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Guide to the John K. Smith papers, 1867-1924

Summary

African American farmer and family of Meadowview (Washington County), Virginia. Correspondence, legal, and financial papers of several generations of a rural black family in Washington County, Va., concerning personal and family matters, men working away from home, county taxes, black societies, religious activities, insurance and other topics.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.01215
Title
John K. Smith papers
Date
1867-1924
Creator
Smith, John K.
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet, 70 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

Correspondence and legal and financial papers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries of several generations of a rural black family in Washington County, Virginia. Topics concern personal and family matters, men working away from home, county taxes, black societies, religious activities, insurance and other topics. The financial papers in the collection document insurance investments, rental contracts, and the extent of the Smith family's land holdings in Washington County. Smith held an insurance policy with the Southern Aid Society of Virginia, and a death benefit with the Sons of Zion Benevolent Society. Letters in the collection touch on emigration, long-distance courtship, and itinerant labor.

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[Identification of item], John K. Smith papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Correspondence, 1890-1923

1 box

Includes both personal and business correspondence among various Smith family members and acquaintances.

Letter, 10 Jan., 1890, from unknown, Stump, Va., to John Smith
Box 1
Letter, 11 Feb., 1891, from James Smith, Erin Springs, Rush Creek Bottom, Indian Territory [Oklahoma?], to Mr. W. W. James
Box 1
Letter, 9 Jan., 1894, from Emily Barnes, Chilhowie, Va., to Mr. William Barnes (her husband)
Box 1
Letter, 26 Oct. 1897, from Mrs. D. Morton, Nashville, Tenn., to John [Smith?]
Box 1
Letter, 16 Dec. 1897, from Mrs. D. Morton, Nashville, Tenn., to John [Smith?]
Box 1
Letter, 3 Dec., 1899, from J. K. Smith, Maybury [Mayberry?], W. Va., to Mrs. Libey Smith (his wife)
Box 1
Letter, 13 Aug., 1900 from C. C. Hammer, Gauthier, Va., to Mrs. Jno Smyth [Smith?]
Box 1
Letter, 5 Oct., 1900 from C. C. Hammer, Gauthier, Va., to Mrs. Smyth [Smith?]
Box 1
Letter, 8 May, 1914, from Mrs. Nanie Guinon, Bristol, Va., to J. K. Smith
Box 1
Letter, 14 Oct., 1923, from O.D. Harris, Roanoke, Va., to Miss Neworlins Smith (daughter of J. K. Smith)
Box 1

2. Personal Papers, 1867-1924

1 box

Includes legal and financial papers, insurance policies, various receipts, and limited fraternal organization paperwork. Also includes the authorization from Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for John K. Smith to preach.

Handwritten preaching license for J. K. Smith from Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 1905 July 8
Box 1
Insurance policy certificate for J. K. Smith from the Southern Aid Society of Virginia, 1919 Feb. 10
Box 1
Sons of Zion Benevolent Society payment slips, 1883-1884 and undated
Box 1
Payment agreement, 1873 July 26
Box 1
Pleasant Grove Lodge Benefit Certificate for John Smith, 1883 Mar. 10
Box 1
Receipts from Reynolds Land Company, Washington County, Va. property tax payments, and Ball Bros. Furniture, 1867-1915
Box 1
Printed material: program for I.B.P.O.E. of W., Tenneva Temple, No. 282, 1924 Nov. 20
Box 1
 


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Provenance

The John K. Smith papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1982.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff, 1982

Encoded by Jessica D. Carew, April 2012