Walter L. Smith Papers 1935-1986

Summary
Contents
Names/subjects
Using these materials
Creator
Smith, Walter Little
Size
3 linear feet
Call number
MC 00637
Access to materials

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files may be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room upon request.

The Walter L. Smith Papers (1935-1986) contain speeches, minutes, correspondence, programs, a scrapbook, a diary, memos, lists, newsclippings, photographs, and memorabilia from Smith's military service in World War II and his involvement with NCSU. The scrapbook is titled "The Success Story of A. E. Finley."

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Walter Little Smith graduated from North Carolina State College in July 1935 with a BS in mechanical engineering (aeronautical option). During World War II Smith served in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel, and he was Chief of the Supply Division, Engineering Section, Advance Section Communications Zone (ADSEC). Later, he was president of Foresmith, Inc., in Charlotte, North Carolina. He served on the Board of Trustees of North Carolina State University from 1972 to 1981.

Biographical/historical note

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Walter Little Smith graduated from North Carolina State College in July 1935 with a BS in mechanical engineering (aeronautical option).

During World War II Smith served in the U.S. Army. He became a lieutenant colonel and was Chief of the Supply Division, Engineering Section, Advance Section Communications Zone (ADSEC). He helped set up the Engineering Section in France beginning on 9 June 1944 as part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

Smith served on the Board of Trustees of North Carolina State University from 1972 to 1981. In 1972 the Board of Trustees was the university's first board after becoming part of the University of North Carolina System. Smith served several years on the board's building committee.

Smith was president of Foresmith, Inc., in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Scope/content

The Walter L. Smith Papers (1935-1986) contain speeches, minutes, correspondence, programs, a scrapbook, a diary, memos, lists, newsclippings, photographs, and memorabilia from Smith's military service in World War II and his involvement with NCSU. The scrapbook is titled "The Success Story of A. E. Finley."

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series: North Carolina State University materials and World War II materials. Otherwise, this collection is arranged as received and has not yet undergone full archival processing.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Walter L. Smith Papers, MC 00637, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of Sally A. Smith, 2018 (Accession 2018.0013).

Processing information

Processed by: Todd Kosmerick, 2018 January; machine-readable finding aid by: Todd Kosmerick, 2018 January.

North Carolina State University materials 1935-1986 (bulk 1971-1977)
Carton 1
World War II materials 1936-1945 (bulk 1943-1945)
Carton 2

Access to the collection

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files may be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room upon request.

For more information contact us via mail, phone, or our web form.

Mailing address:
Special Collections Research Center
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

Phone: (919) 515-2273

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Walter L. Smith Papers, MC 00637, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.