Smith Family Papers, 1878-1935

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Volume: 3 linear feet

Organization/Arrangement: This collection is organized into 4 series with subseries:
I. Marion Howard Smith, 1891-1904
II. Marion Stuart Smith, 1887-1929
III. Susan Smith, 1917-1935
IV. Other Smith Relations, 1886-1902

Biographical Note: Marion Howard Smith was born in Bangor Maine, the fourth child of Eliza Anne and Daniel Mosely.  Besides her two brothers, she had a sister, Blanche Willis Howard, who went on to a distinguished career as a writer and is well represented in the Maine Women Writers Collection.

In 1866, Marion Howard married into the family of the former Governor of Maine, Samuel Emerson Smith of Wiscasset Maine.  Marion married the Governor's son, Benjamin Fuller Smith and had four children: Howard Bainbridge, Christine Louise, Marion Stuart and Harold Joseph Emerson.  Benjamin Smith died in 1885 and Marion subsequently married Henry Mellen Prentiss in 1901.  Henry died in 1906 and Marion died in 1910.

Her papers hold numerous letters to and from her children and a good collection of invoices which give evidence to her lifelong concern with money.  Marion Stuart Smith (her daughter, b. 1871) was an actress and her collection is highlighted by her theatre memorabilia and delightful letters with her male and female friends in the theater. The third woman well represented in the collection was the daughter-in-law of Marion Howard Smith, a writer named Susan Smith (1882-1934).

Description: Of the 261 files in the Smith Family papers, the majority are the papers of three Smith women. Series I contains materials pertaining to Marion Howard Smith (the central figure in the collection, 1849-1910). Series two consists of materials related to Marion Stuart Smith and Series 3 is devoted to papers of daughter-in-law Susan Smith, including correspondence, legal and financial documents, playbills and photographs and illustrations. Series 4 gathers together correspondence, photographs and other materials related to other Smith family relations, including Christine Louise Smith (1869-1902), Harold Joseph Emerson Smith (1877-1942), Henry Mellen Prentiss (1840-1906) with a few files from Marion Howard Smith's birth family members (her father, Daniel M. Howard (1816-1895) and her brother, Frederick Howard (1840-1899). 

Access Restrictions: None

Please cite as: Smith Family Papers, Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, Portland, Maine.

Container List

I. Marion Howard Smith, 1891-1904, undated
Family correspondence abounds in the 57 files in series 1, the papers of Marion Howard Smith Prestiss.  She often wrote daily letters to her daugher Marion Stuart.  There are seven folders of letters from her Middle Eastern and European tour of 1893-1894. Her correspondence with family members hinted at family stress, as there are letters to and from her brother Frederick Howard who appeared to require supervision.  There are also letters and invoices concerning her hospitalized daughter Christine that present an unspecified illness from which she dies in 1902.  Another highlight of this series are the ten files of invoices that document food and fuel bills, which document the financial reality of the times in both Wiscasset and New York City.

01.01. Correspondence, Personal

001.  1891
002.  1893
003.  1893-1984 Tour, 1 of 7
004.  1893-1894 Tour, 2 of 7
005.  1893-1894 Tour, 3 of 7
006.  1893-1894 Tour, 4 of 7
007.  1893-1894 Tour, 5 of 7
008.  1893-1894 Tour, 6 of 7
009.  1893-1894 Tour, 7 of 7
010.  1894-1895
011.  1895
012.  1896-1897
013.  1897
014.  1897-1900
015.  1898
016.  1899
017.  Telegrams, 1900, undated
018.  1901, undated
019.  1902
020.  1903-1904
021.  Undated
022.  Undated Fragments
023.  Ethel Warren Cram, undated
024.  Maud Hoffman, undated
025.  Brother [Fred Howard]
026.  Children, 1 of 3
027.  Children, 2 of 3
028.  Children, 3 of 3
029.  Daughter [Christine Louise Smith]
030.  Papa/Father [Daniel Mosely Howard]

