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J. Howard Smith (Schmidt) scrapbook and student notebook

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MS-0243

Scope and Contents

The collection includes Mr. J. Howard Smith’s (formerly Schmidt prior to Anglicization of his family name during World War I) personal notebook syllabus from his time as a student at the University at Buffalo’s Department of Pharmacy. The notebook is dated 1915. Included in the notebook are his class notes, along with loose pages of diagrams, and course outlines.

Mr. Smith also used the notebook syllabus as a scrapbook for memorabilia acquired during World War I, including . Items include, food and petroleum rations from different European nations. Additionally, the scrapbook contains handwritten notes regarding different types of weapons used during the First World War and procedures to follow in the event of a weapons attack. His notes also include information about gasmasks with details on how to maintain and use one.

The collection also contains a letter of donation by Mr. Paul Scheeler with a copy of Mr. J Howard’s Smith obituary on the backside, and a color photocopy of the front cover of the notebook syllabus.


  • 1915-1917


Terms of Access

J. Howard Smith (Schmidt) scrapbook and student notebook, 1915-1917, is open for research.


Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Historical Note

World War I, also known as the First World War, the Great War, and The War to End All Wars, lasted from July 1914 to November 1918. Some of the many consequences of the war were the new devastating weapons such as chemical weapons and incendiary bombs. Additionally, due to shortages during the war, many nations began rationing items such as food and petroleum.

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Studies, founded in 1886, is the second-oldest component of the University at Buffalo and is the only pharmacy school in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.


.25 Linear Feet (One folder)

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J. Howard Smith (Schmidt) scrapbook and student notebook (Department of Pharmacy), 1915-1917. Also included are ephemeral items acquired during World War I: ration coupons, and handwritten procedures for dealing with different chemical or munitions attacks.


Loose documents found in the front of the scrapbook were placed in a separate folder inside the envelope.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated to University Archives by Paul Scheeler, maternal great-nephew of Mr. J. Howard Smith in May, 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Hollister, September 2017.


Finding Aid for the J. Howard Smith (Schmidt) scrapbook and student notebook
Finding aid prepared by Jessica Hollister
19 September 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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