Irene Rose Smillie papers
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Irene Rose Smillie papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Silvey, Mary
Creator: Smillie, Irene Rose, 1871-1955
Title: Irene Rose Smillie papers
Dates: 1850-1950, undated
Quantity: 0.42 linear ft.
Identification: ahc.MSS193

Biographical/Historical Note

Irene Rose Smillie, born on February 13, 1871 in Savannah, Georgia, to Robert Thomas Smillie(1829-1900) of New York and Harriet F. (Crandell) Smillie of New Jersey and graduated from Washington Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. She studied art at the School of Technology in Newark, New Jersey. She specialized in the painting of miniatures on ivory and later became interested in ceramics and overglaze decoration. She was a member of the City Federation of Women’s Clubs of Atlanta, the Reviewers Study Club, Washington Seminary Alumnae, as well as a St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Additional biographical information about Irene Rose Smillie has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of Irene Rose Smillie’s papers and those related to her parents. Included in the collection are Irene Smillie’s will as well as a codicil to that will; a Bible containing Crandell family history; and a short, handwritten Crandell family tree. The collection also includes a letter from Hety and Mary Silvey dated 1850 about the wedding day of Irene Smillie’s parents, Harriet F. Crandall and Robert Thomas Smillie and an invitation addressed to Harriet and Robert Smillie to attend the City Rifle Corps Ball. There is a travel journal from Irene Rose Smillie detailing her trips around Europe and North America including newspaper clippings, postcards, and brochures.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)
Crandall Family
Crandell, Robert
International travel.
Newark (N.J.)
Smillie, Robert Thomas, 1829-1900

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Irene Rose Smillie papers, MSS 193, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1956

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2011.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Related Material

All visual arts materials have been separated from the collection. Some are found in the Irene R. Smillie photograph collection (VA SML), and others are unprocessed. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Container List




11Bible, 1872
2Papers, 1850-1950, undated
3Travel Journal, 1911