Collection Number: 05800

Collection Title: Smith and Andrew Family Papers, 1870s-1990s

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Size 17.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5000 items)
Abstract The Smith and Andrew Family Papers document several members of the two white families from Rowland, Robeson County, N.C., Salem, Va., and other North Carolina and Virginia locations. The collection consists of correspondence and other papers, late 1800s-1930s, that describe daily life concerns, including health problems as lived in the 1910s and 1920s, and work as a Methodist minister and and as a physician. Notable topics include the family's first car, travel to the Chicago World's Fair and to Cuba, World War I, courtship, and a honeymoon in New York City. Other papers include sermons, religious writings, pastor books, Jefferson Medical College and University of North Carolina school materials, personal financial materials, business records for Nalwar Printing, and printed materials for the arts, gardening, and other subjects.
Creator Smith (Family: Robeson County, N.C.)

Andrew (Family : Andrew, John Robert, 1853-1925)
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Smith and Andrew Family Papers #05800, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Anne Cole on behalf of Smith family in June 2017 (Acc. 103090).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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The Smith and Andrew families joined in November 1915, when J. McNeill Smith (1884-1952), son of Rev. Neill McNair Smith (1838-1910) and Flora Ann Lytch (1843-1926), married Roberta Olivia Andrew (1894-1995), daughter of John Robert (J. R.) Andrew (1853-1925) and Rebecca Olivia Talbott (1852-1942). J. McNeill Smith Sr. and Roberta Olivia Andrew had a son, J. McNeill Smith Jr. (1918-2011).

Rebecca Olivia Talbott was the daughter of Benjamin Kidd Talbott and Drusilla E. Talbott.

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The Smith and Andrew Family Papers document several members of the two white families from Rowland, Robeson County, N.C., Salem, Va., and other North Carolina and Virginia locations, including J. McNeill Smith Sr. (1884-1952), a physician; Roberta Olivia Andrew (1894-1995), a wife and mother; and John Robert Andrew (1853-1925), a Methodist minister. Correspondence, late 1800s-1930s, describe daily life concerns, including health problems such as an ulcer, boils, measles, and cancer, as lived in the 1910s and 1920s, and work as a homemaker, a Methodist minister, and as a physician, including at Camp Poplar, and as a medical examiner for insurance companies. Of note are a 1916 letter about a car "machine"; a letter, 1917, from J. R. Andrew that refers to war and how he went to Camp Meade to visit soldiers and preach; and courtship correspondence, 1914-1915, between J. McNeill Smith Sr. and Roberta Olivia Andrew. Other papers include sermons, religious writings, pastor books, Salem High School printed materials, Jefferson Medical College and University of North Carolina school materials, travel materials relating to a 1921 trip to Cuba and a 1933 trip to the World's Fair in Chicago, a diary describing a 1916 honeymoon in New York City, Drusilla Talbott's estate records, personal and professional financial materials, business records for Nalwar Printing, and printed materials for the arts, gardening, and other topics.

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Contents list

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5000 items.

Arrangement: by format, date, and creator.

Box 1

1870s-1910s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 1

Box 2

1910s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 2

Box 3

1910s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 3

Box 4

1910s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 4

Box 5

1910s: Postcards #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 5

Box 6

1910s: Postcards and undated #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 6

Box 7

1910s: undated #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 7

Courtship correspondence, 1914-1915 #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 7

Box 8

Courtship correspondence, 1914-1915 #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 8

Box 9

Courtship correspondence, 1914-1915 #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 9

Box 10

1920s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 10

Box 11

1920s-1930s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 11

Box 12-13

Box 12

Box 13

1930s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 12-13

Box 14

Undated #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 14

Box 15-17

Box 15

Box 16

Box 17

J. R. Andrew: Sermons, notes, religious writings, 1890s-1920s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 15-17

Box 17

J. R. Andrew: Sermon notebooks and pastor's books #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 17

Box 18

J. R. Andrew: Pastor's books #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 18

Box 18-19

Box 18

Box 19

J. McNeill Smith Sr.: Papers, 1900s-1930s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 18-19

Includes medical school and other notebooks, writings, diary of honeymoon in New York City.

Box 19-20

Box 19

Box 20

Roberta Olivia Andrew Smith, 1900s-1930s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 19-20

Writings, high school notebooks from Salem, Virginia.

Box 20

Printed material (Methodist Episcopal Church religious pamphlets on doctrine, catechisms on unification, conference booklets, 1908-1926), 1900s-1930s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 20

Box 21

Printed material: Religious #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 21

Box 22

Printed material: Religious, medical, political #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 22

Box 23-24

Box 23

Box 24

Printed material: Miscellaneous, 1930s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 23-24

Box 24-25

Box 24

Box 25

Newspaper clippings #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 24-25

Box 25-26

Box 25

Box 26

Ephemera, 1900s-1930s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 25-26

School programs, church events, concerts, glee club, recitals, social customs.

Box 27

Subject files #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 27

Wedding, church yearbooks, recipes, architectural drawings, licenses, certificates, Smith children baptisms, baby book, receipts from trip to Cuba in 1921.

Box 28

Postcard scrapbook #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 28

Medical conference #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 28

Minnie Smith trip to Europe, 1913 #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 28

Sister of J. McNeill Smith Sr.

Oversize Volume SV-05800/1

J. R. Andrew scrapbook #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." SV-05800/1

Religious publications and ephemera.

Box 29

J. R. Andrew Financial materials, 1880s-1930s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 29

Deeds, insurance policies, receipts, bank statements, ledger, and invoices of Smith and Andrew families, as well as Drusilla E. Talbot and Benjamin Talbot.

Box 30

J. R. Andrew: Financial materials #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 30

J. McNeill Smith Sr.: Financial records, 1910s-1930s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 30

Deeds, real estate records, paper wallets.

Box 31

J. McNeill Smith Sr. Financial records #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 31

Insurance, agricultural agreements for tobacco and cotton production, invoices, correspondence.

Box 32

J. McNeill Smith Sr.: Financial records #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 32

Tax receipts, checks, bank statements.

Box 33

J. McNeill Smith Sr.: Financial records #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 33

Ticket stubs, receipts, financial notes.

Box 34

J. McNeill Smith Sr.: Ledgers #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 34

Tobacco, personal.

Sketches and Portraits of the General Conference of the Methodist Church South, 1886 #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." Box 34

Image Box PF-05800/1

University of North Carolina athletes, circa 1904, 1910s-1930s #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." PF-05800/1

Baseball team, panoramic of lettermen; also includes image of a woman selling souvenirs in Asheville, N.C.

Image Box PF-05800/2

Churches #05800, Series: "Smith Family of Robeson County, N.C., Papers, 1870s-1990s." PF-05800/2

Martinsburg, West Virginia, Arlington, Md.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nancy Kaiser, Biff Hollingsworth, and Gillian McCuistion, October 2019

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, October 2019

The original acquisition was divided between this collection and #4990 McNeill Smith Jr. Papers and subsequently arranged by format, date, and creator by Southern Historical Collection staff.

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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