University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Smoot-Graham Family Papers, 1811-1968, 1986, 1987.

Descriptive Summary

Creator Smoot-Graham
Title: Smoot-Graham Family Papers,
Dates: 1811-1968, 1986, 1987.
Abstract Materials relate to the Smoot family and their participation in the settlement of the Austin area.
Extent: 21 ft.
Language Materials are in English
Repository Center For American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Papers relate primarily to the Smoot family of Austin, particularly patriarch John N. Smoot (1786-1859) of Rowan County, North Carolina; Richmond Kelley Smoot (1836-1905), pastor of the First Southern Presbyterian Church in Austin (1876-1905), professor at the University of Texas, and cofounder of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary; his brothers Benjamin and Thomas R. Smoot (b. 1834) in Tennessee; his son Asher Graham Smoot (1869-1915), journalist, editor and manager of the Austin Statesman newspaper, and cofounder of the Austin American in 1914; son Lawrence Kelley Smoot (1875-1968), photographer, librarian, and editorial reporter for the Texas Supreme Court; and Lawrence's daughter Jane Smoot (b. 1919). Also included are papers relating to the family of Sallie Graham Smoot (1837-1916), wife of Richmond K. Smoot, particularly Judge Asher W. Graham of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and other family members including Lawrence A. Graham (1833-1917), an Austin merchant. Of special note is a history of the R. K. Smoot home with descriptions and inventory of its contents.

Scope and Contents

Materials consist of: family correspondence; business papers; legal and financial documents; some records of the First Southern Presbyterian Church; scrapbooks, diaries, and medical records of Richmond K. Smoot; and memorial scrapbooks and records documenting the deaths and funerals of Richmond K. Smoot and other family members. Lawrence K. Smoot's papers also concern Camp Pajama, a popular vacation retreat near Kingsland, Texas, and contain a pamphlet describing his Austin poultry yards. Papers include Jane Smoot's collection of 19th- and 20th-century sheet music.

Index Terms

Papers - Persons
Graham, Asher W.
Graham Family
Smoot, Asher Graham
Smoot, Lawrence Kelley
Smoot, Richmond Kelley
Smoot Family
Papers - Places
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Rowan County, North Carolina
Union City, Tennessee
Austin, Camp Pajama (Kingsland), Texas
Papers - Subjects
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Death and dying
First Southern Presbyterian Church (Austin)
Houses and housing
Journalists and journalism
Judges and judiciary
Medicine, Practice of
Presbyterian Church
Sheet music
Photographs - Persons
Fulmore, Luella Robertson
Garrison, George Pierce
Graham, A. W.
Graham, Lawrence A.
Graham Family
Marks, Harvey R. (photographer)
Nalle, George
Smoot, Asher Graham
Smoot, Lawrence Kelley
Smoot, Richard Kelley
Smoot Family
Williams, Amelia W.
Photographs - Places
Austin, Texas
Hays County, Texas
Kingsland, Texas
Llano County, Texas
Honolulu, Hawaii
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Saint Louis, Missouri
Nashville, Tennessee
Salt Lake City, Utah
Photographs - Subject
Austin American (newspaper)
Austin Dam (Colorado River)
Boats and boating
Buggies and carriages
Bull Creek (Travis County)
Camps, Recreational
Cartes de visite
Colorado River
Devils River
Enchanted Rock (Gillespie County)
First Southern Presbyterian Church (Austin)
Frio River
Garden of the Gods (Colorado park)
Houses and housing
Houses and housing - Interiors
Hunting and fishing
Llano River
Log cabins
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (Saint Louis)
Merchants and stores
Mississippi River
Mount Bonnell (Travis County)
Packsaddle Mountain (Llano County)
Photography and photographers
Picnics and barbecues
Rivers and streams
Royal Gorge (Colorado)
Samaritan Ranch (Hays County)
State Lunatic Asylum Park (Austin)
Texas. Capitols
UT Old Main Building
Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Smoot-Graham Family Papers, 1811-1968, 1986, 1987, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description Of Papers

2N301 A. W. Graham family:
Correspondence, 1833-1866 and undated
Invitations, undated
Legal and financial documents, 1847-1866
Notes, poems, and miscellany
Compositions of Anne Elizabeth Graham, undated

2N301 John N. Smoot:
Correspondence, 1817-1855 and undated
Legal and business documents, 1811-1858 and undated

2N302 Richmond Kelley Smoot:
Business correspondence, 1860-1905 and undated
Family correspondence, 1871-1904 and undated
Letters of condolence at his death, 1905
2N303 Letters of condolence at his death, 1905
Literary productions, 1891-1904 and undated
Scrapbook, ca. 1855-1896
Scrapbook materials, ca. 1855-1896
History of the R. K. Smoot Home with descriptions and inventory of its contents, 1968
2N304 Scrapbook, ca. 1860-1885
Scrapbook, ca. 1877-1905
Scrapbook materials, 1905 and undated
Bylaws of the Board of Deacons of the First Southern Presbyterian Church of Austin, 1908

2N304 Sallie Graham Smoot:
Correspondence, 1866-1911 and undated
Letters of condolence at her death, 1916
2N305 Scrapbook of pressed seamoss specimens, 1887

2N305 Asher Graham Smoot:
Family correspondence, 1909-1915 and undated
Memorabilia, 1897, 1915, and undated
Letters of condolence at his death, 1915-1916
2N306 Scrapbook, undated

