Inventory of the Earl E. T. Smith Papers

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Inventory of the Earl E. T. Smith Papers

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Ben Supat and Elizabeth Phillips
Date Completed:
2011
Encoded by:
Machine-readable finding aid derived from MARC record by Jill Golden, revisions derived from Microsoft Word by Elizabeth Phillips.
© 2011 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Title: Earl E. T. Smith papers
Dates: 1941-1991
Collection Number: 2011C14
Creator: Smith, Earl E. T.
Collection Size: 5 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (2.5 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Collection contains materials relating to American relations with Cuba and to the Cuban revolution of 1959. Includes drafts of the memoir by Earl E. T. Smith, The Fourth Floor: An Account of the Castro Communist Revolution (New York, 1962).
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages: English

Administrative Information

Access

Box 6 closed. Use copies available. The remainder of the collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Earl E. T. Smith papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2011.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Biographical/Historical Note

Earl Edward Tailer Smith was born in Newport, R.I., on July 8, 1903. He graduated from Yale in 1926, having won acclaim as a polo player and the champion boxer of his class.
A member of the New York Stock Exchange for more than sixty years, Smith founded the brokerage firm Paige, Smith & Remick in 1929 and was senior partner until 1937. He later served as director of various corporations, including the New York Central Railroad, the New York Dock Corporation, Lionel Corporation, Sotheby's, and the United States Sugar Corporation.
Active in state and national politics, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention four times and a member of the Republican Platform Committee in 1960 and 1980. He served as finance chairman of the Republican State Committee in Florida and a member of the Republican National Finance Committee from 1954 to 1956.
As the U.S. ambassador to Cuba from 1957 to 1959, Smith was an eyewitness to the collapse of the government of Cuban strongman Fulgencio Batista and the advent of communist leader Fidel Castro. Appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in June 1957, he arrived in Havana the following month. Shortly after his arrival, he found himself at the center of controversy. During a trip to the eastern city of Santiago, he witnessed the brutal dispersal of a group of antigovernment demonstrators by the police; when he remarked on the event during a subsequent press conference, he was sharply criticized by the Cuban government, who called for his immediate dismissal. He had, however, the unequivocal support of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and thus remained at his post until January 1959, when he submitted his letter of resignation following Castro's revolution. He subsequently lent his support to John F. Kennedy, a close friend, during the 1960 presidential campaign and sought to advise the newly elected president on options for overthrowing Castro. In the following years, Smith wrote and spoke often about Cuba, including in his memoir, The Fourth Floor: An Account of the Castro Communist Revolution (New York, 1962).
A resident of Palm Beach, Florida, for more than fifty years, he was mayor of the city from 1971 to 1977. At the time of his death, he was board chairman of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and was honored in 1989 with the dedication of the Earl E. T. Smith Park. He died in 1991 at his home in Palm Beach.
Source: "Earl Smith, 87, Ambassador to Cuba in the 1950's" by Marvine Howe, New York Times, February 17, 1991. Accessed May 25, 2011

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection relates to the life of Smith. The material particularly documents American relations with Cuba and the Cuban revolution of 1959.
The collection includes a small amount of biographical information on Smith, an alphabetical correspondence file, speeches, congressional testimony on communism, drafts of Smith's memoir The Fourth Floor: An Account of the Castro Communist Revolution and other writings.
The Cuba file contains a set of alphabetical files with collected material on Cuba and the Cuban revolution, including a variety of material such as correspondence, dispatches, memoranda, reports, and printed matter. In addition, the collection contains a few photographs, sound recordings, and memorabilia.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
United States--Foreign relations--Cuba.
Cuba--Foreign relations--United States.
Cuba--History--Revolution, 1959.
Diplomats--United States.


Collection Contents

Box: 1

Biographical file, 1957-1976

Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Ambassador to Cuba appointment letter, 1957

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Mayor of Palm Beach, Florida election endorsement, 1976

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Articles about E. T. Smith, 1961

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Florida gubernatorial campaign, 1954

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Beach Protection Project, 1962

