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Anthony N. Smith Papers

Identifier: TMD386

Content Description

Collection consists of approximately 200 letters from Smith to his parents from 1943-1946, including newspaper clippings, photographs and postcards. A letter from February 11, 1946 included a burned letter that had been in an airmail plane crash. Notes regarding content description of 185 letters were provided by Barbara Mason (Smith) Selby.


  • 1943-1946


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 permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The imply 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

Anthony Nelson Smith was born on November 6, 1914 to parents Charles E. and Minnie Luther (Vestal) Smith in Bristol, Massachusetts. He registered for the United States Army draft on October 16, 1940 and was called to action on February 12, 1943. He was not married at the time and had been working as a Purchasing Agent. Smith joined the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colorado where he was assigned to the 90th Infantry Regiment; to Company H, 86th Infantry Regiment; and then finally to the 2nd Battalion Headquarters Medical Detachment, 86th Infantry Regiment. Smith separated from the 10th Mountain Division in August 1944 when he was accepted to Officer Candidate School (OCS). He left OCS in September and joined the 70th Medical Training Battalion and then the 72nd Medical Training Battalion at Camp Berkeley, Texas. Smith ultimately deployed to France in December 1944 with the 239th General Hospital. He remained in Europe until March 1946. Smith married Ann Shattuck on June 12 1953; the couple had two children, Barbara Mason (Smith) Selby and Charles Edward Smith. Anthony Smith died on Otober 18, 2008.


1 box (1 linear foot)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Barbara "Barbie" Mason (Smith) Selby; 2021.

Condition Description

Items are in good condition.

Anthony N. Smith Papers
Keli Schmid
August 18, 2021
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

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

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