01.02. Correspondence, Business

001.  Invoices, 1891
002.  Invoices, 1892-1893
003.  Invoices, 1894
004.  Invoices, 1895
005.  Invoices, 1896
006.  Invoices, 1897, 1 of 2
007.  Invoices, 1897, 2 of 2
008.  Invoices, 1898, 1 of 2
009.  Invoices, 1898, 2 of 2
010.  Invoices, 1899-1902, undated
011.  Business Correspondence: 1894-1895
012.  Business Correspondence: 1895
013.  Business Correspondence: 1896-1898
014.  Business Correspondence: 1897
015.  Business Correspondence: 1900
016.  Business Correspondence: 1901

01.03. Other Materials

001.  Address Book, [1880s]
002.  Travel Diary, 1888
003.  Music Diary, 1888-1891
004.  Letter Register, 1894-1897
005.  Diary, 1901
006.  Diary, 1904
007.  Paris Address Book, undated
008.  Travel Diary, undated
009.  Calling Cards
010.  Wedding Announcements (Smith/Cummings, Smith/Prentiss)
011.  Maps/Directions

II. Marion Stuart Smith
Series 2 holds the 100 files of Marion Stuart Smith Gaillard.  Marion Stuart spent time in France and Germany as a young woman and many of her notebooks and appointment calendars survived.  After her education, she went to New York City to becaome an actress and her correspondence show varied concerns about acting, employment, family, friends and lovers.  Her theatre memorabilia includes theatre programs and portions of scripts.

02.01. Correspondence by Date/Name

001.  1887-1888, to Christine
002.  1887-1900
003.  1888
004.  1888, 1889 [?], from Harold
005.  1889-1891, 1898
006.  1889, undated, to Harold
007.  1890-1891
008.  1892-1895, from Helen
009.  1892
010.  1893
011.  1894
012.  1894-1897
013.  1895
014.  1896
015.  1897
016.  1897-1898
017.  [1898]
018.  1898-1899
019.  1898-1891
020.  1898-1899
021.  1899
022.  1900, 1 of 4
023.  1900, 2 of 4
024.  1900, 3 of 4
025.  1900, 4 of 4
026.  1900-1902
027.  1901, 1 of 3
028.  1901, 2 of 3
029.  1901, 3 of 3
030.  1902
031.  1906
032.  1907, 1 of 2
033.  1907 [?], 2 of 2
034.  Late 1920s, 1 of 2
035.  Late 1920s, 2 of 2
036.  To MSS, undated, 1 of 3
037.  To MSS, undated, 2 of 3
038.  To MSS, undated, 3 of 3
039.  Misc, undated, fragments & copy letters
040.  From Blanche Willis Howard (fragment)
041.  MSS to Harold Smith, 1894-1898
042.  MSS to Harold Smith, [1897?]
043.  MSS to Harold Smith, undated
044.  MSS from Harriet & Anne
045.  To MSS from Helen Woodruff Smith
046.  To MSS from Kate Varnah
047.  From MSS to Marcella Lembrick (in German), 1897
048.  MSS to Mother (MHS), 1896
049.  MSS to Mother (MHS), 1897
050.  MSS to Mother (MHS), 1898
051.  MSS to Mother (MHS), undated
052.  To MSS from Mother (MHS)
053.  To MSS from Ralph, [c. 1896]
054.  To MSS from Steamboat

02.02. Books and Diaries

001.  Composition Book (German), 1880-1881
002.  Concert Diary, 1885-1891
003.  Commonplace Book, 1886
004.  Student Notebook (German), 1886-1887
005.  Book Record, 1888-1890
006.  Book Diary, 1889-1897
007.  Concert Diary, 1891
008.  Sketch Book, 1891
009.  Diary, 1894
010.  Concert & Theatre Book, 1894-1898
011.  French Copy Book, 1895
012.  French Copy Book, 1895, enclosures
013.  Diary, 1895
014.  Diary, 1898
015.  Copy Book [undated]
016.  Two Notebooks [undated]
017.  Red Composition Notebook, [undated]
018.  3x5 Notebook, [undated]
019.  Small Notebook, [undated]
020.  German Dictionary (pages 1-192 mission)

