Smith, Elmer Lewis Papers, 20th century *JMU Faculty Papers*

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Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Elmer Lewis Smith Papers, 20th century

Collection No.: SC 0166
Creator: Smith, Elmer Lewis, 1920-1981

Extent: 6 folders; .2 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The Elmer Lewis Smith Papers, 20th century, consist of six folders of notes and drafts, compiled and written by Elmer Lewis Smith, on folk superstitions, ghosts, conjuring, powwowing, folk healing, and holiday superstitions in the Shenandoah Valley.

 

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk. (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Elmer L. Smith Papers, 20th century, SC 0166, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Donated by John G. Stewart, former colleague of Elmer L. Smith, in October of 2001.
Processing Information: In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 4038.

Bio/Historical Note:

Elmer L. Smith was born in 1920 in Newark, New Jersey. He earned a B.S. from Florida Southern College in 1946, an M.A. from Western Reserve University in 1948, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1956. From 1948-1958 he served as chairman of the Department of Sociology at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania and in 1958, he became James Madison University's Director of the Social Sciences Division. Smith was one of the founders of the Shenandoah Valley Folklore Society. He conducted research and interviews to document the folk culture of the Shenandoah Valley until his death in 1981. Smith also published a wide variety of books and papers, many of which are available at the Blue Ridge Institute in Ferrum, Virgina.

Scope and Content:

The Elmer Lewis Smith Papers, 20th century, consist of six folders of notes and drafts, written and compiled by Elmer L. Smith, on folk superstitions, ghosts, conjuring, powwowing, folk healing, and holiday superstitions in the Shenandoah Valley.

Some of these subjects include proposed tables of contents and book or article layouts and drawings. The notes appear to be from a variety of secondary sources and interviews. Many of the notes and drafts have been edited by hand. According to John G. Stewart, Smith's former partner and the donor of this collection, these materials were never published.

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged topically in six folders.

Bibliography:

Blue Ridge Institute Newsletter, vol. 4, no. 3, December 1981.

Related Material:

John G. Stewart Papers, 1761-2002 (bulk 1953-1973), SC 0157, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Contents:

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Superstition, undated
1:1
Ghosts, undated
1:2
Conjuring, undated
1:3
Powwowing, undated
1:4
Occult Folk Healing, undated
1:5
Special Days/Holidays, undated
1:6

Compiled by: Chris Bolgiano, March 2003; Tara Mastrangelo, September 2010