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Smith, Harvey G., 1886-1973



Harvey Smith was born on February 22, 1886, in Brandon, Wisconsin.He graduated from the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture in 1911. In 1919 he began working for the YMCA. He was a secretary of the YMCA in Vladivostok, Russia, from 1919 to 1921. He returned to the United States in 1921 and studied at the University of Chicago. In 1922, he went to Sofia, Bulgaria to establish a YMCA Vocational School for Russian refugees. He served as the Director of the school. The school opened in November 1922 and continued until April 1924, with 677 students graduating over the course of three terms. Despite its success, the school was unable to secure enough funding and was eventually discontinued. Harvey returned to the United States in 1924. From 1931 to his retirement, Harvey worked for the Wisconsin Electric Power Company. On February 6, 1932, he married Robert Anderson (Paul B. Anderson's sister). Harvey and Roberta had two children, Emily and David. Harvey Smith died on June 22, 1973.

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Paul B. Anderson and family papers

Identifier: Y.USA.86

Personal papers of Paul B. Anderson and material from other members of his family including Margaret Anderson, Harvey and Roberta (Anderson) Smith, and William and Mary (Anderson) Glenn. The collection is primarily related to Paul B. Anderson and the YMCA's international work.

Dates: 1900 - 2012