02.03. Other Materials

001.  Invoice, list of expenses, undated
002.  Invoice, 1886
003.  Misc. Invoices, 1894-1897, 1902
004.  Invoices, 1896
005.  Invoices, 1897
006.  Invoices, 1898
007.  Invoices, 1901-1902, 1929
008.  Calling Cards
009.  Misc. Ephemera

02.04. Theater Materials

001.  Misc. Theatre Memorabilia
002.  Benefits Concert
003.  Copybook, Theatre Lines
004.  Script Fragments
005.  “Flora,” partial script
006.  “Guenn,” a drama
007.  Lili Tsre Theatre Script
008.  Misc. Verse
009.  Commonplace Book for lines
010.  Concert & Theatre Diary, 1885-1871
011.  Daly's Theatre
012.  Clippings
013.  Clippings, Miss Ada Rehan
014.  Programs, Invitations & Calling Cards
015.  Sketchbook
016.  Verses
017.  Correspondence/Notes, Various Dates

III. Susan Smith, 1917-1935

03.01. Correspondence, Business and Personal

001.  The Atlantic Monthly, 1935
002.  Business Correspondence, 1931-1933
003.  “Honey In The Rock” Correspondence, 1933
004.  Correspondence to SS, 1917-1918
005.  Correspondence to SS, 1929-1930
006.  Correspondence to SS, 1931
007.  Copy of SS letter to Mrs. Snow, 1932
008.  Correspondence to SS, 1932
009.  Correspondence to SS, 1933
010.  Correspondence to SS from "Papa"
011.  Correspondence to SS, undated, 1 of 2
012.  Correspondence to SS, undated, 2 of 2

03.02. Deeds, Estate Papers

001.  Deeds, 1930, 1931
002.  Probate & Will, 1934

03.03. Manuscripts

001.  Audubon, John James
002.  "Dreiser" Proofs, 1931
003.  “Dalarne” (Sweden)
004.  “Honey In The Rock,” New York Original Copy
005.  “Honey In The Rock,” Playbill, 1933
006.  “Honey In The Rock,” Wiscasset Copy
007.  “The Monkey and The Elephant” (Text and Sketches)
008.  “Mr. Ingalls”
009.  “Mud Time”
010.  “No Trouble at All”
011.  Notes, undated
012.  “Vacilada”
013.  “Yellow Curls” - Notes

03.04. Ephemera

001.  “A Portrait” by Marion Smith Lowndes
002.  Art Reproductions/Photographs
003.  Bank Correspondence & Statements, 1929, 1930s
004.  Driver's License, 1933
005.  Invoices, Bills (Groceries)
006.  Invoices, Bills, 1920s
007.  Invoices, Bills, 1932
008.  Invoices, Bills 1933
009.  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Handbook of Decorative Arts
010.  Photograph, 1890-1910?
011.  Photographs, 1932
012.  Photographs & Illustrations, 1 of 2
013.  Photographs & Illustrations, 2 of 2
014.  Royality Report, Knoph, 1932
015.  Scribner's Long-Story Contest, 1932
016.  Tourist Brochures - Canada
017.  Tourist Brochures - Europe, 1 of 2
018.  Tourist Brochures - Europe, 2 of 2

