Alfred E. Smith Papers

MC 697

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
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Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Smith, Alfred E., 1903-1986
Title
Alfred E. Smith Papers
Inclusive Dates
1920-1984
Identification
MC 697
Extent
11.25 Linear Feet (12 Boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

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Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Acquisition Information

The Alfred E. Smith Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department by his wife, Lula J. Smith of Washington, D.C. on April 22, 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Leon C. Miller; completed in November 1987

Preferred Form of Citation

Alfred E. Smith Papers (MC 697), Special Collections, 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

Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on December 2, 1903, Alfred E. Smith left his home town at the age of seventeen to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. In 1932, Howard University awarded Smith a master's degree in history, and for the following year he worked as a substitute teacher in the Washington public schools. He then joined the Federal Works Progress Administration, beginning a life-long career in public service.

Smith began his tenure in government as Assistant to the Director of Negro Works, Federal Emergency Relief Administration. From 1935 to 1943 he was Administrative Assistant and Staff Advisor, Federal Works Progress Administration. In these positions, Smith acted as a member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Black Cabinet" -- an unofficial group of black individuals in the upper reaches of the federal bureaucracy who advised President Roosevelt on policies affecting black Americans.

Smith's later career included public relations, speech writing, and press advisory positions for the Public Housing Authority, the Federal Civil Defense Agency, and the Department of Labor. He also established an independent career as a successful journalist. During the 1940s, Smith wrote two regular columns for the Chicago Defender newspaper, edited a Washington based newsletter, and contributed articles to various publications.

Smith's other professional activities included founding the Capitol Press Club, an organization of Washington based black journalists. He was also active in various civil rights organizations including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Urban League, and formed a social group called the Gourmet Club. These interests brought Smith into contact with many of the black leaders of his day, and produced friendships with a broad range of individuals including the poet Langston Hughes, Dean of the Howard University Medical School, W. Montague Cobb, psychologist Kenneth Clark, and writer Alain Locke. Smith retired from government service in 1974, and died May 26, 1986.

Scope and Content Note

The papers include personal and professional correspondence, reports, speeches, and press releases written by Smith while in government service, copies of many of Smith's columns and articles, material concerning the Capitol Press Club, photographs, and other items.

Significant correspondents include:

Mary McLeod Bethune

Hattie Caraway

Kenneth Clark

W. Montague Cobb

W. E. B. DuBois

Langston Hughes

Alain Locke

Drew Pearson

Joe T. Robinson

Willard Wirtz

Arrangement of the Papers

Material is arranged and described in four series.

  1. Government Service.
    1. Works Progress Administration.
    2. Federal Civil Defense Agency.
    3. Public Housing Administration.
    4. Department of Labor.
  2. Non-Governmental Professional Activities.
    1. The "National Grapevine".
    2. The Manuscript.
    3. Adventures in Race Relations.
    4. Other writings.
    5. Material pertaining to the Capitol Press Club, and one Folder concerning other professional organizations.
  3. Personal and Social Activities.
    1. Personal Correspondence.
    2. Personal Papers.
    3. Clippings.
  4. Photographs.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

series 1: Government Service,

1934-1966

Boxes 1-4

This series pertains to Smith's governmental career. Included are papers created during his employment with the Works Progress Administration, the Federal Civil Defense Agency, the Public Housing Authority, and the Department of Labor. Each subseries concerns a separate governmental agency, with the first Folders containing official correspondence (if any), and the following Folders containing Smith's working papers from that period.

Smith's employment with the WPA concerned primarily race relations. He maintained contact with blacks employed by the WPA, analyzed the impact of the WPA on black Americans, and advised Harry Hopkins (WPA Administrator) and Aubrey Williams (Deputy Administrator) on policy regarding the New Deal and black America.

Smith's positions with other governmental agencies involved primarily speech writing, press relations, and publicity. Most of the material in the subseries concerning the FCDA involves speeches written by Smith for FCDA administrators, as well as copies of the FCDA News, a newsletter edited by Smith from 1953 to 1955. He also edited a newsletter for the Public Housing Authority, the PHA News.

