The James H. Smart papers (1874-1977; 3.4 cubic feet) primarily document James H. Smart’s term as president of Purdue University (1883-1900).
The majority of the papers are in the form of letter books (1881-1899). The letter book from 1881-1885 begins with President Emerson E. White; the greater part is by James. H. Smart. The letters are primarily written by Smart, although some are written by his secretary L.D. Swan as well as vice-president Winthrop E. Stone in his absence. The letters chiefly concern everyday correspondences relating to the office of the president.
Other papers include correspondences relating to Purdue University. The collection contains non-commercial publications, addresses and administrative papers documenting issues concerning education and Purdue University. There are also biographies, memorials and newspaper clippings regarding the career and death of James H. Smart.
Types of materials include: letter books, correspondence, printed material (publications, newspaper clippings), biographical information, memorials, addresses and administrative papers. The papers are organized into 2 series: