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William Angie Smith scrapbook

Identifier: SC-Mss. Coll. 101

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of one scrapbook and loose material detailing the ministry and life of William Angie Smith. It includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and printed items. The material primarily relates to Smith serving as acting president of Centenary College of Louisiana from August 1932 to June 1933.


  • 1931 - 1934


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

William Angie Smith (1894-1974), American Methodist bishop, was born December 21, 1894 in Elgin, Texas. He graduated from Southwestern University in 1917 and was ordained elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1924. Smith served charges in several places, including El Paso, Texas; Shreveport, Louisiana; Nashville, Tennessee; Washington, DC; Birmingham, Alabama, and Dallas, Texas. In 1944, he was elected bishop by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference and assigned to the Oklahoma-New Mexico Area, which comprised of the Oklahoma, Oklahoma Indian Mission, and New Mexico Annual Conferences. Smith served these conferences for twenty-four years. He also served as president of the Board of Evangelism from 1952 to 1964 and as president of the Council of Bishops in 1957. Smith was also heavily involved with the World Methodist Council and the United States military chaplaincy program. Smith married Bess Owens in 1920 and had 3 sons: William III, Bryant, and Shelby. Mrs. Smith was also very active in the Methodist Church, particularly with the Bishops Wives Association. Bishop William Angie Smith died on March 15, 1974 at the age of 79.


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Arranged by document type and chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection donated by Shelby Smith in multiple accessions from 2008 to 2009.

Related Materials

William Angie Smith memorabilia, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. William Angie Smith papers, Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. William Angie Smith papers, United Methodist Church Archives - GCAH, Madison, New Jersey.

Finding Aid to the William Angie Smith scrapbook
Chris Brown
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Repository Details

Part of the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections Repository

2911 Centenary Blvd.
Shreveport LA 71104 US
(318) 869-5462