1 Archives & Manuscript Collections National Sporting Library Middleburg, VA Harry Worcester Smith Archive Name: Smith, Harry Worcester MC0041 Materials: Correspondence, photographs, typescripts, publications, pamphlets, event programs, newspaper clippings, magazines Dates: Usage: Unless otherwise stated by NSL staff, these records are open for research without restrictions. Biographical Note Harry Worcester Smith was born in 1865, a second-generation American of English descent. He lived most of his life in Grafton, MA on his estate Lordvale, which was destroyed by fire in He was a successful businessman in the textile industry. He was a patent expert, perfecting over 30 patents on automatic color weaving which revolutionized the manufacture of gingham. Smith started the Grafton Country Club with the desire to bring wholesome English outdoor life, riding, shooting and hunting to America. He was a champion four-inhand driver. His horses Sky-High and Sue Woodstock won three National Horse Shows at Madison Square Garden. He took up steeplechasing in his thirties, winning the Genesee Valley Point-to- Point, the gentlemen s Whitney race at Saratoga in 1897, the Meadow Brook Hunt Cup on Long Island in 1898 and 1899, and the Champion Steeplechase of America in He placed first at the Grand National Steeplechase at Sheepshead bay in 1901, as well as in the Hempstead and Calvert Cups in Baltimore the same year. A pivotal moment in his foxhunting career is known as The Great Hound Match of 1905 in which English foxhounds and American foxhounds were put to the test to see which breed was superior. Smith and his American foxhounds proved to be the victor by the final judgment at the end of the two week match. Smith spent most of his middle ages researching and writing about the life of Edward Troye, one of the greatest American equine portraitists of the nineteenth century. Through his continuous research, acquisitions, and documentation of Troye s works, the first gallery exhibition of Troye s works was held at the Newhouse Galleries in New York City in Throughout his career, Smith wrote numerous essays and articles, and he authored several books, including Life and Sport in Aiken and Those Who Made It, A Sporting Tour through Ireland, England, Wales and France, and A Sporting Family of the Old South.
2 MC0041 p. 2 Collection Description The Harry Worcester Smith Collection consists primarily of materials related to the research and writings of Smith. Also included are materials related to his personal life and materials collected by others after his death. These materials include photographs, correspondence, typescripts, newspaper clippings, articles, publications, and other types of information on various subjects which have been organized into 6 series. Oversize materials are included in this collection. Series and Subseries I. Correspondence, ( ) 17 Folders This series consists of 17 folders of correspondence between Harry Worcester Smith and others. Included are personal, hand-written letters, as well as formal and business correspondence. Seven folders contain correspondence relating to social invitations and engagements, and four contain correspondence regarding specific people or subjects. Six folders contain general correspondence with many different people on a variety of subjects. It is noted that the general correspondence has not been arranged in any particular order, chronological or otherwise. II. Authored Works, ( ) 66 Folders This series contains 66 folders, which have been further divided into four subseries. The materials in this series relate to the books written by Smith and include research materials, writing drafts, notes, photographs, correspondence, book reviews, and publication information for three published books. Also included are the research materials, outline, and drafts for one unpublished book, Sporting Reminiscences. Oversize materials are contained in this series. A. Life and Sport in Aiken, ( ) 10 Folders This subseries includes 10 folders of materials relating to Life and Sport in Aiken, published in The subseries contains research materials, which include magazine articles, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and photographs. Also included are essays, writing drafts, and notes written by Smith and book reviews and correspondence regarding publication information. B. A Sporting Family of the Old South, ( ) 3 Folders This subseries contains 3 folders of information relating to A Sporting Family of the Old South, published in Included are photographs, correspondence, and the prospectus for the book. Magazines with reviews of the book are located in an oversize storage container.
