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Arthur A. Smith Photograph Collection

Identifier: RG30.0001.016

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Scope and Contents

The Arthur A. Smith Collection includes three albums with photographic prints of campus buildings stapled to pages. Most images have brief captions. These photographs are from the Grounds and Buildings Department and many pre-date the years Smith was employed there, 1922-1941. This collection is useful to researchers interested in the planning and design of the campus during past decades.


  • Creation: 1875-1938


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical or Historical Information

Arthur Allen Smith was born August 29, 1884 in Roseville, Illinois. He received his B.Di. in 1904 and M. Di 1905 at the Iowa State Teachers College. He received his B.S. degree at the State University of Iowa in 1915 and the C.E. degree in 1920. As a student at SUI, he was a member of Sigma Xi. He married Floy Graham and the couple had a daughter, Ruthelaine, born in 1915.

Smith was working as superintendent of buildings in the Garfield, Iowa, school building in January 1922. He was employed there by the Des Moines School Board to oversee construction of a project, not yet completed, when he and J. M. Fisk of the SUI Buildings and Grounds Department began corresponding regarding Smith joining the staff at the State University of Iowa. He did join the SUI staff later in 1922 as the assistant superintendent of Grounds and Buildings. He was acting superintendent in charge of maintenance from 1932 to 1934 and was named superintendent from 1934 to 1941. Arthur Allen Smith died April 11, 1955.

Denise Anderson, March 2009


0.50 Linear Feet


Photographs of campus buildings.

Method of Acquisition

Guide posted to the Internet January 2007. Biographical note by Denise Anderson in March 2009.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242