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Frank Smith, Jr. papers

Identifier: MS2182

Collection Scope and Content

This collection contains the office records of Frank Smith Jr. during his time as a member of the District of Columbia City Council. These files cover the subjects such as housing, crime, education, lottery, correspondence from constituents, and the Civil War Memorial. These records date from 1987-98. Please note: these records are not fully processed and may take more time to use for research.


  • 1987-1998


Restrictions on Access

Some records may be restricted.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical Note

Frank Smith Jr. (1942- ) served as a member of the District of Columbia City Council from 1982-1998. During his time on the Council, Smith supported legislation creating subsidies for housing down payments, a lottery system for disposing of condemned and surplus housing, and establishing tax incentives for new business development. In 1998, Smith became chairman for the board and chief executive officer for the organization which worked to establish the African American Civil War Memorial and accompanying museum.

While studying at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Smith was a founding member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). From 1962-68 he worked with SNCC organizing and registering African-American voters in Mississippi and Alabama. In 1968, he moved to Washington to work as a researcher for the Institute for Policy Studies focusing on education and planning issues.

Frank Smith Jr. was born on September 17, 1942 in Newnan Georgia. He earned a Ph.D from the Union Institute in Ohio in 1980.


41.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



These are the office records for Frank Smith Jr. durng his time as a member of the District of Columbia City Council. The records date from 1987-98.

Collection Organization

This collection is not fully processed and series have not been determined.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Frank Smith Jr., 1998

Preliminary Guide to the Frank Smith, Jr. papers, 1992-1998
Folder Inventory
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America