At the Department of Labor, Smith served in the press office with the special responsibility of maintaining contact between the department and America's black press. He also advised the Secretary of Labor (Willard Wirtz) on issues affecting black Americans, and occassionally worked on special projects such as the "Summary of Current Economic Facts . . . ."

subseries 1: Works Progress Administration,

1934-1943

Boxes 1-2

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, June 24, 1934-Apr 13, 1943, 1934-1943

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 2

WPA reports by Smith, 1935

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 3

WPA reports by Smith, 1936

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 4

WPA reports by Smith, 1937-1943

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 5

Report by Smith on the political impact of the WPA for the Democratic Party, n.d.

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 6

Unsigned WPA reports probably by Smith, Apr 11, 1937-July 31, 1940, 1937-1940

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 7

Unsigned WPA reports probably by Smith, A-P, n.d.

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 8

Unsigned WPA reports probably by Smith, Q-Z, n.d.

series I: 1 Box 2 Folder 1

WPA reports not by Smith, 1934

series I: 1 Box 2 Folder 2

WPA reports not by Smith, 1936-1940

series I: 1 Box 2 Folder 3

Dedication program of stadium built by the WPA, Oct 16, 1937

subseries 2: Federal Civil Defense Agency,

1950-1955

Box 3

series I: 2 Box 3 Folder 1

Addresses by Harold L. Aitken, Executive Assistant Administrator, FCDA, June 11, 1953-Sep ? 1954, 1953-1954

series I: 2 Box 3 Folder 2

Addresses by J. M. Chambers, Assistant Administrator, FCDA, Sept 16-22, 1953

series I: 2 Box 3 Folder 3

Addresses by Jean Fuller, Director of Women's Activities, FCDA, Nov 10, 1954-Jan 13, 1955, 1954-1955

series I: 2 Box 3 Folder 4

Addresses by Katherine G. Howard, Assistant Administrator, FCDA, June 6, 1953-Dec 1, 1954, 1953-1954

series I: 2 Box 3 Folder 5

Miscellaneous addresses, Oct 6, 1953-Apr 27, 1954, 1953-1954

series I: 2 Box 3 Folder 6

Unattributed addresses, Oct 4, 1954-Dec 7, 1954

series I: 2 Box 3 Folder 7

Drafts and speech preparation materials, Aug 26, 1954-Feb 8, 1955, 1954-1955

series I: 2 Box 3 Folder 8

FCDA News, 1953

series I: 2 Box 3 Folder 9

FCDA News, 1954

series I: 2 Box 3 Folder 10

FCDA News, 1955

series I: 2 Box 3 Folder 11

Office papers, Oct 27, 1950-Jan ? 1953, 1950-1953

subseries 3: Public Housing Administration,

1948-1962

Box 4, Folders 1-5

series I: 3 Box 4 Folder 1

Correspondence, Oct 10, 1949-May 20, 1957, 1949-1957

series I: 3 Box 4 Folder 2

Correspondence from individuals seeking help with housing problems, Feb 23, 1956-Apr 26, 1956

series I: 3 Box 4 Folder 3

PHA News, Apr 1959-Dec, 1962, 1959-1962

series I: 3 Box 4 Folder 4

Publications concerning housing problems collected by Smith during the course of his work with the PHA, n.d.

