Freda Mendez-Smith is a prominent figure of the Kansas City municipal community, more specifically the Hispanic community. Mendez-Smith has contributed to the city in a number of different arenas, including healthcare (Richard Cabot Clinic), women’s issues (MANA de Kansas City), and the arts (Fiesta Hispaña, Ballet Folklorico). Among the many non-profit organizations and associations she has given her time to are the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the UMKC Alumni Association. She has also served as President and Treasurer of MANA de Kansas City. This collection represents Freda Mendez-Smith’s strong commitment to community development in Kansas City from the 1980s through the early 2000s.