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Lloyd A. Trent, Jr. Family Papers

1850-1996
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 373

Over five generations, the African-American Trent worked toward commercial success and wealth through the restaurant and catering business as well as extensive real estate investments at the turn of the 20th century in New York City, Brooklyn, and Sea Cliff, Long Island, New York.

Focused primarily on family and genealogy, the Trent family collection contains letters, public and church records, news clippings, ephemera, a videotape, and 87 photographs.

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Background on Creator:

Over five generations, the African-American Trent worked toward commercial success and wealth through the restaurant and catering business as well as extensive real estate investments at the turn of the 20th century in New York City, Brooklyn, and Sea Cliff, Long Island, New York.

Scope of collection

The Lloyd A. Trent Jr. Family Collection (1850-1996) comprises letters, public and church records, news clippings, and other documents, as well as 87 photographs, which together illuminate the lives of five generations of an African-American family that achieved commercial success and wealth through the restaurant and catering business as well as extensive real estate investments at the turn of the 20th Century in New York City, Brooklyn, and Sea Cliff, Long Island, New York.

The collection spans generations of William Henry Smith and his wife Ursuline Parker Smith's (1846-1930) families, from 1791, the approximate date of birth of William Henry Smith's mother, Julie Ann Beers (?), to the 1970s when Lloyd A. Trent, Jr. (1931-1991), a great grandson of William Henry Smith (1836-1923) whose life is the centerpiece of the collection, and Brooke Trent actively pursued the search for family documents.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into seven series:

Inventory

Series 1. Family Search Data

Family Research Material
1975-1986, 1996
Box 1: 1
Family Trees

Box 1: 2
New York City and Philadelphia, Black Family History

Box 1: 3
Series 2. Generation 1

Julia Ann Smith, b. 1791(?)- d. 189?

Box 1: 4
Elizabeth Aubert Parker, b. 1813(?)- d. 1882

Box 1: 5
Series 3. Generation 2

Parker:

Box 1: 6
Eugenia Ann, b. 1832

Peter, b. 1836

Joseph Washington, b. 1848- d. 1915?

wife, Priscilla, b. 1868(?)- d. 1929

Elizabeth Ursula [Ursuline] Parker Smith, b. 1846- d. 1930

Box 1: 7
William H. Smith, Jr., b. 1836- d. 1923: Biographical Material

Box 1: 8
William H. Smith, Jr. Marriage and Anniversaries

Box 1: 9
William H. Smith, Jr. Clubs and Affiliations

Box 1: 10
William H. Smith, Jr. Residence, Work- Places, Restaurants

Box 1: 11
William H. Smith, Jr. Death Certificate/Cemetery Documents

Box 2: 12
William H. Smith, Jr. Wills

Box 2: 13
Letters from Elizabeth Ursula
1897 - 1930
Box 2: 14
[Ursuline] Parker Smith (with a few from William H. Smith).

from NYC and Sea Cliff, Long Island, NY to their daughter,

Marie (Bela) Smith Warrick in Philadelphia, PA.

Dated Correspondence
c1894 (bulk c 1898 - 1903), c1921
Box 2: 15
Series 4. Generation 3

Joseph Frances Xavier Smith [Frank], b. 1868- d. 1943

Box 2: 16
Maria Eugennie Smith Warrick [Bela], b. 1869- d.1946, William Henry Warrick, her husband, b. 1867- d. 1941

Box 2: 17
Kate Bowers Smith Dickerson Payne, b. 1872- d. 1962

Box 2: 18
William Henry Smith, Jr. [Willie], b. 1875-c1952, Elizabeth Bishop Smith-Bundick, his wife, d. 1959

Box 2: 19
Worden Alexander Smith, b. 1877- d. 1957, Gertrude Richardson Smith Campbell, b. 1883- d. 1983

Box 2: 20
Louis Sheldon Smith [Louie], b. 1878- d. 1956, Effie (?) Smith, his wife b. 1886- d. 1936

Box 2: 21
Bernard Parker Smith [Parker], b. 1883- d. 1952, Roberta Fernandez Smith, his wife, d. 1964

Box 2: 22
Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, sculptor and sister of William H. Warrick (Folder 2), b. 1877- d. 1968

Box 2: 23
Miscellaneous Diploma and other School Documents

Box 2: 24
Series 5. Generation 4

Mabel Eleanor Smith Trent, b. 1904- d. 1970, Lloyd A Trent, her husband, b. 1904- d. 1986

Box 2: 25
Dorothy Warrick Taylor, b. 1902- d. 1994

Box 2: 26
Series 6. Generation 5

Lloyd A. Trent, Jr., 1931-1991

Box 2: 27
Series 7. Photographs

Photo portraits of Generation I

Box 3: 28
Photo portraits of Generation 2

Box 3: 29
Photo portraits of Generation 3

Box 3: 30
Generations 2, 3 and 4 at Family Gatherings, Sea Cliff, Long Island, NY
c. 1885-1910
Box 3: 31
Group Photos of Generations 2, 3 and 4

Box 3: 31
Generations 4 and 5

Box 3: 33
William H. Smith's Homes and Properties

Box 3: 34
Cemeteries where Smiths and Parkers are buried

Box 3: 35
Photocopies of some of photos, (Folders 1-8)

Box 3: 36
Charles Edward Mitchell, US Ambassador to Liberia, Photos and other Memorabilia of Mitchell and wife
c1930
Box 3: 37
Unidentified Daguerreotype/Tintypes

Box 3: 38

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of Brooke Trent, widow of Lloyd A. Trent, Jr., 1995.

Processing Information

Processed by Brooke Trent, 1995.

Language:

English

Acknowledgments

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Lloyd A. Trent, Jr. Family Papers (MS 373). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Search terms

Subjects

  • African American capitalists and financiers--New York (State)
  • African American families--New York (State)
  • African Americans--Genealogy--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • African Americans--New York (State)
  • African Americans--New York (State)--Social life and customs
  • Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker), 1866-1949
  • Capitalists and financiers--New York (State)
  • Fuller, Meta Warrick, 1877-1968
  • Landowners--New York (State)
  • Restaurateurs--New York (State)
  • Smith, William H. (William Henry), 1836-1923--Family

Contributors

  • Trent family [main entry]

Genres and formats

  • Baptismal certificates
  • Deeds
  • Genealogies
  • Photographs
  • Vital statistics records
  • Wills

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