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Freda Mendez-Smith Collection

Identifier: MS-0283

Scope and Contents

The Freda Mendez-Smith Collection was donated to LaBudde Special Collections in October 2015 by Mendez-Smith herself. It contains materials dating from the early 1980s to 2010s and covers the inner workings and proceedings of several organizations and events that Mendez-Smith was involved in. The collection is divided into four series: Organizations and Events, both divided into sub-series by name of the organization or event. These documents reveal a great deal about the specific kind of work and time required to run multiple not-for-profit organizations. In addition, due to the nature of the organizations and events represented, the collection offers a glimpse of the greater Hispanic Community in the late 20th Century in Kansas City. The collection also includes photographs, as well as media, ephemera and memorabilia.


  • 1971 - 2016


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status is unknown


28 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 30 boxes (8 from original acquisition and 22 from Addendum 1).)

Language of Materials


LaBudde: Scott Steele, Anthony LaBat, Stuart Hinds (supervising archivist); Addendum 1: Lydia Bechtel-Edmonson, Lindsay Schettler (supervising archivist).
LaBudde: June 2016; Addendum 1: April 2018.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Some collection materials may have Spanish titles

Repository Details

Part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Special Collections and Archives Repository