3 MC0041 p. 3 C. A Sporting Tour, ( ) 27 Folders This subseries consists of 27 folders of materials relating to A Sporting Tour through Ireland, England, Wales and France, published in Primarily, the subseries contains research about horse racing in Europe and in Canada and includes research about specific horses and races. Information about people, such as Frederick Watson, Prince Charles Kinsky, and Harry Beasley is included, as well. The materials include correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, typescripts of published articles, photographs, and programs from events. Notes, essays, and writing drafts of Smith s are included, as well as book reviews and articles about the book, written by others. Newspaper clippings and magazines containing book reviews are located in 2 oversize storage containers. D. Sporting Reminiscences, ( ) 26 Folders This subseries contains 26 folders of articles, notes, correspondence, photographs, and writing drafts for Smith s unpublished book, Sporting Reminiscences. The proposed outline, dedication, prologue, and several chapters are included in this subseries. Photographs, clippings, and reproductions of equestrian artwork are located in 2 oversize storage containers. III. Writings and Research Materials, ( ) 232 Folders This series consists of 232 folders of Smith s research and writings, which is divided into six subseries, based on subject. Contained in this series is information about sporting subjects and various people, including Smith himself. The materials include articles, clippings, correspondence, photographs, programs from events, and publications, as well as writing drafts, essays, and notes written by Smith. It also includes one oversize container of magazines and newspapers containing reviews written by Smith. A. Horse Shows, ( ) 30 Folders This subseries contains 30 folders of information relating to a number of horse shows in the United States, Canada, and Ireland. Included are newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and correspondence. Programs and catalogs from specific shows are also included. The Irish Horse Show Annual from 1927 is located in oversize storage. B. Flat Racing, ( ) 24 Folders This subseries includes 24 folders of materials regarding flat racing. Seven folders contain information about specific race horses and two folders contain information about jockey, Samuel Purdy. The subseries contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, publications, and event programs. Essays, notes, and writing drafts written by Smith are included, as well. C. Fox Hunting, ( ) 48 Folders
4 MC0041 p. 4 This subseries includes 48 folders of materials about fox hunting, primarily in Virginia and Ireland. The materials include newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, programs, and schedules, as well as essays, notes, and drafts written by Smith. Information is included about several hunts, including Loudoun, Warrenton, Middleburg, Chatham, Ft. Belvoir, and Orange County Hunt. Five folders contain information regarding the Orange County Hunt dispute. Materials relating to Warrenton Hunt and Grafton Hounds is located in 2 oversize storage containers. D. Racing in America, ( ) 25 Folders This subseries contains 25 folders of materials relating to Racing in America by John Hervey. Correspondence with Hervey indicates that Smith was closely involved in the writing and publication of the book, encouraging Hervey, providing research material, and contacting publishers. Four folders of correspondence and eight folders of photographed artwork are contained in this subseries. Also included are articles, newspaper clippings, notes, and essays. A Racing in America typescript, poster, order form, and news article about the book are also contained in this subseries. E. Steeplechasing, ( ) 40 Folders This subseries contains 40 folders of materials relating to steeplechasing. The materials include photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and event programs. Smith s research notes, writing drafts, and essays on the subject and about specific steeplechasing and hunt clubs are included, as well. F. People, Places, and General Interests, ( ) 65 Folders This subseries contains 65 folders of research and writing materials covering an array of subjects. This subseries contains biographical information and research on people and families. It also includes information on a variety of topics, including horses, cattle, property, events, and activities. The materials include drafts, essays, and articles written by Smith and by others, as well as correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, programs, and publications. Large photographs, maps, magazines, and envelopes of sporting data are located in 4 oversize storage containers. It is important to note that information contained here may relate to other subseries within this series, but further research will need to be conducted to determine this. IV. Sporting Art, ( ) 24 folders This series contains 24 folders of photographs, correspondence, articles, and newspaper clippings relating to sporting art, as well as Smith s writings on the subject. Information about specific artists, works, and exhibitions are included. Oversize materials are contained in this series.