2N306 Lawrence Kelley Smoot:
Correspondence, 1888-1957
Legal documents, 1913-1918
Miscellany, 1913-1922 and undated
Diaries, and 1896, 1898, 1899-1900, 1902,1913
Correspondence concerning his illness, January-February, 1968
2N307 Correspondence concerning his illnesses, March-June, 1968 and undated
Daily record of medical care dept by Jane Smoot, 1968
Letters of condolence at his death, 1968
2N308 Letters of condolence at his death, 1968, 1986, and undated
Memorials and memorabilia at his death, 1968-1969 and undated
Memorial scrapbook and flower cards, 1968

2N308 Smoot family:
Newsclippings, 1866-1928 and undated
Scrapbook, undated
Miscellaneous papers, 1876, 1879, and undated
2N309 Sheet music, ca. 1828-1919
2N310 Memorial scrapbooks and records:
Carrie W. Peets, 1949
George H. Peets, 1950
Amelia Williams, 1958
Julia E. W. Smoot, 1963

2.325/V22 Oversize materials
Military commission for John N. Smoot, 1817
The Texas Presbyterian, Jan. 5, 1893
Literary productions of R. K. Smoot, 1904 and undated
Correspondence, 1904

2.116/OD1223B Family lineage charts:
Williams Family
Massengale Family
Smoot Family
Graham Family

2.116/OD1223B Official highway map of Texas, undated (1930s or 1950s??)

3Y560 Photographs associated with the Papers of the Smoot-Graham Family, 1811-1968, 1986, 1987.
Extent: 9 feet: 15 albums containing 928 silver gelatin and 34 other prints.2 albums containing 104 albumen cabinet cards and cartes de visite.1 album containing 321 color prints and 47 postcards.3 scrapbooks that include 10 silver gelatin and 10 photomechanical prints.132 silver gelatin prints.14 albumen prints.2 tintypes.9 collodion and other prints.14 color prints.252 glass negatives.91 film negatives.26 postcards.20 photomechanical reproductions.

Abstract Photography work of Lawrence Kelley Smoot.
Photograph Scope and Contents
Includes glass and film negatives and prints made by Lawrence Kelley Smoot (1875-1968) between about 1899 and 1917 of views of the capitol, the burning of the temporary capitol, the University of Texas, geographic landmarks around Austin, family members and friends, and scenes of an annual camping pilgrimage to Campa Pajama near Kingsland. Many photographs are mounted in albums. Also includes professional portraits of Smoot and Graham family members and a 1967 album of memorabilia and photographs gathered by Jane Smoot when she took her father, Lawrence Kelley Smoot, on a trip to visit the campsites of his youth.

3Y560 Photograph Albums of Lawrence K. Smoot:
Family Photographs, 1897-1898, 1900-1901
Bull Creek and Surrounding Area, Texas State Capitol Building 1909,
3Y561 Photographs of Lawrence K. Smoot, 1899
Trip through Colorado, ca. 1900
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis World's Fair), 1904

3Y561 Scrapbooks, ca. 1888-1918:
UT, ca. 1899;
Destruction of Austin Dam, Stella, The Horse; April 1900;
Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings, 1888-1918 and undated

3Y562-3Y563 Photograph Albums:
Smoot and Graham Families, Portraits, ca. 1880-1895
3Y564 Capitol Scenes; Lawrence K. Smoot and Friends;
Smoot Family and Home; Colorado River, 1899-ca. 1901
Photographs of Asher G. Smoot, 1899
3Y565 Campa Pajama and Camp Owl, 1900
3Y566 Campa Pajama, 1901-1902
3Y567 Devil's River Camping Trip; Austin Scenes; Yellowstone National Park; Honolulu; Family Photographs, 1903-1906
3Y568 Campa Pajama and Enchanted Rock, 1907
Campa Pajama, Austin Scenes; Smoot Family 1909;

3Y569 Photographs:
Smoot Family Members, ca. 1885-1930
Smoot and Graham Family Members; Graham Dry Goods Store; Other Austin Scenes, (Photographs removed from Album) ca. 1880-1905
Smoot and Graham Family Members; Smoot Home, ca. 1897-1915
Capitol and University of Texas, 1899-ca. 1920
Bull Creek, Colorado River, Austin Dam, 1911-1913 and undated
Campa Pajama and Kingsland, ca. 1911-1913 and undated
Unidentified Scenes, undated
Unidentified Persons and Miscellaneous, ca. 1888-1916
Richmond K. Smoot home, 1987
Extent (9 snapshots)

3Y569 Postcards:
Campa Pajama
Austin Floods
Central Texas Towns
New Orleans
St. Louis
Others, 1907-1968

3Y569 Color Lithographs, Saturday Night Art Supplements, ca. 1900

3Y569 Letterheads:
Hotels, Government and Commercial Buildings, 1890-1915, 1968

3Y570-3Y580 Glass Negatives (Restricted):
Smoot and Graham Families and Friends, Campa Pajama, Capitol, Austin Scenes, Unidentified, ca. 1899-1912

2.325/V35 Oversize Scrapbooks (including photographs)
Memorial Collection for Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Richmond K. Smoot
Memorial Collection for Asher G. Smoot

3S202 Oversize Photograph Albums:
Campa Pajama and Other Campsites Revisited, 1967
Miscellaneous, ca. 1920s

3S202 Oversize Pictorial:
Engraving, "Wurzburg Von Steinberge Aus," undated
Photograph, Phi Phi Phi Fraternity, UT, 1899
Film Negatives (Restricted): Campa Pajama, Smoot Family and Friends, Bull Creek, Austin Dam, Capitol, Unidentified, ca. 1912-1917