series I: 3 Box 4 Folder 5

Office papers, Jan 21, 1948-Jan 11, 1962, 1948-1962

subseries 4: Department of Labor,

1961-1966

Box 4, Folders 6-10

series I: 4 Box 4 Folder 6

Correspondence, Dec 5, 1961-Dec 23, 1965, 1961-1965

series I: 4 Box 4 Folder 7

Negro press list materials, Oct 13, 1962-Oct 6, 1964, 1962-1964

series I: 4 Box 4 Folder 8

Press releases, June 19, 1962-Feb 16, 1966, 1962-1966

series I: 4 Box 4 Folder 9

Personnel records, Aug 24, 1961-Apr 19, 1962, 1961-1962

series I: 4 Box 4 Folder 10

"Summary of Current Economic Facts and Labor Force Data," U. S. Department of Labor, 1966

series 2: Non-Governmental Professional Activities,

1923-1984

Boxes 5-8

As well as his service in government, Smith maintained a career in freelance writing and participated in professional journalistic organizations. Within the American black community, Smith achieved a reputation during the 1940s as a reporter and observer of the Washington scene under the byline "Charley Cherokee."  Under that name, he wrote two columns for the Chicago Defender, a black newspaper: the "National Grapevine" and "Adventures in Race Relations."

subseries 1: The "National Grapevine",

1940-1949

Boxes 5-6

The "National Grapevine" (Subseries 1) was an "inside Washington" column which concentrated on news and government policies affecting blacks.  Smith also occassionally freelanced under the Charley Cherokee byline, and one of those articles is included at the end of subseries 1.

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 1

Correspondence, Jan 8, 1944-Sept 14, 1949, 1944-1949

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 2

"National Grapevine," Sept 14-Dec 28, 1940 [Oct 26 missing], 1940

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 3

"National Grapevine," Jan 25-June 28, 1941 [Jan 4, 11, 18 missing], 1941

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 4

"National Grapevine," July 5-Sept 27, 1941

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 5

"National Grapevine," Oct 4-Dec 27, 1941

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 6

"National Grapevine," Jan 3-Mar 28, 1942

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 7

"National Grapevine," Apr 4-June 27, 1942

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 8

"National Grapevine," July 4-Dec 26, 1942

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 9

"National Grapevine," Jan 2-June 19, 1943

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 10

"National Grapevine," July 3-Dec 25, 1943

series II: 1 Box 6 Folder 1

"National Grapevine," Jan 1-June 24, 1944

series II: 1 Box 6 Folder 2

"National Grapevine," July 1-Dec 30, 1944

series II: 1 Box 6 Folder 3

"National Grapevine," Jan 6-June 30, 1945

series II: 1 Box 6 Folder 4

"National Grapevine," July 7-Dec 29, 1945

series II: 1 Box 6 Folder 5

"National Grapevine," Jan 5-June 29, 1946

series II: 1 Box 6 Folder 6

"National Grapevine," July 6-Dec 28, 1946

series II: 1 Box 6 Folder 7

"National Grapevine," Jan 4-June 28, 1947

series II: 1 Box 6 Folder 8

"National Grapevine," July 5-Dec 27, 1947

series II: 1 Box 6 Folder 9

"National Grapevine," Jan 10-June 26, 1948

series II: 1 Box 6 Folder 10

"National Grapevine," July 3-Dec 25, 1948

series II: 1 Box 6 Folder 11

"National Grapevine," Jan 1-June 25, 1949

series II: 1 Box 6 Folder 12

"National Grapevine," July 2-Sept 24, 1949

series II: 1 Box 6 Folder 13

"Twelve Rounds for the Championship," Opportunity: Journal of Negro Life, v. XXI, No.1:6-7, 29, 1943

subseries 2: The Manuscript,

1944-1947

Box 7, Folders 1-5

Subseries 2 concerns the Manuscript, a Washington based newsletter Smith created and edited in the 1940s in association with Harry McAlpin, another Washington based black journalist. The Manuscript relayed governmental news and policies affecting black Americans, and Smith contributed to it both under his own name and as Charley Cherokee.

series II: 2 Box 7 Folder 1

Correspondence, May 16, 1945-Apr 30, 1947, 1945-1947

series II: 2 Box 7 Folder 2

Issues No. 1-3, 5-6, 10, 15, 17-19, 22, 104-108, n.d.

series II: 2 Box 7 Folder 3

Issues No. 39-103 [bound], n.d.

