The collection includes Smith's notes and working drafts used for the preparation of his publications, a record of his professional
activities as the Carnegie Institution of Washington's Guatemala City representative, photographs of Mesoamerican pottery,
and correspondence between Smith and other Mesoamericanists of his time. The collection provides important biographical and
collaborative information about Smith, as well as the history of Mesoamerican archaeology. The majority of documents in the
collection are not dated, thus (ca.) is used for approximate date.
Robert Eliot Smith was born in Arcahan, France, on May 24, 1899. He received his primary and secondary education while living
in Switzerland and Massauchusetts, and graduated from Harvard University in 1922 with a degree in history and romance languages.
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