Smith, Bryce B.

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Bryce Smith
Author: 
Nancy J. Hulston

Bryce B. Smith was a member of the city council from 1920 to 1924 and was elected mayor on the Democratic ticket in 1930, the second Kansas City mayor under the city manager charter. During his campaign, Smith publicly declared his independence from Pendergast-machine politics, but those were empty words. When he won the election, the Pendergast machine gained complete control over City Hall.

Genre: 
Programs

Program for the Silver Jubilee of St. Stanislaus Parish, a Polish congregation at the northeast corner of 18th Street and Ewing Avenue near Blue River. Included are portraits of local clergy including Thomas F. Lillis and Rev. A. F. Radwich; photographs and history of the parish; event details; and advertisements. Notable political figures paying their compliments include Thomas J. Pendergast, Bryce B. Smith, H. F. McElroy, and James V. "Josh" Billings.

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Photographs

Portrait of Bryce B. Smith, Mayor of Kansas City MO from 1930-1940. Source: Kansas City Museum (George Fuller Green Collection).

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Photographs

Photograph of Bryce B. Smith standing, facing left in the new City Hall at the northeast corner of 12th Street and Oak Street, ca. 1937-39. Source: Bernard Ragan.

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Photographs

Bryce B. Smith, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, speaking over KMBC Radio.

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Ephemera

A short biography and profile of William Marshall Boyle, Jr. made for journalist Doris Fleeson. Boyle was the Pendergast precinct captain of the 8th Ward in Kansas City and then appointed by Mayor Bryce B. Smith to Director of the Kansas City Police Department.

Genre: 
Correspondence

A letter from The Forward Kansas City Committee to Kansas City mayor Bryce B. Smith. Committee chairman J. W. Perry urges Smith to dismiss Fred Bellemere, City Counsellor; Jerry J. Ryan, Director of Welfare Department; Preble Hall, Director of the Personnel Department; W. J. Teefey, Commissioner of Purchases and Supplies; and Matthew S. Murray, Director of Public Works. Perry outlines how the aforementioned staff is affiliated with the Pendergast machine and states that they must be dismissed to gain public confidence.

Genre: 
Petitions

Petition by J. C. Williams to Mayor Bryce B. Smith and City Manager Eugene C. Zachman for approval or rejection. Williams calls for the formation of the Municipal Employees Democratic Club, composed entirely of municipal employees, so that they may be dissociated with the Jackson Democratic Club (the Pendergast Machine). Williams then outlines the platform of the organization.

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Transcriptions

Speech made by Kansas City Mayor Bryce B. Smith on The Kansas City Star radio station WDAF on Sunday afternoon, 3:15, April 16, 1939. Smith proclaims that both he and the City Council are committed to "make Kansas City clean and to give to the people of this community a city of which they can be genuinely proud." Smith then updates the listeners on the local political events of the past 80 hours, including the resignation and replacement of the City Manager and Director of Police. He then speaks on city finances, the police department, and local economic confidence.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Harry S. Truman in Washington D.C. to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this letter, Truman updates Bess on his travel and speaks about Kansas City Bar Association President Henry Depping: "Depping is a Republican and one of the inner circle in K.C. He told me he'd try to get enough Republican candidates into the Senatorial race so they wouldn't vote in my primary."

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Transcriptions

Speech made by Kansas City Mayor Bryce B. Smith on The Kansas City Star radio station WDAF on Monday evening, 10:15, March 30, 1938. On the eve of the local election, Smith addresses attacks made at him by opponents and discusses the future of Kansas City. He claims those in opposition to him and his Democratic faction as merely political opportunists with no agenda to help the city.

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Transcriptions

Speech made by Kansas City Mayor Bryce B. Smith to the South Central Business Association on October 30, 1934. Smith addresses the improvement projects he has planned for the city as part of the 10-Year Plan.

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