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Walter M. Smith and Marie Smith Papers

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  Summary Information

Creator(s):Walter M. Smith, Marie Smith
Title: Walter M. Smith and Marie Smith papers
ID: 101118-01
Date: 1884-1930
Extent: 1.0 Linear feet, 7 bound volumes.
Language: English

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Biographical/Historical note

Walter M. Smith, a presumed creator of these materials, resided in Glenn Springs (S.C.) in Spartanburg County during the early 1880s and attended the Citadel in Charleston (S.C.) in the mid-1880s. According to records in this collection, W.M. Smith was president of the Cadet Christian Association for the 1888-89 session, and a member of the Cadets of Temperance during the same period. Marie Smith is also a presumed creator of some documents in this collection. Her relation to Walter Smith is not evident within this archival collection, though it is clear that Marie Smith was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution's Kate Barry chapter based in Spartanburg (S.C.), as some pages in these volumes were used in creating records for that organization.

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Scope and Contents note

The bound volumes were used for various purposes at various times. One of the most prevalent uses was as a diary for Walter M. Smith for several years in the 1880s. Smith was a resident of Glenn Springs (S.C.) and a cadet at the Citadel in Charleston (S.C.), and his brief journal entries (typically 1-3 sentences) indicate events at these places, in his life, and weather characteristics. Another use of some pages in the volumes was the creation and maintenance of school rosters for attendance and grades. Yet another use was for the recording of memberships and minutes for several organizations. Walter Smith apparently used some pages for these purposes during his involvement with two student organizations at the Citadel: the Cadet Christian Association and the Cadets of Temperance. Marie Smith also used several pages for recording membership and pedigree information during her involvement with the Kate Barry Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. One of the bound volumes was clearly used for other purposes (likely as an account book) as early as the 1840s, but a number of its pages have been removed and obscured by subsequent newspaper clippings. However, this volume does indicate use as an account book, with characteristic debit and credit entries for various persons. Three of the volumes are photo albums containing photos from approximately 1901-1902. Another of the bound volumes contains a list of photographic negatives, several of which correspond with the prints bound in the photo albums. Some pages in some volumes were used to copy or compose poetry, sketch, and to do arithmetic. A section of one of the volumes was used to keep accounts from approximately 1918 though 1930. Some pages in one volume were used to copy down verses from the Bible. Some pages in a volume were used to keep track of stocks and bonds owned by members of the Smith family.

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Administrative Information

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Provenance

Given to Wofford College by Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr., 1925 - 2010, from his personal collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charleston (S.C.)
  • Glenn Springs (S.C.)
  • Spartanburg (S.C.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Smith, Carrie P.
  • Smith, Marie
  • Smith, Patra L.
  • Smith, Walter M.

Subject(s)

  • Cadets Christian Association (S.C.)
  • Cadets of Temperance (S.C.)
  • Citadel Academy (Charleston, S.C.)
  • Daughters of the American Revolution. Kate Barry Chapter (Spartanburg, S.C.)
  • South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution

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