Charles A. Smith papers: 1926-1958 (bulk 1926-1934)
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Personal Papers 1923-1958, 1926-1932 [series]

The Personal Papers series (0.1 linear feet) includes letters from Smith's business partners and professional colleagues, materials relating to Smith's philanthropic activities, a small number of materials relating to his activities as a Freemason, a folder with documents relating to his brother Jacob Smith, and an undated photo of Charles Smith.

Of note are materials concerning children within the Detroit Jewish Social Services Bureau system and especially concerning the Jewish Orphan Home in Cleveland, Ohio. Also of interest are two folders with letters on the subject of clemency for two Michigan men who have been convicted for first degree murder, Nathan Corman and David "Dave" Gilinski. These files contain letters from the Jackson State Prison Warden, attorneys, letters addressed to Governor Green, as well as letters from the prisoners and their family members.

 
Advocacy and philanthropy
Box   1  
Corman, Nathan 1929
Box   1  
Gilinski, David 1927-1929
Box   1  
Jewish community 1926-1929, 1945
Box   1  
Jewish Orphan Home 1927-1933
Box   1  
Correspondence 1926-1932, 1943, 1958
Box   1  
Freemasonry 1923-1954 (scattered years)
Box   1  
Metropolitan Trust Company 1931-1932
Box   1  
Photograph undated
Box   1  
Smith, Jacob 1930
Box   1  
Miscellaneous 1923-1942 (scattered dates)
 
Political Papers 1923-1950, 1926-1946 [series]

The Political Papers series (0.4 linear feet) is arranged in three sub-series: Activities, Correspondence, and Vandenberg, Arthur H.

The Activities sub-series contains letters received during Smith's tenure at the Republican Progressive League, as well as a small collection of newspaper clippings documenting his political activities.

The Correspondence sub-series includes letters received from Michigan political and public figures, including Michigan Governor Fred W. Green, Green's Executive Secretary Howard C. Lawrence, Michigan State Senator Seth Q. Pulver, Judge Charles Rubiner, among others. The General Correspondence folder contains a great number of thank you letters from different individuals, written in appreciation for Smith's support during various elections and nominations.

Of special interest is the Arthur H. Vandenberg sub-series. The sub-series include six folders containing letters from the Senator. In his letters, Vandenberg candidly shares with Smith his opinions about current political events. The sub-series includes Vandenberg's photograph signed by the Senator and bearing a warm inscription addressed to Smith. Also included several issues of the "Congressional Record" with Vandemberg's speeches.

 
Activities [subseries]
Box   1  
Newspaper clippings 1927-1947 (scattered years), undated
Box   1  
Republican Progressive League 1928-1929
 
Correspondence [subseries]
Box   1  
General 1926-1947
Box   1  
Green, Fred W. 1926-1934, 1947
Box   1  
Lawrence, Howard C. 1926-1940, 1926-1929 (2 folders)
Box   1  
Murphy, Frank 1931
Box   1  
Pulver, Seth Q. 1926, 1928
Box   1  
Rubiner, Charles 1928-1929, 1943
 
Arthur H. Vandenberg [subseries]
Box   1  
Correspondence 1927-1950 (with gaps), 1928-1946 (6 folders)
Box   1  
Photograph undated

(Inscribed to Dr. Chaprles Smith and signed by Vandenberg.)

Box   1  
Speeches, collected 1929-1943 (scattered years)