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Guide to the Loy Connell Smith and Eunice Andrews Smith Bland Papers, 1958-1999

Abstract

Dr. Loy Connell Smith (1925-1968) and his wife, Eunice Andrews Smith (b. 1928), were Southern Baptist missionaries to Nigeria from 1959 through 1968.

Collection includes family correspondence, photographs, hospital publications, and audiovisual material from the Smith family's time as missionaries in Nigeria. Contains information about the death of Dr. Loy Connell Smith in a car accident and the Smith family's subsequent return to the United States.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Bland, Eunice Andrews Smith, 1928-
Title
Loy Connell Smith and Eunice Andrews Smith Bland papers 1958-1999
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet, 1875 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection includes family correspondence, photographs, audiovisual tapes and reels, and materials collected by the Smiths regarding their work at the Baptist Hospital. Correspondence has been sorted chronologically by year. Letters between Eunice Andrews Smith and her mother, Annie Wells Andrews, are restricted for 10 years (until 2022). More information about the history of the family can be found in the biographical and background files in Box 1.

The collection also contains a significant amount of information surrounding the Smiths' car accident and Dr. L.C. Smith's death in 1968. Materials on this event include correspondence, records and films of his funeral and memorial services, and materials about memorial funds and plaques in honor of Dr. Smith's service.

Administrative Information

A majority of collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 48 business hours in advance for retrieval. Contact Rubenstein Library staff before visiting. Read More »

warning Access Restrictions

RESTRICTED: Box 2 is closed to researchers until 2022. Box 3 contains original audiovisual materials.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

warning Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

Box 2 of this collection is closed to research until 2022. Box 3 is restricted because it contains audiovisual materials; these are closed until use copies can be made.

Collection Outline and Information
Box 1
Loy Connell Smith and Eunice Andrews Smith timelines and narratives
Box 1
Appointment as Foreign Missionaries, 1958
Box 1
Holiday letters to family and friends, 1959-1972
Box 1
Connell's letters to family, 1959-1966
Box 1
General correspondence, 1959-1967
(9 folders)
Box 1
General correspondence, 1968 (before accident)
Box 1
General correspondence, 1968 (after accident)
Box 1
Death of Loy Connell Smith, 1968-1969
(5 folders)
Box 1
Ogbomosho Baptist Hospital materials, 1965-1967
Box 1
Return to the United States, 1968
Box 1
L.C. Smith Memorial Fund, Nigerian Baptist Convention, 1969-1975
Box 1
L.C. Smith Memorial Fund, Foreign Mission Board, 1968-1975
Box 1
Death of Dr. Emanuel Dahunsi, 20 Jan. 1979
Box 1
L.C. Smith medical certificates (photocopies), 1948-1962
Box 1
Plaque for L.C. Smith at Ogbomosho Baptist Hospital, 1986
Box 1
Plaque for L.C. Smith at Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1971
Box 1
L.C. Smith Memorial Chapel, Chalybeate Springs Baptist Church, N.C., 1969
Box 1
Eunice's trip to Nigeria, 5th anniversary memorial service, 1973
Box 1
50th Anniversary of Ogbomosho Hospital, 1973
Box 1
Melba Smith's trip to Nigeria, 1975
Box 1
Death of Loy Connell Smith Jr., 1995
Box 1
Loy Connell Smith, Jr. Memorial Fund, Baptist Medical Center, Nigeria, 1995-1999
Box 1
L.C. Smith's publications in medical journals, 1955-1964 and undated
Box 1
Newspaper clippings, 1960 and 1963
Box 1
Family photographs
(3 folders)
Box 1
Letters from Eunice Andrews Smith to her mother, Annie Wells Andrews, 1959-1968
(4 folders)
Box 2

[Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Use of these materials may require production of listening or viewing copies. Please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection.]

Tape letter from Mrs. L.C. Smith to Mrs. D.B. Andrews
Box 3
Tape letter from L.C. Smith to Mrs. D.B. Andrews, Nigerian music, drumming and singing
Box 3
Tape letter to Rev. T.S. Smith
Box 3
Tape letter from Mrs. L.C. Smith to Mr. Truman Smith, Christmas (tape 1)
Box 3
Tape letter from Mrs. L.C. Smith to Mr. Truman Smith, Christmas (tape 2)
Box 3
Tape letter to Mr. Truman Smith
Box 3
Tape letter from L.C. Smith to Mrs. Truman Smith, Nov. 17, 1961
Box 3
Tape letter from Dr. L.C. Smith to Mr. Truman Smith, Aug. 8, 1963
Box 3
Tape letter from Dr. L.C. Smith to Mrs. Truman Smith, Oct. 1963
Box 3
Funeral and burial taken by TV station for local news, 1968
Box 3
Memorial service, Ogbomosho, May 28, 1973; widow Eunice Smith, present
Box 3
Memorial service, Ogbomosho, Melba Smith present, unveiling of headstones of Dr. L.C. Smith and Alice Miller
Box 3
Smith memorial service
Box 3
Final service (with commentary) in memory of Dr. L.C. Smith
Box 3
4 untitled reels
Box 3

Historical Note

Loy Connell Smith (b. 1925) and Eunice Andrews Smith (b. 1928) were originally from North Carolina and married in 1949. They were appointed as missionaries to Nigeria by the Southern Baptist Foreign Missions Board in 1958, and after a year of seminary, moved to Ogbomosho, Nigeria, where they worked in medicine. Dr. L.C. Smith worked as a staff physician at the Baptist Hospital, while Eunice Smith taught nursing and worked in the mission's medical laboratory. The couple had three children.

On May 16, 1968, a car accident in Nigeria killed Dr. L.C. Smith and severely injured Eunice. The family buried him in Ogbomosho. In August, Eunice and the children returned to the United States where she worked at the Foreign Mission Board's Africa Office. She married Dr. Thomas A. Bland in 1979. Dr. Bland died in 2010.

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Related Material

Related Material

This collection is part of a larger group of Southern Baptist Missionaries in Nigeria. Related collections include the Pool Family Papers, the McGee Family Papers, and the Roberson Family Papers.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Loy Connell Smith and Eunice Andrews Smith Bland Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Loy Connell Smith and Eunice Andrews Smith Bland Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Elisabeth Narkin, Meghan Lyon, January 2013

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, January 2013

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2012-0257

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.