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The University of Toledo Archives
Manuscript Collection

 

Finding Aid

Robert Freeman Smith Papers, 1960 to 1998

UM-78

Size: 4.75 linear feet


Provenance: Robert Freemen Smith, Dept. of History; 2/24/94; 5/24/94; 4/3/95; 10/1/98

Access: Open

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Processing Note:

Condition: Good

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by: Janice Hackbush, November 1998

Biographical Sketch

A specialist in Latin American History, Dr. Robert Freeman Smith is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, born on May 13th, 1930. He received both his bachelor and masters of Arts from the University of Arkansas in 1952 and 1953. In 1958 he received his doctorate of philosophy from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Smith also served in the United States Navy and later as an Army Officer during the Korean War.

Prior to coming to the University of Toledo in 1969, Dr. Smith was in the faculty at the Universities of Connecticut, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Arkansas, and Texas Lutheran College. While at the University of Toledo, Dr. Smith served on a number of committees, received a research grant in 1974 and in 1976 was given the Thomas L. Evans Research Award by the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri. In 1986, Dr. Smith was the recipient of one of the first two “Distinguished University Professor” recognition awards given by President James D. McComas.

Dr. Smith has published scores of articles, papers, and books on Latin American History, U.S. foreign relations, and on the history of the southern United States. His six books include The United States and Cuba: Business and Diplomacy, 1917-1960 (1960); What Happened to Cuba? A Documentary History of U.S.-Cuban Relations (1963); Background to Revolution: The Development of Modern Cuba (1965); The United States and Revolutionary Nationalism in Mexico (1972) which won the 1973 book award from the Ohio Academy of History. Also he published a two volume series, The Era of Caribbean Intervention 1890-1930 (1981) and The United States and the Latin American Sphere of Influence: The Era for Good Neighbors, Cold Warriors, and Hairshirts, 1930-1982 (1983).

Dr. Smith is a member of many academic organizations, some of which include the American historical Association, the Association of American Historians, the Academy of Political Science, the Conference on Peace Research in History, and the Association of Historians of American Foreign Relations, for which he served on the executive board of their journal, Diplomatic History. In 1970, Dr. Smith was appointed to the Task Force on U.S.- Cuban Relations by the chairman of the council, Dr. Max A. Lauffer, Andrew Mellon professor of biophysics at the University of Pittsburgh.

Outside academic circles, Dr. Smith was on the vestry of the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, a member of the American Legion Post 335, a Shriner, and a 32nd Degree Freemason. Dr. Robert Freeman Smith died on November 24th, 2011.


Scope and Content Note

The Robert Freeman Smith Papers are arranged in three series and span the years 1864-1990s. The first series is titled “Correspondence” and includes personal and professional materials. The second series consists of research notes and encompasses a portion of the materials used for published works. The third series includes academic and professional material ranging from manuscripts and UT History Department to miscellaneous academic projects.


 
Series List

S1

Correspondence
Contains personal and professional correspondence that dates from 1960-1998, arranged chronologically by year.

S2

Research Notes
Includes Dr. Smith’s notes from various presidential libraries including the Truman, Eisenhower, and Roosevelt libraries. Many notes pertain to the Thomas Lamont Papers at Baker Library as well as research titled Confederate Propaganda. There are also significant notes on materials at the National Archives. An oversized box includes copies of the American Missionary, a newspaper published monthly. Issues from 1864 to 1874 are included in the collection. Also included are miscellaneous articles and newspaper advertisements relating to the Vietnam War dating in the 1960s.

S3

Academic and Professional Materials

 

Primarily documents Dr. Smith’s writing efforts. Aside from original and copied articles and essays, extensive material on some books, such as notes, drafts, manuscripts and galley proofs are included in this series. There is also documentation as to Dr. Smith’s involvement with the U.S.-Cuban Relations Task Force and his academic projects from 1960 into the 1990’s. Various information for the universities or association that he has been involved with is also included.

  

Folder List

Box

Folder

Item Description

 

 

S1. Correspondence

 

 

Personal

1

1

1954-1960

1

2

1961-1965

1

3

1966

1

4

1967

1

5

1968-1969

1

6

1971-1973

1

7

1974-1975

1

8

1976

1

9

1977

1

10

1978-1984

1

11

1985-1991

1

12

1992-1995

 

 

Professional

1

13

1961

1

14

1962

1

15

1963-1964

1

16

1965

1

17

1966

1

18

1967

1

19

1968-1969

1

20

1970-1971

1

21

1972-1973

1

22

1974-1975

1

23

1978-1979

1

24

1980-1981

1

25

1982-1983

2

1

1984-1986

2

2

1987-1988

2

3

1989-1990

2

4

1991-1992

2

5

1993-1996

2

6

Restricted Correspondence

 

 

S2. Research Notes

7

2

American Missionary Newspaper, 1864-1874

2

7-8

Confederate Propaganda

2

9

Eisenhower Library

2

10

Franklin d. Roosevelt Library

7

1

Media ads, articles regarding Vietnam 1960s

2

12-14

Mexico (misc.)

