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Finding Aid for The Laura Isabel Smith Papers (c. 1930s - 1980s)

RG 6
.5 Linear Ft: 1 Ms. Box


Laura Isabel Smith was a life-long resident of Athens, Georgia. She was the granddaughter of a former mayor of Athens and her father was one of the founders of Smith, Boley and Brown Realtors and Insurance.

"Miss Laura", as she was affectionately known, was also a cousin of Dean William Tate's wife and had been part of their wedding. In 1936, when Tate became the Dean of Freshmen at UGA, he asked Miss Laura, at that time a graduate student, to serve as his secretary. She stayed in this job for 36 years until Tate's retirement in 1971.

After Tate's retirement, Miss Laura continued to work a UGA in the Judicial Affairs branch of the Office of Student Affairs. In 1981, she retired from the university after 45 years of service.

Scope and Content:

The materials in "The Laura Isabel Smith Papers" date from the 1930s through the early 1980s. Of special interest are photographs, personnel documents, a scrapbook and newspaper clippings that help illuminate her life and interests. Many of the documents pertain to her retirement from UGA in 1981.

The collection was refoldered for preservation purposes. During processing, newpaper clippings were photocopied, photographs put in protective sleeves and the contents of the scrapbook placed in an archival quality folder.

This is a growing collection, and future accessions with be added as acquired by University Archives.

Content Inventory:

Box 1

  • [Photographs - 1930s - 1980s] (4 Pieces).
  • 80 MC 1000 [Unauthorized Exit From The University" - Retirement 1980] (8 Pieces).
  • [Misc. - Includes Personnel Documents, Newspaper Clippings, Correspondence] [c. 1960s - 1980s] (37 Pieces).
  • [Misc. - Includes Newspaper Clippings, Correspondence and Photographs] [c. 1980s] (61 Pieces).
  • [Plaque - 1981] (1 Pieces).
  • Scrapbook [Contents] (27 Pieces).
  • The Physic Garden (1 Piece).

Accession: UGA 08-054