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Jesse Smith Family Archive

Identifier: WP-025


This collection comprises documents related to Captain Jesse Smith, his son, and his grandson, both named Jesse Smith. Captain Jesse Smith had a long Revolutionary War service record. At the end of the war, he was a member of Washington's headquarters guard and escort. This collection contains his official Revolutionary War record and his obituary. Also, this collection comprises service records from his son and grandson's naval careers and original family letters.


  • 1775 - 1897

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are responsible for using the materials in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright claimants in collection materials. Copyright for official University records is held by The University of Alabama. The library claims only physical ownership of many manuscript collections. Anyone wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights. Please contact Special Collections ( with questions regarding specific manuscript collections.

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Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal implications, for which the University of Alabama assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

A. S. "Steve" Williams III was a native of Eufaula, Alabama. He graduated from The University of Alabama in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance, where he was also a member of the Phi Delta Theta social fraternity. He later earned a Bachelor of Law degree from the Birmingham School of Law in 1964. Williams began his banking career with First National Bank of Birmingham in 1959 and joined Protective Life Corporation in 1964. He spent over 30thirty years with the company, retiring in 2001 as executive vice president and treasurer. In the early 1960s, a trip to Williamsburg, Virginia, sparked his passion for collecting. Williams developed a growing interest in the founding fathers and the roots history of the United States, leading him to create one of the greatest individual collections of American United States and Southern history ever assembled. The collection represents a lifetime of avid collecting and was presented to The University of Alabama in 2010. Williams was a generous community supporter and has been actively involved with many local organizations including the Alabama Symphony Association, the Vulcan District Boy Scouts of America, the Emmet O’Neal Library, the Birmingham Kiwanis Club, and the Birmingham Historical Society.


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Language of Materials


Guide to Jesse Smith Family Archive
Needs Approval
Marina Klarić
November 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266