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Walter F. Smith Papers

Identifier: AppMs-0119

Scope and Contents

The Walter F. Smith Papers contain agreements, meeting minutes, financial statements, correspondence, news clippings, and memorabilia reflecting Mr. Smith's studies at Knox College, early career and activities during World War I, civic activities in Kingsport, and career with Kingsport Press, Inc. Most of the papers were created by Mr. Smith and his interaction with his business associates. Some material concerning his wife Isla and his children, George and Charlotte, are included in the collection.

The papers date from 1842 to 1976. The bulk of the material is clustered around two periods: 1915 to 1929 and 1944 to 1960.


  • 1842-1976
  • Majority of material found within 1944 - 1960


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


1.00 linear feet

Language of Materials



The collection is divided into two series: Series 1, Subject files, 1842-1976 and Series 2, Press Management, Inc. files, 1944-1971.

Separated Materials

Artifacts: including an initial press; a seal; a Liberty Loan medal; election matches; a bookplate; and a Kiwanis medal have been placed in the Archives artifacts collection.

APA Oversized Photos - 1 photograph of Walter Smith, Box 3

Processing Information

Norma Myers completed processing and the collection was open for research in 1982.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA