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Lillian Smith collection

Identifier: 0000-0291M

Scope and Contents

Speech given by Smith at the University of Florida. A humorous "letter" by one of Smith's campers at Laurel Falls Camp in Rabun County, Georgia. A six-page biography of Smith by her friend and life companion, Paula Snelling.


  • Majority of material found in 1962, 1966, and n.d.


Biographical / Historical

Lillian was born in Jasper, Florida, to Calvin and Annie Smith, native Georgians. Well educated but of modest means, she gave up a career in music and her missionary work in China to run Laurel Falls summer camp owned by her father in north Georgia when he became ill. Smith used this opportunity for writing and social justice work, primarily for civil rights for African-Americans, by publishing journals and expanding the goals of her camp to include encouraging young white women to imagine the future of the South and their place in it.


3 items : Available only as photocopy.

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Repository Details

Part of the Georgia Archives Manuscript Collections Repository

5800 Jonesboro Rd
Morrow GA 30260 United States