Smith, Diana Elizabeth

Diana Elizabeth Smith (nee Jordan) (1928-2016) grew up in the Bay of Plenty at Oropi and Tauranga. The daughter of Claude Alan and Eleanor Henrietta Elizabeth Jordan (nee Tobin), she trained as a librarian and worked at Auckland Public Libraries 1947-1957 and Whanganui 1957-1970. She met the Reverend Norman B. Smith in August 1964 and the couple married on 27 April 1970. They lived in Palmerston North, Featherston and Manaia before retiring to New Plymouth in 1983.
This collection contains personal correspondence, a diary dated1939-1945, academic and professional documents, genealogical research notes and memoirs, plus photographs and newspaper clippings relating to Diana Smith, the Jordan and Tobin and extended families.
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  Box 1

Folder 1. 1928-1949. Plunket book, Education records, various certificates. A Devonport ferry Ticket and annual pass.

Folder 2. 1947 - 1981. Career related correspondence Auckland and Wanganui Libraries.

Folder 3. Personal correspondence 1937-1955. Includes some letters that appear to be fictional wriiten 1944-1945.

Undated correspondence.

Folder 4. Personal correspondence 1956-1995. Written memoirs. Draft letters containg genealogical information.

Folder 5. Fire bombing of Manaia Vicarage 6 October 1979 ; Cyclone Bola notes and photographs of damage.11 March 1988

Folder 6. 'Families and friends'. Notes on family relationships created by Diana as part of her fiction writing?

Notebook. 'Important happenings in the lives of the families of friends and relations of the Gordons as well as those of the Gordon Families'

  Box 2

Folder 7. Jordan family, Gawne family research notes, collected and created by Diana Smith. Copy of the White-Maindonald family tree

Folder 8. Brown-Tobin family research notes.

Annotated copy of 'Charles Armitage Brown Family Tree' by Beverley A. Mitchell, 1983. Inserts include letters and newspaper clippings of reunion.

Letter and attached Brown family information from Gillian Iles. 23 March 1992

Diary. 1939 - 1947

Autograph book. Given to Diana by Barbara Kerr, Xmas 1935

Photograph album containing photographs relating to Diana Jordan and extended family.

  Box 3

Photograph album of Diana Jordan as a baby and infant. Glass plate negatives, a CD with Jpeg images from glass plates. Film negative album from Jordan family, includes images from Ngaio.

  Box 4

Photographs. Some created by Diana Smith and annotated. Some unidentified.

  Box 5

Film negatives.

Postcard album and individual postcards in clear files. Contains images from Taranaki including scenes of St Mary's Church, New Plymouth.

Scrapbook. Includes family photographs and memorabilia for the Tobin family. Created by Diana Smith.

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