Guide to the John K. Smith papers, 1867-1924
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 Number
- John K. Smith papers
- Smith, John K.
- 0.5 Linear Feet, 70 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
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.
Includes both personal and business correspondence among various Smith family members and acquaintances.
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.
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- Improved, Benevolent, Protective Order of Elks of the World
- Southern Aid Society of Virginia
- Smith, John K.
- Smith, John K.
- African American fraternal organizations
- African American farmers -- Virginia
- African Americans -- Organizations -- Virginia
- African Americans -- Economic conditions
- African Americans -- Social conditions -- To 1964
- African Americans -- Religion
- African Americans -- Virginia -- Washington County
- African American clergy -- Virginia
- African American churches -- Virginia
- Farm life -- Virginia
The John K. Smith papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1982.
Processed by Rubenstein Library staff, 1982
Encoded by Jessica D. Carew, April 2012