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Eugene W. Smith Collection

Identifier: ASC 025

Scope and Contents

The Eugene W. Smith Collection is comprised of 4 series, 16 subseries, 141 folders, and 411 items: The Personal Series (2 Subseries, 18 folders), the Arkansas State University Career Series (8 subseries, 72 folders), the Community Work Series (3 subseries, 19 folders), and the Business Series (3 subseries, 33 folders).


  • 1937 - 2018

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Eugene W. Smith was born June 10, 1930 to Milton Samuel Smith II and Frank Leslie Wilson Smith in Forrest City, Arkansas. He married Ann Slaughter in 1956 and fathered two children with her: Lucinda McDaniel and Brad Smith. In 1952 Smith graduated from Arkansas State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Between 1948 and 1961 Smith served in the U.S. Military, including service in the Korean War from 1952-1954. After returning stateside, Smith attended the University of Mississippi where he completed Master and Doctor of Education degrees before returning to Arkansas to spend his further career at Arkansas State University.

During Smith’s time at Arkansas State College and Arkansas State University, he served as a professor of education (1958-1984), Director of Gradate Programs (1959-1963), Executive Assistant to the President (1959-1969), Vice President for Administration (1969-1971), Dean of the Graduate School (1971-1984), Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (1980-1984), and finally as President of Arkansas State University (1984-1992) and again as Interim President (1994-1995) after his retirement in 1992. During his career in academia, Smith also became involved in the local community of Jonesboro, Arkansas by becoming a member of Rotary International Club of Jonesboro, serving with the Greater Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce, and speaking or volunteering with many other local organizations. Smith also served on the Committee for Arkansas’ Future, the Arkansas Committee for Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve, and the Arkansas Council for Economic Development, the Southern Industrial Development Council, and worked with the Industrial Developers of Arkansas.

After retiring from Arkansas State University in 1995, Smith continued to be involved with the University by contributing his services and volunteering time to many A-State functions as an Alumnus and President Emeritus and continued to be active in the community for many years after his retirement as well. Some of Smith’s contacts around the state include, Bill Clinton, Bill Alexander, and Mike Beebe among others. Eugene W. Smith died on September 23, 2018.


22.5 Linear Feet (15 bankers boxes, two army trunks, and other ephemera)




The Eugene W. Smith Collection highlights the career of Dr. Eugene W. Smith and his contributions to Arkansas State University. Eugene Smith was raised in Forrest City, Arkansas where he graduated high school. Once he completed his primary education, Smith attended Arkansas State College (1948-1952) followed by the University of Mississippi (1954-1958) where he received multiple education degrees. After completing his degrees, Smith returned to Jonesboro, Arkansas and spent the remainder of his career working at Arkansas State College and Arkansas State University (1958-1992; 1994-1995). During his time as a student and during his early career, Smith also served in the United States Military (1948-1961), including an active tour during the Korean War. Dr. Eugene Smith was an active community member who was involved in many levels of the community from organizations to volunteering to holding office. During his career at Arkansas State University, Smith was involved in beginning the Saudi Arabia program, with the securing of an Arkansas State campus in Mountain Home, and many other important events and ventures.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections - Dean B. Ellis Library Repository

Arkansas State University
Dean B. Ellis Library
P.O. Box 2040
State University AR 72467 United States
870-972-3199 (Fax)