Alfred E. Smith papers, 1886-1945

Extent: Three boxes (1.25 linear feet)
Alfred E. Smith served as governor of New York State four times between 1919 and 1928, and was the Democratic US Presidential candidate in 1928.  Smith’s papers include documents and photographs related to early childhood forays into amateur theater, his time in political office, and his work in business up until his death in 1944. The collection also contains examples of various honors and memorials dedicated to Smith.

Scope and Content:
The papers of Alfred E. Smith contain a mix of memorabilia from the time before Smith was a major political force, his childhood involvement in amateur dramatics at St James’ School, as well as printed ephemera and manuscripts from his time as governor of New York. There are invitations to all four of Smith’s inaugurations as governor. There is also a scrapbook, which contains a number of programs and playbills, as well as newspaper clippings related to New York City politics.

Finally, there are a number of documents relating to Smith’s bid for President in 1928. These include notes for campaign speeches, as well as demonstrations of support by New York residents, including a signed petition from the voters in his home district promising him their vote in the 1928 election.

Series I:  Political Life (1919-1928)
Series II:  Scrapbook and Theatre (1886-1896)
Series III: Business Life (1928-1944)
Series IV: Honors and Memorial (1916-1945)
Series V: Photographs (1877-1845)
Sub-Series A: Work
Sub-Series B: Leisure

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