Guide to the Papers of Clifford Hayes Smith, 1875 - 1948Manuscript MS-1233

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Guide to the Papers of Clifford Hayes Smith, 1875 - 1948

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1233

Collection Dates:

1875 - 1948

Size of Collection:

2 boxes (3 linear ft.)


Clifford Hayes Smith (1856-1948), congregational minister in Vermont. Dartmouth College Class of 1879. Consist of letters to his family while a student at Dartmouth College as well as other correspondence, a diary, commercial photographic prints, photo albums, newspaper clippings, manuscripts and tributes to Smith.

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Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Clifford Hayes Smith contain letters to his parents and sisters while he was a student at Dartmouth College from 1875-1879, as well as correspondence related to his personal life, career and involvement with the Vermont Anti-Saloon League. A diary chronicling his trip to Italy in 1907, as well as commercial photographic prints of the sites he visited on this journey are also included. In addition, the collection contains two family photo albums, a catalogue of the Brattleboro Academy, the draft of a historical Vermont story written by his wife Martha Votey Smith, a handwritten psalm, a clipping from "The Dartmouth" and tributes to Smith.


Clifford Hayes Smith was born on August 17, 1856, in Brattleboro, Vermont. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1879, and received his Bachelor of Divinity from Yale in 1882. That same year Smith was ordained in the Congregational ministry in Pittsfield, Vt. He immediately took a missionary field in Sherborn and Pittsfield before returning to graduate study at Yale. After Yale he held pastorates in Vermont at Warren (1884-1887), Townshend (1887-1892), Pittsford (1892-1911) and Ludlow (1920) until his retirement in 1924. In 1907, he undertook a trip to Italy to study classical art and history. Smith served as Superintendent of the Vermont Anti-Saloon League from 1911-1919. He died on June 12, 1948 in Proctor, Vermont. Clifford Hayes Smith was a first cousin, once removed, of U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1875-1948

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence: Letters to his parents while at Dartmouth College, Sept. 1875-June 1876
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence: Letters to his parents while at Dartmouth College, Aug. 1876-June 1877
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence: Letters to his parents while at Dartmouth College, Sept. 1877-Dec. 1879
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence: Letters to his sisters Alice and Anne while at Dartmouth College, Sept. 1875-May 1876
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence: Letters to his sisters Alice and Anne while at Dartmouth College, Sept. 1876-June 1877
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence: Letters to his sisters Alice and Anne while at Dartmouth College, Sept. 1877-June 1879
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence: Letters to "Dear Folks at home", Sept. 1875-Dec. 1878
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence: Postcards to his family while at Dartmouth College, undated
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence: The Vermont Anti-Saloon League, with photograph , 1911
  • Folder: 10, Correspondence, 1911
  • Folder: 11, Correspondence, 1920-1928
  • Folder: 12, Correspondence, 1931-1934
  • Folder: 13, Correspondence, 1935-1941
  • Folder: 14, Correspondence, undated
  • Folder: 15, Diary: Trip to Italy, Feb. 16-March 30, handwritten, 1907
  • Folder: 16, Diary: Trip to Naples, Italy, Feb. 16-March 10, typescript of handwritten diary with photographs, 1908
  • Folder: 17, Photographs: Italy Trip, Rome, 1907
  • Folder: 18, Photographs: Italy Trip, Firenze, 1907
  • Folder: 19, Photographs: Italy Trip, Naples, 1907
  • Folder: 20, Photographs: Italy Trip, miscellaneous locations, 1907
  • Folder: 21, Photographs: Miscellaneous, undated
  • Folder: 22, Manuscript: "A Freshman Writes Home" or "Four Years at Dartmouth," excerpt from his letters to his family, typescript, bound, undated
  • Folder: 23, Manuscript: "The Story of a Cemetery and a Farm," by Martha Votey Smith, typescript, carbon, undated
  • Folder: 24, Manuscript: "My Friend Clifford," by Howard V. Smith, typescript, undated
  • Folder: 25, Booklet: "Historical Sketches of the Congregational Meetinghouse Townshend-Vermont," by Muriel Folett, undated
  • Folder: 26, Catalogue: Brattleboro Academy, 1874-1875, 1875
  • Folder: 27, Clipping: "Dartmouth Alumnus Describes Teaching Experience in 1879" in "The Dartmouth," Dec. 15, 1938
  • Folder: 28, Psalm: "Rich Towards God," handwritten, undated
  • Folder: 29, Tributes to Clifford Hayes Smith, typescript and Kurt Hattin Bulletin, 1948

Box: 2, Dates: circa 1925-1928

Contains two photo albums with photographs of family and friends and one annotated scrapbook with apostolic prints

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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