Butler Center for Arkansas Studies 100 Rock Street Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201 (501) 320-5700
October 6, 2004
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Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Smith, Peg Newton, 1915-2003
Peg Smith materials
2.9 Linear feet
This small collection contains two scrapbooks of newspaper articles of historical interest, a drawing textbook published in 1828, and correspondence. Included are the raccoon Christmas cards for which the Smiths were known.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
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This small collection contains two scrapbooks of newspaper articles, a drawing textbook published in 1828, and correspondence. Included are the raccoon Christmas cards for which the Smiths were known.
Peg Newton Smith was born in Little Rock on February 10, 1915, to Thomas Newton, III and Evlyn Hempstead Newton. Her family was prominent in the early history of Arkansas. Hempstead and Newton counties were named after two of her ancestors. She was the granddaughter of Fay Hempstead, an Arkansas historian and Poet Laureate of Freemasonry.
Smith graduated from Mount St. Mary's Academy and attended Little Rock Junior College. She married George Rose Smith, who was an Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court for 38 years. They have one daughter, Dr. Laurie Fisher.
Smith was a volunteer at the Historic Arkansas Museum for 62 years, where she served as Commission Chair from 1978-1983. She was named Chair Emerita of the commission in 2002. She was on the Board of Directors of the Mt. Holly Cemetery Association, and she often gave tours of the cemetery. She was a founder of the Arkansas Museums Association and the Quapaw Quarter Association. She was named to the Board of Advisors to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She served on the boards of several other preservation groups and was a supporter of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and the Central Arkansas Library System.
Smith also served on the boards of the Ada Thompson Home, the Speech Correction School, the Visiting Nurse Association, and the Little Rock Community Concert Association. She was the first woman elected to the board of Downtown Little Rock Unlimited Progress, now the Downtown Partnership. She was president of the Junior League of Little Rock and the Aesthetic Club. She was a member of Holy Souls Catholic Church.
Smith received numerous awards and honors for her work, including being named Greater Little Rock Woman of the Year by the Arkansas Democrat in 1967.
She was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas Museums Association in 2003. The Quapaw Quarter Association named its volunteer award the "Peg Smith Award."
Peg Newton Smith died on July 20, 2003 and is buried in Mount Holly Cemetery.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Smith, Peg Newton, 1915-2003
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Peg Smith materials, MSS.99.13, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute