Inventory of the Samuel D. Smith Collection, 1924 - 1986 Mss.Coll.022

Inventory of the Samuel D. Smith Collection, 1924 - 1986
Mss.Coll.022


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Contact Information:

Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Elon University
2550 Campus Box
Elon, North Carolina
27244
336-278-6599
Email: belkarchives@elon.edu
URL: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/library/libraryinfo/archiveinfo.xhtml

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Elon University. Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Creator: Samuel D. Smith
Title: Samuel D. Smith Collection, 1924 - 1986
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: The collection is located in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.
Abstract: This small but informative collection primarily contains materials that relate to the Pearl Harbor attack in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. Samuel D. Smith was aboard the USS Oklahoma when it was bombed by the Japanese, and was among the few survivors of the attack. Within this collection, there are many primary sources that document details of the day and the aftermath of the attack. The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into four series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Books; Correspondence; Literary Productions; Printed Material.
Extent: .05 linear feet, 1 archival box

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


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Copyright Notice

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the 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 of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Samuel D. Smith Collection, Belk Library Archives and Special Collections, Elon University, Elon, NC, USA.


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Gift or Purchase Note

Unknown


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Accession Information

#2006.32.1


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Processing Information

Processed by Katie Nash, January, 2007

Encoded by Katie Nash, September, 2009


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Biographical Note

There is not a lot of biographical information known about Samuel D. Smith. The biographical information that could be gathered from this collection is briefly listed below.



* Born April 22, 1919 in Greenville, SC (1:2)
* Joined the U.S. Marine's June 26, 1939 and left September 30, 1968 (1:2)
* Mr. Smith was a fireman first class of "A" Division on the battleship USS Oklahoma during 1941 (3:1)
* Survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941
* After the attack, Mr. Smith was re-assigned to the USS Louisville (3:1)
* Member of the U.S. Navy for 30 years and retired with the rank of Chief Warrant Machinist (3:1)
* Mr. Smith served as the 6th District Director of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association (4:3)
* Mr. Smith lived in Elon College, NC (4:4)
* Served as secretary-treasurer for the Pearl Harbor History Associates, Inc. (4:4)

Biographical Sources: Mss.Coll.#022-1:2, 3:1, 4:3, 4:4


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Scope and Content Note

This small but informative collection primarily contains materials that relate to the Pearl Harbor attack in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. Samuel D. Smith was aboard the USS Oklahoma when it was bombed by the Japanese, and was among the few survivors of the attack. Within this collection, there are many primary sources that document details of the day and the aftermath of the attack. The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into four series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Books; Correspondence; Literary Productions; Printed Material.

A unique series in this collection contains two books that document the Pearl Harbor attack both through photographs and text. Specifically, the book East, Wind, Rain: a pictorial history of the Pearl Harbor attack (by Stan Cohen) offers some never before seen or published photographs of the days surrounding December 7, 1941 (1:1).

The correspondence series offers the most detail about the attack on Pearl Harbor. During 1986, a screenwriter from Columbia Pictures Television sent Samuel D. Smith a list of questions for him to answer in hopes that a movie, documentary, and/or mini-series would be created about the USS Oklahoma and the bombings. Mr. Smith’s replies are in this series, and discuss in-depth the events of the day and its aftermath (2:1). Another series that provides excellent in-depth discussion about the attack can be found in the literary productions series, where Mr. Smith has written an article titled As the fresh pot went untouched—433 died/32 came back (3:1).

The printed material series contains a variety of items—some relating more closely to Pearl Harbor and Mr. Smith than others. For example, the newsletter entitled the Pearl Harbor-Gram contains current articles relating to Pearl Harbor, specifically reminiscences of survivors (4:3). Additionally, there is a newspaper clipping that offers a nice overview and outline of the Pearl Harbor attack in relation to Mr. Smith’s survival (4:4).

This is an excellent collection to view for anyone interested in learning more about the daily events relating to the Pearl Harbor attack from the point of view of a survivor.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into four series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Books; Correspondence; Literary Productions; Printed Material.


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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

Smith, Samuel D.
Elon (N.C.)
World War, 1939-1945
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii)
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941 -- Personal narratives, American
Elon University -- Archival resources

