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The collection includes Blueprints, Catalogs, Development Plans, Donor Memorabilia, Financial Records, Maps, Magazines, Meeting Minutes, Newsletters, Newspapers, Newspaper Clippings, Personal & Professional Correspondence, Photocopies, Photographs, Programs, Recordings, Reports & Studies, Resumes, Miscellaneous Documents & Paperwork, and Miscellaneous Materials relating to Dr. Smoot’s career at Pittsburg State University.

Joseph Grady Smoot was born on May 7, 1932 in Winter Haven, Florida to Robert M. and Vera E. (McNutt) Smoot. Smoot received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Missionary College in Collegedale, Tennessee in 1955, a Masters of Arts in History and a Ph.D. Degree in History from the University of Kentucky in 1961. On June 4th, 1959 Smoot married Irma (Jean) Smoot. Joseph Smoot served Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan) as Vice President of Academic Affairs and eventually President. In 1984, Dr. Smoot began working at Pittsburg State University as the Vice President of Development and Public Relations. During this time, he organized the PSU Foundation, established the KRPS radio station, the University Magazine, and provided funding for numerous buildings and renovations. He involved himself in the affairs of PSU even after his retirement in 1997. In 1994, he became Director of Gold Bank Pittsburg. He was a member of the First State Bank of Pittsburg’s Board of Trustees. He was involved with the North Central Association’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, participating in at least 39 visits and chairing 22 of the accreditation teams. Dr. Joseph Smoot passed away on January 5, 2018 in Pittsburg.

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Business and Industry



Size of Collection

27 linear feet

Dates of Collection

1938; 1951-2003

Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0393

Smoot, Grady, Collection, 1938; 1951-2003

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Business Commons



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