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Carlton K. Smith papers

 Collection — Container: 99.0556 - Box 1
Identifier: 99.0556

Scope and Contents

The collection of Carlton K. Smith, who served with the 185th Field Artillery during World War II, contains an oral history transcript of an interview provided by the Reichelt Program for Oral History.  This collection also contains a World War II history magazine, correspondence with French General Pierre Denis, summaries of unit actions, personal letters to family, newspaper clippings, unit newsletters, a binder with photocopies of newspaper articles, and one copy of Liberty's Victorious Conflict: A Photographic History of the World War I. In the oral history interview, Smith discusses the combat situations in which he was involved including the crossing of the Rhine River.


  • Created: 1919-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/12/1999


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

Carlton K. Smith enlisted in the Iowa National Guard in 1919. In 1940, he was promoted to captain and ordered to organize the Anti-Tank Battery G, 185th Field Artillery. He and this unit were sent on the Louisiana maneuvers at Camp Claiborne for about a year. Smith then attended the Command and General Staff School at Ft. Benning and the Field Fortifications School at Ft. Belvoir. Smith had a number of assignments related to training before he was sent to Europe via Utah Beach, Normandy, France. He and his unit were in Innsbruck, Austria when the war ended.


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Custodial History

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

Source of Acquisition

Carlton K. Smith

Method of Acquisition


Carlton K. Smith papers
Craig Whittington
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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