Skip to main content

Louise Smith photographs

Identifier: COU:4052

Scope and Contents

The Louise Smith Photographs contain 89 photographs of University of Colorado campus buildings, grounds, and events during the late 1920s and early 1930s. With the exception of one photograph containing Smith’s sister, Margaret Rosetta Smith, subjects of the photographs in this collection are not identified.


  • Creation: 1920s-1930s

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All photographic material in this collection must be handled with gloves.

Biographical / Historical

Louise Verna Smith (Kraft), was born in Lockport, Illinois on August 27, 1909 to Draper Penrose Smith and Susannah Laverna Smith. Sometime before 1916, the family moved to Longmont, Colorado, where Draper Smith made headstones. Smith followed her sister, Margaret Rosetta Smith, to attend the University of Colorado in 1928 and graduated in 1932 with a Bachelor of Arts. At the University of Colorado, Smith became an active student. She was a member of Alpha Zeta Pi, an honors organization that promoted academic work in Romance Languages and Literature as well as Kappa Delta Pi, whose members demonstrated excellence in the field of education. She was also a member of Spur, a national organization that sought to foster school spirit and maintain university traditions. During her time as a student, Smith also served as Vice President of the Women’s Club and Treasurer of the Cosmopolitan Club, a social organization promoting inter-cultural understanding. The University’s House of Representatives, Senate, Y.W.C.A., and Big Sisters, an organization that allowed junior and senior students to mentor freshmen, also counted Smith among their members. After she graduated, Smith worked as a teacher in Longmont, Colorado until 1936 when she married Charles Franklin Kraft. During their lives, the couple had two children, Robert Draper Kraft and Laverna L. Kraft. Louise Smith died in November of 1979.


.25 linear feet (1 half document box)

Language of Materials



Louise Smith was a student at the University of Colorado from 1928-1932. The Louise Smith Photographs include photographs of buildings, grounds, and events at the University during the 1920s and 1930s.


Photographs have been grouped and arranged by similar subject matter into four folders. These subjects are Campus and Residential Buildings, University of Colorado Events, Landscapes: Grounds and Scenery, and People.

Jenna McCampbell
2016 June
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States