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Arthur Howard Smith Papers

Identifier: WH2241

Scope and Contents

The collection contains original and copy photographs and negatives documenting Arthur Howard and Grace G. Smith, their families, ancestors, military service, home and friends. Additional material includes a copy of Brantigan's biography of Smith, notes, clippings, scrapbook, correspondence, guest book, and other ephemera.


  • 1910-1989


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Howard Smith was born in Nicodemus, Kan. on April 19, 1896, the son of John Sadler and Celia Clark, who were African American. He was raised by his maternal grandmother and later took the surname of his step-father, Ben Smith (1905). After serving in the Army as a Private during World War I, he moved to Manzanola, Colo. In 1925, Smith moved to Denver, Colo. where he worked for the Gebhard family. He later acquired the Gebhard family home at 2253 Downing Street, where he ran a boarding house. The manager of the boarding house, Barbara "Grace" (Bertschy) Gresham (1891-1985) later became his common-law wife. The couple, who were interracial, continued to live at the Gebhard Mansion until Grace's death. Arthur Howard Smith later sold the mansion to the Brantigan family in 1987. He died in Temple, Tex. on July 13, 1991.


1 box

2 photo boxes

1 oversize folder (Photo)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Charles Bratigan, 2012.


Repository also has: Biographyof Arthur Howard Smith... by Charles Brantigan (C978.883 S642 zbran 1992).


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States