Central Library

President Truman Walking the Independence Square

The photograph depicts the side silhouette of former President Harry S. Truman walking across the street of the Independence Square. The original photograph was taken in 1960. An accompanying plaque dedicates this work as being "presented to R. Crosby Kemper III, in recognition of outstanding leadership and commitment to the Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs." The dedication is dated September 14th, 2006.

Ralph Lauren Mini Writer's Club Chair

This brown leather toddler sized writer's chair is complete with a button-tucked back and brass stud adornments around the base and backside of the chair. It sits atop four low-profile wooden feet.

Raven Map of Iowa

This map created in 2002 depicts the state of Iowa in minute detail, complete with a legend centered below the map. The map highlights urban and rural areas, rivers and tributaries, highways and railroads of primary and secondary importance, as well as neighboring states. Elevation and terrain are depicted through color gradation and change of hues, giving the 2-D print a 3-D appearance. This map printed on foam core was produced as part of a set including Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Raven Map of Kansas

This map created in 2000 depicts the state of Kansas in minute detail, complete with a legend centered at the bottom of the map. The map highlights urban and rural areas, rivers and tributaries, highways and railroads of primary and secondary importance, as well as neighboring states. Elevation and terrain are depicted through color gradation and change of hues, giving the 2-D print a 3-D appearance. This map printed on foam core was created as part of a set including Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Raven Map of Missouri

This map created in 1997 depicts the state of Missouri in minute detail, complete with a legend located in the upper righthand corner. The map highlights urban and rural areas, rivers and tributaries, highways and railroads of primary and secondary importance, as well as neighboring states. Elevation and terrain are depicted through color gradation and change of hues, giving the 2-D print a 3-D appearance. This map produced on foam core was created as part of a set including Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Raven Map of Nebraska

This map created in 1997 depicts the state of Nebraska in minute detail, complete with a legend located in the lower lefthand corner. The map highlights urban and rural areas, rivers and tributaries, highways and railroads of primary and secondary importance, as well as neighboring states. Elevation and terrain are depicted through color gradation and change of hues, giving the 2-D print a 3-D appearance. This map printed on foam core was produced as part of a set including Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

Raven Map of Oklahoma

This map created in 1997 depicts the state of Missouri in minute detail, complete with a legend located in the upper righthand corner. The map highlights urban and rural areas, rivers and tributaries, highways and railroads of primary and secondary importance, as well as neighboring states. Elevation and terrain are depicted through color gradation and change of hues, giving the 2-D print a 3-D appearance. This map printed on foam core was created as part of a set including Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri.

Raven Maps and Images Map of North America

This map depicts the North American continent in minute detail, complete with a legend located in the lower lefthand corner which highlights urban areas, national and state capitals, glaciers, ice fields, most important and important highways, as well as most important and important railroads. Elevation and terrain are depicted through color gradation and change of hues, giving the 2-D print a 3-D appearance.

Reconquest of Ibiza

Enrique Sanchez, born 1938, is a well known Latin American artist. Sanchez who is noted for his Postwar and Contemporary paintings is additionally recognized for his illustrations in childrens' books. This work depicts the artist's version of a historical narrative, possibly of James I conquering Ibiza in 1238. The most predominant figure is that of an apparent royal person, bearing a sword and holding a staff. The figure appears to be wearing a crown as he stands astride a dragon shaped boat. The scene also contains a roughly detailed castle.

Rediscover Kansas City Art Deco

Bill McDevitt founded the Kansas City Art Deco Society in 1996 to "preserve the bold geometric patterns and streamlined designs that comprised the area's signature architecture in the years between the World Wars" (-Kansas City Business Journal). This particular work features a woman seated on a red velvet couch in front of a circular window encompassed in granite. The strong contrast of the grated window and the conical light fixture in the background make for an interesting juxtaposition and highlight of the building's architecture. The palette of the piece is primarily purple and red.

Relief of August R. Meyer

This bas relief sculpture depicts August R. Meyer, Kansas City's first president of the Board of Park Commissioners, with great dignity. He stands in a powerful position looking into the distance while standing beneath a tree that frames the relief. An image of Meyer immersed in the field of his dedication and position is created by the use of specific attributes. He stands with binoculars in hand and instruments including a globe and scrolled documents appear at Meyer's side. Meyer's lasting reverence within city government would warrant such a piece.

