Montana State University in Bozeman Montana State University - Home Montana State University Library - Home

Collection 2329 - Norma Smith Papers, 1895-2000

Creator: Smith, Norma, 1913-2001

Provenance Note: Norma Smith of Bozeman, Montana, donated her papers to Special Collections in 1995 and 2000. Additional manuscripts and clippings collected or created by Smith were donated by her daughter, Celia O'Connor, of Bozeman, Montana, on March 4, 2011 and incorporated into this collection.

Historical Note: Norma Smith was born on March 1, 1913, in Mohler, Idaho. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in journalism in 1933. Norma lived in Bozeman from 1950 until 1967. During that time she completed her Master's degree in history, graduating in 1961 from Montana State College. She worked as a secretary, social worker, newspaper reporter, editor, and free lance writer having published some poetry in the Saturday Evening Post. She married Louis De Smith and they had three children. Norma first met Jeannette Rankin during her graduation ceremony from Montana State College in 1961 when she received her Master's degree in history and Jeannette Rankin was awarded an honorary doctorate. Over the next decade Norma visited and interviewed Rankin in both Montana and Georgia.

Content Description Note: The Norma Smith papers contain her research material in writing her manuscript on Jeannette Rankin. Although it bore the working title of "Fighting Pacifist," Smith's work was eventually published as Jeannette Rankin, America's Conscience (Helena: Montana Historical Society Press, 2002). The collection also contains: photocopies of Jeannette Rankin correspondence throughout her career; Norma's research notes and bibliographic material; research correspondence; correspondence with Jeannette Rankin and her personal secretary, Reita Rivers; notes from Norma's interviews with Rankin as well as copies of other interviews, and clippings. In addition to her research on Jeannette Rankin, the collection also includes personal papers, other research material, and family history research. In addition, the collection contains photographs of Jeannette Rankin and her home in Georgia and pictures of Norma's family. Materials added in March 2011 have been placed in the appropriately labeled folders and indicated with [2011].

Contents

Series 1 "Fighting Pacifist: Jeannette Rankin and her Times" Manuscript, 1974-2000
Series 2 Jeannette Rankin Research, 1898-1999
Series 3 Norma Smith
Subseries 1: Personal Papers, 1971-1996
Subseries 2: Academic Research, 1973-1991
Subseries 3: Family Histories/Genealogy, 1910-1990
Series 4 Photographs, circa 1895-1984

Series 1: "Fighting Pacifist: Jeannette Rankin and her Times" Manuscript, 1974-2000

Series 1 consists mainly of two drafts of Norma Smith's manuscript on Jeannette Rankin. Also included is Norma's correspondence with various publishers in attempt to have her manuscript published.

Box 1
1. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Introduction and Table of Contents
2. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapters 1-2
3. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 3
4. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 4
5. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 5
6. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 6
7. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 7
8. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 8
9. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 9
10. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 10
11. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 11
12. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 12
13. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 13
14. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 14
15. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 15
16. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 16
17. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 17
18. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 18
19. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 19
20. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 20
21. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 21
22. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 22
23. Fighting Pacifist, version 1: Chapter 23 and Bibliography
24. Fighting Pacifist, version 2: Preface Chapter 3
25. Fighting Pacifist, version 2: Chapters 4-6
26. Fighting Pacifist, version 2: Chapters 7-8
27. Fighting Pacifist, version 2: Chapters 9-11
28. Fighting Pacifist, version 2: Chapters 12-15
29. Fighting Pacifist, version 2: Chapters 16-17
30. Fighting Pacifist, version 2: Chapters 18-21
31. Fighting Pacifist, version 2: Chapter22 Bibliography
32. Correspondence, William D. Drennan, 1975-1976
33. Correspondence, William D. Drennan, 1977-1978
34. Correspondence, William D. Drennan, 1979
35. Correspondence, William D. Drennan, 1980-1981
36. Correspondence, Fine Tuning Company, 1981-1982
37. Correspondence, Indiana University Press, 1984-1985
38. Correspondence, Montana Historical Society Press, 1998-2000
39. Correspondence, Ms. Magazine, 1985-1986
40. Ms. Magazine, March 1986

Box 2
1. Correspondence, Publishers, 1974-1977
2. Correspondence, Publishers, 1984
3. Correspondence, Publishers, 1985, 1995, 1998
4. Correspondence, Secondari Productions, 1977-1978
5. Correspondence, University of Georgia Press, 1977-1981
6. Correspondence, University of Washington Press, 1977-1978
7. Copyright Material
8. Publishing, duplication costs

