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Finding Aid for We Did It Our Way: The University of Georgia College of Business Administration. A History by Dr. Howard Smith, 1985. (UGA 05-011)

.5 linear feet : one ms. box
RG 2-11, College of Business Administration

Introduction to the Collection
by Jim Kvicala of the Terry College of Business

Dr. Howard "Ted" Smith was a professor of management on the faculty of the University of Georgia's College of Business Administration from 1946 to 1983.

In the early 1980's, when many components of the University of Georgia were writing their histories in anticipation of the institution's Bicentennial (1985), Dr. Smith took on the task of chronicling the history of the College of Business Administration, beginning with the University's earliest days, continuing through the founding of the "School of Commerce" in 1912 and ending with the early 1980s. Smith's research included interviews with the business school's faculty and deans, as well as UGA President Fred Davison (1967-86). Smith worked with the business school's staff as they transcribed and edited his handwritten manuscript to produce a typescript draft of the history, completed in 1984. The history, however, was never published. The manuscript was misplaced and some thought lost in the devastating Brooks Hall fire of 1995.

An incomplete copy of the Smith history was later found by the college's Dean's Office. After reading it, Terry College staff member Jim Kvicala set out in 2004 to locate the rest of the work by contacting Smith's former assistants and fellow faculty. Though Smith died in 2002 (followed by his wife in 2003), Kvicala was able to locate two of Smith's sons, who had retained some of their father's papers. They were able to supply photocopies of the book's final two chapters, footnotes and other appendices, as well as some of Smith's handwritten notes.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a photocopy of the bound manuscript, copies of the draft chapters supplied by the Smith family, working drafts of sections appearing in the bound manuscript, biographical information on the Smith family and notes relating to the recovery of the history.

Contents Inventory


  1. Smith Family Biographies & Items Relating to the Recovery of the History
  2. Bound manuscript, Chapters 1 - 4
  3. Bound Manuscript, Chapters 5-6
  4. Chapter 7 Draft
  5. Chapter 8 Draft
  6. Appendices, Draft
  7. Additional Draft Copies: Table of Contents, Preface, Acknowledgments, Notes

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