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Clarence Edwin Smith (1885-1959) Papers

Collection Number: A&M 1606


Correspondence, business and legal records, account books, news releases, clippings, and family papers and photographs of a U.S. Marshall (1916-1922); editor of the Fairmont TIMES (1925-1959) and Wheeling REGISTER (1933-1935); Democratic politician; member of the National Bituminous Coal Commission (1935-1939); and businessman. Subjects include: Smith's student days at Virginia Military Institute; West Virginia National Guard; Monongah Mine Relief Committee; Associated Press; Association Against the Prohibition Amendment; Eighteenth Amendment; presidential elections and national and state politics, 1916-1956; John W. Davis; Alfred E. Smith; post-World War I radicalism and reaction; Ku Klux Klan; United Mine Workers; National Miners' Union; labor conflict, 1920s; U.S. Railway Administration; New Deal agencies; and Mountain Lake Park, Maryland. Correspondents include Van A. Bittner, William E. Chilton, William G. Conley, John J. Cornwell, John W. Davis, Eugene V. Debs, James A. Farley, William Green, Averell Harriman, Homer Adams Holt, Rush Dew Holt, Hugh S. Johnson, Louis Johnson, Harley M. Kilgore, H.G. Kump, John L. Lewis, William A. MacCorkle, J. Howard McGrath, Clarence W. Meadows, M.M. Neely, Okey L. Patteson, Jennings Randolph, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Adlai E. Stevenson, Harry S. Truman, Clarence W. Watson, and James O. Watson. There are also papers of Clarence L. Smith (1850-1905), editor of the Fairmont INDEX (1889) and founder of the Fairmont TIMES (1900), which include a domestic diary of his wife, 1876-1910; minute book of the Fleming Association, 1890-1894; papers of Clarence Edwin Smith, Jr., 1940-1941; papers of Thomas Barns (1750-1836), and his sons, John S. and James F.; Marion County millers and manufacturers, 1795-1908. There are also papers of Waitman T. Willey and a taped interview with C.E. Smith, 1956. Correspondents include John L. Lewis, George B. McClellan, Matthew M. Neely, Francis H. Pierpont, John J. Cornwell, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry S. Truman. There are also papers, 1917-1950, of Smith's brother, Earl H. (1880-1941), co-founder and editor of the Fairmont TIMES (1900-1925), state legislator, officer in the National Guard, and state commander of the American Legion. Subjects include World War I; Woodrow Wilson; American Legion; and state and national politics, 1918-1940. Correspondents include John J. Cornwell, John W. Davis, Sam T. Mallison, M.M. Neely, Jennings Randolph, and Howard Sutherland. The collection also includes papers, 1908-1940, of Herschel H. Rose, Smith's son-in-law, Fairmont attorney, Democrat politician, and circuit court judge. M.M. Neely is a correspondent. Financial records include account books, 1826-1893, of Thomas Barns, John S. Barns and Company, Barns, Fleming and Company (1857), James R. Fleming, woolen and flour milling, shoe manufacturing, and general merchandise operations in Marion County; account book of Mary Fleming Smith, 1888-1912; Fairmont Newspaper Publishing Company, 1919-1949; Fairmont Broadcasting Company, 1932, 1947-1949; and Jackson Coal Company, 1917-1924.


  • Creation: 1787-1957


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19.4 Linear Feet (Summary: 19 ft. 5 in. (44 document cases, 5 in. each); (1 small flat storage box, 3 in.); (8 ledgers, 8 1/2 in.); (2 wrapped packages, 1 1/2 in.); (1 oversize folder, 1 item.))

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

Related A&M Collections

258, 1604, 1606

Separated Materials

15 photos separated to A&M 4168, Panoramic Photos Collection:

Officers, 201st Infantry WV NG [National Guard?] In Camp, Point Pleasant, WV; 1928

201st WV Infantry WV NG [National Guard?] Camp, Point Pleasant, WV, 1928/08/19-1928/09/02; 1928/08

Petroleum Industry Conference, Washington, D.C.; 1933/07

Democratic National Convention, International Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL; 1952/07/21

Jefferson-Jackson Victory Dinner, Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.; 1949/02/24

Clubhouse, Hialeah Park, Florida (Miami Jockey Club); 1938/02/05

Democratic National Convention, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL (2 items); 1940/07/15

Democratic National Convention, International Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL; 1952/07/21

Democratic National Convention, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL; 1932/06/27

The Kentucky Democratic Club of Washington, D.C., in honor of Senator Alben W. Barkley and Senator Marvel Mills Logan of Kentucky; undated

Democratic National Convention, Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hon. James A. Farley, Chairman; 1936/06/23

WV Delegation Caucus, Democratic National Convention, Chicago; 1932/06

Democratic National Convention, Houston, TX; 1928

Democratic National Convention, New York City, NY; 1924/06/24


Clarence Edwin Smith (1885-1959) Papers, 1787-1957
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Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US