Contents | Special Collections

Series 2: Jeannette Rankin Research, 1908-2002

Series 2 contains Norma's research material for her manuscript on Jeannette Rankin. The material includes photocopies of Jeannette Rankin correspondence, Norma's correspondence in gathering research material as well as her correspondence with Rankin, clippings and research notes, and interviews with Rankin conducted by Norma and other researchers. The material has been arranged topically in alphabetical order. Topics include her run for Congress in 1916, 1918, and 1940, correspondence, the Jeannette Rankin Brigade, the suffrage movement, Minnie J. Reynolds, Burton K. Wheeler, and clippings on Jeannette Rankin. Material added to this series in 2011 have been marked for the appropriate folders and include clippings dated from 2002 of book reviews for Smith's published work.

Box 2 (continued)
9. Bibliographic Material
10. John Board, "They Lady from Montana"
11. Butte Miners
12. Constructive Legislation, Correspondence, 1917, undated
13. Constructive Legislation, Research notes
14. Constructive Legislation, Clippings, 1917-1919; 1957
15. Correspondence, Merrill and Virginia Burlingame, 1974
16. Correspondence, Merrill and Virginia Burlingame, February to May, 1975
17. Correspondence, Merrill and Virginia Burlingame, June 1975 to November 1976
18. Correspondence, JR, 1933-1940
19. Correspondence, JR, January to August, 1941
20. Correspondence, JR, September to December 1941
21. Correspondence, JR, January 1942
22. Correspondence, JR, February to March, 1942
23. Correspondence, JR, April to August, 1942
24. Correspondence, JR, December 1942
25. Correspondence, JR, 1943-1944
26. Correspondence, JR, 1945-1946
27. Correspondence, JR, 1947, 1950
28. Correspondence, JR, 1951-1958
29. Correspondence, JR, 1961-1969
30. Correspondence, JR, 1970-1971
31. Correspondence, JR, 1972-1973
32. Correspondence, JR, undated, circa 1970s
33. Correspondence, Jeannette Rankin and Norma Smith, 1964-1968
34. Correspondence, Jeannette Rankin and Norma Smith, 1970-1973
35. Correspondence, Jeannette Rankin and Norma Smith, undated
36. Correspondence, Research, 1970, 1974
37. Correspondence, Research, 1975
38. Correspondence, Research, 1976-1978
39. Correspondence, Research, 1980-1985
40. Correspondence, Research, 1988-1999

Box 3
1. Correspondence, Reita Rivers, 1970-1972
2. Correspondence, Reita Rivers, 1975
3. Correspondence, Reita Rivers, 1976
4. Correspondence, Reita Rivers, 1977
5. Correspondence, Reita Rivers, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1993
6. Correspondence, Belle F. Winestine, 1972-1973
7. Correspondence, Joan Hoff Wilson, June 12, 1976 to September 15, 1977
8. Correspondence, Joan Hoff Wilson, September 23, 1977
9. Correspondence, Joan Hoff Wilson, September 28, 1977 to July 1, 1978
10. Correspondence, Joan Hoff Wilson, July 12, 1978 to May 6, 1980
11. Election Reform
12. Friend of Labor, Research Notes
13. Friend of Labor, Clippings, 1916-1918
14. Friend of Labor, Clippings, 1920, undated
15. I Vote No, Correspondence, 1917
16. I Vote No, Research Notes
17. I Vote No, Clippings, 1916, undated
18. Jeannette Rankin Brigade, Clippings, 1967-1968
19. Jeannette Rankin Brigade, Newspaper Clippings, 1968
20. Jeannette Rankin Foundation [2011]
21. Jeannette Rankin Foundation, The Rankin File Newsletter, 1979-1985
22. Hannah Josephson, Book reviews, 1974
23. John Kirkley
24. Montana Historical Society Conference, 1977
25. Montana Suffrage Campaign
26. Montana Suffrage Campaign, Research Notes
27. NAWSA, 1911-1915
28. National Consumer's League, 1920-1924
29. 1918 Congressional Campaign, Correspondence, 1914-1918
30. 1918 Congressional Campaign, T. J. Walsh Correspondence, 1918
31. 1918 Congressional Campaign, Research Notes and Material
32. Plunket Society, New Zealand, articles
33. Plunket Society, New Zealand, pamphlets

