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E. Raymond Smith papers

E. Raymond Smith papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: E. Raymond Smith papers
Creator: Smith, Emmett Raymond, 1922-2013
Inclusive Dates: 1950-1970
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 half full box and 1 oversized folder)
Collection Number: ms4126
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Emmett Raymond Smith was born in Roberta, Georgia and served in the marines in the Pacific Theater during WWII, receiving a Purple Heart after being injured during a land mine explosion. He was a well-known businessman, owning multiple car dealerships and investing in real estate throughout Georgia. Smith served as President and Chairman of Gold Platter Services, Inc. of Macon, Georgia in 1971, where he met musician, James Brown. Together they created the franchise, "James Brown's Gold Platter Restaurants." E. Raymond Smith passed away on August 24, 2013.

Scope and Content

Consists of materials mostly from the 1950s-1970s pertaining to the life of E. Raymond Smith, businessman from Macon, Georgia. The "E. Raymond Smith scrapbook" includes photographs, newspapers clippings, and other documents chronicling his business career. This scrapbook also notably includes a letter from Mrs. Clifford H. Hicks, critcizing Smith's dealership employees for continuing to "use the old style policy" of referring to black customers by "given name." The "James Brown scrapbook" chronicles his friendship and business partnership with musician, James Brown, including letters, checks, and signed photographs of the two men together.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

E. Raymond Smith papers, ms4126, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

African American musicians -- Georgia.
African Americans -- Georgia -- History.
Automobile dealers -- Georgia.
Brown, James Joseph, 1933-2006
Businessmen -- Georgia.
Businesspeople -- Georgia -- Photographs.
Musicians -- Georgia.
Real estate business -- Georgia.
Veterans -- Georgia.

Related Collections in this Repository

Related audiovisual materials from this collection are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archive:

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Certificate of appointment to Lieutenant Colonel, Aide de Camp, Governor's Staff - signed by Herman Talmadge, 1951 January 9
1Certificate of appointment to Lieutenant Colonel, Aide de Camp, Governor's Staff - signed by Ernest Vandiver, 1959 January 13
1Oversize photograph of E. Raymond Smith and unknown man with ram after big game hunt, Undated
11Photographs of E. Raymond Smith, 1969
11"A Note to Nora" by Bob Lee Smith - In memory of Welborn H. Smith, son of Emmett H. and Nora Smith, brother to E. Raymond Smith, Undated
11James Brown scrapbook
1James Brown Japan tour program, 1993
1E. Raymond Smith Scrapbook