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Lewis J. Smith Collection

Identifier: MSS 80-43

Content Description

Lewis J. Smith (1843-1901) was born in Haywood County, NC. He served as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War. After the war, Smith settled in the East LaPorte and Cullowhee area of Jackson County, NC. He was a member of the first Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University, then known as Cullowhee High School and later Cullowhee Normal & Industrial School. He served in the North Carolina Senate (1889).

The collection concerns the Smith and McGuire families. Smith's daughter, Nannie Smith, married F. Walker McGuire. Materials refer to Cullowhee High School, Robert L. Madison, and adult education in Jackson County during the 1930s. Specific items in the collection include:

Land sale record (1883) and survey statement (1857) made out to J. P. Dehart and signed by Thomas J. Jarvis, Governor of North Carolina.

Nannie Smith's first-grade teacher's certificate from Cullowhee High School (1889) and signed by Robert L. Madison.

A graduation program from Cullowhee High School (1894).

A scholarship award from Cullowhee High School (1900-1901).

Two stock certificates in the Pearson Publishing Co., New York. issued to F. W. McGuire (1909).

Partnership agreement among John H. Mitchell, F. W. McGuire, and B. H. Ritenburg regarding a drugstore in Cheoah, NC (1917).

A receipt for road service (1923).

A handwritten book “History of Adult Education in Jackson County, 1932-1938,” by Nannie McGuire.

Photographs of Lewis J. Smith family.

Five poems by Robert Lee Madison.

One poem by M. Y. Jarrett.

An edition of Diary Letters by Mrs. M.W. Knapp (n.d.)

Photograph album containing postcards.


  • 1857 - 1938

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Folder 1 - Cullowhee High School: 1894-1901.

Folder 2 - Legal papers: 1883-1923.

Folder 3 - Poems.

Folder 4 - Photographs.

Folder 5 - Postcards.

Folder 6 - Sporting Firearms, by Horace Kephart (cataloged).

Folder 7 - Diary Letters by Mrs. M.W. Knapp.

Folder 8 - “History of Adult Education in Jackson County: 1932-1938,” by Nannie McGuire.

Folder 9 - Smith's Civil War record.

Folder 10 - Smith biographical material.

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Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States