Adeline Smith Boyd Papers

Adeline Smith Boyd Papers

- Finding aid by Jennifer Rawlings

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July 2001


Adeline Ely Smith Boyd (1911-1998) was the daughter of Luther Ely Smith, the lawyer who championed the cause of constructing Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. She had a great interest in the park that was the culmination of her father's efforts toward creating a memorial to Thomas Jefferson and the pioneers who went west.

This collection consists of: items from Luther Ely Smith's files, Adeline Boyd's collection of materials related to her father's work and the construction of the Arch, papers written by Adeline Boyd and other family members about Luther Ely Smith, papers about the Riverfront area before the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial was created, and materials relating to the dedication, operation and twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of the Gateway Arch.

In addition to her interest in Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Adeline Boyd took a great interest in her family's history. She collected information about her ancestors and part of the collection contains her notes, family trees, and other genealogical information.

Information obtained from this collection must be properly cited, whether used in publication or in other formats. A citation suggested for this collection is:

National Park Service

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Archives

Adeline Ely Smith Boyd Papers

Box__, Folder__

Researchers are advised that before records, photographs, and any other unpublished materials from this collection can be published or exhibited, permission from the National Park Service must be obtained in writing.


Series 1. Smith Family

Included in this series are correspondence to and from Luther Ely Smith, tributes to Luther Ely Smith, information about the creation and dedication of the Luther Ely Smith Memorial Square park, papers written about Luther Ely Smith by his descendants, and information about Smith Family Genealogy compiled by Adeline Boyd. Also included in this series is a children's book by Lily Swann Saarinen given by the Saarinens as a personal gift to Adeline Boyd.

Series 2. Riverfront

This series contains studies about the St. Louis Riverfront area before the construction of the Gateway Arch.

Series 3. Gateway Arch

This series contains information about the competition to construct the memorial, the dedication of the Gateway Arch, continuing operation of the memorial, and memorabilia and articles about the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Gateway Arch.

If you have questions regarding archives holdings, contact Archivist Jennifer Clark at the JNEM Archives at (voice) 314-655-1600. Appointments are encouraged, if possible.

Last updated: May 30, 2019

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