|Creator:||Smith, Jennie, 1862-1946|
|Title:||Jennie Smith papers|
|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.|
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'.
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.
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.
Jennie Smith papers. MS 13. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.