series II: 2 Box 7 Folder 4

Drafts, n.d.

series II: 2 Box 7 Folder 5

Business papers, Sept ? 1944-Feb 12 1947, 1944-1947

subseries 3: Adventures in Race Relations,

1943-1948

Box 7, Folders 6-7

"Adventures in Race Relations" (Subseries 3) related anecdotes of discrimination against blacks sent to Smith by readers. Much of the correspondence in this subseries is from readers offering submissions for the column.

series II: 3 Box 7 Folder 6

Correspondence, June 19, 1943-Oct 12, 1944, 1943-1944

series II: 3 Box 7 Folder 7

Correspondence, May 9, 1945-Oct 20, 1948, 1945-1948

subseries 4: Other writings,

1923-1940

Box 8, Folders 1-3

Subseries 4 contains other publications by Smith. Also included are unpublished fiction and non-fiction pieces and drafts. 

series II: 4 Box 8 Folder 1

Freelance articles, May 1933-June 1940, 1933-1940

series II: 4 Box 8 Folder 2

Drafts, non-fiction, n.d.

series II: 4 Box 8 Folder 3

Drafts, fiction, Dec 18, 1923-?, 1923

subseries 5: Material pertaining to the Capitol Press Club, and one Folder concerning other professional organizations,

1944-1984

Box 8, Folders 4-10

Subseries 5 pertains to the Capitol Press Club. Smith founded the club in 1940 as a professional organization for black journalists in Washington D.C., in reaction against the National Press Club's policy of excluding blacks. Smith served as its first president, and held various other positions in the organiztion (including another term as president). The material includes many business papers of the organization (such as memoranda and invitations to club dinners), the club's newsletter, and newspaper clippings concerning the organization.  Many of the photographs in Series 4 pertain to this organization.

series II: 5 Box 8 Folder 4

Correspondence, June 27, 1944-Mar 14, 1984, 1944-1984

series II: 5 Box 8 Folder 5

Capitol Press Club Gazette, Jan 1950-Nov 1952, 1950-1952

series II: 5 Box 8 Folder 6

Banquet and meeting programs, June 21, 1944-May 4, 1974, 1944-1974

series II: 5 Box 8 Folder 7

The Capitol Press Club, 1950

series II: 5 Box 8 Folder 8

Memoranda, June 21, 1944-May 3, 1961, 1944-1961

series II: 5 Box 8 Folder 9

Clippings, June 21, 1944-May 18, 1963, 1944-1963

series II: 5 Box 8 Folder 10

Other professional meetings and associations, n.d.

series 3: Personal and Social Activities,

1920-1982

Boxes 9-11

This series contains material relating to Smith's non-professional activities. Included in this series are a few items pertaining to the Gourmet Club, a social group formed by Smith. Also included are Smith's personal correspondence, poetry written by Smith as a young man, and material relating to Smith's relatives, especially the family of Smith's niece and her husband, psychologists Drs. Mamie and Kenneth Clark. The last Box in this series (Box 11) contains clippings collected by Smith throughout his life.

subseries 1: Personal Correspondence,

1926-1982

Box 9, Folders 1-7

series III: 1 Box 9 Folder 1

Dec 8, 1926-Apr 22, 1939, 1926-1939

series III: 1 Box 9 Folder 2

Jan 24, 1940-Aug 26, 1957, 1940-1957

series III: 1 Box 9 Folder 3

Feb 16, 1959-Dec 7, 1961, 1959-1961

series III: 1 Box 9 Folder 4

Jan 2, 1962-Sept 15, 1982, 1962-1982

series III: 1 Box 9 Folder 5

Undated Correspondence, n.d.

series III: 1 Box 9 Folder 6

Greeting cards, Dec 1, 1945-Dec 2, 1971, 1945-1971

series III: 1 Box 9 Folder 7

Greeting cards, n.d.

