Manuscript Collection

George Gilman Smith Papers - Accession 358 - M143 (180-182)

George Gilman Smith Papers - Accession 358 - M143 (180-182)



Accession 358 - M143 (180-182)

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

191 pieces



Historical Note

Dr. George Gilman Smith (1836-1913) was a Methodist minister, writer, and historian born in Newton County, Georgia. He was educated at Sandersville and attended Emory Collage and then Oxford, Georgia. He had charge of churches at many points in Georgia, and was also in Baltimore and at several places in Virginia and West Virginia. He was wounded and partially paralyzed while a chaplain in the Civil War. He was author of “The History of Methodism in Georgia and Florida,” wrote a history of the lives of several Methodist bishops, and “The Story of Georgia and the Georgia People,” besides a number of books for young people, pamphlets and numerous articles for newspapers and periodicals.

Scope and Content Note

The George Gilman Smith Papers consist of a typescript autobiography and a diary of Smith, a Methodist minister, writer, and historian, who lived in Newton County, Georgia. Subjects include his early life, his family history (Smith, Gilman, Howard, and Hall families among others), his service during the Civil War in Phillips Regiment, and his various pastorates in Georgia. The collection consists of photocopies of originals on deposit at the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


The George Gilman Smith papers were donated to the Archives by Mrs. Lewis T. Fitch on October 24, 1980.


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

George Gilman Smith Papers - Accession 358 - M143 (180-182)

LC Subject Headings

Smith, George Gilman, 1836-1913; Smith, George Gilman, 1836-1913--Childhood and youth; Emory College--Alumni and alumnae; Methodist Church--Clergy; Confederate States of America. Army--Chaplains