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Faith Edith Smith

Faith Edith Smith (October 10, 1873 - March 5, 1957) was a librarian on the Education Committee of the American Library Association.


Early life and familyEdit

Faith Edith Smith was born on October 10, 1873, in Aurora, Illinois, the daughter of William B. Smith and Mary Margaret Ferner.[1] Mary Margaret Ferner was born on September 4, 1844, in Ohio, and died on March 9, 1920, the daughter of George Ferner ( 1815-1893) and Catherine Weyand/Weyhandt (1812-1892); Mary M. Ferner married William B. Smith on October 20, 1969 in Tazewell County, Illinois; William was born on December 6, 1844 and died on January 17, 1910 in Aurora, Illinois. They had two children, Faith Edith Smith and Edwin Justus Smith, born November 1, 1875 and died August 17, 1934.

Smith attended Aurora High School and then obtained a Ph. B. at Northwestern University, where she joined the University Women's Club.[1][2]

While at College, Smith was the president of the Young Women's Christian Association from 1894 to 1895 and assistant at Northwestern University Library from 1896 to 1898. She was a graduate student in French (1896-97) and in History (1897-98) and won the Alumni Merit Award in 1896.[3] From 1898 to 1900 she was a student at New York State Library School, where again she was assistant at the Library from 1898 to 1900, and obtained a B. L. S.[1][2]


Faith Edith Smith was the principal of the Philosophy and Religion Department at Los Angeles Public Library.[1]

Smith was on the Education Committee of the American Library Association and was a member of the California Library Association.[1]

Smith was a member of the Philosophical Union.[1]

In 1922 Smith co-edited Best Books of 1921 Selected for a Small Public Library.

Personal lifeEdit

Faith Edith Smith started as librarian at Sedalia, Missouri, in 1900, and lived at 219 Clark St., Aurora. She then moved to California in 1917 and lived at 5007 Townsend Ave., Los Angeles, California.[1]

Smith died on March 5, 1957, and is buried at Spring Lake Cemetery, Aurora.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Binheim, Max; Elvin, Charles A (1928). Women of the West; a series of biographical sketches of living eminent women in the eleven western states of the United States of America. p. 83. Retrieved 8 August 2017.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b "Alumni record of the College of liberal arts, 1903 online". Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Past Alumni ard Winners" (PDF). Retrieved 13 August 2017.