5 MC0041 p. 5 A. Edward Troye,( ) 10 Folders This subseries contains 10 folders of materials relating to Smith s research and interest in sporting artist, Edward Troye. Included are essays written by Smith, correspondence, articles, photographs, and newspaper clippings, including the first page of Troye s obituary. An oversize storage container holds photographs, a large version of the first page of Troye s obituary, and materials regarding an art exhibition at Newhouse Galleries. B. Artists and Works, ( ) 14 Folders This subseries contains 14 folders of information about artists and works unrelated to Troye. The materials include photographs, clippings, and correspondence about artists, exhibitions, and artworks. Photographs, booklets, clippings, and reproductions of artwork are located in oversize storage. V. Personal Reminiscences, ( ) 11 Folders This series contains 11 folders of materials relating to Smith s personal life. Included is information about his estate, Lordvale, and the fire that destroyed it in The series also contains social articles and clippings about himself and others, photographs of people and places, souvenirs, and a hunting journal. The hunting journal and two National Foxhunters Association Field Trial Photo Books are located in oversize storage. Also included in this series are 10 scrapbooks on a wide variety of topics. VI. Posthumous Materials, ( ) 4 Folders This series contains 4 folders of materials that were collected by others after Smith s death. It includes a photocopy of the book for the 1948 public auction of Smith s art and books, publications, and correspondence. Also included is a collection of Chatham Hunt photographs, dating from I. Correspondence, ( ) Container List MC0041 J About: Tour through South Budget About: John Irving, Andrew 1943 Jackson Equestrian Statue 27 About: Samuel Riddle With: Marsman, Walter Sparrow J General J General J Social Engagements 1916 J Social Engagements
6 MC0041 p. 6 J General J General II. Authored Works, ( ) A. Life and Sport in Aiken, ( ) J Photographs Louise Hitchcock Prints undated Research Materials, Essays Photographs undated 20 Articles about Aiken, SC Correspondence with Derrydale Press Research Materials and Correspondence Book Reviews 1935 B. A Sporting Family, ( ) L21 Magazines with Book Reviews J Prospectus Photographs & Correspondence C. A Sporting Tour, ( ) K01 10 Book Reviews and Articles 1926 L21 Magazines with Book Reviews J Clippings, Correspondence, Essays, Research Notes J Research Materials, Images For Illustration 05 Book Reviews and Articles Correspondence Articles about writing, 1926 Publishing, and criticism 12 Images for Illustration undated 13 Inscription Sheets, Dust Jacket 1926 D. Sporting Reminiscences, ( ) J Writing Drafts, including preface & undated Chapters Photographs J Notes about book undated J Notes about book undated
7 MC0041 p. 7 J Correspondence Outline, Title Page, Dedication undated J List of Photos and Prints to include undated K01 08 Resproductions of Equestrian Art, Correspondence L16 09 Reproductions of Equestrian Art 1932 L18 Photos and Clippings undated III. Writings and Research Materials, ( ) A. Horse Shows, ( ) J International Horse Show Los Angeles Horse Show Middleburg Hunter Show Millwood Hunt Show National Horse Show J Devon Horse Show Dublin Horse Show Grafton Hounds Hunter Show High Jumping Correspondence, Photos J Pacific International Show Piping Rock Horse Show Photo of HWS at Piping Rock Portland Horse Show Rochester Exposition Sutton Horse Show Toronto Horse Show/Winter Fair Ontario Jockey Club Trinity Church, Grafton, Upperville 1938 L16 05 Irish Horse Show Annual 1927 B. Flat Racing, ( ) J Grafton Long Jump Book, Clippings, Correspondence, Outline of HWS Speech J Photographs, Programs, Clippings of Various Horses, Races, and Shows 07 Issues of The Harness Horse Publications - William and Mary College Quarterly, The Commonwealth, The Rider and Driver J Jockey Samuel Purdy J Articles, Photographs, Correspondence J Horses: Black Gold, War Admiral, Epinard, Top Row,Saratoga; Racing Colors
