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Laura Elizabeth Smith Hiott scrapbook

 Collection — Container: 15.0039 - Box 1
Identifier: 15.0039

Scope and Contents

This collection is related to Laura Elizabeth Smith Hiott. The collection contains a scrapbook of military base letterheads, booklets: The WAC, Manual for Civil Defense. Also included are newspaper articles from Miami Herald and the Jacksonville (Florida) Times-Union which reveal Ms. Smith Hiott's perspective on major events during the war and often focus on servicewomen.


  • 1942-1945
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1942-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 10/29/2015
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2020-06-04


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Laura Elizabeth Smith Hiott served in the US Army Aircraft Warning Service in Grant, Florida. The Smith's were Florida homesteaders, and her parents were sharecroppers. During the 1930s, the family lived for some years in a railroad car. Ms. Hiott's granddaughter reports that, although she worked at the church on Sundays taking care of children, she was neither particularly religious or particularly political, but her support of President Roosevelt stemmed from a belief that he was in their corner. Ms. Hiott was the eldest of eight children. One of her younger brothers, Elmer E. Smith from Grant, Florida was U.S. Civilian Contractors From Morrison Knudsen Company Who were executed by the Japanese on 7 October 1943 on Wake Island. She assembled the scrapbook during World War II.

Note written by Jan-Ruth Mills


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Custodial History

This collection was gifted by Linda S. Alcoff, Ms. Smith Hiott's granddaughter. The collection was donated by October 29, 2015.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Laura Elizabeth Smith Hiott scrapbook
Mallory McGovern
June 4, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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