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City of St. Louis, Office of the Mayor: Aloys P. Kaufmann Records

Identifier: LH-wua00108

This collection is divided into nine series as follows:

Series 01: Pre-Mayorial Material – The Pre-Mayoral material in the collection consists of November 1942 election information, Mr. Kaufmann’s correspondence as President of the Board of Aldermen and some speeches delivered by Kaufmann as President of the Board of Aldermen. The speeches are kept in a general speech file (Series 03). (arranged chronologically)

Series 02: General Office Files  (arranged chronologically)

Series 03: Speeches  (arranged chronologically)

Series 04: Appointment Books  (arranged chronologically)

Series 05: Photographs  (arranged chronologically)

Series 06: Scrapbooks  [not on shelf as of February 28, 2007]

Series 07: Personal Correspondence  (arranged chronologically)

Series 08: Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis  (arranged chronologically)

Series 09: Oversized Materials


  • 1936-1966


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15.00 linear feet

24 boxes

Biographical Information

Aloys P. Kaufmann was born in St. Louis in 1902. He began his political career in 1936 when he became head of the Republican Party City Central Committee. In April 1943 he became President of the Board of Alderman and later that year he succeeded to the office of Mayor upon the death of Mayor Becker. In November 1944, Kaufmann was elected to serve out the unexpired term of Mayor Becker and in 1945 he was re-elected to a full four-year term by a two-to-one majority. In 1949, Kaufmann chose not to run again and entered private law practice. In 1954 he became President of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis. Kaufmann also served as Bi-State Development Commissioner, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the city’s Urban Redevelopment Corporation, and Director of the St. Louis Human Development Corporation. Kaufman died in St. Louis on February 12, 1984.

Kaufmann helped draw up the $43 million bond issue proposal that was approved by the voters August 1, 1944 which, among other things, provided for the expansion of Lambert Field Municipal Airport from 350 to 1400 acres. The first St. Louis Earnings Tax Ordinance was passed in 1946, but was declared unconstitutional by the Missouri Supreme Court. Later, in 1948, a second Earnings Tax Ordinance was passed after the Missouri Legislature had passed an Enabling Act.

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to the University Archives by Aloys P. Kaufmann on October 14, 1968.

Processing Information

Processd by Antonio Rodriguez in February 2007.

City of St. Louis, Office of the Mayor: Aloys P. Kaufmann Records
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 February 12: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Local History Collecting Area

Miranda Rectenwald
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495