8 MC0041 p. 8 J Horses: Peytona, Fashion; Jerome Park C. Fox Hunting, ( ) J Review written by HWS of undated Story of American Foxhunting J Middleburg Hunt J Review of Story of American Foxhunting, Correspondence Foxhounds and Beagles Clippings And Photos 18 Essays written by HWS Research Notes on Loudoun Hunt undated J Essays written by HWS undated J Review, Story of American Foxhunting 1941 J Heythrop Hunt Centenary 1935 J Great Hound Match Article 21 Hunt Histories 22 Hunt Histories 23 Hunt Histories 24 Hunt Histories 25 Foxhunting Articles 26 Charlotte Noland and Foxcroft 27 Sterling Larrabee and Louis Leith 28 Middleburg and Piedmont Hunts 29 Radnor Hunt Races 30 Correspondence with Baily's 31 Dressing for the Hunt 32 Warrenton, Virginia 33 American Foxhound in Kentucky 34 Photographs: Hounds, hunting, horses 35 Photographs: MFHs, hunts 36 Correspondence with MFHA 37 MFHA Minutes, Reports 38 Articles on Rombout Hunt 39 Articles on Riding, Racing, Horsemanship 40 Female Foxhunters 41 Iroquois and Toronto Hunts 42 Hunting in England 43 Peterborough and Bryn Mawr Hound Shows 44 Hunting Reminisciences 45 Houd Shows, Aiken, SC 46 Hound Shows, New York, Brunswick, Grafton J Journal of Loudoun Hunts Notes and Essays on Llangollen 1938 Plantation 15 Poem about HWS, Writings on Hunts Research materials and Writings on Various Hunts
9 MC0041 p National Biscuit Company Annual Report 1925, Research materials on Fox Hunting J Correspondence, Notes, Clippings, Photographs Correspondence, Notes, Clippings, Photographs K01 06 Warrenton Hunt Clippings and Correspondence L22 Grafton Hunters 1912 J Irish Newspaper Clippings and Correspondence Irish Hunts Photographs undated J Foxhound Match writing drafts Correspondence and Notes on Various Hunts 14 Piedmont Fox Hounds Middleburg Hunt Casanova Hunt Fort Belvoir Hunt Cobbler Hunt Orange County Hunt Dispute Orange County Hunt Correspondence Loudoun Hunt Writing Drafts and Photograph D. Racing in America, ( ) J Photographs of Art for the book undated J Correspondence with Dangerfield Correspondence with Hervey Correspondence Research Materials and Correspondence Christmas 1932 Essay, Articles Racing in America typescript, 1944 Order Form,Poster, Clipping E. Steeplechasing, ( ) J Silver Cups and Trophies, Receipt for 1931 Springdale Steeplechase Cup J Steeplechasing in the Northeast Upperville Colt and Horse Show, 1936 Orange County Hunt J Steeplechasing in the United States 1929 Notes and Typescripts J Horses and Riders Clippings,
10 MC0041 p. 10 Photographs The Country Club Race Meeting Deep Run Hunt Race Eastern Horse Club, Meadow Brook Cup Morris Park Research Notes, Writing Drafts, Correspondence for Encyclopedia Britannica submission 11 Billy Barton Correspondence, Clippings, Poetry, Quotes, Writing Drafts Steeplechasing drafts, notes, Clippings, Photographs 15 Myopia Hunt Canadian Racing Steeplechasing in Canada undated Original Proof 18 Middleburg Hunt Race Myopia Hunt Club Maryland Hunt Club Meadow Brook Cup Orange County, Piedmont J Pimlico and Raceland Ladies Between the Flags essay Various Races Meets and Punchestown Clippings on a variety of Steeplechasing topics 06 Grand National, Aintree Beau Cavelier, New Zealand Steeplechasing in Great Britain And Ireland J Meadow Brook Cup Program, Godolphin Arabian 20 The Horse (1931), Posters and Clippings 21 The Carolina Cup Program, Clippings Steeplechasing and Point to Point Programs, Clippings, Photographs F. People and Places, ( ) J Essays, Grafton Hounds, undated List of Books for Review 28 Jock Whitney J Essays and Clippings on Various Topics 04 Correspondence and Clippings 1941 On Various Topics Dulany Family undated
11 MC0041 p Hurdle Racing and Hunting Essays 1935 J Correspondence and Clipping on Lawrence, Keen, Vosburg, Laing 02 Clippings on Thorne, Travers, Randolph, Hitchcock Family 03 Clippings on Hervey, Vaughn, Maddox, Madden 04 The Taylors of Mt. Airy Clippings and Correspondence on Various Topics 09 Ellerlsie Stud, Fairfax Harrison, John S. Harrison Articles written by HWS J Hunting the Raccoon Notes on a Shooting Trip to Texas undated 30 My Family, Their Pursuits & Friends undated 31 J Olympic Competition Barre Cattle Shows Guide Book And Clippings J E. Somerville Tattersall Earl of Derby George Templer of Stover undated 19 Frederick of Watson Adam Lindsay Gordon Admiral Rous and John Payne undated 23 Prince Charles Kinsky 1938 J History of Brahma Cattle in America Drafts, Published article, research