subseries 2: Personal Papers,

1920-1972

Box 9, Folders 8-16, Box 10

series III: 2 Box 9 Folder 8

Resumes and personal histories, 1939-1964

series III: 2 Box 9 Folder 9

Job search and retirement records, Aug 30, 1949-Apr 23, 1962, 1949-1962

series III: 2 Box 9 Folder 10

Poetry written by Smith, July 12, 1923-Feb [?] 1931, 1923-1931

series III: 2 Box 9 Folder 11

Poetry collected by Smith, Dec [?] 1954-Apr 19, 1972, 1954-1972

series III: 2 Box 9 Folder 12

Political items, 1936

series III: 2 Box 9 Folder 13

Material relating to Lula L. Jackson Smith, May, 1958-Dec 17, 1970, 1958-1970

series III: 2 Box 9 Folder 14

Writer's Club, May 10, 1946-Oct 10, 1947, 1946-1947

series III: 2 Box 9 Folder 15

Gourmet Club, May 9, 1958; May 20, 1959, 1958-1959

series III: 2 Box 9 Folder 16

Drafts of articles about Smith, n.d.

series III: 2 Box 10 Folder 1

Autograph book of Smith, 1920-1924

series III: 2 Box 10 Folder 2

Autograph book of Lula L. Jackson Smith, 1925

series III: 2 Box 10 Folder 3

Scrapbook items and souvenirs, 1925-Dec 24, 1957, 1925-1957

series III: 2 Box 10 Folder 4

Scrapbook items and souvenirs, n.d.

series III: 2 Box 10 Folder 5

Material pertaining to Smith's relatives, July 16, 1961-Aug 12, 1968, 1961-1968

series III: 2 Box 10 Folder 6

Notes concerning Smith's hospital stay, March 2, 1959

series III: 2 Box 10 Folder 7

Draft and draft registration cards, drivers' licenses, membership cards, and voter card, Feb 15, 1942-Sept 1, 1969, 1942-1969

subseries 3: Clippings,

1934-1979

Box 11

series III: 3 Box 11 Folder 1

Apr 5, 1934-Dec 6, 1936, 1934-1936

series III: 3 Box 11 Folder 2

Feb 27, 1937-Dec 8, 1938, 1937-1938

series III: 3 Box 11 Folder 3

Jan 14, 1939-June 1, 1944, 1939-1944

series III: 3 Box 11 Folder 4

July 3, 1945-Mar 7, 1979, 1945-1979

series III: 3 Box 11 Folder 5

Approximate dates and undated, n.d.

series 4: Photographs,

ca 1930-1974

Box 12

Included in this series are photographs pertaining to Smith's family, the WPA, the Capitol Press Club, and other subjects. Also included are one broadside and two drawings. Photograph size is listed height first.  Photographs are black and white unless noted. Most are arranged chronologically with undated photographs last. The "Portraits of Others," however, are arranged alphabetically.

series IV Box 12 Folder 1

Works Progress Administration, ca 1930s

series IV Box 12 Folder 1 Item 1

Smith (center) with office staff. Handwritten notation on verso: "Dutton Ferguson[;]  A. E. Smith seated[;] WPA staff".  Stamped on verso: "McNeill Photo Service [Washington]. 8 x 10, ca 1930s

series IV Box 12 Folder 1 Item 2

Christmas card with 2x3 reproduction of above photograph, 5 x 7, ca 1930s

series IV Box 12 Folder 1 Item 3

WPA office staff. Handwritten notation on verso: "Workers under Al Smith WPA," 7 x 9, ca 1930s

series IV Box 12 Folder 1 Item 4

Smith (center) showing others an exhibit. Handwritten notation on verso: "WPA Exhibit," 6 x 8, ca 1930s

series IV Box 12 Folder 2

Capitol Press Club, 1945-ca 1950

series IV Box 12 Folder 2 Item 5

Group portrait of members. Notation on front right corner: "Scurlow Photo 1945."  8 x 10, 1945

series IV Box 12 Folder 2 Item 6

Members en route to club picnic, Handwritten notation on verso: "Capitol Press Club Picnic Al Smith and wife standing right". Stamped on verso: "McNeill News Photo Service." 8 x 10, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 2 Item 7

