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Series 2: Writings - Materials include copies of Smith's doctoral thesis, and published and unpublished pieces.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


Box and Folder Listing


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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 3: Speeches and RemarksAdd to your cart.
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.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Chapel and Other Campus Speeches, 1930s - 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Faculty and Trustees RemarksAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Commencement, Mid-Term Graduation, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Founders Day, 1953, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 5: RHP Lecture: Idea of Human Rights, 1974Add to your cart.
Notes for speech
Folder 6: Retirement Remarks for Virginia Auvil, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Retirement Remarks for Richard Hougens, ndAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Retirement Remarks for Ira Martin, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Retirement Remarks for Alta Pigman, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Retirement Remarks for Gilbert Roberts, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Retirement Remarks for Pat WearAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Retirement Remarks for Ruth WoodsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Remarks to Faculty and Staff re: Elisabeth PeckAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Remarks to Faculty and Staff re: William R. ParksAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Remarks to Faculty and Staff re: Alice Van KrevelynAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Funeral Remarks: Luther Ambrose, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Funeral Remarks: William Jesse Baird, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Funeral Remarks: James Bobbitt, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Funeral Remarks: Albert Joseph Chidester, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Funeral Remarks: Maude Combs, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Funeral Remarks: Scotty Cowan, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Funeral Remarks: Minna Glass Durham, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Funeral Remarks: Charles C. Graham, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Funeral Remarks: Gilbert Hibbard, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Funeral Remarks: Edd C. Hogg, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Funeral Remarks: Francis S. Hutchins, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Funeral Remarks: Clyde Jones, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Funeral Remarks: John Kilbourne, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Funeral Remarks: May H. Lambert, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Funeral Remarks: Charlotte P. Ludlum, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Funeral Remarks: Massey Douglas, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Funeral Remarks: Ralph McIntosh, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Funeral Remarks: Eva Monier, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Funeral Remarks: Waldemar Noll, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Funeral Remarks: Patrick O'Brien, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Funeral Remarks: Elisabeth Peck, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Funeral Remarks: Harry Ramey, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Funeral Remarks: Gordon Ross, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Funeral Remarks: Albert Schumacher, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Funeral Remarks: Robert L. Shepard, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Funeral Remarks: Charles N. Shutt, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Funeral Remarks: Marguerite Sloan, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Funeral Remarks: Virgil M. Smith, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Funeral Remarks: Kenneth H. Thompson, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Funeral Remarks: Joseph O. VanHook, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Funeral Remarks: Roy N. Walters, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Funeral Remarks: W.D. Weatherford, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Funeral Remarks: Samuel Wheeler, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Funeral Remarks: Opal P. Wolford, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Non-Berea Speeches, 1950s - 1970sAdd to your cart.
Topics: constitutional dictatorship, graduations, fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Eastern Kentucky State College, college administration, Bryson College, Bryson-Erskine reunion,

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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