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Guide to the Paoli Ashe Smith Papers MSS.1294

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

June 2010

Creation:

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Language Usage:

English

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Paoli Ashe Smith papers

Unit ID:

MSS.1294

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.4 Linear feet (106 items)

Dates:

1882-1970

Abstract:

This collection consists mainly of personal correspondence from this jorunalist and Greensboro, Alabama, native to his mother during World War I, letters received from several of his cousins, financial and legal papers, and photographs. It also contains materials relating to other members of his family.

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists mainly of personal correspondence from Smith to his mother during World War I, letters received from several of his cousins, financial and legal papers, and photographs. It also contains miscellaneous items related to Smith's father, legal papers of his mother, a letter written to Mrs. Smith from her sister Netta Tutwiler, and a small quantity of financial and legal papers of a cousin, Margaret Roberts Ellington. The papers are fragmentary, with a gap spanning a period of almost thirty-five years, from the 1930s through 1963. The strength of the collection lies in the World War I material, particularly in Paoli Smith's correspondence, which offers a wartime perspective on his own life, the lives of non-combatants, and the effects of war upon the countryside.

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Preferred Citation:

Paoli Ashe Smith papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Netta Johnson Holley, 1979.

Biographical/Historical note

Smith was born in Greensboro, Alabama, in 1894, the only child of Paoli Ashe Smith and Gessner Harrison Tutwiler Smith. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1911, worked as a journalist for the Birmingham Ledger, 1911-15, leaving that job for the insurance business. From 1917 to 1919 he served as an intelligence officer in the American Expeditionary Force in Europe. Following the war he joined the Sparrow Advertising Agency in Birmingham, where he worked from 1921 to 1962, serving as president for much of that period. He died in Birmingham on 3 March 1972.

Smith Family Genealogy Box 2641 Folder 1

Outgoing Correspondence Box 2641 Folder 2

Letter from Lieutenant Paoli Ashe Smith, United States Armed Services, to Mother, April 6, 1918 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20645

Letter from Lieutenant Paoli Ashe Smith, United States Armed Services, to Mother, April 21, 1918 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20646

Letter from Lieutenant Paoli Ashe Smith, United States Armed Services, to Mother, November 30, 1918 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20647

Letter from Lieutenant Paoli Ashe Smith, United States Armed Services, to Mother, December 5, 1918 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20648

Letter from Lieutenant Paoli Ashe Smith, Trieste, Italy, to Mother, April 8, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20649

Letter from Lieutenant Paoli Ashe Smith, Field Artillery School, to Mother, September 1, 1918 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20650

Letter from Lieutenant Paoli Ashe Smith, Trieste, Italy, to Mother, March 27, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20651

Incoming Correspondence Box 2641 Folder 3

Printed Material Box 2641 Folder 4

Certificate stating Paoli A. Smith, Associate Member, Alpha Delta Sigma, 1913 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20639

Photographs Box 2641 Folder 5

Financial Papers (1 of 2) Box 2641 Folder 6

Financial Papers (2 of 2) Box 2641 Folder 7

Legal Papers Box 2641 Folder 8

Miscellaneous Box 2641 Folder 9

Special Orders by Colonel Howe, American Expeditionary Forces, Paris, France, to Lieutenant Paoli A. Smith, June 19, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20640

Travel Order by Colonel Cooke, Headquarters Post of Brest, to Sergeant Dury K. Adams, June 21, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20641

Travel Order by Colonel Cooke, Headquarters Post of Brest, to Lieutenant Paoli A. Smith, June 21, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20642

Hotel receipt from Lausanne-Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1919 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20643

Courier Bulletin from American Expeditionary Forces Postal Express Services, Instructions to Westbound Overseas Couriers, circa 1920 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/20644

Paoli A. Smith (father) - Miscellaneous Box 2641 Folder 10

Gessner Tutwiler Smith - Incoming Correspondence Box 2641 Folder 11

Gessner Tutwiler Smith - Legal Papers Box 2641 Folder 12

Margaret Roberts Ellington Box 2641 Folder 13