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Bi-State Development Agency Records


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General Files

Microfilm Holdings

Colonel R.E. Smyser, Jr. Personal Files (1960-1972)

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Collection Overview

Title: Bi-State Development Agency Records, 1949-1975Add to your cart.

ID: WUA/06/wua00106

Primary Creator: Bi-State Development Agency

Extent: 6.25 Linear Feet


This collection is divided into three series as follows. Within each series, the files are in original order.

Series 1:  General Files

Series 2:  Microfilm Holdings

Series 3:  Colonel R.E. Smyser, Jr. Personal Files (1960-1972)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Bi-State Development Agency Records contain agency files from 1949-1975. This collection deals with public transportation policy and development and includes documents describing the history of Bi-State Development Agency, legislative, financial, planning and proposed development, and administrative files. Newspaper clippings regarding public transportation and Bi-State are also included. Within Col. R.E. Smyser’s personal files are committee minutes, Smyser’s daily journals, various speeches, notes, transit data, and various reports (including accountants’ reports and reports on transit studies).

Collection Historical Note

The Bi-State Development Agency was founded in 1949 through a compact between Missouri and Illinois. Since its founding, the agency has operated the Bi-State Transit System, the Gateway Arch Transportation System, the Granite City Wharf and Terminal, and the Bi-State Parks Airport in Cahokia, Illinois. Bi-State also has served as a planning agency for urban development in the City of St. Louis; the St. Charles, St. Louis, and Jefferson Counties of Missouri; and the St. Clair, Monroe, and Madison Counties of Illinois. Bi-State was the primary force in organizing the meetings and discussions that eventually led to the 1965 founding of the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council.

Today the Agency is best known for maintaining the St. Louis Metropolitan area’s public transportation, which includes MetroLink, MetroBus, and Metro Call-A-Ride transportation systems.

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Accruals: There are no accruals.

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method: This material was donated to the University Archives by Bi-State Development Agency in 1970 and 1979, and by Colonel R.E. Smyser, Jr. on September 6, 1974 and December 31, 1979.

Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Processed by Christian Frommelt in July 2009.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Hannah Barg in June 2012.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: General Files],
[Series 2: Microfilm Holdings],
[Series 3: Colonel R.E. Smyser, Jr. Personal Files (1960-1972)],

Series 2: Microfilm HoldingsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Reel OneAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Newspaper ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Airport, 1949-1962; Parks Airport to December 31, 1961; Parks Airport, January 1962-September 1, 1962; Columbia Bottoms #1; Columbia Bottoms #2; Bi-State History; Transit Plan #2; Transit Plan #1; McKinley Bridge and Free Bridge, 1954-1959; Planning, Formation of Regional Planning Body, East-West Gateway Coordinating Council, 1963-1964
Item 2: Speeches, Regional and Interstate Planning #20, Col. Smyser, Conference and Workshop, May 1964 and Air Pollution Conference, January 1963Add to your cart.
Item 3: Speeches, Gateway Arch #19, Col. Smyser. Clayton Rotary Club, June 1966, Engineers' Club, November 1965; Slide SequenceAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Speeches, Bi-State Transit System #18, Col. Smyser;Add to your cart.
Includes Electrical Board of Trade, October 1969; American Institute of Chemical Engineers, March 1969; Tempo, April 1968; League of Women Voters, April 1968; Men's Club, Centenary Methodist Church, May 1967; Public Meetings, April 1966; Employment Statistics, February 1966; League of
Item 5: Women Voters, January 1966; Experience, Incorporated, October 1965; Amalgamated Transit Workers, October 1964; Electrical Board of Trade, November 1963; A.S.C.E., January 1963Add to your cart.
Item 6: Speeches, Bi-State Parks Airport #17, Col. Smyser; Public hearing, November 1964Add to your cart.
Item 7: Speeches, Bi-State, Its Powers, Activities and Role, Col. Smyser;Add to your cart.
Includes Seventh Annual Engineering Conference I.D.A., April 1968; National Association of Bank Auditors, May 1967; Greater St. Louis Federal Business Association, December 1966; Brentwood Junior Chamber of Commerce, April 1964; South West Illinois Council of Mayors, February 1964; St. Louis County Municipal League, October 1963; Wagner Electric, October 1962; S.A.M.E., March 1961; Rotary Club, October 1960
Item 8: Speeches, Regional Planning, Mr. Belew; Includes A.S.C.E., St. Louis, September 1964Add to your cart.
Item 9: Speeches, Gateway Arch, Mr. Belew;Add to your cart.
Includes Safety Council of Greater St. Louis, June 1967; Traffic Club of St. Louis, March 1967; Illinois Optimist Club, November 1966; Southwest Kiwanis Club, May 1966; Slide Sequence; Draft of first speech, November 1965
Item 10: Speeches, Bi-State, Its Activities and Role, Mr. Belew;Add to your cart.
Includes American Association of University Women, November 1969; Waterloo Rotary Club, April 1969; Rotary Club of Collinsville; League of Women Voters of North St. Louis County; Clayton High Twelve Club, October 1966
Item 11: Speeches, Bi-State Agency and Bi-State Parks Airport, Mr. Belew; Rotary Club of East St. LouisAdd to your cart.
Item 12: Clippings, Air Pollution, 1966 #1Add to your cart.
Item 13: Clippings, Airport, 1966 #2Add to your cart.
Item 14: Clippings, Bi-State Dock, 1966 #3Add to your cart.
Item 15: Clippings, Gateway Arch, 1966 #5Add to your cart.
Item 16: Clippings, Miscellaneous, 1966 #6Add to your cart.
Item 17: Clippings, Planning, 1966 #7Add to your cart.
Item 18: Clippings, Rapid Transit #8Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Reel Two, Clippings and Minutes of the BoardAdd to your cart.
Item 1: News clippings File (continued)Add to your cart.
Item 2: Clippings, Transit #9Add to your cart.
Item 3: Clippings, Transit, 1970 #9AAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Minutes of the Board of Directors, 1949-1970Add to your cart.

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