Guide to the Willis Smith Papers, 1919-1954 and undated
Lawyer and U.S. Senator, 1950-1953, from Raleigh (Wake Co.), N.C.
Personal, political and professional papers, including correspondence, notes and speeches, financial papers, clippings, printed material, pictures, and other miscellaneous papers. The major portion of the collection consists of personal papers; the office files from his years as U.S. Senator, much of which is routine correspondence; files kept while Smith was president of the American Bar Association, 1945-1946; papers relating to other legal organizations; and files pertaining to his service as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Duke University, 1947-1953.
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- Smith, Willis, 1887-1953
- Willis Smith papers, 1919-1954 and undated
- Language of Material
- 130.4 Linear Feet, 97,813 Items
- For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
- Personal Papers Series, 1918-1953 and undated
- Political Papers Series, 1926-1954 and undated, bulk 1950s
- Bar Association Papers Series, 1925-1953 and undated
- Duke University Series, 1919-1953 and undated
- International Association of Insurance Counsel Series, 1933-1953 and undated
- Other Professional Files Series, 1932-1951
- Nuremberg Trials Series, 1945-1953
- Interparliamentary Union Series, 1922-1953 and undated
- Oversize Materials
Personal, political, and professional papers of Willis Smith, Sr., lawyer and U.S. senator, 1950-1953, spanning the years 1919-1954. Collection includes correspondence, notes and speeches, financial papers, clippings, printed material, pictures, and other miscellaneous papers. The major portion of the collection consists of personal papers; the office files from his years as U. S. senator, much of which is routine correspondence; files kept by Smith while he was president of the American Bar Association, 1945-1946; papers relating to other legal organizations, including the International Bar Association, the North Carolina State Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association, and the International Association of Insurance Counsel; and files pertaining to his service as chairman of the board of trustees of Duke University, 1947-1953. There is also material on the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the American Counsel Association, the American Judicature Society, the Attorney General's Advisory Committee on Citizenship, Louisburg College (Louisburg, North Carolina), the American Law Institute, the Presidential Memorial Commission, the Association of Life Insurance Counsel, the President's Amnesty Board, the National Probation and Parole Association, the Nuremburg trials, the Interparliamentary Union, the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Territorial Expansion Memorial Commission, and Alben W. Barkley.
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Consists of clippings, 1950, and campaign material.
- American Bar Association.
- Duke University. Board of Trustees.
- Bar associations -- North Carolina.
- Bar associations -- United States.
- Lawyers -- North Carolina -- Raleigh.
- Lawyers -- Political activity.
- Legislators -- Correspondence.
- Legislators -- United States.
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1953.
[Identification of item], Willis Smith Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
The Willis Smith Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1954.
Processed by Rubenstein Library staff
Encoded by Ted Holt and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, November 2008
Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.
This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.