Group portrait of members, ca. 1950. Handwritten notation on verso: "Another Press Club ca 1950". Stamped on verso: ""McNeill News Photo Service"  8 x 10, ca 1950

series IV Box 12 Folder 3

Capitol Press Club Dinner, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 3 Item 8

Smith presiding at dinner, Handwritten notation on verso: "Capitol Press Club Al Smith Presiding;" also, "Please credit Daniel Photo's."  8 x 10, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 3 Item 9

L-R: Marshall Field, Smith, Federal Judge William H. Hastie, Drew Pearson. Handwritten notation on verso: "Marshall Field Speaks[:] Press Club 1st dinner + Drew Pearson."  8 x 10, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 3 Item 10

Federal Judge William H. Hastie speaking to above event.  L-R: Phileo Nash, Marshall Field, Smith, Hastie, Drew Pearson.  Handwritten notation on verso: "Judge William Haste [sic] addressing Capitol Press club Jan 21 in D.C."  8 x 10, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 3 Item 11

Hastie addressing dinner. Handwritten notation on verso: "William Hasty [sic] a judge in Haitii [sic]." [Hastie was a Federal District Court Judge in the Virgin Islands, 1937-39]. 8 x 10, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 3 Item 12

Drew Pearson and Harry McAlpin. 8 x 10, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 4

Family Photographs, 1947

series IV Box 12 Folder 4 Item 13

Sepia-toned reprint of photograph of Smith's family when he was a child, n.d. [probably early 1910s]. L to R: Smith, Kate Smith, Jesse Rufus Smith, Mamie Johnston Smith, Henry Smith, Shepherd Acre. 8 x 10, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 4 Item 14

Formal portrait of Smith's stepmother, Mamie Johnston Smith, in 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 decorative folding cardboard matte. Handwritten on lower flap: "To Alfred and Leona from Mammy". Printed on lower center of map: "Eckler Studio Hot Springs, Ark." 4 1/2 x 6 1/2, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 4 Item 15

Smith's sister, Kate Smith Phipps. Photograph in decorative folding cardboard matte. 6 3/4 by 10 3/4, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 4 Item 16

Kate Smith Phipps with her children Harold and Mamie Phipps, in 8 x 11 folding decorative cardboard matte. Stamped on lower center of matte: "702 1/2 Central Ave Eckler Hot Springs, Ark. 6 x 8, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 4 Item 17

Children of Dr. Harold Phipps, (Smith's nephew), 1947. Lower left corner: "Adams Foto". Handwritten on verso: "This is -- to be - Hilton-4 yrs. - Oct 20-47[;]Kate - 7 " - July 12-47[;]Wiletta - 1yr. Sept 10 - 47[;]Evelyn to be - 4 yrs - Dec 31 - 47[.]"  Stamped on verso: "ADAMSFOTOS 329 1/2 Main Street Pine Bluff, Ark."  5 x 7, 1947

series IV Box 12 Folder 4 Item 18

Color snapshop of the family of Dr. Harold Phipps. Possibly three of their four children, plus grandchildren. 5 x 4, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 4 Item 19

Baby portrait of the daughter of Smith's cousin, Shepherd Acre, in folding decorative cardboard matte. Handwritten on bottom flap of matte: "Baby Jeanne 4 mts. old". Written on front lower right corner: "Harrison Hot Springs c 30 Avia [?]". 4 x 6, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 5

