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|Title||Finding aid for Papers of Jack Smith, 1925-2004.|
|Creator||Smith, Jack, 1916-1996.|
|Extent||Approximately 7,000 pieces. 182 boxes.|
|Biographical Note||Jack Clifford Smith, born August 27, 1916, in Long Beach, Calif., was a journalist and author who began his career in Bakersfield in 1937; he served in the USMC, 1944-1945. Smith was a reporter for several newspapers before coming to the Los Angeles Times as a reporter in 1953; he became a columnist in 1958 until his death on January 9, 1996. Smith is also the author of Three Coins in the Birdbath, 1965, Smith on Wry, 1970, God and Mr. Gomez, 1974, The Big Orange, 1976, Spend All Your Kisses, Mr. Smith, 1978, Jack Smith's L.A., 1980, How to Win a Pullet Surprise, 1982, Cats, Dogs, and Other Strangers at My Door, 1984, Alive in La La Land, 1989; a compilation of his columns, Eternally Yours, was published posthumously in 1996. Smith married Denise Bresson in 1939 and they had two sons, Curtis B. Smith and Douglas F. Smith. They lived for many years in the Mt. Washington area of Los Angeles as well as in Baja, California.|
|Scope and Content||The collection has several strong subject points for the purpose of research including journalism and the writing process and the history of Los Angeles. There are many letters written during World War II that discuss life in America as well as abroad, especially Iwo Jima. The bulk of the collection includes correspondence to Smith from his readers, many of whom were persons of note, and Smith's own subject files of topics often discussed in his columns. The manuscripts include a number of Smith's notebooks as well as drafts of essays and monographs. The ephemera includes apperances of Smith's columns, photographs of Smith's work and family, and printed materials related to Smith's work and family life.|
|Notes||All inquiries about this collection should be directed to Curator of Literary Manuscripts.|
|Provenance||Gift of Curt B. Smith and Douglas F. Smith 2004. Gift of one letter by June Lee Pilsitz, May 12, 2008. Gift of two snapshots by Jeanne Cornwell, April 2, 2008.|
Smith, Jack, 1916-1996 -- Archives.
Los Angeles Times (Firm)
Journalists -- California -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives.
Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula)
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Letters (Correspondence) United States 20th Century. (aat)
Manuscripts United States 20th Century. (aat)
Ephemera United States 20th Century. (aat)
Family Papers United States 20th Century. (aat)
|Department||Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. Manuscripts Department.|
|Call Number||mssSmith, Jack papers|
|Accession Number||mss 02302, mss 02498.|
|Physical Collection||Jack Smith Papers.|
|Digital Collection||Finding Aids, Huntington Digital Library|
|Physical Description||240 p.|
|Digitization Specifications||Original finding aid converted into PDF document by B. Black, 2011-09-27.|
|Original Finding Aid||Finding aid prepared by Robyn Gleasner, Gayle M. Richardson and Natalie Russell, July 7, 2011.|
|Citation Information||Finding aid for Jack Smith Papers, Huntington Digital Library, San Marino, California.|
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|Cataloging Notes||The collection is arranged in the following series: Correspondence, Subject Files, Manuscripts, and Ephemera. Correspondence is divided into three subseries; the first contains the majority of correspondence between Smith and readers and many noteworthy persons. The second series includes letters written to and from Jack and Denise Smith as well as other friends and family during World War II. The third series includes correspondence regarding donations to the Jack Smith Memorial Fund. The Subject Files represent files kept by Jack Smith over many years and are divided into two large groups, those files stored in the house and those stored in the garage. Smith's original order has been retained as much as possible. Manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by author and then by title and date, and include items by Smith and others. The Ephemera series includes newspaper and magazine clippings of articles by Smith and others, magazines, programs, newsletters, financial documents, photographs, audio and video cassettes, computer disks, awards and certificates.|