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Smith and Allen family papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS886f

Scope and Content

This collection contains include tax returns, articles written by family members, programs, a bulletin, and newspaper clippings. Of particular note are recorded interviews with three members of the Smith family: Leroy Wingate (the uncle of Dorothy Smith Allen), Dorothy Smith Allen, and Robert Stuart Allen. The interviews detail growing up in Georgia during the Great Depression.


  • 1904-1997, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center. The oral history interviews are published online and licensed under a Creative Commons, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivsCC BY-NC-ND license,

Administrative/Biographical History

James Clifford Smith (1883-?) and Bonnie Smith (1893-1980) were born in Doraville, Georgia, to James F. Smith (1859-1923) and Julia A. Smith (1857-1939). Charles and Bonnie served in the United States Army during World War I. Bonnie Smith worked as a salesman for the Atlantic Company. James C. Smith worked as a train caller and married Annie Mae Wingate (1893-1924); the couple had two daughters, Dorothy (1917-2008) and Julia (1919-2007). After Annie's death, James married Minnie Tinsley (1912-1984) and they had one daughter, Betty Jim (1930-2010). Dorothy married Robert Stuart Allen (1916-2011), the nephew of Charles Fletcher Allen, in 1940 and had three daughters: Priscila, Phyllis, and Dottie.

Administrative/Biographical History

Charles Fletcher Allen (1878-1963) was born in North Carolina to W. M. Allen (1843-1925) and Julia Allen (1850-1889). Charles served in the United States Marines Corp and was stationed in the Philippines and Cuba. He married Lillian M. Allen (1876-1910) and they had one daughter, Beulah O. Allen (1905-1992). After Lillian's death, Charles married Adeline Allen (1889-1992). Charles served for 34 years as a lieutenant in the Atlanta Police Department.


4 folder(s)



Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The oral histories were recorded as MP3 files. Patrons who want access to the oral histories must use the digital copies available at

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2014

Related Archival Materials

Visual materials have been separated from this collection. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

Smith and Allen family papers
Allison Maier
May 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305