William E. Smith papers

William E. Smith papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Smith, William E., (William Ephraim), 1829-1890
Title: William E. Smith papers
Dates: 1851-1896
Quantity: 0.6 Linear feet (1 document box, 1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms9

Biographical/Historical Note

William Ephraim Smith (1829-1890), lawyer and U.S. Representative (1875-1881), born in Augusta, Georgia.

For more information, see his congressional biography.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the personal and business papers of William E. Smith from 1851 to 1896, including correspondence, invitations, bills, receipts, and telegrams. Business papers reflect transactions of the law firm of Smith & Warren dealing with debt collection for individual agencies and mercantile businesses in Georgia; New York City; Charleston, South Carolina; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Albany, Georgia. Correspondence from the Mercantile Agency of Charleston and Comstock & Brother, New York City. Personal correspondence discusses family concerns, land transactions, social life of the period, and bills pertaining to groceries and sewing. Major correspondents include William Ephraim Smith, Jr.; Lou. S. Smith; Mary Smith; Carrie Smith; Samuel W. Smith and Sallie Williams. Collection also contains one letter, unsigned, describing a meeting with President Franklin Pierce.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Albany (Ga.)
Charleston (S.C.)
Collection agents--Georgia.
Comstock & Brother.
Georgia--Social life and customs.
Mercantile Agency (Charleston, S.C.).
Mercantile system--Georgia.
New York (N.Y.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Pierce, Franklin, 1804-1869
Smith & Warren (Firm : Albany, Ga.).
Smith family
Smith, Samuel W.
Smith, William E., (William Ephraim)
Williams, Sallie

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.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William E. Smith papers, ms9, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

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Felix Hargrett collection

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

111851 March-September
2-31852 January-May
41852 June-August
51852 September-December
61852 June-December
71854 January-March
81854 April-October
91854 November-December
101855 January-March
1855 April-May
121855 June-July
131855 August-October
141855 November-December
151856 January-May
161856 June-December