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In 1963, Mary Elizabeth Fisher Smith started the "Magnolia Monthly," a magazine chronicling news, features, and, especially, history in Wakulla County and other parts of North Florida. She edited this award-winning review until her death in 1977, doing the typing and mimeographing herself. Before she started the magazine, she was a school teacher. She lived in Florida all of her adult life.
The collection contains the papers of Elizabeth Fisher Smith from 1935 to 1977. The records include her diaries, scrapbooks, and correspondence. It also includes stories, essays and a ledger book (1966, 1968-1971) from the Magnolia Monthly, published at Crawfordville. Of particular interest to genealogists is a Teacher Daily Register from Wakulla County from 1898-1899. Her diaries, 1935-1939, 1954, and 1960-1963, reflect her early interest in writing; her personal views on social and political issues; and information on her early family life and the people close to her. Her scrapbooks, 1935-1953, reflect her academic life, participation in the war effort in Florida, the birth of her children, family history, and tidbits on life in North Florida. The correspondence, 1939-1977, includes incoming and outgoing letters to family members and friends.
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Harold Smith is Mrs. Smith's widower.
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World War, 1939-1945 Florida Women History 20th century Florida School census Florida
Diaries. aat Scrapbooks. aat
Wakulla County (Fla.) Crawfordville (Fla.)