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Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Thomas McGee to Harry S. Truman in which McGee informs Truman that McGee's son-in-law, John Lillis, was let go from his job at the Federal Housing Administration. He reminds Truman that James P. Aylward and James M. Pendergast had recommended Lillis for an appointment by Truman, and that Lillis was his only relative with a political appointment. McGee also reminds Truman of Thomas J. Pendergast's upcoming travel in which Truman will meet with him.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Harry S. Truman's secretary V. R. Messall to Raymond H. Geist, American Consul General in Berlin, Germany. Attached is an affidavit of support by Alex F. Sachs for the family of Paul Matzdorff for immigration to the United States from Berlin, Germany.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Kansas City attorney Thomas Phillips to Thomas L. Evans, President of Crown Drug Company. Phillips writes in support of Dick Shanahan for a political appointment. He begins his recommendation mentioning that Shanahan has received an endorsement from James M. Pendergast.

Genre: 
Essays

Essay documenting the relationship between the author's father Alex Sachs and Harry S. Truman. The author addresses their first meeting, Pendergast Machine involvement, and immigration of family members from Germany to the United States. Howard Sachs also includes details of their relationship post-World War II.

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Clippings

Southeastern Missouri newspaper clipping reporting on Governor Lloyd C. Stark's campaign announcement for U.S. Senator of Missouri. The author favors Senator Harry S. Truman for reelection as he is believed to have a better chance of beating a Republican nominee over his Democratic rivals Stark and Maurice M. Milligan. The author then paints a favorable portrait of Truman and tells the reader to not fear his association with Pendergast, saying, "Don't be foolish enough to vote against him [Truman] just because Tom Pendergast was for him.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Rufus B. Burrus to Jack Alexander, a St. Louis Post Dispatch writer who had written an article critizing Senator Harry S. Truman entitled "Missouri Dark Mule". Burrus responds to accusations that Truman is a Pendergast "yes-man" and that he won because of voter fraud.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Eugene P. Donnelly to Sam M. Wear in which Donnelly discusses the effect imminent Governor Forrest C. Donnell will have on the upcoming St. Louis City Election that April. He also comments of the Jackson County Democratic Organziation: "We are growing daily in Kansas City and have the confidence of the people of Jackson County."

Genre: 
Broadsides

Sardonic broadside indirectly urging the public to vote Democrat on November 8, 1932 by advertising a "closing out sale" of the Republican Party and the Hoover Administration.

Genre: 
Essays

Essay documenting the role Ralph E. Truman and Olive L. Truman played in the 1934 U.S. Senatorial campaign in Missouri. Olive details how her and her husband helped Jacob L. Milligan with his campaign before learning that Ralph's cousin Harry S. Truman would enter as well. The two had committed themselves to the Milligan campaign and could not aid Harry. Olive also details tactics used by the Pendergast Organization during this campaign.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Information on the Jackson County Hospital for the Poor, located at the County Farm near the Little Blue River.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Thomas McGee to Harry S. Truman in which McGee discloses his efforts to get Pendergast and James P. Aylward to help re-appoint his son-in-law, John Lillis, to the Federal Housing Administration. McGee says that Pendergast may seek the help of Truman and Bennett C. Clark in this matter. He also informs Truman of his meeting with William Boyle and J. J. Pryor of Boyle-Pryor Construction Company.

Genre: 
Essays

Essay documenting the role Ralph E. Truman and Olive L. Truman played in the 1940 U.S. Senatorial campaign in Missouri. Olive describes how Governor Lloyd C. Stark asked for Ralph's support for Stark's senatorial campaign, as Stark had recently appointed Ralph to a General. After Ralph put his support towards the reelection of his cousin Senator Harry S. Truman, Stark attempted to have Ralph's status as General revoked. In response, Ralph, Olive, and Bennett C. Clark resolved to get another Democratic candidate to enter to decrease Stark's chance of nomination.

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