Austin History Center

Nancy Smith Smitz Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Smitz, Nancy Smith
Title: Nancy Smith Smitz Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1933-1993
Abstract: The small collection of photographs, correspondence and newspaper clippings provides a brief look into the lives of Nancy Smith Smitz and her parents Jay and Anita Smith.
Identification: AR.2006.038
Quantity: .4 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Nancy Smith Smitz was born in 1942 to J. Frank (Jay) Smith Jr. and Anita Jane Ake Smith in Austin, Texas. Her father, Jay, was born in Thorndale, Texas in 1915 and moved to Austin in 1939. Anita was also born in Taylor and married Jay in 1940. Jay Smith was a partner of McCall, Smith, Hibler Insurance until 1944 when he opened the Smith Brothers Chrysler-Plymouth dealership with his brother Edwin. In 1964 the name changed to Jay Smith Chrysler-Plymouth until the business was sold in 1979. Jay operated Jay Smith Chrysler-Plymouth in Taylor, Texas until his retirement in 1980s.

Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection consists of approximately 80 images (negatives and prints) of the Smith Brothers auto dealership. In addition there are images (negatives) of the Smith family at various Austin society events. The textual materials consist of correspondence and newspaper clippings.


Arranged by material type.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Smith, Jay.
Smitz, Nancy Smith.
Smith Brothers.
Austin (Tex.)
Automobile dealers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nancy Smith Smitz (AR.2006.038). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2006/090

Donation Date: 2006

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Nancy Smith Smitz Papers, 1933-1993

Box Folder
1 1 Textual materials, 1933-1993
2 Photographs, undated
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault B&W Negatives drawer Negatives, undated