William T. Kemper Sr. - Kansas City banker, politician and civic leader - lead an extraordinarily rich and interesting life during the early 1900s.

Many of his interest, activities and associations were dutifully clipped and preserved in a series of unusual scrapbooks that provide a rich perspective on life, business and politics in Kansas City and Missouri. The scrapbooks also include clippings about other family members, relations and other interests.

These scrapbooks were given to the Jackson County Historical Society and later indexed. JCHS recently turned the paper index into a searchable PDF file which can be downloaded. The scrapbooks are currently in the process of being digitized for easier access. 

Each scrapbook is generally divided into these sections: banking, financial, political, railroads, and personal (including items about himself, Mrs. Lottie Crosby Kemper and their three sons, James M., R. Crosby, and William, Jr.). There are 34 different scrapbooks. Read a June 1972 JCHS Journal article describing the collection.

The 1924 scrapbook titled, "National Committeeman Scrapbook," is devoted to personal and party activities during the time Kemper was National Democratic committeeman from Missouri from 16 April 1924 until 1936.

The 1918 scrapbook has a "war activities" section detailing among other things the end of World War I, and welcoming home of Kansas City boys. A detailed, searchable, topical finding aid is available for the 34 scrapbooks.

The index lists all items (by scrapbook and page number) contained in the various scrapbooks.

The scrapbooks are open to researchers by contacting the JCHS Archives.

William T. Kemper Sr.

William T. Kemper Sr.