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Wint Smith papers

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 201

Overview

Kansas native Wint Smith, a lawyer by profession, served in the military and the United States Congress. This collection includes correspondence, records related to Smith's military and Congressional career, speeches, photographs, diaries, maps, and other related materials.

Dates

  • 1908 - 1977

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Wint Smith

Wint Smith served in the military in both World War I and World War II, as well as serving as a member of Congress in the House of Representatives as a Republican from 1947-1961. By profession a lawyer, Smith earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, his law degree from Yale, and practiced in Salina and Kansas City, Kansas. Born in Mankato, Kansas in 1891, Smith died in Wichita, KS in 1976.

Chronological timeline of Wint Smith's life:

1892
Born in Mankato, Kansas, son of William and Ella Chilcott Smith
1910
Graduated from Mankato High School
1912
Married Blanch Kingsley
1916-1917
Entered University of Kansas. Studies interrupted when he accompanied U.S. forces under Gen. Pershing into Mexico
1917-1919
Accompanied U.S. forces in England and France (WWI)
1920
Graduated from University of Kansas
1922
Graduated from Yale Law School
1923
Admitted to the Kansas Bar. Practiced in Salina and Kansas City, Kansas
1931-1940
Appointed and served as Attorney General for the State of Kansas
1932-1940
Acting attorney for the State Highway Commission
ca. 1933
Became Superintendent of the newly-created Kansas Highway Patrol
1941-1945
Organized, trained, and commanded the 635th Tank Destroyer battalion (spent 2 years overseas); participant in the Omaha Beach landing and the Battle of the Bulge
1946
Returned to Mankato, Kansas; elected to Congress from 6th Congressional District to 6 consecutive terms
1961
Retired from Congress
1976
Died April 27 in Mankato, Kansas

Extent

13.25 Linear Feet (18 boxes + 2 oversize boxes + 1 oversize folder)

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the papers span the years 1946 to 1960 and include, for the most part, the various materials collected by Smith while a member of the U.S. House of Representatives; such material includes correspondence and subject files (boxes 4-6, 8, 10-11); speeches and the congressional report series Wint Smith Reports on Congress and News and Comments from Congress written by Smith for his Kansas constituents (box 9); and congressional election returns (box 7).

Smith's varied interests and concerns while a member of Congress are well reflected by the correspondence and subject files he maintained. The congressional subject files, for example, contain manuscript items dealing with communism, biographical sketches of prominent individuals of the times, the United Nations, labor and labor hearings in the United States, and so on. Similarly, the congressional correspondence files reveal a variety of material concerned not only with political issues, but also with such domestic interests as veterans claims and legislation, social security, taxes, and other subjects. The so-called "General Files" of congressional correspondence, and also the speeches of Representative Smith, cover a wide range of topics and are arranged in a chronological sequence. Generally speaking, there exists no apparent gap in any of the collections designated congressional files.

Also included in the collection are genealogical records and family correspondence (box 1; 1877-1970); personal correspondence (box 2; 191.6-1974); University of Kansas material (box 2; 1916-1920); Kansas Highway Patrol clippings (box 2; 1933-1937); and military records (box 3; 1917-1959; oversize materials located at RH MS R30 and RH MS R440). Diaries from Smith's time in the military are located at RH MS C55 and RH MS B61, and photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P 201 (oversize photographs at RH MS-P 201(f).)

Researchers should bear in mind that, where feasible, Representative Smith's own file headings have been left intact since, oftentimes, they adequately described the contents of a given file. This holds particularly true for congressional correspondence and subject files.

Physical Location

RH MS 201

Physical Location

RH MS B61

Physical Location

RH MS C55

Physical Location

RH MS R30

Physical Location

RH MS-P 201

Physical Location

RH MS-P 201(f)

Physical Location

RH MS 1062

Physical Location

RH MS R440

Other Finding Aids

Box inventory for materials located at RH MS 201 available at ksrl.kc.smithwintpapers.ead.pdf.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Mrs. Blanche Smith, 1976; Mr. Welther, 1992.

Additional Information

NUCMC: 84-1314
Title
Guide to the Wint Smith Collection
Subtitle
Wint Smith papers
Author
Finding aid prepared by lgg, April and June 1977; js, lgg, 1978-1979; Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004; revised by mwh, anm, 2018.
Date
2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/2184300361
Preferred citation
Wint Smith Collection, RH MS 201, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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