Box 4
1. Rankin Chronology, Research Notes
2. Rankin Family, Research Notes and Material
3. Jeannette Rankin, Clippings, 1936, 1940-1942
4. Jeannette Rankin, Clippings, 1946-1949; undated circa 1940s
5. Jeannette Rankin, Clippings, 1955-1959; 1963-1966
6. Jeannette Rankin, Clippings, 1967-1969
7. Jeannette Rankin, Clippings, undated, circa 1960s
8. Jeannette Rankin, Clippings, 1969-1971 [2011]
9. Jeannette Rankin, Clippings, 1972
10. Jeannette Rankin, Clippings, 1973-1974
11. Jeannette Rankin, Clippings, 1975-1979
12. Jeannette Rankin, Clippings, 1980-1982
13. Jeannette Rankin, Clippings, 1983-1984 [2011]
14. Jeannette Rankin, Clippings, 1985-2002 [2011]
15. Jeannette Rankin, Clippings, undated
16. Jeannette Rankin Interview, John Board, August 29-20, 1963
17. Jeannette Rankin Interview, Malta Chall, June 8, 1972
18. Jeannette Rankin Interview, Katrina Cheek, November 14, 1968
19. Jeannette Rankin Interview, Hannah Josephson, April 2-4, 1972
20. Jeannette Rankin Interview, Norma Smith, July 10, 1964; January 21, 1965
21. Jeannette Rankin Interview, Norma Smith, February 3-5; July 6-7; September 17-18, 1965
22. Jeannette Rankin Interview, Norma Smith, March 16-21, 1970; April 8, 1971
23. Jeannette Rankin Interview, Norma Smith, research/interview notes
24. Jeannette Rankin Memorabilia
25. Jeannette Rankin, 90th Birthday
26. Jeannette Rankin, 90th Birthday, Clippings, 1970
27. Jeannette Rankin, Statue Dedication at US Capitol, May 1, 1985

Box 5
1. Research Notes, 1925-1940
2. Research Notes, 1940-1942; 1952
3. Research Notes, 1970-1973
4. Research Notes, Jeannette Rankin (general)
5. Research Material (1), 1925-1940
6. Research Material (2), 1925-1940
7. Research Material, 1940-1942
8. Research Material, 1943-1950
9. Research Material, 1959-1969
10. Research Material, 1970-1973
11. Research Material, Jeannette Rankin (general)
12. Research Material, articles
13. Minnie J. Reynolds, Correspondence for research, 1974-1975
14. Minnie J. Reynolds, Research Material
15. Running for Congress, 1916, Correspondence, 1915-1917; 1967; 1972
16. Running for Congress, 1916, Research Notes
17. Running for Congress, 1916, Clippings, undated
18. Searching for a Cause, 1898-1908 (chapter 4)
19. Social Worker, 1907-1909 (chapter 5)
20. Statistics, census information
21. Statistics, Presidential elections, 1908-1940
22. Volney Steele, Wellington Rankin Manuscript, Preface-Chapter 1
23. Volney Steele, Wellington Rankin Manuscript, Chapters 2-3
24. Volney Steele, Wellington Rankin Manuscript, Chapters 4-6
25. Volney Steele, Wellington Rankin Manuscript, Chapters 7-9
26. Volney Steele, Wellington Rankin Manuscript, Chapters 10-11
27. Suffrage Amendment, Correspondence, 1915-1920
28. Suffrage Amendment, House Congressional Record, January 10, 1918
29. Suffrage Amendment, Research Notes
30. Suffrage Amendment, Clippings, 1917-1919; 1976
31. Suffrage Movement
32. Chester M. Van Allen
33. Washington Suffrage Campaign, 1910, Research Notes
34. Burton K. Wheeler

Box 6 Research and bibliographic notecards

Contents | Special Collections

Series 3: Norma Smith Papers

Letters, memorabilia, and other papers documenting Norma Smith's personal life, family history, and research interests beyond her work on in Jenette Rankin. Divided into three topical subseries.

Contents | Special Collections

Series 3; Subseries 1: Personal Papers, 1971-1996

Subseries 1 of Series 3 contains personal papers of Norma Smith. The bulk of the papers are notes on trips Norma and her husband took around the world and United States. Also included are clippings on quilting, documents concerning her condominium at Quail Run, and correspondence.

Box 7
1. Correspondence, 1973; 1995-1996
2. Correspondence, undated, unidentified
3. Trip to Brazil, 1972
4. Trip to Europe and New Zealand, undated
5. Trip to Indonesia, 1982
6. US Trip, 1975; Trip to Philippines, 1980
7. US Trip, undated
8. Travel Journal, undated
9. Personal Papers
10. Clippings, Quilting
11. Quail Run Condominium
12. University of Idaho, 1971

Contents | Special Collections

Series 3; Subseries 2: Academic Research, 1973-1991

In addition to her research on Jeannette Rankin, Norma wrote on other topics as well. Subseries 2 of Series 3 contain some of Norma's other writings and research.

