Collection Number: D-392

Social and business correspondence of Waddell Smith, financial records of Smith's Pony Express Museum, photographs, newspaper clippings, Pony Express memorabilia, and Overland Mail Centennial Association records.
Extent

19.8 linear feet

Biography

Historian, collector. Great grandson of William B. Waddell, member of freighting firm of Russell, Majors and Waddell, founders of Pony Express (1860). Smith retired from military service (1949) to devote time to study and promotion of Pony Express history. He settled in San Rafael, Calif. and organized a Pony Express History and Art Gallery.

Inclusive Dates

1939-1976

Subject

California History

Additional Collection Information

Finding Aid on the Online Archive of California

Access

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