William Smith papers, 1822 - 1853Manuscript MS-1270

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William Smith papers, 1822 - 1853

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1270

Collection Dates:

1822 - 1853

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


William Smith (1800-1891), manufacturer from Cavendish, VT. Non-graduate of Dartmouth College, class of 1826. The collection contains journals and a commonplace book.

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Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of William Smith contain a commonplace book he kept while a student at Dartmouth College, as well as two journals; one, begun while he was at Dartmouth, and a second of a trip to Europe.


William Smith was born on July 31, 1800, in Cavendish, VT. He entered Dartmouth College in 1822, but left in 1824 for health reasons. After he left Dartmouth he was involved first with the manufacture of potato starch and then wool, manufacturing it in Proctorsville, VT. He retired prior to the Civil War. Smith was active in his community where he was a selectman, a representative of his town in the legislature and a justice of the Peace. He was also a director of the National Bank, a trustee of the Public Library and one of the founders of the Universalist Church in Cavendish, VT. Smith died on April 13, 1891 in Proctor, VT.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Papers,

Access Restrictions


Box: 1, Dates: 1822-1853

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Commonplace Book kept by William Smith, 1822
  • Folder: 2, Diary of William Smith , 1822-1827
  • Folder: 3, Journal of a trip to Europe, 1853

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