Box 7 (cont.)
13. Tom Blackenship
14. General Clippings and published articles, 1952-1989 [2011]
15. Grace Martin Lecture, paper by Karen Offen, 1991
16. Sacajawea
17. Norma Smith, Delta Delta Delta
18. Norma Smith, poetry [2011]
18a. Norma Smith, essays and short articles [2011]
19. Norma Smith, "Nothing Ever Happens in the Supersave"
19a. Norma Smith, untitled newspaper work essay [2011]
20. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
21. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, The Pacific Feminist Newsletter, 1979-1980

Contents | Special Collections

Series 3; Subseries 3: Family History/Genealogy, 1910-1990

Norma was also very active in researching her family history. Subseries 3 of Series 3 contain her genealogical research on the Guthrie, Longeteig, and Marrs families including family trees, correspondence, copies of family documents, and family reunion material.

Box 7 (cont.)
22. Guthrie Family
23. Guthrie Family, Family and Legal Papers
24. Guthrie Family, Family Tree
25. Guthrie Family, Genealogy Research
26. Guthrie Family, Survey of Nashville, 1804-1880
27. Guthrie Family, "Three Pioneer Tennessee Documents"
28. Guthrie Family, Will of Daniel Guthrie
29. Guthrie and Mason Family
30. Longeteig Family
31. Longeteig Family, Clippings, 1960-1990
32. Longeteig Family, Correspondence, 1970-1978
33. Longeteig Family, Graduation Thesis, Philomath College, 1910 (Iver J. Longeteig)
34. Longeteig Family, Iver J. Longeteig, Sr.; Iver J. Longeteig, Jr.
35. Longeteig Family, Longeteig Family Reunion, 1984
36. Longeteig Family, Recipes

Box 8
1. Marrs Family, Correspondence, 1934-1935
2. Marrs Family, Genealogy Research (1)
3. Marrs Family, Genealogy Research (2)
4. Marrs Family, Genealogy Research, Published Material
5. Marrs Family, Mason Apple
6. Marrs Family, "Mary Mason Marrs and Kin: A Social History" by Norma Longeteig Smith
7. Marrs Family, Prairie Grove Trip, 1983
8. Scotch-Irish, Research Notes
9. Scotch-Irish, Articles
10. Scotch-Irish, "The Scotch-Irish in America"

Contents | Special Collections

Series 4: Photographs, circa 1895-1984

Series 4 contains photographs of Jeannette Rankin, her home in Georgia, and the Jeannette Rankin statue at the US Capitol as well as pictures of Norma's family including Iver and Frances Longeteig, the Marrs family, and the Longeteig family reunion.

Box 8 (cont.)
Folder 11. Photographs #1-8
#1. Rankin Family
#2. Rankin Family circa 1895. From left to right in back are John, Jeannette, Harriet, Wellington, and Olive. Sitting in front are Mary, Edna, and Grace. The photo portrait shows Philena, Jeannette's deceased sister.
#3. Eight unidentified school girls
#4. Unidentified book illustration
#5-7. Jeannette Rankin
#8. Jeannette Rankin at Montana State College

Folder 12. Photographs #9-11
#9. Jeannette Rankin, March 1966
#10-11 Jeannette Rankin, April 1971

Folder 13. Photographs #12-18
#12-18. Jeannette Rankin's house in Georgia, circa 1970s

Folder 14. Photographs #19-31
#19-31. Jeannette Rankin's house in Georgia, circa 1970s

Folder 15. Photographs #32-35
#32-34. Interior of Jeannette Rankin's house in Georgia
#35. Jeannette Rankin's mailbox

Folder 16. Photographs #36-43
#36-39. Wonder Robinson's house behind Jeannette Rankin's
#40. Sign reading "Mr. Wonder Robinson"
#41-43. Robinson children

Folder 17. Photographs #44-48
#44-45. Water Oak in front of Jeannette Rankin's house
#46. Pond at Jeannette Rankin's house
#47-48. Chinaberry Tree at Jeannette Rankin's house

Folder 18. Photographs #49-57
#49-53. Cabin (near Jeannette Rankin's house)
#54-57. Interior of unidentified building, possibly the cabin

Folder 19. Photographs #58-69
#58. Jeannette Rankin Statue at US Capitol
#59-65 Norma Smith in front of Jeannette Rankin Statue
#66. Norma Smith at luncheon for statue dedication
#67. Charles Russell Statue at US Capitol
#68. Frances E. Willard Statue at US Capitol
#69. Frances E. Willard (?), Susan B. Anthony, and Carrie Nation Statue at US Capitol

