Ray S. Smith Papers

MC 1837

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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Krista Jones, 2011.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Smith, Ray S., 1924-2007
Title
Ray S. Smith Papers
Inclusive Dates
1950-2007
Identification
MC 1837
Extent
9.75 linear ft. (11 boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Ray S. Smith Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on June 21, 2009 by Patricia Smith and Suzanne Palmeiri of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Krista Jones; completed in June 2011.

Preferred Form of Citation

Ray S. Smith Papers (MC 1837), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Ray Sammons Smith Jr. was born February 4, 1924, in Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas to Ray and Elizabeth Randolph Young Smith. Smith attended Hot Springs public schools and as a student at Hot Springs High School was president of the chapter of the National Honors Society, a cheerleader, senior class treasurer, Junior Rotarian, band manager, and homeroom president. After graduating high school, Smith enrolled at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. While there, he was a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, and Order of the Choif. Smith enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a B-29 pilot in the South Pacific and at the close of World War II, he returned to Washington and Lee University to attend law school. Smith graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington and Lee University Law School in 1950, and returned to Hot Springs to practice law at Wood, Smith, and Schnipper, where he became a senior partner. Smith married Patricia Floyd in 1951, and the couple had five children: Randy, Scott, Patricia, Steven, and Suzanne.

In addition to practicing law, Smith was a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1955 to 1982, and served as Speaker from 1971-1973. Smith served as the Majority Leader from 1973-1974 and was Majority Whip in 1975. During his tenure in the Arkansas House of Representatives Smith was Chairman of the Legislative Joint Audit Committee, Arkansas Commission in Interstate Cooperation, Education Committee, and the Southern Conference of the Council of State Governments. Smith also was a member of the State Agencies, Rules, and Joint Budget House committees. Of his 28 years as a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives Smith is best known as the legislator who cast the only vote in 1958 against giving Gov. Orval Faubus the power to close any public school that was forced to integrate.

Smith was also the past president of the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, Garland County Bar Association, Rotary Club, the YMCA, and Abilities Unlimited. Smith also was a Chairman of the Board of the First Methodist Church in Hot Springs, a member of the Board of Trustees for the First Methodist Church, and was the Chairman of the Garland County Chapter National Foundation.

Smith died at the age of 83 in Hot Springs on November 1, 2007.

Scope and Content Note

Material in the Ray S. Smith Papers include, correspondence, congressional activities, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, plaques, and various ephemera materials.

Oversize items 1 and 2 are located at the library's storage facility, Library Storage Annex (LISA).

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged in chronological order.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Biographical Materials, 1950-2000

Box 1 Folder 2

Legislative Correspondence, 1967-1979

Box 1 Folder 3

General Legislative Acts, Bills, and Resolutions, 1968-1981

Box 1 Folder 4

Arkansas House of Representatives 68th General Assembly Guest Book, January 11, 1970

Box 1 Folder 5

Legislative Appointments and Candidacy, 1970-1980

Box 1 Folder 6

Speaker of the House of Representative 68th General Assembly Endorsement Signatures, 1971

Box 1 Folder 7

Rules House of Representatives of the State of Arkansas 68th General Assembly, 1971

Box 1 Folder 8

Acting Governor Materials, October 1971

Box 1 Folder 9

National Symposium of State Environmental Legislation Correspondence, 1972

Box 1 Folder 10

House of Representatives Roll Call, 1973, 1975

Box 1 Folder 11

School Desegregation Plan Hot Springs, Arkansas Materials, 1974

Box 1 Folder 12

House of Representatives Campaign Correspondence, 1976

Box 1 Folder 13

House of Representatives Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Statement, 1976

Box 1 Folder 14

House of Representatives Campaign Research Materials, 1976

Box 1 Folder 15

Tax and Revenue Legislation Materials, 1977-1980

Box 1 Folder 16

Legislative Education Committee Correspondence, 1978-1983

Box 1 Folder 17

Legislative Education Committee General Materials, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 18

Arkansas Education Association (AEA) Legislation Materials, 1979

Box 1 Folder 19

Medication Aid Bill Correspondence, December 15-16, 1980

Box 1 Folder 20

Legislative Correspondence, 1980-1981

Box 1 Folder 21

Mid-America Museum Correspondence, 1979-1981

Box 1 Folder 22

Mid-America Museum Proposal, 1981

Box 1 Folder 23

Mid-America Museum Operation Agreement, 1981

Box 1 Folder 24

Mid-America Museum General Materials, 1981

Box 1 Folder 25

House of Representatives Campaign Correspondence, 1982

Box 1 Folder 26

House of Representatives Campaign Endorsements, 1982

Box 1 Folder 27

House of Representatives Campaign Research Materials, 1982

Box 1 Folder 28

House of Representatives Campaign General Materials, 1982

Box 1 Folder 29

Report on the Duke/SGPB Forest Policies Project to the Executive Committee of the Southern Growth Policies Board, November 14, 1982

Box 1 Folder 30

National Park Community College Materials, 2007

Box 1 Folder 31

National Park Community College Scholarship Materials, 2007

Box 1 Folder 32

Expense Reports, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 33

Newspaper Clippings, 1942-1960

Box 1 Folder 34

Newspaper Clippings, 1966-1968

Box 1 Folder 35

Newspaper Clippings, 1970

Box 1 Folder 36

Newspaper Clippings, 1971

Box 1 Folder 37

Newspaper Clippings, 1972

Box 1 Folder 38

Newspaper Clippings, January 1973

Box 1 Folder 39

Newspaper Clippings, 1976-1978

Box 1 Folder 40

Newspaper Clippings, February 1979

Box 1 Folder 41

Newspaper Clippings, March 1979

Box 1 Folder 42

Newspaper Clippings, 1980-1981

Box 1 Folder 43

Newspaper Clippings, January–February 1982

Box 1 Folder 44

Newspaper Clippings, March–April 1982

Box 1 Folder 45

Newspaper Clippings, May 1982

Box 1 Folder 46

Newspaper Clippings, 1983-1995

Box 1 Folder 47

Newspaper Clippings, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 48

Photographs (Images 1-42)

