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James Smothers papers

Call Number: RH MS 501


James Smothers became the first African American mayor of Junction City, Kansas in 1979. This collection of Smothers' papers is comprised predominately of material relating to his service on the Junction City City Commission.


  • Creation: 1970 - 1989


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of James Smothers

James Smothers, a resident of Junction City, Kansas, served as a member of the Junction City City Commission from the 1977 through the mid 1980s. In 1979, Smothers became the Junction City's first African American mayor. Smothers was an active member of service organizations such as the Humane Society, the Republican Presidential Task Force, and a Noble in the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine of North and South America and its Jurisdictions, Inc.


3 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The James Smothers papers are comprised primarily of Junction City government related materials, including several notebooks of City Commission meeting minutes, 1978-1987. Personal papers, primarily correspondence and invitations, makes up one folder of material found in the first folder of the collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, James Smothers, 1987

Guide to the James Smothers Collection
James Smothers papers
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
James Smothers Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 501, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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