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James Bayliss Smith Papers

Identifier: DC0083s

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of letters written by Smith to family and friends while a student at Davidson, a letter from J. R. Blake offering a position as tutor at Davidson and the manuscript of Smith's valedictory address. In his student letters, Smith describes his religious conversion and college life. There are also typescripts of some of the letters.


  • Creation: 1868 - 1872


Biographical / Historical

James Bayliss Smith was valedictorian of the Davidson College class of 1870. After graduation he taught and studied law in Anderson, SC. In January of 1872 he was invited to return to Davidson as a tutor but he declined. He died in August of 1872 at the age of 24.


1 folders (1 folder)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr and Mrs. E. Fred McPhail, 1981|Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Gary Coleman, 1959

James Bayliss Smith Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections Repository