IV. Other Smith Relations, 1886-1902

04.01. Other Smiths

001.  Smith, Benjamin Fuller, Black Leather Diary, 1878
002.  Smith, Christine Louise, Notebooks
003.  Smith, Christine Louise, Travel Plans, 1888
004.  Smith, Christine Louise, Correspondence, 1886, from Harriet
005.  Smith, Christine Louise, Correspondence, 1887-1888
006.  Smith, Christine Louise, Correspondence, 1888 (concerning Wellesley)
007.  Smith, Christine Louise, Correspondence, 1888
008.  Smith, Christine Louise, Correspondence, 1888, from Wellesley
009.  Smith, Christine Louise, Correspondence, 1888, to MSS (sister)
010.  Smith, Christine Louise, Correspondence to MHS (Mother), 1889-1890
011.  Smith, Christine Louise, Correspondence, undated, aboard SS Merra
012.  Smith, Christine Louise, Telegrams, 1902 concerning her death
013.  Smith, Harold Emerson, School Compositions, 1 of 2
014.  Smith, Harold Emerson, School Compositions, 2 of 2
015.  Smith, Harold Emerson, Correspondence to MHS (Mother) [c. 1897, undated]
016.  Smith, Harold Emerson, Correspondence to MHS (Mother) [c. 1897, undated]
017.  Smith, Harold Emerson, correspondence to MHS (Mother), 1901-1902
018.  Smith, Harold Emerson, Correspondence to MSS (Sister)
019.  Smith, Harold Emerson, Correspondence to MHS (Mother) and MSS (Sister), 1894-1895
020.  Smith, Harold Emerson, Correspondence to MHS (Mother) & MSS (Sister), 1894-1896
021.  Smith, Harold Emerson, Correspondence to MHS (Mother) & MSS (Sister) from Manaos
022.  Smith, Harold Emerson, Correspondence, General, 1893-1897
023.  Smith, Harold Emerson, Correspondence, General, 1932
024.  Smith, Harold Emerson, Invoices, 1894-1899, undated
025.  Smith, Harold Emerson, Deeds, 1925, 1926, 1934
026.  Smith, Harold Emerson, Unsigned Deed, 1912
027.  Smith, Harold Emerson, Long Island Railroad, Co. 
028.  Smith, Harold Emerson, Employment
029.  Smith, Harold Emerson, Cards
030.  Smith, R. J., Invoices, 1898, New York City

04.02. Howards

001.  Howard, Daniel M., Probate Document
002.  Howard, Daniel M., Papers/receipts/cards
003.  Howard, Frederick, Concerning Frederick Howard, 1897-1898
004.  Howard, Frederick, Concerning Frederick Howard, 1899

04.03. Lowndes, MHS

001.  Lowndes, MHS, Wedding Telegrams, 1929
002.  Lowndes, MHS, Correspondence
003.  Lowndes, MHS, Correspondence, Business, 1934

04.04. Prentiss, Henry Mellen

001.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Correspondence to MHS, 1899
002.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Correspondence to MHS, Jan./Feb. 1900
003.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Correspondence to MHS, Jan. 1900, 1 of 2
004.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Correspondence to MHS, Jan. 1900, 2 of 2
005.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Correspondence to MHS, Oct. 1900, 1 of 3
006.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Correspondence to MHS, Oct. 1900, 2 of 3
007.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Correspondence to MHS, Oct. 1900, 3 of 3
008.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Correspondence to MHS, Jan. 1901
009.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Correspondence to MHS, Feb. 1901, 1 of 3
010.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Correspondence to MHS, Feb. 1901, 2 of 3
011.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Correspondence to MHS, Feb. 1901, 3 of 3
012.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Correspondence to MHS, March/April 1901
013.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Correspondence to MHS, April 1901
014.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Correspondence to MHS, undated, 1 of 2
015.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Correspondence to MHS, undated, 2 of 2
016.  Prentiss, Henry Mellen, Invoices, 1903-1905

04.05. Smith Family Miscellaneous Photos

001.  Misc. Photographs, Young Briggs (Prentiss) Children & Mother
002.  Misc. Photographs, Blanch Burton Standing, Boston
003.  Misc. Photographs, Unknown Woman, London
004.  Misc. Photographs, Three Ocean Scenes
005.  Misc. Photographs, Two Swan Photos, 1880s, Berlin
006.  Misc. Photographs, Passion Play [1890]
007.  Misc. Photographs, Passion Play [1890]
008.  Misc. Photographs, Unidentified Photos

Also of interest: Maine Women Writers Collection blog post entitled,  "A Distinguished Family from Wiscasset" by Ann Morrissey, July 3, 2012.