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Related Material

There are no related materials to this collection at this time.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Books. 1981 and 1985.
2 Folders. 2 Items.
This series contains two books, both pertaining to the Pearl Harbor attack in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. The first book, East, Wind, Rain: a pictorial history of the Pearl Harbor attack (by Stan Cohen) offers a comprehensive collection of photographs that document the attack. The photographs portray multiple aspects of the attack including military personnel, air raids, air fields, ships, and the aftermath. Most of the images in this book were gathered from archival repositories and individuals in the United States. Samuel D. Smith wrote the preface to the book (1:1, 4:3).
The second book in this series is written in French (1:2). Samuel D. Smith contributed an article about the attack and the USS Oklahoma that can be found on pages 86-91. In addition, a 1945 black and white photograph of Samuel D. Smith in his navy uniform can be found on page 91 (1:2). According to an article written by Don Bolden (from the Burlington Times-News), this book “deals with aviation, and the particular issue features Pearl Harbor and the war in the Pacific” (1:2, 4:4).
Folder 1. 1981.
* East, Wind, Rain: a pictorial history of the Pearl Harbor attack
* Cohen, Stan
* Smith, Samuel D.
* Elon College, NC
* Johnston, Bill
* Pearl Harbor Survivors Association
* Pearl Harbor
* Hawaii
* World War II
Folder 2. 1985.
* i Care revue de l'aviation francaise
* Pearl Harbor
* Smith, Samuel D.
* USS Oklahoma
* U.S. Navy
* World War II
* Greenville, SC
2. Correspondence. 1986.
1 Folder. 4 Items.
There are three sets of correspondences which all relate to one another and pertain to the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. In 1986 Mayo Simon, a screen writer for Columbia Pictures Television, sent Samuel D. Smith a list of very specific questions that all dealt with Mr. Smith’s recollection of December 7, 1941 when he was aboard the USS Oklahoma (2:1). The intention of these questions was to gather enough detailed answers to either make a movie, documentary, and/or mini-series involving the attack of the USS Oklahoma in 1941 (2:1). Also included in this series are Samuel D. Smith’s detailed answers to Mr. Simon’s questions. Mr. Smith describes in-depth the events of the day before, the day of, and the day after the attack (2:1).
Folder 1. Letters. 1986.
* Columbia Pictures Television
* Smith, Samuel D.
* Pearl Harbor
* World War II
* USS Oklahoma
* Simon, Mayo
* USS Maryland
* Hydrusko, Joseph
* Lent, Norman
* Hoosier, Ella
* Hawaii
* Ford Island Naval Air Station
* USS Solace (hospital ship)
3. Literary Productions. Undated.
1 Folder. 2 Items.
The literary productions series contains a wealth of historical information relating to the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. The one document in this series is an unpublished article written by Samuel D. Smith titled As the fresh pot went untouched—433 died/32 came back (3:1). This article contains detailed reminiscences from Mr. Smith about the attack on Pearl Harbor and its aftermath (3:1).
Folder 1. Reminiscences. Undated.
* Pearl Harbor
* Hawaii
* World War II
* Smith, Samuel D.
* USS Oklahoma
* Ford Island Naval Air Station
* USS Maryland
* Swanson, Charlie
* USS Solace (hospital ship)
4. Printed Material. Inclusive: 1924-1981. Bulk: 1942 and 1981.
5 Folders. 5 Items.
The printed material series contains a wide variety of materials—some that do not relate to the rest of the collection. For example, there is a booklet that describes the details concerning the Carlton library building on the campus of Elon College during 1924 and the Carlton family (4:1).
One of the more historically interesting items in this series is a newsletter entitled the Pearl Harbor-Gram, which is “dedicated to the memory of Pearl Harbor and to those gallant Americans who gave their lives for their country on December 7, 1941” (4:3). The front page article was written by Samuel D. Smith and entitled Pearl Harbor—Dare we forget! (4:3). Also, there is a small blurb in the newsletter that briefly describes one of the books in this collection, East, Wind, Rain: a pictorial history of the Pearl Harbor attack (by Stan Cohen) (4:3).
Among the newspaper clippings in this series is a story written by Don Bolden about the story of Samuel D. Smith and his relation to the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941 (4:4). Mr. Bolden outlines the events that took place on December 7th, as well as Mr. Smith’s involvement in the attack and how he survived. Additionally, Mr. Bolden also briefly describes another book in this collection entitled i Care revue de l’aviation francaise (4:4). This newspaper article helps the reader to better understand the events that are described and represented elsewhere in this collection (4:4).
Folder 1. Booklet. 1924.
* Elon College, NC
* Elon College
* Carlton Building
* Library at Elon College
* Carlton library building
* Carlton family
Folder 2. Miscellaneous. Undated.
Folder 3. Newsletter. 1981.
* Smith, Samuel D.
* Pearl Harbor Survivors Association
* Pearl Harbor
* Hawaii
* World War II
* Oahu Island
* Pearl Harbor-Gram
Folder 4. Newspaper Clippings. Undated.
* Smith, Samuel D.
* Bolden, Don
* World War II
* Pearl Harbor
* Hawaii
* USS Oklahoma
* Elon College, NC
* Pearl Harbor History Associates, Inc.
* Simon, Mayo
* Columbia Pictures Television
Folder 5. Newspaper Clippings. 1942.
* Johnston, Billy
* Elon College
* Smythe, Tom