H02-1465.50. Smith Family. Papers, 1841-1981. 2.50 linear ft.


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George N. Smith (1807-1881) was a pioneer Congregational minister to the Native Americans/Indians in Western Michigan along with his wife, Arvilla A. Smith (1808-1895). The collection contains photocopies of Arvilla Smith’s transcribed diary, 1834-1845 and “Reminiscences,” 1808-1834; George N. Smith’s transcribed diary, Vol. 4, 6/6/1842-12/1842, 1843-1845, 1849-1851 and transcribed memoranda, 1838-1839, 1842-1843, 1850-1879; journals and letters 1840-1879 (microfilm of originals held at the Library of Congress in Microfilm Cabinet); newspaper clippings concerning Old Wing Mission and the Smith family; photocopies of official reports George N. Smith and Robert Stuart filed with the U.S. Government concerning Old Wing Mission and the conversion and education of local Native Americans/Indians, 1841-1848; chronology of the erection of Old Wing Mission, 1844-1846; memoranda of Rev. Smith’s, 1848-1850, 1857; and the 1981 publication, A Pioneer Woman by Joanna B. (Stormer) Smith, that is made up of articles first appearing in the Grand Traverse Herald in 1892, concerning Mrs. Arvilla. A. Smith; transcribed version of the diary of Arvilla A. Smith, 1832-1845; paper written by Amanda Jo Holmes while at Amherst College (1985) titled “Art Thou Even in This Region?” The Diary of Arvilla Almira Powers Smith: A Missionary Wife Rediscovered; a paper and tour/interview with Robert Pavloski created by Hope College student Anne Harrison (2010) (DVD); the microfilm and its paper printout of Smith papers held at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan; and genealogical information on the Smith, Wolf and Waukazoo (The Tree is Crooked) families (located in box and Oversized Hope College Collections Cabinet). A series of photographs and a DVD contains the two television broadcasts from WZZM 13 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, of the Smith children gravestone restoration and memorial plaque dedication on November 4, 2005. A videotape cassette (VHS) and digital video disc (DVD), Waukazooville: The History of Northport: The First Gateway to Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula (1999) and a published article by Dr. Susan E. Gray about the children of Payson Wolf and his wife Mary Jane Smith Wolf titled “Miengun’s Children,” are also included in this series.


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