Other Photographs of Smith, 1948-1974

series IV Box 12 Folder 5 Item 20

Unidentified dinner meeting. May 7, 1948.   Smith center left. Stamped on verso: "Fred Harris Photographs."  8 x 10, 1948

series IV Box 12 Folder 5 Item 21

Military briefing and tour for members of the black press of the CAMID III war games, Camp Pendleton, Virginia, Aug 20, 1948.  L-R: Smith, Otto McClarrin, Dennsi Nelson, James N. Rhen, P. Bernard Young, James P. Archer. Front row center, Bernard Young, Jr.  Further identified on verso. Stamped on verso: "Official U.S. Navy Photograph."  8 x 10, 1948

series IV Box 12 Folder 5 Item 22

Conference of Southwestern news and public relations professionals at Texas State University (Houston) at which Smith was guest speaker. Dec [?] 1948. L-R: Mrs. Carter Wesley, the Informer newspapers; Dr. H. Hadley Hartshorn, TSU; James W. White, presiding officer, TSU; Smith; Constance Daniel, TSU public relations director; Rev. John D. Moore; C. W. Rice, Negro Labor News; Mrs. R. O'Hara Lanier, wife of the TSU president. 3 1/2 x 9 1/2, 1948

series IV Box 12 Folder 5 Item 23

Smith and Lula J. Smith in restaurant or night club. Handwritten on verso: "ca 1960". 8 x 10, ca 1960

series IV Box 12 Folder 5 Item 24

Smith's retirement party. Smith left. 10 x 8, 1974

series IV Box 12 Folder 5 Item 25

Secretary of Labor Arthur Goldberg (center) talking to John Glenn (right). Smith to Goldberg's left. 8 x 10, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 5 Item 26

Smith (right) talking to unidentified man. 8 x 10, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 5 Item 27

Gourmet Club. Clockwise from lower left: Frank Horne, Otto McClarrin, Sterling Brown, Smith, Arthur Davis, Dutton Ferguson, unidentified, Montague Cobb, Herbert Marshall. In folding cardboard matte. Embossed on outside front of matte: "Scurlock Washington, D.C." 8 x 10. , n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 5 Item 28

Harry Truman with seven men, Smith left. Stamped lower left: "c. Harris and Ewing". Stamped on verso: "Copyright of Harris and Ewing."  8 x 10, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 5 Item 29

Smith (left) receiving gavel from unidentified man, 7 x 9, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 5 Item 30

Front Row L-R: Smith, Campbell Johnson, Roy Ellis, and ten unidentified men. Stamped on verso: "Please Credit `McNeill Photo', Robert McNeill Photographer, Washington, D.C. McNeill Photo Service."  8 x 10, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 6

Portraits of Smith, ca 1940-1970

series IV Box 12 Folder 6 Item 31

Smith reading a book. 5 x 7, ca 1940

series IV Box 12 Folder 6 Item 32

Formal portrait of Smith, 8 x 10, ca 1970

series IV Box 12 Folder 7

Portraits of Others, 1946-1947

series IV Box 12 Folder 7 Item 33

Alice A. Dunnigan, Typed on verso:" Alice A. Dunnigan, 1939 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C." 3 x 2, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 7 Item 34

Ernest E. Johnson, Nov, 1946, 10 x 8, 1946

series IV Box 12 Folder 7 Item 35

Dr. Mordecai Johnson, President of Howard University, 10 x 8, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 7 Item 36

Jack Miller in military uniform holding camera. Originally fastened to letter to Smith from Miller of May 20, 1946, now in Adventures in Race Relations files. Handwritten notation on front: "To Mr. Smith - the best of everything - Jack Miller."  Handwritten notation on verso: "Taken 3/4/45 while U.S. Signal Corps photographer Ft. Huachuca, Arizona."  5 x 4, 1946

series IV Box 12 Folder 7 Item 37

Jessie H. Mitchell, member of the Board of Draft Appeals.  Newspaper photographer's assignment sheet included. Handwritten notation on verso: "Return to Mr. Alfred Smith, 1212 U. Street Washington, D.C." 10 x 8, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 7 Item 38

Willard W. Savoy of the Negro Interest Unit, War Department, Public Relations Divison. Feb 2, 1947. Includes press release. 10 x 8, 1947

series IV Box 12 Folder 7 Item 39

Henry Wallace, Bottom center: "Covington Photo". 10 x 8, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 8

