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Series II: Personal, 1905-1919
This series consists of correspondence and printed matter relating to Smith’s
personal activities. Correspondence includes letters with his family in
Scotland, with various vendors regarding bills and services, information
regarding investments, insurance, real estate in Chicago, and his country
cottage in Pulaski, VA. Of particular note among the family correspondence
is that with his sister Isabella and other family members in Scotland
regarding a visit by Alexander Smith and his family in the summer in the
1912. The “Correspondence, L.F. Barker” file contains more letters between
Smith and this Baltimore doctor about his father-in-law’s illness as well as
that of his little boy Billie who was quite ill during 1916. The combination
of correspondence with vendors, friends and family in this series gives one
a small sense of what was involved in running an upper-middle class
household in New York City in the 1910s. To aid the researcher, below is a
list of family members and their relationship to Smith: Sara (nee Bowles):
wife Billie and Isabel: children Mr. and Mrs. William Bowles of Memphis, TN:
in-laws Potter Bowles of Chicago, IL: brother-in-law Isabella (Mrs. James
Rae) of Edinburgh, Scotland: sister Jane and John Stewart Smith of
Portobello, Scotland: aunt and uncle