Box 1 Folder 49

Photographs (Images 53-100)

Box 1 Folder 50

General Ray Smith Campaign Materials, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 51

General Materials, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 1

Certificates, 1965-1976 (Oversize)

Box 2 Folder 2

Arkansas House of Representatives Photographic Roster, 1955, 1957, 1959 (Oversize)

Box 2 Folder 3

A View From Little Rock Poster, 1985 (Oversize)

Box 2 Folder 4

Campaign Signs (6) (Oversize)

Box 2 Folder 5

Keep Experience Re-Elect Ray Smith Representative Plastic Bags (2) (Oversize)

Box 3 Item 1

Legislative Session Scrapbook, 1969 (Oversize)

Box 3 Item 2

Ray S. Smith Jr., Speaker House of Representative Arkansas 68th General Assembly Scrapbook 1, 1971 (Oversize)

Box 4 Item 1

Ray S. Smith Jr., Speaker House of Representatives Arkansas 68th General Assembly Scrapbook 2, 1971 (Oversize)

Box 4 Item 2

R. Smith Name Plate

Box 4 Item 3

R. Smith Arkansas House of Representatives Name Plate

Box 4 Item 4

Rep. Ray S. Smith Name Plate

Box 4 Item 5

Rep. Ray S. Smith, Chamn. Name Plate

Box 4 Item 6

Rep. R.S. Smith, Jr., Chairman Name Plate

Box 4 Item 7

Rep. Ray S. Smith Name Plate

Box 4 Item 8

Silver Ray Smith Name Plate

Box 5 Item 1

Admirals Club Certificate, July 16, 1971 (Framed)

Box 5 Item 2

Signed Certificate Naming Ray Smith Jr. Presiding as Speaker of the House of Representative 68th General Assembly, 1971 (Framed)

Box 5 Item 3

Arkansas Certificate of Merit, February 16, 1972 (Framed)

Box 6 Item 1

United States Junior Chamber of Congress Distinguished Service Award, 1956 (Plaque)

Box 6 Item 2

Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Hot Springs National Park Award of Special Merit, 1960 (Plaque)

Box 6 Item 3

Abilities Unlimited Dedicated Service to the Handicapped, 1962-1965 (Plaque)

Box 6 Item 4

Hot Springs Rotary Club Recognition, 1965-1966 (Plaque)

Box 6 Item 5

Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Legislative, 1968 (Plaque)

Box 6 Item 6

Boss of the Year Award, Garland County Legal Secretaries, 1969-1970 (Plaque)

Box 6 Item 7

Distinguished Services as Speaker of the House of Representatives 68th General Assembly, 1971 (Plaque)

Box 6 Item 8

Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Legislative, 1971 (Plaque)

Box 6 Item 9

Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, Outstanding Leadership & Service to Garland County, 1975 (Plaque)

Box 7 Item 1

Chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Government, Service & Leadership, July 27, 1978 (Plaque)

Box 7 Item 2

Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, Outstanding Company Contributions Member, April 19, 1979 (Plaque)

Box 7 Item 3

Ray Smith Jr. Chairman of Education 73rd General Assembly, 1981 (Plaque)

Box 7 Item 4

Southern Legislative Conference of Council of State Governments, September 1, 1982 (Plaque)

Box 7 Item 5

Arkansas Bank & Trust Company Member of the Board of Directors, 1986 (Plaque)

Box 7 Item 6

Hot Springs High School Class of 1942 Hall of Fame, August 19, 1989 (Plaque)

Box 7 Item 7

Arkansas Bar Association Distinguished Member, June 16, 2000 (Plaque)

Box 8 Item 1

Washington and Lee Mug, 1946

Box 8 Item 2

B-29 Load Adjuster Scale

Box 9 Item 1

Ray S. Smith Jr. Speaker of the House of Representatives Pen Set, 1971

Box 10 Item 1

Southern Regional Education Board Gavel, 1973-1974

Box 10 Item 12

Ray Smith Jr. Education Gavel, 1975-1976

Box 10 Item 3

Ray Smith Jr. Chairman of Education Gavel

Box 10 Item 4

Ray Smith Jr. Chairman, Legislative Advisory Council Gavel

Box 10 Item 5

Ray Smith Jr. Chairman Revenue & Taxation Gavel ; Chairman of Budget Gavel

Box 11 Folder 1

Representatives Ray S. Smith Jr. Arkansas Governmental Efficiency Study Commission, 1967-1968 Governor Winthrop Rockefeller Business Card

Box 11 Folder 2

Re-Elect Ray Smith Jr. State Representatives Blue and White Buttons (2)

Box 11 Folder 3

Re-Elect Ray Smith Jr. State Representatives Democrats Blue, Red, White Buttons (4)

Box 11 Folder 4

Re-Elect Ray Smith Jr. State Representatives Democrats Blue, Red Nail Files (5)

Box 11 Folder 5

Miscellaneous Buttons (2)

Box 12 Item 1

Arkansas Sixty Eighth General Assembly Photograph Roster, 1971 (Oversize)

Box 12 Item 2

Ray Smith Outstanding Service as Chairman of the House Committee on Education, 1979 (Oversize)

Oversize Item 1

Arkansas Sixty-Eighth General Assembly Signed Certificate of Merit, 1972

Oversize Item 2

Ray S. Smith Career Newspaper Collage, n.d.

END OF COLLECTION

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