Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Smith, C. mss., 1929-1978, consist of the papers of educator, consultant, musicologist, and journalist Carleton Smith, 1908-1984. Smith was the director of the National Arts Foundation and organized the International Awards Foundation to establish awards in fields not covered by the Nobel Prize. Smith was instrumental in establishing the Pritzker Prize for architecture and the Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize. He taught music appreciation at the University of Illinois from 1926 to 1929, economics and foreign trade at De Paul University from 1928 to 1934, and music history at Oxford University from 1931 to 1939. He was the music editor of Esquire and was European correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune. During the late 1940's he helped recover many music manuscripts that were lost during the war. Through his extensive travels Smith befriended many politicians, musicians and other luminaries of his day.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Business/Professional; II. Writings; III. Personal; IV. Miscellaneous; V. Mixed Media. An inventory to the collection is available.

Gift. 1986, 1987

Collection size: 31,000 items

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