Inventory of the Waddell F. Smith Papers,1939-1976

Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
100 North West Quad
Davis, CA 95616-5292
Phone: (530) 752-1621
Fax: (530) 754-5758
Email: speccoll@lib.ucdavis.edu
2003 ©2003
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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History--United States and North American History.

Inventory of the Waddell F. Smith Papers, 1939-1976

D-392

Department of Special Collections

General Library

University of California, Davis

Davis, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • General Library
  • 100 North West Quad
  • University of California, Davis
  • Davis, CA 95616-5292
  • Phone: (530) 752-1621
  • Fax: (530) 754-5758
  • Email: speccoll@lib.ucdavis.edu
Encoded by: Sara Gunasekara
Completed: 2003
©2003 The Regents of the University of California

Descriptive Summary

Title: Waddell F. Smith Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1939-1976
Collection number: D-392
Creator: Smith, Waddell F.
Extent: 20 linear feet
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library.Dept. of Special Collections.
100 North West Quad
Davis, California, 95616-5292
Abstract: Waddell F. Smith, historian and collector, was the great grandson of William B. Waddell, member of freighting firm of Russell, Majors and Waddell, founders of Pony Express (1860). Smith retired from military service (1949) to devote time to study and promotion of Pony Express history. He settled in San Rafael, Calif. and organized a Pony Express History and Art Gallery. The Gallery became headquarters for the National Pony Express Centennial Association, of which Waddell Smith was President. In this capacity Smith organized and staged a reenactment of a Pony Express run (1960). He published "Stage Lines and Express Companies in California" (1965) and a number of pamphlets, such as "Pony Express versus Wells Fargo Express" (1966) The Papers contain the Pony Express Gallery Records as well as Smith's Pony Express scrapbook, research notes, writings and photographs.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Waddell F. Smith Papers, D-392, Department of Special Collections, University of California Library, Davis, California.

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 2003

Biography

Biographical Narrative

Waddell F. Smith (1899-1970) was a great grandson of William B. Waddell, member of the freighting firm of Russell, Majors and Waddell, founders, owners and operators of the Pony Express. Smith retired from military service in 1949 and fulfilled his lifelong wish to study the history of the Pony Express and correct "misinterpretations of history" crediting Wells Fargo as taking over the Pony Express. He settled in San Rafael, Calif. where he created the Pony Express History and Art Gallery. The Gallery was a part-time headquarters for the Pony Express Centennial Association, of which Smith was founder and President. Waddell Smith wrote Stage Lines and Express Companies in California (1965) and a number of smaller works.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Waddell Smith Papers contain the Pony Express Gallery Records as well as Smith's Pony Express scrapbook, research notes, writings and photographs.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Smith, Waddell F.
Pony Express History and Art Gallery
Pony express--History
Historians--Correspondence
Postal museums--California--San Rafael
Firearms--History
West (U.S.)--History--Sources


Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Correspondence

Box 1

Subseries 1.1 Letters to Individuals

Box 2

Subseries 1.2 Letters to Historical Organizations

Box 3

Subseries 1.3 Miscellany

Box 3

Subseries 1.3.1 Chronological

Box 3

Subseries 1.3.2 Social

Box 3

Subseries 1.3.3 Letters of Mrs. Waddell Smith

 

Series 2 Financial records of Pony Express Museum

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Subseries 2.1 Financial statements

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Contains balance sheets, journals, and tax reports.

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Subseries 2.2 Sales records

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Subseries 2.2.1 Medal sales

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Contains sales records, ordering invoices, and correspondence.

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Subseries 2.2.2 Memorabilia sales

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Series 3 Historical research material

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Subseries 3.1 Pony Express vs. Wells Fargo

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Contains editorials, speeches, pamphlets, books, clippings, and correspondence.

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Subseries 3.2 Pony Express Riders

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Contains lists of riders and research on individuals.

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Subseries 3.3 Pony Express Company

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Contains research notes, manuscripts, and correspondence.

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Series 4. Pony Express Gallery records

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Contains files on tours and information requests.

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Series 5. Pony Express Museum printed matter

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Subseries 5.1 Books

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Contains corrections, sales, and correspondence files.

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Subseries 5.2 News stories

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Subseries 5.3 Magazine articles

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Subseries 5.4 Pamphlets

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Subseries 5.5 Promotions

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Series 6 Newspaper clippings

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Series 7 Pony Express memorabilia

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Series 8 Pony Express scrapbook

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Series 9 Speeches

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Series 10 Gun records

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Series 11 Personal financial records

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Series 12 Overland Mail Centennial Association records

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Box 19-21

Series 13 Photographs

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