Renaissance Revival Bookcase

This large-scale, Renaissance Revival style bookcase has five cabinet spaces with glass doors framed by ornate wood carvings. The massiveness of the bookcase is balanced by well integrated and articulate ornament. The glass cabinet doors reveal the contents thereby presenting themselves as the true power of the piece. The base protrudes past the cabinet doors of the bookcase. The bookcase is crowned by a trio of iconic figures in literature with a wooden bust of Shakespeare in the center and low reliefs of Lord Byron to the left and Washington Irving to the right.

Reproduction of A Map of Lewis and Clark's Track, Across the Western Portion of North America From the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean; By Order of the Executive of the United States, in 1804, 5 and 6.

This reproduction depicts the original map and the written account of the expedition by Lewis and Clark that completely changed the American mapping of the Northwest. The cartographic rendering provides the first accurate depiction of the relationship of the sources of the Missouri, the sources of the Columbia, and the Rocky Mountains. The map was copied by Samuel Lewis from William Clark's original drawing and was later engraved by Samuel Harrison.

Russian Map of Kansas City

This enlarged map of Kansas City with a scale of 1:500,000 (1 centimeter to 5 kilometers) including a regional breadth of about 150 miles in any direction. The map is in Russian and focuses on infrastructural features in the region including road and railways, oil, gas, and airfields, gas and power lines, and dams and reservoirs amongst other things. The map's title translates roughly to the General Area of Kansas City and had 10-15-I J-15-A Edition 1983 stamped in the upper right-hand corner.

San Carlos Grandfather Clock

The San Carlos Grandfather clock stands at six and a half feet tall. It is rectangular in form with little ornamentation and is made of wood with a cherry varnish. Clear glass windows provide a look inside the clock with its brushed silver metal weights and pendulum. The face is off-white with black Roman numerals and black accents. A small drawer rests in between the clock face and base.

Sanctuary

The essence of "sanctuary" pervades the atmosphere of this scene and proves an appropriate title for the work. Splatters of green and yellow paint around the edges materialize into the slender trunks of birch trees at the center. The resulting forest is dense but breaks to provide a passageway to a golden opening on the other side. An interplay of commotion and serenity recreate the energy and yet simultaneous stillness in a forest such as this one. The viewer feels the presence of sanctity in the midst of the foliage but realizes its potential as well in the golden glow ahead.

Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Texas, c. 1947

Ansel Adams was a pivotal 20th-century photographer and environmentalist of the American landscape. After extensive travel through the West, Adams developed an eye for the grandeur and beauty of the world around him and used photography as his means for communicating it. His website remembers him as such: "Adams was an unremitting activist for the cause of wilderness and the environment.

Sarah's Garden

In this print, a young woman stands before a plot of green corn in a sun hat, scarf, sweater, and red and white checkered dress. She holds the handle of a gardening tool in one hand and a bucket in the other. She looks directly at the viewer and also into the sun causing her eyes to squint. Robert Duncan is an established artist who began his career making Western American art and later shifted his artistic focus to his family and rural life in his home state of Utah, where this painting was likely inspired.

Scales of Justice

This equal-arm balance scale is comprised of metal (likely brass) and weighs in accordance with the metric system. The most simplistic version of a balancing scale, the equal arm scale balance has been used throughout the earliest periods of history as an elementary lever. The oldest evidence for the presence of weighing scales is dated to circa 2400 to 1800 B.C. in the Indus River valley. This traditional scale consists of a fulcrum, or beam, a pointer, and two scale pans. The two scale plans ( plates) are suspended at equal distance from the fulcrum.

Scholar with Illuminated Manuscripts

This print focuses on the manuscripts of the Liber Floridus by Lambert of Saint-Omer. The depiction alludes to the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the State University of Ghent and the consequent edits of the manuscripts, a presently famous canon, executed by a number of dedicated scholars such as the one pictured. The Liber Floridus is a compilation of a large and richly illustrated encyclopedia dedicated to Lambert's 12th-century conception of the fields of human knowledge.

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