Guide to the Loy Connell Smith and Eunice Andrews Smith Bland Papers, 1958-1999
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.
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- Bland, Eunice Andrews Smith, 1928-
- Loy Connell Smith and Eunice Andrews Smith Bland papers 1958-1999
- Language of Material
- 2.5 Linear Feet, 1875 Items
- For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[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.]
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.
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.
[Identification of item], Loy Connell Smith and Eunice Andrews Smith Bland Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
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.
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.