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A Guide to the Edwin Smith Papers

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

Digitization funded with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
July 2006

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Smith, Edwin
Title: Edwin Smith Papers
Dates: 1884-1896
Abstract: Records and correspondence of Edwin Smith, who operated a store in Federal Point, Florida.
Extent: 0.5 Linear feet. 2 boxes.
Identification: Ms 199
Language(s): English
Online ContentItems from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

Edwin Smith operated a stored in the 1880s and 1890s at Federal Point, Florida, near Jacksonville and St. Augustine. Smith was involved in the orange trade and had dealings with several produce sellers including Bernard Abel and Co. and John A. Lyon, both of New York, and T. Nooney and Sons in Jacksonville, Florida. He also purchased fertilizer and other supplies for local grove owners from suppliers such as Wilkinson and Co. He also helped found the local Episcopal Church, although no references to the church (other than passing inquiries made by family members in letters) are found in this collection.

Scope and Content

The collection contains extensive business records for the Federal Point store, including sales receipts, shipping records, and letters discussing sales requests and the citrus industry in various parts of the country. Personal letters in the collection include correspondence from Smith's brother, S.S. Smith in San Francisco, his niece Fannie Hubbard, and his cousin Louise Sexton and her son W.C. Sexton. There also is personal correspondence from businessmen, W.B. Cox and Bernard Abel. In the 1888 correspondence folder, there are multiple references to an epidemic of yellow fever in the Jacksonville area. Family members express concern for Smith's health, and business owners discuss the effects that the fever and subsequent quarantines had on their operations and sales.

Also included is a letterbook containing handwritten copies of the business correspondence sent by Smith between 1886 and 1896. A ledger documents Smith's business transactions, dated 1886-1891, including purchases, records of orange shipments, and other sales.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

The ledger and letterbook housed in Box 2 may not be photocopied or reproduced without the permission of the curator of the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History.

Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

Items in this collection have been digitized and are available via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) as part of the Pioneer Days in Florida project, which is generously supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edwin Smith Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

The ledger and letterbook were received from Edith Hubbard.

Processing Notes

The ledger and letterbook had been separated from the business records and correspondence and stored in the General Ledgers collection, but in 2006 the two parts of the collection were united.

Contents List

1 Business records and correspondence. 1884-1887
1 Business records and correspondence. 1888
1 Business records and correspondence. 1889
1 Business records and correspondence. 1890
1 Business records and correspondence. 1891
1 Business records and correspondence. 1892
1 Business records and correspondence. 1893
1 Business records and correspondence. 1894
1 Business records and correspondence. 1895-1896
2 Ledger documenting Smith's business transactions. 1886-1891
2 Letterbook containing handwritten copies of business correspondence. 1886-1896

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Citrus fruit industry -- Florida -- History.
Federal Point (Fla.) -- History -- 19th century.
Merchants -- Florida -- Federal Point -- Correspondence.
Pioneers -- Florida -- Jacksonville -- Correspondence.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Federal Point, Fla.)

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