William A. Smith papers
Call Number: RH MS 1465
This collection contains letters written by federal agent William A. Smith to his girlfriend (later wife) Miriam Earls about his daily life working for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) soon after its creation. He writes about a variety of topics, including cases he is involved with and the Bureau's founder J. Edgar Hoover, and he writes from many locations while in the field, including Pennsylvania, Kansas, Ohio, Washington D.C., Michigan, and San Francisco. The collection also contains letters written to Smith by other individuals and two photographs of Smith and of J. Edgar Hoover.
- 1931 - 1938
- Smith, William A., (F.B.I. agent) (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
No access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.
Biography of William A. Smith
William A. Smith was a law school student at George Washington University when he was recruited to become an agent at the newly formed FBI, then called the Bureau of Investigation.
.5 linear foot (1 document case)
RH MS 1465
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase, Between the Covers Rare Book, Inc, 2017.
- Guide to the William A. Smith Collection
- William A. Smith papers
- Finding aid prepared by anm, 2018. Finding aid encoded by anm, 2018.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
William A. Smith papers, RH MS 1465, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas