Jennie Smith papers

Jennie Smith papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Smith, Jennie, 1862-1946
Title: Jennie Smith papers
Dates: 1863-1944
Quantity: 2.7 Linear feet (2 document boxes, 2 half boxes, 1 oversized box, 2 oversize folders A, 1 oversize folder B)
Abstract:The collection consists of the personal papers of Jennie Smith from 1863-1944. Includes correspondence (1883-1944), clippings, sketches, printed pictures, engravings, drawings, designs for art contests, pages from Godey's Lady's Book and Frank Leslies Magazine, photographs, notebooks, and a diary of Jennie Smith. Materials pertain to Smith's art career and life in Athens, Georgia. The collection also contains the diary (1863) of John H. Mitchell, a Union soldier, probably from Michigan. Diary mentions prison duty, sickness, and troop movements in Tennessee.
Coll. Number: ms13

Biographical/Historical Note

Oneita Virginia Smith (1862-1946) was born in Athens, Georgia, educated at Lucy Cobb Institute, then studied art in Baltimore, New York and Paris where she was a pupil of Carriere. She returned to Athens and was the head of the Department of Art at Lucy Cobb for some 50 years. She was known as 'Miss Jennie' by her friends and students.

Jennie's apartment at Lucy Cobb still remains today and was often shown on the garden tours of the Institute. She was a charter member of the Athens Art Association when it was organized in 1919 and was one of the few honored with 'Life Membership'.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of letters, notebooks, sketches, newspaper clippings, unintentionally humorous obituaries, photographs, engravings, lithographs, watercolors. Miss Jennie appears to have entered design contests for various items and these are represented in the collection. There are many pages removed from Godey's Lady's Book and Frank Leslie's Magazine along with many other examples of costumes. There is a Union diary kept by Joseph H. Mitchell, probably from Michigan. There is a lot of Athens material in the collection, chiefly anecdotal, but the list of teachers in Athens is interesting.

Miss Jennie left other items to the Library when she died - silver, furniture, books, pictures and these were placed in various locations in the department and university.


Index Terms

Art schools--Georgia.
Athens (Ga.)
Diaries.
Georgia--Social life and customs--19th century.
Georgia--Social life and customs--20th century.
Lucy Cobb Institute (Athens, Ga.).
Mitchell, James H.
Soldiers--Michigan--Diaries.
Tennessee--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
United States. Army.
Women art teachers--Georgia.
Women artists--Georgia.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jennie Smith papers. MS 13. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
BoxFolder
11Biography and Obituaries for Jennie Smith
 
2Correspondence - unsorted, undated, 1883-1904
Includes correspondence with the Ladies' Home Journal about an art contest among her students; correspondence from Mrs. Beatrice Molesworth, London, during World War I; a letter to Clara Morton, a maid at Lucy Cobb; and many of Smith's own personal pieces of writing.
 
3Correspondence - unsorted, 1905-1944
Includes Lucy Cobb report card; a Golden Jubilee ribbon; correspondence from C.M. Newton, V.L. Brown, Charles Tucker, H.C. White, and H.R.H. Prince Louis de Bourbon; correspondence from the Packer Manufacturing Company about students' art pieces; a 1909 letter to a father regarding President Taft's visit; correspondence from the Ladies' Home Journal; a piece of V-Mail from Sergeant Jeann Elanigen; and a 1921 letter to Miss Rutherford.
 
4Postcards (Europe, holiday, The Animals' Trip to the Sea), 1900s-1930s
 
5Miscellaneous papers - unsorted
Includes recipes; written essays, such as "Drawing for Children" and "Christmas Presents"; an essay with a sketch, "The Recital"; a student-written essay, "Bereaved" about a UGA chemistry professor; two game instructions, "Baseball Bridge: A New Game" and "Artful History: A New Game"; "A Socratic Symposium"; and a small bound postcard scrapbook (postcards are pasted into a 1907-1908 notebook used for elementary English homework).
 
BoxFolder
21Clippings - copies, 1922
Several issues; loose clippings
 
2Hand-written obituaries, Lilies of the Valley (1909), and a scrapbook containing funeral programs and newspaper obituaries
oddities, some bound
 
3Printed pictures, engravings, and writings
 
4Newspaper clippings, sketches, recipes, and "Académie Julian" documents
Some Jennie Smith info
 
5Sketches and watercolor paintings
 
6Photographs - all unidentified
 
7Jennie Smith's list of Athens teachers
 
8Loose Notebook, 1920s-1930s
Notebook includes personal notes, amusing clippings, stock bonds, playful cards, "Slips Corrected of Tongue and Pen" (1892), and notes about students from the 1920s.
 
Box
3Two bound books (Gordon Keith and The Under Dog) used as notebooks
 
"Cook Book" with loose clippings regarding food and recipes, circa 1930s
 
1Two Union soldier's diaries (given to Jennie Smith in 1931), 1863
Joseph H. Mitchell written on the front. He may have been from Michigan. He mentions duty at a prison; the towns of Lebanon, Knoxville, Sweet Water; crossing the Tennessee River at Louden; and rebels charging Benjamin Battery and losing 1200, while 400 were taken prisoner and 800 were killed. He mentions Lieutenant Colonel Prat of 23d Michigan Volunteers. In back pocket is a letter from a lady in Plymouth, Michigan, and a deed for cemetery lot in 'Liberty' township.
 
2Miscellaneous writings
Includes: assorted detailed notes, Citizens and Southern Bank statements, a marriage proposal in a poem, typscript of a letter from Mrs. Mary Barney to General Jackson in 1829; several flora-centered poems, part of a script; and a black notebook with loose clippings and an envelope containing a squirrel tail.
 
3Leather notebook with loose notes and clippings, 1950s
 
4Diary of Jennie Smith with numerous loose pages, papers, and clippings, undated
 
BoxFolder
41Crest drawings and designs
 
2Several pages of costumes from Godey's Lady's Book, Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine and Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine
 
3Prints, paintings, drawings
 
4Engravings
 
5Watercolors, drawings
 
Box
5Flat folio
Contains some 93 items including a painting of the Lucy Cobb goats engraving memorial of Howell Cobb by B. B. Euston, Professor of Penmanship, State Agriculture College, Athens - after 1868; two black and white drawings by LCG, Paris 1897 and 1898; eight drawings, watercolors, some for products, by Jennie Smith portfolio of 21 drawings identified as being Paris drawings - mostly nudes, heads.
 
OS Folder
1ADrawings (5) - pencil and ink
 
OS Folder
2AColor Paintings (4)
 
OS Folder
3BDrawings (4) / Painted Portrait (1)