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Louis Smith Papers

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Biographical

Writings

Speeches and Remarks

Subject Files

Correspondence

International Education Consultation



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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1938-1988

ID: RG 04/4.01

Extent: 17.0 MS boxes

Arrangement:

Arrangment is by series as follows:

Series 1: Biographical - Records include personal and family history, interview transcripts, awards, clippings, and correspondence.

Series 2: Writings - Materials include copies of Smith's doctoral thesis, and published and unpublished pieces.

Series 3: Speeches and Remarks - Transcriptions, copies, and handwritten notes of speeches given on various topics. Includes notes and copies of remarks given at funerals, graduations, retirements, and other events.

Series 4: Subject Files - Records and materials in this series cover a range of topics, many regarding college administration and business.

Series 5: Correspondence - Correspondence in this series pertains primarily to college work and business and includes both college and external correspondence.

Series 6: International Education Consultation: Materials reflecting Smith's extensive work in Libya, Turkey and India as an education consultant.

Subjects: Berea College, Education, higher -- Administration., Navy V-12 Program (U.S.).

Languages: English

Abstract

Louis Smith came to Berea as an instructor in 1927 and served as the college's Dean of the Upper Division before serving as Dean of the College from 1947 to 1969.

Charles Louis Smith (Louis Smith) was born on October 2, 1905 in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He was the second of four children to George and Edna Smith. Smith attended the Lincoln Central High School (which he referred to as the Rocky Knob of Hard Knocks and Slow Scholars) where he was involved in various activities. During his senior year he acted as class president, sports editor, participant in dramatics, half-back on the football team, and graduated as valedictorian. Smith attended Bryson College for three years before transferring to George Peabody College where he received his B.S. degree in American History in 1927. He later received his Master’s in Political Science (Vanderbilt) and obtained his doctorate from the University of Chicago. His doctoral thesis “American Democracy and Military Power” (1951) would be published by the University of Chicago Press in 1956.

Louis Smith first came to Berea in 1927 to teach of 7th and 8th grade social sciences at the Berea Foundation Junior High School. He soon advanced to teaching senior high school level, where he found many of his students were older than him due to the lack of high schools in some Appalachian areas. After two years of teaching at the Foundation School, Louis spent a year teaching mathematics in Harriman, Tennessee. In 1931, Louis returned to Berea to teach in the Foundation School. In Berea, Louis met Julia Theresa Woodfin after her graduation from Berea College. They were married on August 30, 1936 and went on to have a daughter, Julia. When Berea was divided into Upper and Lower Divisions, Smith served as a faculty member in the Lower Division. In 1944 he became the Dean of the Upper Division and was made Dean of the College in 1947. Louis Smith’s deanship continued for over twenty years until 1969. Known as “Mr. Berea,” a symbol of Berea College locally, nationally and internationally, Smith had the affectionate regard of his faculty and the confidence and respect of three presidents of Berea.

During World War II, when a Navy V-12 unit was stationed Berea, Smith acted as a liaison between the college and the campus navy administration.  Additionally, Smith performed a considerable amount of work abroad. In 1954 he accepted an assignment to lecture in India for the Department of State. He became a member of the Commission on Rural Education in Arab Lands and acted as advisor to the Rural Education of India, and Near East Office of the Ford Foundation. He also served as Campus Coordinator between the Government of the United States and Berea College for work with Rural Higher Institutes in India. He assisted in the foundation of ten colleges throughout India, all of which were based upon the Berea model. Retiring from his dean position in 1969, Smith returned to Berea after his sabbatical leave and served as a William Hutchins Alumni Professor of Political Science until 1974. Louis Smith made Berea his home until he died on a Saturday afternoon on April 30, 1994 at the Berea Hospital.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Louis Smith Papers contain biographical materials, Smith's speeches and writings, numerous subject files on college matters, correspondence, a copy of Smith's dissertation, and records documenting Smith's consultation work abroad.

Collection Historical Note

Dean of College/Academic Vice President 1944-1969

Subject/Index Terms

Berea College
Education, higher -- Administration.
Navy V-12 Program (U.S.).

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright regulations.

Preferred Citation: [Record/Folder/Box], RG 4/4.01: Louis Smith Papers. Deans and Vice Presidents. Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: Guide created July 2018.


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[Series 1: Biographical],
[Series 2: Writings],
[Series 3: Speeches and Remarks],
[Series 4: Subject Files],
[Series 5: Correspondence],
[Series 6: International Education Consultation],
[All]

Series 2: WritingsAdd to your cart.
Materials include copies of Smith's doctoral thesis, and published and unpublished pieces.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Writings: BibliographyAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Dissertation Proposal, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Dissertation Chapters 1 - 3, 1951Add to your cart.
"American Democracy
Folder 7: Dissertation Chapters 4 - 6, 1951Add to your cart.
American Democracy
Folder 8: Dissertation Chapters 7 - 9, 1951Add to your cart.
American Democracy
Folder 9: Dissertation Chapters 10 - 12, 1951Add to your cart.
American Democracy
Folder 10: Dissertation Chapters 13 - 15, 1951Add to your cart.
American Democracy
Folder 11: Dissertation Chapters 16 - 19, 1951Add to your cart.
American Democracy
Folder 12: Correspondence regarding "American Democracy", 1949Add to your cart.
Dissertation
Folder 13: Correspondence regarding "American Democracy", 1950Add to your cart.
Dissertation
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence regarding "American Democracy", 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence regarding "American Democracy", 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence regarding "American Democracy", 1953 - 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence regarding "American Democracy", 1955 - 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Reviews: "American Democracy", 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Your Literary I.Q., ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Child Labor Debate, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Consumer Cooperation, ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Principles of City Administration, 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Teaching, Economic Geography, Survey of American Coal Industry, 1932 - 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "The Recent Contest Over Proportional Representation in Cincinnati", 1939Add to your cart.
Cincinnati Election
Folder 12: "Switzerland and the Tensions of Europe", 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Traits of the English Gentlemen", 1940Add to your cart.
With handwritten note: "I did not submit this for publication, not wishing to say things about the English which might be useful to German propagandists."
Folder 14: "Alexis De Tocqueville and Public Administration", 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Writings on Aaron Burr, 1943Add to your cart.
Character analysis
Folder 16: "The Garrison State: Offspring of the Cold War", 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "Improving the Quality of Higher Education in Outer Space", 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 18: American College as Political Institution, 1966Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "The Election of 1876", ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: History of Kentucky and Higher Education, ndAdd to your cart.
Includes writing on Higher Education Before the Civil War
Folder 3: Book Reviews by Smith, 1954 - 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Writings regarding Berea College, Mid 1940s - 1956Add to your cart.
Including: "The Organization of Berea College" (mid 1940s, regarding new structure of College and Foundation School); "Patterns for a Christian College" (mid 1940s, revision of speech); "Berea's Fifth President" (1950, published in Berea Alumnus); "So Zaruk Has Come to America" (1956, published in Berea Alumnus)
Folder 5: Writings regarding Berea CollegeAdd to your cart.
Prose, other
Folder 6: Christmas Prose and PoetryAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Union Church Prose and PoetryAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Prose and PoetryAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Prose and PoetryAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: ProseAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: "Short Stories, Anyone?", 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 12: "Doggerel Anyone?", 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Let's Read A While: Some Stories and Verses Written for Children Between the Ages of Six and Sixty", 1986Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical],
[Series 2: Writings],
[Series 3: Speeches and Remarks],
[Series 4: Subject Files],
[Series 5: Correspondence],
[Series 6: International Education Consultation],
[All]


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