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M-152: Tom K. Smith Papers

DATE: ca. 1929 - 1960

CREATOR: Smith, Tom K. St. Louis banking official, civic leader and philanthropist.

SCOPE: These papers cover events from the depression through the post-war era. Smith was highly respected by many leaders, from U.S. presidents to local business colleagues, and correspondence reflects these friendships and achievements in civic affairs. Along with letters, the collection includes speeches for radio presentations, telegrams, photos and other memorabilia.

EXTENT: Ten linear feet of documents in presentation binders, organized chronologically; approximately 500 letters.

HISTORY & PROVENANCE: The papers of a noted St. Louis banking official, civic leader and philanthropist, Tom K. Smith, this collection was received by the Mercantile Library from Mr. Smith's family in 1997-98. Mr. Smith was active for a generation in the affairs of one of St. Louis's oldest and most important banking concerns, Boatmen's Bank, which was founded in the 1840s. Through his executive position in this important financial institution, he participated on many business, civic, and governmental boards locally and nationally.

ACCESS: This collection is available for on-site use only in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. Some of the material in Special Collection M-152 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition. For collections marked limited access, researchers are advised to contact the library at least three business days in advance of their visit to submit a request to view the physical material.

Special Collection M-152 is accessible through a short calendar of holdings available on site. 

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Preferred Citation: When citing the material from this collection, the preferred citation is: From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.