Folder 20. Photographs #70-74
#70. Marrs Family portraits: Mrs. N. C. Ball and twins; Mattie Tippie Marrs; I. H. Marrs; James Houston Marrs
#71. Mason Family portraits: James L.; Sarah Ann; Mary Jane and Thomas D.; Ida and Ella Furse
#72. Mason Family portraits: Gilbert S.; Bliss Moody; Minnie Ethel; Clara Violet
#73. Mason Family portraits: Charles Wesley; John J.; Frances W.; Sarah Ann "Saddie"
#74. Mason Family, Back row left to right: Clara, Charles, John, Minnie Front row: Frances, Thomas, Gilbert, Mary, Sarah

Folder 21. Photographs #75-82
#75-81. A. Marrs, Prairie Grove, AR. Stone wall around Prairie Grove Civil War Memorial Park, 1983
#82. Norma Smith making rubbing of A. Marrs Stone, 1983

Folder 22. Photographs #83-89
#83-84. Norma Smith at Civil War Memorial Park, 1981
#85. Prairie Grove, AR, Battle Monument Sign
#86. Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery, Prairie Grove, AR, Marrs headstone, 1983
#87. Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery, Prairie Grove, AR, Samuel L. Marrs (Captain of cavalry in the army during the Civil War
#88. Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery, Prairie Grove, AR, Norma Smith, 1983
#89. Minnie Mason Claybaugh

Folder 23. Photographs #90-93
#90. Basketball team, left to right: George Merreman, Lafe Thronton, Frank Bennett, Lloyd Cutlip, Iver Longeteig, "Curley" Wallace, Del Akin, 1904-1909
#91. Iver Longeteig and Francis Millard Mason Longeteig married June 18, 1912 at Philmoth, Oregon
#92. Iver Longeteig, circa 1940s
#93. Frances Longeteig, circa 1940s

Folder 24. Photographs #94-103
#94. Lois Longeteig
#95. Norma Longeteig
#96. Unidentified baby with two cats
#97. Longeteig ("Mom and boys")
#98. Mary Longeteig
#99. Left to right: John Hart, I. J. Longeteig, Glenn Henderson, George Patton circa 1932 after big elk hunt
#100. Iver Longeteig after fishing trip
#101. Iver Longeteig on reel of tractor
#102. "Uncle John"
#103. Lois, Norma, Iver Longeteig, 1917

Folder 25. Photographs #104-110
#104-105. Iver and Frances Longeteig, 1978
#106-107. Frances Longeteig, 1978
#108-109. Iver Longeteig feeding a squirrel
#110. Squirrel

Folder 26. Photographs #111-118
#111. Iver and Frances Longeteig circa 1980
#112. Frances Longeteig, Valentine's Day, circa 1980
#113-114. Iver Longeteig, Valentine's Day, circa 1980
#115. Valentine's Day place setting
#116. Frances Longeteig, St. Patrick's Day, circa 1980
#117. Iver Longeteig, St. Patrick's Day, circa 1980
#118. Iver and Audrey Barnett (great granddaughter) Norma Smith, June 1980

Folder 27. Photographs #119-124
#119. Longeteig Family Reunion, 1984: University of Idaho graduates
Back row, left to right: J. Longeteig, E. Meagher, T. Strou, Bill Longeteig
Middle row, left to right: Lois Wallace, S. Strou, Mary Meagher, Karen Longeteig, Bob Strou, Iver Longeteig
Front row, left to right: C. Strou, Norma Smith, Margaret Nell Longeteig, Louis De Smith
#120-124. Longeteig Family Reunion, 1984, group pictures

Folder 28. Photographs #125-133
#125-132. Longeteig Family Reunion, 1984
#133. View from Iver's house, 1984

Folder 29. Photographs #134-141
#134. Unidentified woman (Norma Smith?)
#135. Four unidentified children
#136. Unidentified island
#137. J. Rankin, April 12, 1971 [2011]
#138. Gloria and Jeff Robinson, 1971 [2011]
#139. Front of JR's house, Watkinsville, GA, 1971 [2011]
#140. Back of JR's house, Watkinsville, GA, 1971 [2011]
#141. Corner of JR's house, Watkinsville, GA, 1971 [2011]

Folder 30. Negative #2-5, 7

Folder 31. Slides
Folder 32. Reel to Reel Audiotape, JR memorial service [2011]

Contents | Special Collections

Updated: 3/10/11