Miscellaneous, 1932-1945

series IV Box 12 Folder 8 Item 40

Henry Wallace speaking at birthday party for Mary McLeod Bethune. Washington, D.C. August 10, 1945. Handwritten on verso: "Photo by Victor C. Daniel."  10 x 8, 1945

series IV Box 12 Folder 8 Item 41

Eleanor Roosevelt second from left, 8 x 10, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 8 Item 42

L-R: unidentified man, Mary McLeod Bethune, Eleanor Roosevelt. Handwritten notation on verso: "Mary Bethune seated[;] Eleanor Roosevelt[;]  WPA event[.]"   6 1/2 x 8 1/2, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 8 Item 43

Sculpted bust of Alain Locke. Handwritten notation on front lower right: "For Alfred E. Smith in sincere friendship, Alain Locke. 1932". Photographer's logo embossed on front lower right: "Allen, ny."  5 x 7, 1932

series IV Box 12 Folder 8 Item 44

Meeting or public hearing, pertaining possibly to the National Youth Adminstration, 6 x 8, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 8 Item 45

Montague Cobb, (Dean, Howard University Medical School), presenting roses to unidentified woman at Omega Psi Phi dance, Stamped on verso: "Fred Harris Photographs."  8 x 10, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 8 Item 46

Omega Psi Phi dance, Handwritten on verso: "Omega Psi Phi condare[?] Al Smith - Grand Marshall[.]  Dr. Charles Drew - Pres. of Howard U.[,] Warner Lawson." Stamped on verso: "Fred Harris Photographs."  8 x 10, n.d.

series IV Box 12 Folder 9

Manuscript Oversize Box 1, ca 1930s-1945 Materials in this folder have been removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 1.

series IV Box 12 Folder 9 Item 47

Formal portrait of Smith while in the WPA. 14 x 10.  Handwritten on verso: "Alfred Edgar Smith Civil Defense Assistant on Staff of Harry Hopkins Works Progress Administration", ca 1930s Removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 1.

series IV Box 12 Folder 9 Item 48

Group portrait of black WPA workers. Smith back row, third from right. 10 x 14, ca 1930s Removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 1.

series IV Box 12 Folder 9 Item 49

Group portrait of Capitol Press Club members, a. 9 x 11 print. b. 9 x 11 print signed by members. , n.d. Removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 1.

series IV Box 12 Folder 9 Item 50

Group portrait of women members of the Capitol Press Club, June, 1945. L-R: Venice Spraggs (Chicago Defender), Mabel Alston (Washington Afro-American), Lynette Gittoes (former columnist for the New York Amsterdam News), Constance Daniel (Department of Agriculture Information Office), Charlotte Poole (OPA Information Office), Margaret Steward (Washington Afro-American). 9 x 11, 1945 Removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 1.

series IV Box 12 Folder 9 Item 51

Group portrait of Capitol Press Club members, Stamped on verso: "McNeill News Photo Service."  11 x 14, n.d. Removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 1.

series IV Box 12 Folder 9 Item 52

Drawing  by Jay Johnson  pertaining to the desegregation of baseball, Inscribed: "To Al Smith, a `write' guy, Jay Johnson." 14 x 17, n.d. Removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 1.

series IV Box 12 Folder 9 Item 53

Drawing by Jay Johnson of woman talking on telephone, Inscribed: "To Al, Happy daze, Jay."  12 1/2 x 8 1/2, n.d. Removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 1.

series IV Box 12 Folder 10

Broadside Collection, ca 1940s Materials in this folder have been removed to the Broadside Collection.

series IV Box 12 Folder 10 Item 54

Chicago Defender. Advertising poster listing Chicago Defender newspaper editorial columnists, including Charley Cherokee (Smith).  14 x 11, ca 1940s Removed to the Broadside Collection as Broadside No. B1-1.

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