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Harry D. Smith collection

Identifier: L595

Scope and Contents

This collection includes Harry D. Smith's correspondence to and from his family, specifically his cousin, David C. Spraker (brother of Sarah Eva Spaker Smith), a prominent figure in the Kokomo, Indiana banking industry; family photographs, and one glass plate negative ranging from 1890 to 1950.


  • 1890-1950

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Harry D. Smith was born on May 22, 1885 in Howard County, Indiana. He was the son of William Wesley and Sarah Eva (Spraker) Smith. His boyhood home was located in Kokomo, Indiana, later moving to Amboy, Indiana at 951 North 600 West. Smith married Charlotte Marguerite Elder on November 25, 1915 in Columbia, Tennessee. Smith worked as a civil engineer in Maury County, Tennesee. He died on August 23, 1978 in Dickson County, Tennesee.

Historical Note

The Citizens National Bank of Kokomo, Indiana was organized in 1889 with Richard Ruddell as president and George E. Bruner as cashier. The bank's first home was in the block on the southwest corner on Main and Mulberry streets. It had three president's Richard Ruddell, who served from the organization of the institution until his death in 1918; Frank McCarty, and Bennett B. Bobbitt. The bank closed it's doors in the early 1930s because of the loss of the town's local plant, the Pittsburgh Plate Glass company; "freezing" of farm loans; and other obstacles incident to the distressed economic conditions of the country around the depression. The Union Bank and Trust Company took possession of the defunct bank around May 1932.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged by format and chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana State Archives on 2014/01/28 and a donation from Stephanos H.D. Stroop on 2014/03/25.


Further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/05/01 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created 2014/05/30 by Bethany Fiechter.
Harry D. Smith collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.