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Robert Fitch Smith Papers


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Robert Fitch Smith Papers, 1894-1964 | University of Miami School of Architecture

By Gilda Santana

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Collection Overview

Title: Robert Fitch Smith Papers, 1894-1964Add to your cart.

ID: ARC6400

Creator: Smith, Robert Fitch (1894-1964)

Extent: 0.0 Folders

Arrangement: The Robert Fitch Smith papers are arranged in boxes, folders, and flat files.  Content was kept in original folders whenever possible and named accordingly.  Scrapbooks were kept intact as were the majority of Mr. Smith's sketchbooks.  Some folder contents such as lindividual letters, photographs, and clippings have been housed in protective sheets.

Date Acquired: 02/05/2014

Formats/Genres: Architectural drawings, Photographs, Scrapbooks

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Drawings, watercolors, sketchbooks, photographs, personal papers, scrapbooks

Biographical Note

Robert Fitch Smith was born in Fremont, Ohio, July 1, 1894.  He attended Columbia University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, The University of Michigan, and the University of Miami, where he obtained his BA degree in 1931 and where he began his architectural practice shortly thereafter.  He is credited with the design of civic and residential architecture, churches, schools, industrial and recreational projects.  His civic engagement roster includes charter member of the Miami City Planning Board; Director of Coordinating & Planning Committee of Dade County; Chairman of Regional Planning Board of Dade County; Chair of the Miami Fine Arts Commission; Board member of the Inter-American Cultural Trade Center (Interama); member of the American Institute of Architects; member of the Beaux-Arts Institute of New York,  He was the Vice-Chairman of the Urban Planning Committee of the America Institute of Architects for the Sourthern area, and a member of the Architectural League of New York.

He died in Miami on June 16, 1964 at the age of 69.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Library Use Only

Acquisition Source: Donald Smith

Acquisition Method: Gift of Donald Smith, Son of Robert F. Smith

Container List (PDF):

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Personal Papers],
[Box 2: Residential Projects],
[Flat files 1],

