Scope and Contents
The Leonard Smallwood papers cover the period from 1856 to 1929; the bulk of the materials date from 1858 to 1864. The collection consists of two bound journals, personal papers, correspondence, and clippings. The papers and correspondence are related to the familial history of the Smallwood and Gibson families. The papers in the William Marbury Smallwood journal include detailed records of the travels of Joseph Leonard Smallwood from Charles County, Maryland to Florida and eventually to New York. Included in the journal are minutes of the Office of the Lighthouse Board dated February 13, 1861. Additionally included are an obituary for Nehemiah Tilton Sr., William W. Gibson and a copied letter from General Fairbanks dated June 15, 1861.