Papers, 1870-1976 (bulk 1890-1935).


Smith, Ernest William. Papers, 1870-1976 (bulk 1890-1935).

Papers, 1870-1976 (bulk 1890-1935).

The Ernest Smith Papers, 1870-1976 (bulk 1890-1935), consist primarily of manuscripts, notes, photographs, correspondence, and memorabilia that reflect his career as a jounalist. The majority of the manuscripts suggest the possibile preparation of a second autobiography, tentatively entitled From Newsboy to War Correspondent: An Anecdotal Retrospect of Fifty Years of Newspaper Life. Also found here are several manuscripts and published versions of Smith's journalistic writings (1916-1930). The small body of correspondence, 1879-1931, relates to Smith's work as a journalist, as well as his editorial duties on the Revue des Revues (1890-1919), and as an editor and translator of works of Tolstoy and Rochefort. Significant correspondents include Sarah Bernhardt, Maxime Du Camp, Alexandre Dumas (fils), Kamel al-Husseini (Grand Mufti of Jerusalem), Henrik Ibsen, Maurice Maeterlinck, Helmut Graf von Moltke, Emile Ollivier, Ouida (Maria Louise Ramé), Henri Rochefort, Tatiana Sukhotina-Tolstaia, Alexandra Tolstoy, Leo Tolstoy, and Jules Verne, among others. Among the personal papers are found materials that relate to Smith's work and travels as a journalist, especially memorabilia of the Dreyfus Affair (1894-1895), and the Boer War (1899-1902). These include early socialist/anarchist leaflets and newspapers, and photographs taken by Smith during the siege of Ladysmith (1899-1900). Also present are the souvenir booklet and photographic stills for the 1931 British International Pictures film, Dreyfus, for which Smith was an advisor.

2 boxes, 1 oversize folder (.82 linear feet).







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