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William S. Smith papers

Identifier: C MSS WH2258

Scope and Contents

Collection contains articles, newspaper clippings, notes, reports, correspondence, bank statements, ephemera, scrapbook, diary (1905).


  • 1886-1906


Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

William S. Smith was born in Pa. in January 1837 and was married to Jane Ann "Jennie" Smith (1845-1934). At various times, William Smith worked as a dry goods merchant and teacher in Jackson, Pa. (1860s-1880s); a bank cashier and travelling salesman in Garden City, Kan. (1888-1900); and as a librarian in Denver, Colo. (ca.1904-1910). In the early 20th century, he also worked for the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs as the Superintendent of Irrigation for the Ute Tribe at the Uintah Indian Reservation in northeastern Utah. He later transferred to the position of school teacher at the reservation and his wife became the school's housekeeper . The couple had six children: Edgar A. (b.1868), Arthur (ca.1877), William (ca.1878), Hoyt P. (1878-1932), Carrie (b.1880), and Ralph (b.1882). William Smith died in Denver, Colo. in 1912 and is buried in Fairmont Cemetery.


1 box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Denver Art Museum;2013.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Finding Aid for the William S. Smith papers,1889-1906[manuscript]
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Repository Details

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

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