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Lloyd A. Trent, Jr. Family Papers, 1850-1996
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 373

Abstract:
Five generations of an African-American family that achieved commercial success and wealth through the restaurant and catering business as well as extensive real estate investments at the turn of the 20th century in New York City, Brooklyn, and Sea Cliff, Long Island, New York. Includes letters, public and church records, news clippings, ephemera, a videotape, and 87 photographs.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lloyd A. Trent Jr. Family Collection (1850-1996) comprises letters, public and church records, news clippings, and other documents, as well as 87 photographs, which together illuminate the lives of five generations of an African-American family that achieved commercial success and wealth through the restaurant and catering business as well as extensive real estate investments at the turn of the 20th Century in New York City, Brooklyn, and Sea Cliff, Long Island, New York.

The collection spans generations of William Henry Smith and his wife Ursuline Parker Smith's (1846-1930) families, from 1791, the approximate date of birth of William Henry Smith's mother, Julie Ann Beers (?), to the 1970's when Lloyd A. Trent, Jr. (1931-1991), a great grandson of William Henry Smith (1836-1923) whose life is the centerpiece of the collection, and Brooke Trent actively pursued the search for family documents.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Lloyd A. Trent, Jr. Family Papers (MS 373). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from Brooke Trent, widow of Lloyd A. Trent, Jr., 1995.

Processing Information

Processed by Brooke Trent, 1995.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1. Family Search Data



Family Research Material
1975-1986, 1996

Box 1:1
Family Trees


Box 1:2
New York City and Philadelphia, Black Family History


Box 1:3
Series 2. Generation 1



Julia Ann Smith, b. 1791(?)- d. 189?


Box 1:4
Elizabeth Aubert Parker, b. 1813(?)- d. 1882


Box 1:5
Series 3. Generation 2



Parker:


Box 1:6
Eugenia Ann, b. 1832



Peter, b. 1836



Joseph Washington, b. 1848- d. 1915?



wife, Priscilla, b. 1868(?)- d. 1929



Elizabeth Ursula [Ursuline] Parker Smith, b. 1846- d. 1930


Box 1:7
William H. Smith, Jr., b. 1836- d. 1923: Biographical Material


Box 1:8
William H. Smith, Jr. Marriage and Anniversaries


Box 1:9
William H. Smith, Jr. Clubs and Affiliations


Box 1:10
William H. Smith, Jr. Residence, Work- Places, Restaurants


Box 1:11
William H. Smith, Jr. Death Certificate/Cemetery Documents


Box 2:12
William H. Smith, Jr. Wills


Box 2:13
Letters from Elizabeth Ursula
1897 - 1930

Box 2:14
[Ursuline] Parker Smith (with a few from William H. Smith).



from NYC and Sea Cliff, Long Island, NY to their daughter,



Marie (Bela) Smith Warrick in Philadelphia, PA.



Dated Correspondence
c1894 (bulk c 1898 - 1903), c1921

Box 2:15
Series 4. Generation 3



Joseph Frances Xavier Smith [Frank], b. 1868- d. 1943


Box 2:16
Maria Eugennie Smith Warrick [Bela], b. 1869- d.1946, William Henry Warrick, her husband, b. 1867- d. 1941


Box 2:17
Kate Bowers Smith Dickerson Payne, b. 1872- d. 1962


Box 2:18
William Henry Smith, Jr. [Willie], b. 1875-c1952, Elizabeth Bishop Smith-Bundick, his wife, d. 1959


Box 2:19
Worden Alexander Smith, b. 1877- d. 1957, Gertrude Richardson Smith Campbell, b. 1883- d. 1983


Box 2:20
Louis Sheldon Smith [Louie], b. 1878- d. 1956, Effie (?) Smith, his wife b. 1886- d. 1936


Box 2:21
Bernard Parker Smith [Parker], b. 1883- d. 1952, Roberta Fernandez Smith, his wife, d. 1964


Box 2:22
Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, sculptor and sister of William H. Warrick (Folder 2), b. 1877- d. 1968


Box 2:23
Miscellaneous Diploma and other School Documents


Box 2:24
Series 5. Generation 4



Mabel Eleanor Smith Trent, b. 1904- d. 1970, Lloyd A Trent, her husband, b. 1904- d. 1986


Box 2:25
Dorothy Warrick Taylor, b. 1902- d. 1994


Box 2:26
Series 6. Generation 5



Lloyd A. Trent, Jr., 1931-1991


Box 2:27
Series 7. Photographs



Photo portraits of Generation I


Box 3:28
Photo portraits of Generation 2


Box 3:29
Photo portraits of Generation 3


Box 3:30
Generations 2, 3 and 4 at Family Gatherings, Sea Cliff, Long Island, NY
c. 1885-1910

Box 3:31
Group Photos of Generations 2, 3 and 4


Box 3:31
Generations 4 and 5


Box 3:33
William H. Smith's Homes and Properties


Box 3:34
Cemeteries where Smiths and Parkers are buried


Box 3:35
Photocopies of some of photos, (Folders 1-8)


Box 3:36
Charles Edward Mitchell, US Ambassador to Liberia, Photos and other Memorabilia of Mitchell and wife
c1930

Box 3:37
Unidentified Daguerreotype/Tintypes


Box 3:38

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • African American capitalists and financiers--New York (State)--Biography.
  • African American families--New York (State)--History--Sources.
  • African Americans--Genealogy--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • African Americans--New York (State)--Biography.
  • African Americans--New York (State)--Social life and customs--Sources.
  • Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker), 1866-1949
  • Capitalists and financiers--New York (State)--Biography.
  • Fuller, Meta Warrick, 1877-1968
  • Landowners--New York (State)--Biography.
  • Restauraters--New York (State)--Biography.
  • Smith family.
  • Smith, William H. (William Henry), 1836-1923--Family.
  • Trent family.

Genre terms
  • Baptismal certificates.
  • Deeds.
  • Genealogies.
  • Photographs.
  • Vital statistics records.
  • Wills.


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