Box: 1

Correspondence, 1941-1977

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Anfuso, Rep Victor, 1961

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

Belt, Guillermo, 1960

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

Carter, Jimmy, 1977

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

Cerf, Jay (Foreign Policy Clearing House), 1959

Box/Folder: 1 : 10

Christopher, Warren, 1977

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

Cohn, Roy, 1963

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

Dorschner, John, 1977

Box/Folder: 1 : 13

Dulles, John Foster, 1959

Box/Folder: 1 : 14

Eisenhower, Dwight D., 1952-1961

Box/Folder: 1 : 15

Eisenhower, Mamie, 1957

Box/Folder: 1 : 16

Fenno, Rear Admiral F.W., 1959

Box/Folder: 1 : 17

Forrestal, James, 1941

Box/Folder: 1 : 18

Godoy, Enrique, 1962

Box/Folder: 1 : 19

Harman, Phillip, 1976

Box/Folder: 1 : 20

Henderson, Loy, 1959

Box/Folder: 1 : 21

Herter, Christian, 1959-1960

Box/Folder: 1 : 22

Hill, Amb. Robert C., 1960

Box/Folder: 1 : 23

Jackson, Henry, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 24

Kennedy, Edward M., 1965

Box/Folder: 1 : 25

Kennedy, John F., 1959-1961

Box/Folder: 1 : 26

Long, Augustus, 1962

Box/Folder: 1 : 27

MacDonald, Rep. Torbert, 1957

Box/Folder: 1 : 28

Marquez Sterling, Carlos, 1960

Box/Folder: 1 : 29

Matthews, Herbert, 1957

Box/Folder: 1 : 30

Mendigutia, Fernando, MD, 1960

Box/Folder: 1 : 31

Nixon, Richard, 1974

Box/Folder: 1 : 32

Smathers, George, 1959

Box/Folder: 1 : 33

Sokolsky, George, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 34

Wagner, Phillip ( Baltimore Sun), 1961

Box/Folder: 1 : 35

Wollam, Park, 1958

Box: 1

Cuba file, 1957-1965

Box/Folder: 1 : 36

Business International, 1958

Box/Folder: 1 : 37

Civil Resistance Movement, 1958

Box/Folder: 1 : 38

"Constitution of the Republic of Cuba," 1965

Box/Folder: 1 : 39

Correspondence with Rubottom, 1958

Box/Folder: 1 : 40

Cuban episcopacy, 1959

Box/Folder: 1 : 41

Cuban Manuscript, volume 1, 1958

Box/Folder: 1 : 42

Department of State security violation, 1957

Box/Folder: 1 : 43

Detained reporter, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 44-45

Embassy Christmas party for Cuban Children, 1957

Box/Folder: 1 : 46

"Group of Cuban Institutions Call on Government to Resign," 1958

Box/Folder: 1 : 47

Human Events, 1961

Box/Folder: 1 : 48-49

Huntley, Chet, Allegations about Smith and response, "The Strange Way of Politics," 1962

Box/Folder: 1 : 50

Memorandum, "Movimiento del Pueblo Libre," undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 51

Memoranda, 1958-1960

Box/Folder: 1 : 52

New York Mirror editorial, 1959

Box/Folder: 1 : 53

Office memoranda, 1957-1958

Box/Folder: 1 : 54

Press releases, 1957-1959

Box/Folder: 1 : 55

Photos, 1957

Box: 2

Santiago incident, 1957

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

Cuban government response, 1957

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

Letters of support, 1957

Box/Folder: 2 : 3

Press coverage, 1957

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

Press releases, 1957

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

Trip itineraries, 1957

Box/Folder: 2

Printed materials, 1959-1962

Box/Folder: 2 : 6

"The Lesson the United States can learn from Cuba," undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 7

TIME, Latin American Edition, 1959

Box/Folder: 2 : 8

"The Cuba Castro-Communism Destroyed," 1961

Box/Folder: 2 : 9

"Castro's Cuba," The New Leader, 1961

Box/Folder: 2 : 10

The True Situation on the Island of Cuba, 1962

Box: 2

Writings and speeches, 1958-1970

Box: 2

The Fourth Floor: An Account of the Castro Communist Revolution, 1962

Box/Folder: 2 : 11

Typescript, part II, 1958

Box/Folder: 2 : 12

Typescript, part II, 1958-1959

Box/Folder: 2 : 13

Typescript, 1959

Box/Folder: 2 : 14-15

Typescript, part 1 and 2, 1962

Box/Folder: 2 : 16

Typescript, part I, 1962

Box/Folder: 3 : 1

Typescript, 1962

Box/Folder: 3 : 2

Setting copy, 1962

Box/Folder: 3 : 3

Author's proof, 1962

Box/Folder: 3 : 4

Plate proof, 1962

Box/Folder: 3 : 5

Miscellaneous notes and writings, 1957-1960

Box/Folder: 3 : 6

Letter to the editor, Palm Beach Post, 1960

Box/Folder: 3 : 7

U.S. Senate, "Communist Threat to the United States", 1960

Box/Folder: 3 : 8

U.S. Senate, Internal Security Committee, 1960, 1963

Box/Folder: 3 : 9

U.S. House of Representatives, Freedom Commission, 1965

Box/Folder: 3 : 10

U.S. House of Representatives, Un-American Activities Committee, 1965

Box/Folder: 4 : 1

Interview with James Burnley, Yale, 1970

Box/Folder: 4 : 2

Address to the "Sons of the American Revolution," 1972

Box/Folder: 4 : 3

Photographs, 1957

Box/Folder: 4 : 4

Photographs, 1982

Box: 4

Matted photograph, 1928

Box: 4

Awards and certificates, 1954 and undated

Box: 4

Sound recordings,

Box: 4

"We the People," two 5 inch reels, 1963

Box: 4

"Palm Beach Round Table" compact sound cassette, 1985

Box: 4

Unidentified, "Tails Out," First Half, one 7 inch reel, undated

Box: 4

Unidentified 5 inch reel, undated

Box: 4

"Nixon interview with Barbara Walters," compact sound cassette, undated

Box: 4

"Interview C and D," compact sound cassette, undated

Box: 5 (Oversize)

Plaques, 1963-1991

Box: 5

The Fourth Floor: An Account of the Castro Communist Revolution, microfilm reel, undated

Box: 6

CLOSED materials. Use copies available