Collection Number: SC#11
Robert Smith Collection
Dr. Robert E. Smith, age 56, of 2630 Ohio Avenue in Joplin, Missouri, passed away at 10:55 a.m. Thursday February 24, 1994 at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident earlier that day.
Born September 28, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of Robert E. Smith and Lillian Cusick Smith. He had lived in Joplin since 1971, moving from Stillwater, Oklahoma. He graduated from high school at Hartwick, New York, attended Pennsylvania State University and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northwest Missouri State University at Maryville, Missouri. He received his Masters and Doctorate degrees from Oklahoma State University at Stillwater. Since 1971 he was a professor of History at Missouri Southern State College. He taught Indian and Western History and was the author of several Indian historical articles. He edited the books The Keeper of the Council Fires and Oklahoma’s Forgotten Indians.
Dr. Smith was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was an honorary member of the Wyandotte Indian Tribe and a former member of the Historical Preservation Committee of the City of Joplin.
On August 21, 1965 he married Anna L. Huber at Easton, Missouri. He had a son, Rob Smith of Junction City, Kansas; a daughter, Theresa Whittington of Springfield, Missouri; and one granddaughter.
This collection includes maps, periodicals, pamphlets, postcards, and a syllabus from a World War I class. Most of the collection is pamphlets and periodicals about Japan, China and Korea from the 1930s-1950s. There is also a copy of a photograph of Civil War veterans of the republic taken at Purdy, Missouri [ca.1890].
Robert E. Smith
Donated by Robert Smith in 1981.
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