2

15-17

National Archives

2

18-19

National Archives 1975

2

20

National Archives 1976

2

21

State Department Archives 1974

2

22-24

Thomas Lamont Papers at Baker Library

2

25

Truman Library 1975

2

26

Truman Library 1976

 

 

S3. Professional/ Academic Material

 

 

Academic Projects

3

1

1960-1966

3

2

1967-1969

3

3

1970-1976

3

4

1977-1979

3

5

1980s

3

6

Article for World Book Encyclopedia

3

7

Article for Garland Encyclopedia, “Small Wars”

3

8-9

Background to Revolution Correspondence

3

10

Background to Revolution Manuscript

3

11

Brookings Institute: “The US and Cuba: Long Range Perspectives” Correspondence

3

12

Correspondence with Pegasus and Bobbs-Merrill Company

3

13

Correspondence Regarding travels to Cuba

3

14

Corres. Regarding chapter for the Cambridge History of Latin America

3

15

Corres. Regarding chapter for the Cambridge History of Latin America: Selected Problems

3

16

Corres. And Proposal: Toward a new past

3

17

Executive Board for Diplomatic History 1976-1981

4

2

Galey Proof: Republican Policy and the Pax Americana

3

18

Geography Lecture Notes

3

19

Grant Application

4

1

Incomplete Manuscripts

3

20

Latin American Programs and Bulletins

3

21

Latin American Studies Association

 

 

Manuscript The Caribbean World and the United States

5

1

Preface (Rough Draft)

5

2

Chapter 1 (Rough Draft)

5

3

Chapter 2 (Rough Draft)

5

4

Chapter 3 (Rough Draft)

5

5

Chapter 4 (Rough Draft)

5

6

Chapter 5 (Rough Draft)

5

7

Bibliography (Rough Draft)

6

1

Chapter 1 (Middle Draft)

6

2

Chapter 2 (Middle Draft)

6

3

Chapter 3 (Middle Draft)

6

4

Chapter 4 (Middle Draft)

6

5

Chapter 5 (Middle Draft)

6

6

Chapter 1 & 2 ( Final Draft)

6

7

Chapter 3-5 and Biblio. (Final Draft)

3

23

Manuscript Reviews 1972-1991

3

24

Misc. Publications

3

25

Misc. Research Papers

3

26

Misc. Projects

3

27

Misc. Manuscripts

3

28

Misc. Articles

3

29

Myths in US- Mexican Relations

 

 

Papers by Robert F. Smith

3

30

-The United States and the Latin American Sphere of Influence, v.II

3

31

-The US and the International Politics of the Mexican Revolution

3

32

-And the Portions are So Small: the US and the Ordeal of the Mexican Revolution

3

33

-Protestant Millenarianism and the US Foreign Relations at the End of the 19th Century

3

34

-What New Orleans Jazz Reveals About American Culture

3

35

-Thomas W. Lamont: Intl. Banker as Diplomat

3

36

-The US and the Mexican Revolution 1921-1950

3

37

-Your Country Appeals to Your Noble Hearts

3

38

-US and the Mexican War, 1920-1944

3

39

Peace Movement Publications

3

40

Presbyterian Church Task Force on US-Cuban Relation

3

41

Regarding Religion

3

42

Regarding Cuban Exiles

4

3

Misc. Reports

4

4

Paper by Robert F. Smith

4

5

Questionnaires & Articles Regarding Professional Attitudes Toward Foreign Policy

4

6

Society pf historians of American Foreign Relations 1979-81

4

7

Texas Lutheran Church

4

8

The Ohio Academy of History

 

 

The US & Revolutionary Nationalism in Mexico 1916-1932

4

9

Correspondence

4

10-14

Manuscript

4

15-16

Galley Proof

 

 

Notes and Drafts

4

17-18

     Chapter 1

4

19-20

     Chapter 2

4

21

     Chapter 3

4

22

     Chapter 5

4

23

     Chapter 6

4

24

     Chapter 7

4

25

     Chapter 8

4

26

Twayne Publishers Inc.     

4

27

United States Policy Making for Latin America

 

 

University of Connecticut:

4

28

History Department

4

29-30

Anti-War Movement

 

 

University of Toledo

6

8

Department of History 1970s

6

9

Department of History 1980s

6

10

Executive Committee 1977

6

11

Planning Committee 1975

6

12

Salary Recommendations and Annual Reports

6

13

University of Wisconsin

6

14

Voices of History Project

 

 

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