J Clippings on Sportsmen, Artists, Country Estate Owners J John J. Ryan Hound Scandal Clippings and Correspondence 02 List of Sporting Books to be sold undated 03 Rural Sports by John Gay 2 copies, Order forms; Correspondence with Rufus Finch 05 Articles published by HWS Photographs used with HWS writings undated 10 Horses and Business by Frans 1930 August Larson 11 Snipe Shooting articles Research on various subjects Proceedings of the Clarke County Historical Association (1941), Newspaper clippings 24 Typescript of Speech given by Levi Bloom, Correspondence, Clippings, and Articles 25 Newspaper clippings of Property Transactions 26 The Plains Riding Club Brochure,
12 MC0041 p. 12 Articles, Clippings, Photograph Dulany Family Ladies Riding Photographs of Fences and Walls Dulany Family Photographs George Washington and Lord Fairfax J General William Mitchell Neill, Hardin, Baird,Tartiere, Smith, Higginson 03 Polish Ambassador Potocki Alexander Mackay Smith Llangollen Plantation Halfway House, Whitehouse Family L16 07 American Horse Pedigree undated Advertisements 08 Magazines with articles by HWS L18 Spaniard and The Colt in Breaking undated L19 Magazines with articles by HWS L20 Do Ye Ken John Peel music book, undated Photographs of Vine Hill, booklets, Maps L22 01 Photographs of Mrs. Marshall and 1937 Count Potocki L22 Large Envelopes of Sporting Data J Typescripts of Essays and Writing Drafts on various subjects J The Pulse of the People by HWS Hare Hunting on Nantucket The Story of the House of Kirk Correspondence, Writing Drafts, Notes on Various Subjects IV. Sporting Art, ( ) A. Edward Troye, ( ) L16 01 Exhibition at Newhouse Galleries Research and Essays by HWS Troye Family Photographs undated 04 Research Articles, Publications undated J Troye Calling Card, Photographs, undated Notes J Research Correspondence, Drawings of Paintings, Research Requests, Clippings, Articles, Journals of Holy Land Voyage B. Artists and Works, ( )
13 MC0041 p. 13 J Clippings, Correspondence Works of Art in the United States Capitol Building J Research Statues and Bronzes Walker s Galleries Exhibitions Correspondence, Clippings, Booklet 13 Boston Museum Exhibition 1944 Correspondence, Clippings, Photographs 14 Notes and Data on Prints, Pictures, undated Photographs from Smith s Personal Collection 15 Research Clippings, Notes, Correspondence Research on Sporting Artists and Their Works K01 01 Research on Thomas Doughty, Currier & Ives, Lionel Edwards Artists: Clippings, Correspondence, Photographs, Booklets 05 Photographs of Paintings by Lynwood Palmer, May 1933 issue of Apollo 07 Reproductions of Equestrian Artwork Reproduction of Engraving from undated Newcastle s General System of Horsemanship J Sporting Artwork Clippings and Photographs V. Personal Reminiscences, ( ) L22 National Foxhunters Field Trial Photo Books Hunting Journal of HWS J Lordvale History of Property, Clippings about Fire 09 Willard Martin, Greatwood Farm Correspondence and Clippings J Photographs of HWS, Gov. Stickney undated Of Vermont, and other men taken at an event 33 Photographs and Clippings Country Club of Brookline, undated Burden Residence Clipping, Print J HWS Bookplates Correspondence, Clippings; Romances of the American Turf by Salvator J Music for Teeny and Tiny Music undated Book
14 MC0041 p. 14 J Articles about HWS Articles about HWS, HWS letterhead, HWS biographical information, Poem about HWS by David Wagstaff, Grafton Stables Opening Announcement J Sketch of Proposed Discontinuance of Lordvale Road, Hand DrawnMap to Albany, Map of Upstate NY Location Contents Dates MC Scrapbook William Woodward MC Scrapbook German Horsemanship 1938 MC Scrapbook Nearco, Alsab MC Scrapbook Thoroughbred Articles 1938 MC Scrapbook Thoroughbred Articles 1941 MC Scrapbook The Jersey Act MC Scrapbook Life and Sport in Aiken 1935 MC Scrapbook Catalog of Autographs N/A MC Scrapbook A Sporting Family of the Old MC Scrapbook Poetry of the Turf, the Course N/A VI. Posthumous Materials, ( ) J Distribution of Remount Stallions 1947 By States 24 Chatham Hunt Photographs Possibly collected by Mackay 27 Public Auction Sale of the Sporting undated Books and Prints of Harry Worcester Smith in 1948 photocopy of book 28 A Tour of Australasia, Article, Correspondence