Smith, Bryce B.

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Bryce B. Smith

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.

William E. Byers Speech ("1940")

Text of a speech given by William E. Byers in Slater, Missouri on April 20, 1939. It discusses the activities of the Pendergast political machine and his hope for a future government based on "Americanism."

St. Stanislaus Parish Silver Jubilee Program

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.

Sample Ballot for General Election on Tuesday, March 27, 1934

Small card to be used by voters to instruct them which candidates to vote for in the municipal election on Tuesday, March 27, 1934. This Democratic ticket was issued by the Democratic County Committee.

Sample Ballot for General Election on Tuesday, March 25, 1930

Small card to be used by voters to instruct them which candidates to vote for in the municipal election on Tuesday, March 25, 1930. This Democratic ticket was issued by the Democratic County Committee.

Memo to Doris Fleeson on William Marshall Boyle Jr.

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.

Mayor Bryce B. Smith in the New City Hall

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.

Mayor Bryce B. Smith

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

KMBC Broadcast, The Gossip Club, 1936-12-14

KMBC radio audition recording of "The Gossip Club", a daily talk show for sponsorship by General Electric. The program is hosted Paul Henning and Gomer Cool with guests Verlia Malone and Elaine "Bubbles" Malone, the wife and daughter of Ted Malone, respectively. Advertisements for General Electric are interspersed throughout the program.

Inaugural Address of Hon. Bryce B. Smith

Inaugural address of Bryce B. Smith, mayor of Kansas City, Missouri delivered on April 10, 1930 in the Council Chamber of City Hall. Smith addresses the current challenges of corruption and how his administration will regain the trust of the public through his political agenda. Smith encourages a community-wide effort through cooperation among public officials to best serve the public.

In Memoriam of Frank C. Niles

Souvenir program for the memorial of Frank C. Niles (1858-1932), philanthropist and President of the Niles & Moser Cigar Company. Tributes were given by Bryce B. Smith, Henry F. McElroy, Conrad H. Mann, and Ruby D. Garrett at the Salvation Army Citadel in Kansas City, Missouri on September 16, 1932. The program includes a portrait photograph of Niles, order of service, and hymns.

House of Bryce B. Smith

An autochrome photograph of Bryce B. Smith's residence, taken while the spirea flowers were in bloom and looking north-northeast. Smith was mayor of Kansas City from 1930 to 1938.