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Irene Rose Smillie visual arts collection

Identifier: ahc.VIS210

Scope and Content

This collection contains cased portraits of family members of Irene Rose Smillie. There are images of Smillie's immediate family including her parents, sisters, and brother. There are also images of her mother's family including Smillie's grandfather, aunt, uncle, and cousin. The collection also contains photographs of Gibraltar, taken by Smillie during cruises across the Atlantic Ocean in 1911, as well as two watercolors painted by Smillie.


  • approximately 1850-1915, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is 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.

Administrative/Biographical History

Irene Rose Smillie (b. 1871) was born in Savannah, Georgia, to Robert Thomas Smillie (1829-1900) of New York and Harriet F. (Crandell) Smillie (1833-1883) of New Jersey. She had two sisters, Harriet Anna (1853-1935) and Ellen Westall (1851-1934), and a brother, Frank Chester (1855-1926). Her mother, Harriet F. (Crandell) Smillie, was the daughter of Nehemiah S. Crandall (b. 1806) and had a brother, Edward S. Crandell, and sister, Ann S. (Crandall) Tupman (b. 1834). Ann S. Crandall married William L. Tupman (b. 1829) in 1855, and they had a son, Edward T. Tupman (1855-1892). Irene graduated from Washington Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, and studied art at the School of Technology in Newark, New Jersey. She was a member of the City Federation of Women's Clubs of Atlanta, the Reviewers Study Club, Washington Seminary Alumnae, as well as St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Additional biographical information about Irene Rose Smillie has not been determined.


24 image(s) (eight ambrotypes, eight daguerreotypes, one carte de visite, five photographs, and two watercolors)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1956

Related Archival Materials

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

Description Control

This collection was re-processed in 2012.
Irene Rose Smilie visual arts collection
Laura Starratt
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305