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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Blackwell Smith
RLIN number: NXCP87-A145
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Childhood and parents; undergraduate studies at Pomona College, Claremont, CA; law degree from Columbia University; law firm of Wright, Gordon, Zachry & Parlin; early work in finance and anti-trust litigation; Great Depression; joins National Recovery Administration (N.R.A.); experiences developing policy and establishing Codes of Fair Competition; downfall of N.R.A.; return to Wright, Gordon, Zachary & Parlin; "rule of reason" approach to anti-trust litigation; return to Washington, D.C. at outbreak of World War II; develops policy for War Production Board; chief of mission to New Zealand, 1943; joins Kudner (Advertising) Agency, Inc., 1944; World Trade Foundation; interest in third world economic development; The Liberia Company; development consultant to Ethiopian government; real estate ventures; interest in world peace movement; a symbolic "Declaration of Interdependence"; Project Comparison; push for global military disarmament; support for Miss Mason's School, Princeton, New Jersey; establishment of Mason Early Education Foundation.
Extent: Transcript: 140 leaves, Tape: 5 cassettes, Miscellaneous papers relating to oral history
Restrictions: Access: Open. Copyright by the Trustees of Columbia University in The City of New York, 1989. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1987 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Smith, Blackwell, 1904-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1904
Speaker occupation: Lawyer
Age at speaking: 83
Document date: 1987
Interviewer: Hartman, Dorothy W.
Historical events discussed: Great Depression, 1929-1941
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Antitrust law; Children--Education; Depressions--1929--United States; Economic development projects; Ethiopia--Politics and government; Great Depression, 1929-1941; Lawyers; New Deal, 1933-1939--United States; North America; Oral history; Practice of law; Real estate development; United States; United States--Politics and government--1933-1945
Topics discussed - Other terms: Advertising agencies; Banking law; Peaceful change (International relations); Smith, Blackwell, 1904-; United States--War Production Board
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0017328-12771