Box 1: Personal PapersAdd to your cart.
Family memorabilia, photographs, documents, letters, obituaries, newspaper clippings.
Folder 1: R.F.S. Memorabilia 8Add to your cart.
Original folder titled "R.F.S. Memorabilia 8", contains birth certificate, marriage certificate, letters, newspaper clippings and photographs
Item 1: Certified Copy of Birth RecordAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Marriage Licence for Robert Fitch Smith and Miss Charlotte Elinor Olley, 1917Add to your cart.
Item 3: Enlistment Record for Robert F. Smith, May 25, 1918Add to your cart.
Item 4: Honorable Discharge from the United States Army, December 11, 1918Add to your cart.
Item 5: Teacher's Special Certificate form the State of Florida, October 7, 1920Add to your cart.
Item 6: Teacher's Contract between Robert F. Smith and the Board of Public Instruction for the County of Dade, State of Florida, October 16, 1920Add to your cart.
Item 7: Letter of thanks from the members of the Hi-Y Club of Miami High School to Robert Fitch Smith, May 25, 1923Add to your cart.
Item 8: Letter from the Bruce Publishing Company acknowledging his submittal of paper about his course in Architectural Design, June 12, 1924Add to your cart.
Item 9: Letter from Industrial Arts Magazine, The Bruce Publishing Company acknowledging the publication  of his article in one of their issues., June 23, 1924Add to your cart.
Item 10: Letter from the Board of Public Instruction for the County of Dade requesting copies of his article on the work of his students at Miami High School.Add to your cart.
Item 11: Transcript of Record from Columbia University, April 29, 1930Add to your cart.
Item 12: Letter of Appointment to teach in the Industrial Art Department of Miami High School for 9 months, July 7, 1926Add to your cart.
Item 13: Letter from The Industrial Arts Magazine, The Bruce Publising Company in receipt of his article, " Architecture for High-School Students.", September 10, 1927Add to your cart.
Item 14: Letter from The Industrial Arts Magazine, The Bruce Publishing Company acknowledging receipt of student drawings., September 14, 1927Add to your cart.
Item 15: Letter from the Director of Manual Arts at the Pasadena City Schools, Pasadena California regarding the article on Architecture for High School Students, January 9, 1928Add to your cart.
Item 16: Letter of thanks from the parents of one of his students, May 9, 1928Add to your cart.
Item 17: Teacher's Contract between Robert F. Smith and the Bord of Public Instruction, County of Dade, Miami, Florida, July 16, 1928Add to your cart.
Item 19: Letter from the Registrar from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor School of Dentistry, January 22, 1929Add to your cart.
Item 20: Letter of Reference from Principal W.R. Thomas of Miami HIgh School to Dean Henry S. West, University of Miami on behalf of Robert F. Smith, April 24, 1930Add to your cart.
Item 21: Official Transcripts from Carnegie Institute of Technology for one semester of attendance in July 1923 in the Department of Architecture., April 29, 1930Add to your cart.
Item 22: Letter from the Registrar, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida., May 12, 1930Add to your cart.
Item 23: Letter from I.T. Pearson, Superintendent of Teachers, The Board of Public Instruction for the County of Dade requesting an interview for reassignment of his original position at Miami High School., May 27, 1930Add to your cart.
Item 24: Report Cards from University of Miami, 1929-1930Add to your cart.
Item 25: Award letter from Standard Sanitary Mfg. Co. of Pittsburgh for a bathroom design, December 17, 1930Add to your cart.
Item 26: Letter of thanks from Virginia Gannon, on behalf of Civics class at Robert E. Lee High School, 1938Add to your cart.
Handwritten on Robert E. Lee Jr. High School letterhead
Item 27: Letter from William Henry Watters, M.D.F.A.C.P. to Sun Life Insurance Co. diagnosing RFS's duodenal ulcer., 1939Add to your cart.
Item 28: Letter from John B. Gallagher Company, Inc., October 15, 1941Add to your cart.
Refers to construction of building on Coral Way and 27th Avenue.
Item 29: Letter of recommendation from Frank Stearns, Executive Secretary of the City Planning Board of City of Miami, Florida to the Chief of the Bureau of Navigation recommending Robert F. Smith for government projects., April 30, 1942Add to your cart.
Item 30: Letter of recommendation from N.P. Lowrey, Chairman, Board of County Commissioners, Dade County, Florida to Chief of Bureau of Navigation., May 1, 1942Add to your cart.
Item 31: Letter of reference from E.D. Smith, Plant Engineer, National Cash Register Company, October 17, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 32: Application and Personal History Statement, War Department, May 25, 1942Add to your cart.
Item 33: Letter from Spessard L. Holland, Governor, State of Florida accepting RFS' resignation from the Technical and Professional Advisory Committee of the State Defense Council., June 25, 1942Add to your cart.
Item 34: Letter from Leland B. Featherstone, Judge Civil Court of Records to Ben Schneider, Real Estate Editor of the Miami News commenting on article that mentioned Robert Fitch Smith, Coconut Grove Architect., January 28, 1964Add to your cart.
Item 35: Letter from Mrs. George B. SmithAdd to your cart.
Item 36: Letter from R.F.S. to his family while attending Western State Normal School in Kalamzoo, Michigan., November 29, 1916Add to your cart.
Item 37: Teacher's Elementary School Certificate, Board of School Examiners of the City of Fremont, Ohio., September 1917Add to your cart.
Teaching certificate for Robert Smith
Item 38: Certificate of High School Record, High School of Fremont, Ohio, June 6, 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Biography of Mr. Smith 1960Add to your cart.
Item 1: Resume: Robert Fitch Smith, Architect, F.A.I.A., c 1958Add to your cart.
Resume's and copies
Item 2: Letter to George S. Koyl, Editor, American Architect's Directory, August 15, 1961Add to your cart.
Revisions to RFS resume (carbon copy)
Item 3: Commercial Buildings Designed by Robert Fitch Smith A.I.A.Add to your cart.
List of commercial projects
Item 4: Newsletter of Coral Harbour Club, New Providence Island, Nassau, BahamasAdd to your cart.
"Robert Fitch Smith--Master Architect"
Item 5: Miscellaneous lettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: 3201 Kirk Street 3Add to your cart.
Folder 4: R.F.S. 2, c 1958Add to your cart.
Correspondence: Includes travel postcards from Robert F. Smith to his son, Robert O. Smith from Cuba, Mexico, Cozumel, Panama, Guatemala, North Carolina. Includes 1 "giant" postscard, "A typical moonshine still in the heart of the mountains", from acquaintance in Asheville, North Carolina. Also correspondence between R.F.S. and Griff Dotson of Fairview, North Carolina.  One oversized pencil sketch map of the Asheville area and the log cabin residence with a note at the bottom that begins, "Dear Pop and Ivey".
Folder 5: R.F.S. 1, 1930s-1964Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings, obituaries from Miami Herald, New York Times and The Florida Architect.
Folder 6: "R.F.S," Arch. Scholarship Programs, 1977Add to your cart.
Letter from Barbar G. Sieger, President of the Women's Architectural League to R.F.S. re scholarship awards for Miami architecture students.
Folder 7: R.F.S. photos + First OfficeR.F.S. photos 4Add to your cart.
Folder 8: RFS The "ISIS" Limes from Key Largo 6Add to your cart.
Photographs depticting cargo boat, "Isis" delivering crates of limes from Key Largo, and photographs of Rebecca Fitch Smith,  Charlotte Olley Smith, wife of Robert.
Folder 9: Christmas ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Miscellaneous family photographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Miscellaneous newspapaper clippings, 1917-1969Add to your cart.
Box 2: Residential ProjectsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Baker residence, Coral Gables, FLAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Mr. & Mrs. George La Flesh residence, Miami, FL, 1941Add to your cart.
Interior & exterior photographs
Folder 3: Mr. & Mrs. Sam Blank residence, Miami Shores, FLAdd to your cart.
Exterior, photo by Samuel H. Gottscho
Folder 4: Col. & Mrs. Robert H. Montgomery residence, c 1931Add to your cart.
Interior, exterior & aerial photographs of house, library and museum. Photos by Ernest Graham, Cleveland, OH.
Folder 5: E.F. Raynor residence, Hardee Road, Coral Gables, FLAdd to your cart.
Exterior photographs; entrance
Folder 6: Mrs. Aston Lowe residence, 1938Add to your cart.
Exterior photographs
Folder 7: Mr. & Mrs. L. G. Rippa residence, Pinetree Drive, Miami Beach, FL, c 1930sAdd to your cart.
Exterior.  Photo by Samuel H. Gottscho
Folder 8: Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. Smith Residence, Coconut Grove, FL, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Hayes Thomas Residence, Sunset Rd., South Miami, Florida., 1936Add to your cart.

b&w photo

Samuel Gottscho photographer

Digital image available through LOC Division of Prints & Photographs, Gottscho-Schleisner Collection

Folder 10: J.F. Bauder residence, 1695 Tigertail Ave, Coconut Grove, FLAdd to your cart.

b&w photos

Exterior facade

Flat files 1Add to your cart.

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