Papers of Abraham Bartlett Smith, 1922-2000 (bulk), 1980-1988 (bulk)
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5.25 linear feet ((4 cartons, 3 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder)
Smith's years as a child and young adult were anguished ones. She ran away to Chicago in 1941 and during the 1950s was hospitalized at Connecticut State Hospital. She converted to Roman Catholicism in the 1950s and inalterably left the church in the early 1970s. In 1963 Smith had a son, voluntarily and deliberately; she did not continue her relationship with her son's father. In 1970 she underwent the physical and legal procedures necessary to become a man, and in 1972 officially changed her name to Abraham Bartlett Smith. In 1977 Smith married, but the couple was divorced in 1980.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, Smith lived in Winsted and Norfolk, Connecticut, and East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. In October 1992 he moved to Jonesboro, and later Machias, Maine. In 1998 he moved to back to Massachusetts, to be nearer to his family. Smith is an avid reader, music lover, civil libertarian, and student of the planet's biological diversity. He writes that he is "a strongly-motivated opponent and challenger of religion's intrusion into human life and freedom, especially those of women and 'queers.'"
Smith died December 4, 2012.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Abraham Bartlett Smith between November 1997 and August 2000.
- Carton 1: 1-2, 3, 5-9, 11, 13, 15, 17-20, 22, 26-27
- Carton 2: 28-30, 32-35, 37-41, 48
- Carton 3: 51-52, 54-56, 58-61, 63, 65v-66v
- Carton 4: CLOSED (4, 10, 12, 14, 16, 21, 23-25, 31, 36, 42-44)
- Box 5: CLOSED (45-46)
- Box 6: CLOSED (47, 49-50, 53, 57, 62)
- Box 7: CLOSED (43a, 64a-64d)
By: Anne Engelhart
- Biologists--United States
- East Longmeadow (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
- Gay liberation movement--United States
- Gender identity--United States
- Grandparent and child--United States
- Individuality--Social aspects--United States
- Jonesboro (Me.)--Social life and customs--20th century
- Machias (Me.)--Social life and customs--20th century
- Norfolk (Conn.)--Social life and customs--20th century
- Parent and child--United States
- Reducing diets--United States
- Retirees' writings- 20th century
- Retirees--United States--Economic conditions
- Retirees--United States--Social conditions
- Sex change--United States
- Transsexuals--United States
- Winsted (Conn.)--Social life and customs--20th century
- Smith, Abraham Bartlett, 1926-2012. Papers of Abraham Bartlett Smith, 1922-2000 (inclusive), 1980-l998 (bulk): A Finding Aid
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