- Smith, Norma, 1913-2001
- Norma Smith Papers
- 3.2 linear feet
- Collection Number
- Collection 2329, MtBC, us (collection)
- The Norma Smith Papers contain her research material in writing her manuscript on Jeannette Rankin. The collection also contains: photocopies of Jeannette Rankin correspondence throughout her career; Norma's research notes and bibliographic material; research correspondence; correspondence with Jeannette Rankin and her personal secretary, Reita Rivers; notes from Norma's interviews with Rankin as well as copies of other interviews, and clippings. In addition to her research on Jeannette Rankin, the collection also includes personal papers, other research material, and family history research. The collection also contains photographs of Jeannette Rankin and her home in Georgia and pictures of Norma's family.
- Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Norma Smith was born on March 1, 1913, in Mohler, Idaho. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in journalism in 1933. Norma lived in Bozeman from 1950 until 1967. During that time she completed her Master's degree in history, graduating in 1961 from Montana State College. She worked as a secretary, social worker, newspaper reporter, editor, and free lance writer having published some poetry in the Saturday Evening Post. She married Louis De Smith and they had three children. Norma first met Jeannette Rankin during her graduation ceremony from Montana State College in 1961 when she received her Master's degree in history and Jeannette Rankin was awarded an honorary doctorate. Over the next decade Norma visited and interviewed Rankin in both Montana and Georgia.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Norma Smith papers contain her research material in writing her manuscript on Jeannette Rankin. Although it bore the working title of "Fighting Pacifist," Smith's work was eventually published as Jeannette Rankin, America's Conscience (Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 2002). The collection also contains: photocopies of Jeannette Rankin correspondence throughout her career; Norma's research notes and bibliographic material; research correspondence; correspondence with Jeannette Rankin and her personal secretary, Reita Rivers; notes from Norma's interviews with Rankin as well as copies of other interviews, and clippings. In addition to her research on Jeannette Rankin, the collection also includes personal papers, other research material, and family history research. In addition, the collection contains photographs of Jeannette Rankin and her home in Georgia and pictures of Norma's family. Materials added in March 2011 have been placed in the appropriately labeled folders and indicated with .
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Series 1 "Fighting Pacifist: Jeannette Rankin and her Times" Manuscript, 1974-2000
Series 2 Jeannette Rankin Research, 1898-1999
Series 3 Norma Smith
Subseries 1: Personal Papers, 1971-1996
Subseries 2: Academic Research, 1973-1991
Subseries 3: Family Histories/Genealogy, 1910-1990
Series 4 Photographs, circa 1895-1984
Norma Smith of Bozeman, Montana, donated her papers to Special Collections in 1995 and 2000. Additional manuscripts and clippings collected or created by Smith were donated by her daughter, Celia O'Connor, of Bozeman, Montana, on March 4, 2011 and incorporated into this collection.
This collection was processed 2011 March 10
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series 1: "Fighting Pacifist: Jeannette Rankin and her Times" Manuscript, 1974-2000Return to Top
Container(s): Box 1-2
Series 1 consists mainly of two drafts of Norma Smith's manuscript on Jeannette Rankin. Also included is Norma's correspondence with various publishers in attempt to have her manuscript published.
Series 2: Jeannette Rankin Research, 1908-2002Return to Top
Container(s): Box 2-6
Series 2 contains Norma's research material for her manuscript on Jeannette Rankin. The material includes photocopies of Jeannette Rankin correspondence, Norma's correspondence in gathering research material as well as her correspondence with Rankin, clippings and research notes, and interviews with Rankin conducted by Norma and other researchers. The material has been arranged topically in alphabetical order. Topics include her run for Congress in 1916, 1918, and 1940, correspondence, the Jeannette Rankin Brigade, the suffrage movement, Minnie J. Reynolds, Burton K. Wheeler, and clippings on Jeannette Rankin. Material added to this series in 2011 have been marked for the appropriate folders and include clippings dated from 2002 of book reviews for Smith's published work.
Series 3: Norma Smith PapersReturn to Top
Letters, memorabilia, and other papers documenting Norma Smith's personal life, family history, and research interests beyond her work on in Jeannette Rankin. Divided into three topical subseries.
Subseries 1: Personal Papers
Subseries 1 of Series 3 contains personal papers of Norma Smith. The bulk of the papers are notes on trips Norma and her husband took around the world and United States. Also included are clippings on quilting, documents concerning her condominium at Quail Run, and correspondence.
Subseries 2: Academic Research
In addition to her research on Jeannette Rankin, Norma wrote on other topics as well. Subseries 2 of Series 3 contain some of Norma's other writings and research.
Subseries 3: Family History/Genealogy
Norma was also very active in researching her family history. Subseries 3 of Series 3 contain her genealogical research on the Guthrie, Longeteig, and Marrs families including family trees, correspondence, copies of family documents, and family reunion material.
Series 4: Photographs, circa 1895-1984Return to Top
Container(s): Box 8
Series 4 contains photographs of Jeannette Rankin, her home in Georgia, and the Jeannette Rankin statue at the US Capitol as well as pictures of Norma's family including Iver and Frances Longeteig, the Marrs family, and the Longeteig family reunion.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Women biographers-United States
- Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973-Biography
- Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973-Correspondence
- Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973-Photographs
- Rivers, Reita-Correspondence
- Smith, Norma, 1913-2001-Jeannette Rankin : America's conscience
- Montana State University--Bozeman-Alumni and alumnae