as the costs of materials and the growth of the city over time.

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State Historical Society of Missouri Art Collection

State Historical Society of Missouri Art Collection

Contributed by: State Historical Society of Missouri

The Art collection focuses on images of Missouri, works by Missouri artists, and works related to Westward expansion. Of particular importance are over fifty paintings, drawings, and prints by George Caleb Bingham and the collection of over 300 Thomas Hart Bentons.

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State Historical Society of Missouri Editorial Cartoon Collection

State Historical Society of Missouri Editorial Cartoon Collection

Contributed by: State Historical Society of Missouri

The Editorial Cartoon Collection graphically reflects the attitudes and opinions of the artists and the citizens of Missouri from the early days of the twentieth century through World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and later events that saw the United States develop into a world leader.

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Steedman Architectural Collection

Steedman Architectural Collection

Contributed by: St. Louis Public Library

Images selected from architecture-related books in the George Fox Steedman Architectural Collection.

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UMKC's Book of Gregorian Chant

UMKC's Book of Gregorian Chant

Contributed by: Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Manuscript of Gregorian chant from the Middle Ages compiled from several sources and bound together in a single volume. Fashioned in its present form probably during the 16th century, the book also contains original chants written by scribes centuries earlier.

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University of Missouri Bulletin Journalism Series

University of Missouri Bulletin Journalism Series

Contributed by: University of Missouri School of Journalism

Digital copies of The University of Missouri bulletin, Journalism series from 1912 to 1968 (incomplete).

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Walter J. Ong Collection

Walter J. Ong Collection

Contributed by: Pius XII Memorial Library, St. Louis University

Comprehensive resource on the life and works of Walter J. Ong, S.J (1912-2003), an English professor at St. Louis University for thirty years.

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WEW Radio: We Enlighten the World - Saint Louis University and the early days of radio

WEW Radio: We Enlighten the World - Saint Louis University and the early days of radio

Contributed by: Pius XII Memorial Library, St. Louis University

In 1921 Radio Station WEW, the original radio station of Saint Louis University, became only the second radio station in the U.S. and the first station west of the Mississippi River, and in 1947 became the first FM radio station in St. Louis. This collection consists of 66 images, articles, and yearbook pages.

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What a Piece of Work is Man:  Reading the Body in Medieval Manuscripts

What a Piece of Work is Man: Reading the Body in Medieval Manuscripts

Contributed by: St. Louis University

A digital version of the exhibition hosted by Pius XII Memorial Library in October 2008. The exhibit explores the ways that the human body was depicted in medieval manuscripts, and what can be learned about medieval society from these depictions.

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