HISTORY: 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.
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.
HOLDINGS: Ten linear feet of documents in presentation binders, organized chronologically; approximately 500 letters.
ACCESS: Special Collection M-152 is accessible through a short calendar of holdings available on site. Portions of the collection may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photocopied depending on condition or other restriction.