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Robert W. Smith Martial Arts Collection
- 1930-2012 (Creation)
- 1950-1990 (Creation)
26 Linear Feet
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Scope and content
This collection includes the major focus of RWS's research in the 1950s and early 1960s, while Mr. Smith's publication projects span the early 1970s to 2000. His writings as John F. Gibley are thought to be a composite of his friends Jon Bluming and Donn F. Draeger. There are several boxes of papers, notes, manuscripts, books, photographs, historic 16 mm movie film, videotapes, and personal correspondence (covering six decades). Some of the prominent correspondence, writings, and photographs include noted science fiction author Ray Bradbury, martial artist Jon Bluming, Donn F. Draeger, writer Kay Boyle, British novelist and literary critic Sir Victor Sawdon Pritchett (VS Pritchett), writer and critic John Sanford (aka Julian Shapiro) and many more. He also offered a critical eye on American culture that is reflected in his reviews, articles, and papers he wrote and collected. Researchers will find substantial scientific articles on how the brain, mind and body work.
System of arrangement
This collection came with an extensive inventory and since have been re-arranged in folders, primarily alphabetical by individual names. The access points include the names of individuals, subjects and places in the papers.
The collection is arranged into 6 series:
- Series 1, Personal Papers of RW Smith (Boxes 1-2)
- Series 2, Correspondence and Writings of Frequent Correspondents (Boxes 3-5)
- Series 3, Martial Arts (Judo, Taiji (Tai Chi), Other Martial Arts) (Boxes 6-8)
- Series 4, General Correspondence, A-Z (Boxes 9-14)
- Series 5, Photographs (photos, slides, negatives, microfilm) (Boxes 15-16, 20)
- Series 6, Media (DVD, VHS, Audiotapes, etc.) (Boxes 17-19)
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Conditions governing access
These materials are stored offsite and require additional time for retrieval.
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Immediate source of acquisition
Robert Smith's widow Alice and daughter Anne McKay donated The Robert W. Smith collection with the assistance of Professors Russ Mason (University of Delaware) and Thomas Green (Texas A&M University).
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Finding Aid Authors: Rebecca Hankins and Syed Ahmed with substantial assistance from Zao Liu, and graduate students James Stoker and Jared Miracle.
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