This collection consists of the personal and professional papers of author and
Los Angeles Times columnist Jack Smith (1916-1996).
The collection provides a resource for studying journalism and the writing process and the history of Los Angeles. There are
many letters written during World War II
that discuss life in America as well as abroad, especially Iwo Jima.
Jack Clifford Smith, born August 27, 1916, in Long Beach, California, was a journalist and author who began his career in
Bakersfield in 1937; he served in the USMC, 1944-1945.
Smith was a reporter for several newspapers before coming to the Los Angeles Times as a reporter in 1953; he became a columnist in 1958 until his death on January 9, 1996.
Approximately 7,000 pieces + ephemera in 182 boxes
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