Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Maurice L. Smith Papers

Finding aid created by
C. Engerson

Summary Information
Title: Maurice L. Smith Papers,
Creator: Smith, Maurice L.
Inclusive dates: 1931, 1991, and undated
Extent: .5 cubic feet (in 1 box, 1 Oversized folder)
Papers include certificates, diplomas, programs, publications, photographs, an Appleblossom club pin and bracelet, and an honorary plaque.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 72688

Access Restrictions:

Maurice L. Smith Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Maurice L. Smith Papers, Folder #, Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and then chronological.



Maurice Lemuel Smith was born to Chas and Mary Smith in February of 1883 in Kansas. Maurice had a younger sister, Lulu, and a younger brother, Lester. Maurice married Ida Smith and had two children by the names of Maida and Donald. Beginning in 1927, Maurice Smith established the Central Michigan University Appleblossom Club, which was designed to consolidate the school district of Gladwin County. The Appleblossom Club sought to integrate farm knowledge and technique with basic education to provide young children with future academic and economic opportunities. Maurice Smith received a degree of Doctor of Education from Leland Stanford Junior University in 1931. He retired from Central Michigan University in 1946 and afterwards taught at Florence State, Oglethorpe, and Carson-Newman. On July 24, 1961 Maurice Smith passed away at his home in Magnolia Springs. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains various papers related to Maurice Lemuel Smith and the Appleblossom Club. The information within this collection is organized in Alphabetical order. Material in this collection includes certificates, diplomas, dedication programs, publications and photographs. Appleblossom Club memorabilia include a club pin and bracelet. The collection also includes an honorary plaque from Ronan 303 where the Appleblossom Club used to meet and one framed photograph of M.L Smith. The room ceased to exist following renovations at Ronan in 2010-2011.

Subject Terms

    • Smith, Maurice L.
    • Central Michigan University.
    • Central Michigan University--Faculty.
    • Central Michigan University. Appleblossom Club.
    • Education, Rural--History.
    • Isabella County (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Maurice L. Smith Papers [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Appleblossom Bracelet, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Appleblossom Club Pin, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Appleblossom Club, Inc., Membership Certificate, M. L. Smith, 1946
    Box   1 F   4
    Certificate of Appreciation, 1947
    Box   1 F   6
    Diploma of Graduation, Donald Maurice Smith, 1937
    Box   1 F   7
    Diploma of Graduation, M. L. Smith, 1931
    Box   1 F   8
    Dr. M. L. Smith Seminar Room Dedication Program, 1991
    Box   1 F   9
    Founder's Day Banquet Program, 1946
    Box   1 F   10
    Photographers, M. L. Smith, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Reader's Digest, "Doc Smith and the Appleblossom Club", 1945
    Box   1 F   13
    Stillman College Bulletin, 1961
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder, Room plaque honoring M. L. Smith and Archie R. Gilpin for furnishing Ronan 303, the meeting place of the Appleblossom Club, undated
    F   2  
    Framed Material, Framed photograph of Maurice L. Smith, formatted in a blue and maroon cardboard mat, with a slender, decorative wooden frame with glass, undated