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Howard Remus Smith papers

Identifier: UA-10.3.413

Scope and Contents

This collection contains primarily the personal and official correspondence of Howard Remus Smith. Also in the collection are much of Hazel R. Smith's (nee Neu) correspondence with family and friends around the country, and financial papers of the Smiths. Of special interest is Smith's correspondence with Karl Ulmanis, president of Latvia and a one-time student of Smith's at the University of Nebraska. There is information about the Smith family in letters. Smith was active in the Congregationalist Church, and information on church activities can be found throughout the collection.

The collection also contains three volumes, one about Howard R. Smith, and the others about cattle, and a few photographs.


  • Creation: 1895 - 1963


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Howard Remus Smith, born in 1872, was the son of Frederick Hart Smith and Mary Selina Burr, and the grandson of Azariel Smith, an early Michigan settler. He graduated from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1895 with a degree in agriculture. He taught in high schools from 1895 to 1899, studied at the University of Wisconsin during 1899-1900, and began his first college teaching job at Missouri in 1900. In 1901, he was appointed professor of animal husbandry at the University of Nebraska, where he remained until 1912. In 1912, Smith accepted appointment as chair of the Department of Animal Husbandry at the University of Minnesota, where he stayed until 1915. Also in 1912, Smith married Hazel R. Neu.

From 1915 to 1917, he was employed as a livestock specialist by James J. Hill, of the Great Northern Railway. From this period come the reminiscences contained in the typescript "James J. Hill as I Knew Him," written in 1961. From 1917 to 1921, he was Livestock Commissioner for Tuberculosis Eradication with the Chicago Livestock Exchange, and after 1921 he was in charge of educational work on tuberculosis eradication at all markets for the National Livestock Exchange. From 1928 he was employed by the National Livestock Sanitary Committee, or, under its later names, National Livestock Loss Prevention Board, Inc., and Livestock Conservation, Inc., being its general manager at his retirement.

After his January 1, 1951 retirement, Smith maintained a large volume of correspondence, wrote several pamphlets, acted as secretary for the class of 1895, and, in 1956, was sent as a delegate to the General Council of the Congregational Churches in Omaha, Nebraska.

Smith was awarded an honorary Doctor of Agriculture from the University of Nebraska (1944), a 1952 Alumni Award for Distinguished Service from Michigan State College, and in the same year, election to the Nebraska Hall of Agriculture Achievement. In 1955, he received a Centennial Award from Michigan State University.


2.5 Cubic Feet

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Custodial History

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Howard R. Smith. Transferred by the Michigan State University Museum.

Related Materials

See also Smith family papers (00074)

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Changed record group from 00046 to UA 10.3.413 to reflect Smith's connection to Michigan State Uiversity. M. Badgley Malone, November 2019.

Howard Remus Smith Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
June 1967
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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