Inventory of the Smith-Atkins Family Family Papers, 1877 - 1981
|Abstract:||The Smith Atkins family members included in this collection are William Henry Smith (1865-1941), his wife Anna Priscilla McLeish Smith (1870-1940), her father, James Wilkinson McLeish (1839-1897), and William and Anna's daughter, Maude Henrietta Smith Atkins (1839-1897).|
|The bulk of the collection are comprised of materials created or collected by Maude Smith Atkins, as an Avery Normal Institute student, and as an organist. Smith Atkins co-authored "The Avery Song," in which the Library of Congress copyright certificate (1925) is included in this collection. Items of note are the union dues booklets of William Smith's affiliation with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 809, Charleston, South Carolina (1910-1934). Materials from James W. McLeish hold a minute and financial ledger (1877-1880) from Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church, (Charleston, South Carolina), and certificate of membership for burial privileges from Unity and Friendship Society (1894). Throughout the collection are materials relating to Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church (Charleston, South Carolina), in which Anna and Maude Smith Atkins were members.|
|Title:||Smith Atkins Family Papers|
|Call Number:||AMN 1142|
|Repository:||Avery Research Center|
|Dates:||1877-1981, and undated|
|Language of Material:||Material is in English|
|Extent:||0.42 linear foot
(1 archival box and one oversize folder)
William Henry Smith, the son of Frank and Flora Holmes Smith was born on July 25, 1865 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was a carpenter and member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local Union 809, Charleston, South Carolina from 1911-1934. He passed in 1941, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Anna Priscilla McLeish Smith, the daughter of James Wilkinson and Henrietta Powers, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, 1870. A student at the Avery Normal Institute, (Class of 1889), she eventually became the president of their Parent Teachers' Association. She married William Henry Smith in 1893 and the couple had four children. She passed in 1940.
James Wilkinson McLeish, (the father of Anna P. McLeish Smith) was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1839. He was a S. S. Superintendent with Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church (Charleston). McLeish was married to Henrietta Powers and the couple had six children. He passed in 1897, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Maude Henrietta Smith Atkins, the daughter of William Henry and Ann McLeish Smith, was born in 1898, Charleston, South Carolina. After graduating from the Avery Normal Institute (Class of 1915), Smith attended Fisk University, majoring in music education. She returned to Avery to head its music department, including the Girls Glee Club. Smith composed the music for "The Avery Song" with Beulah Shecut in 1925. She married Jasper Alston Atkins during the 1920s and had two daughters. Smith Atkins passed in 1998 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
"Atkins-Simkins Family Tree." Web: 16 December 2014. Ancestry.com
Drago, Edmund L. Charleston's Avery Center. Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, 2006.
The papers are divided into three series: NOTE: The majority of the original documents are in Fragile Condition and are indicated as such. Please use photocopies when available.
Series 1: William Henry Smith Family Holds documents pertaining to William Smith, his wife, Anna Priscilla McLeish, and her father, James Wilkinson McLeish. Materials include dues ledger booklets union documents from William Smith's affiliation with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (1911-1934); and his voting registration certificates from the State of South Carolina (1928, 1931). Anna Priscilla McLeish Smith's materials includes class assignments (1889) and manuscripts (1915-1918) while she was a student and later the president of the Parent Teachers' Association of the Avery Normal Institute. Materials from Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church, (Charleston, South Carolina), includes a manuscript regarding "Reverend" James H. Holloway; and programs from the Ladies Aid Society. James Wilkinson McLeish's materials pertains to his religious affiliation with Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church. Included is a certificate of membership from Unity and Friendship Society (1894) for a cemetery plot; and a minute and financial ledger of the church trustees (1877-1880), indicating McLeish as "S.S. Superintendent."
Series 2: Maude Henrietta Smith Atkins Holds documents relating to the daughter of William Henry and Anna McLeish Smith. Contains personal documents created and collected by Smith Atkins as a Avery Normal Institute student (Class of 1915), including her commencement speech, "On the Threhold." Also included are programs from organ performances and "Certificate of Copyright Registration," from the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. for "The Avery Song," in which Smith co-wrote with Beulah Shecut (1925). A folder containing magazine and newspaper articles regarding United States Federal, Judge Julius Waites Waring (1948-1976) is included. The sub-series, Avery Normal Institute Memorabilia contains various materials, (manuscript, annual catalogs, commencement programs, and photograph) collected by Smith Atkins during her affiliation with the school. Of note is a handwritten manuscript entitled, "The Early History of Avery Normal Institute Down to 1900," (circa 1900), which includes "Some of the Avery Graduates," from 1872-1900.
Series 3: Oversize Documents Contains the Avery Normal Institute diplomas of Maude Henrietta Smith (1915) and her brother, Williams McLeish Smith (1924).
Series 1. William Henry Smith Family
Series 2. Maude Henrietta Smith Atkins
Series 3. Oversize Documents
- Atkins, Maude Henrietta Smith, 1898-1998.
- McLeish , James Wilkinson, 1839-1897.
- Smith , Anna Pricilla McLeish, 1870-1940.
- Smith , William Henry, 1865-1941.
- Avery Normal Institute--Alumni and alumnae--Photographs.
- Avery Normal Institute--Alumni and alumnae.
- Avery Normal Institute--History.
- Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church--South Carolina--Charleston.
- United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Local 809 (Charleston, S.C.).
- Unity and Friendship Society--Charleston (S.C.).
- Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church--Charleston (S.C.).
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: William Henry Smith Family, 1877-1940, and undated.
1.1: William Henry Smith, 1910-1940.
1.2: Anna McLeish Smith, 1889-1934, and undated .
1.3: James Wilkinson McLeish, 1877-1910.
Series 2: Maude Henrietta Smith Atkins, 1888-1981, and undated.
2.1: Smith Atkins Personal Documents, 1888-1976, and undated.
2.2: Avery Normal Institute Memorabilia, 1893-1981, and undated.
Series 3: Oversize Documents, 1915-1924.
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[Identification of item], Smith-Atkins Family Papers, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.
Papers donated by Anna A. Simkins and Simona Atkins Allen, 26 November 2001.
Processed by Georgette Mayo, December 2014
Edited by Aaron Spelbring, February 2015
Encoded by Aaron Spelbring, February 2015