About the Resources...

The E. A. Smith Archive contains a collection of notices from newspapers and magazines, including reviews of Effie's (Mrs. A. Y. Smith) art shows, critiques of her art works, and quotes of the artist from various interviews and speaking engagements.

These items, primarily from the artist's papers, date from the mid-1920's through Effie's 80th birthday in 1949, as she visited communities small and large across Arizona and exhibited in major eastern cities.

Study copies of these resources are available for your educational and research purposes.  
For more information, please contact us.



For a detailed Timeline of Effie's life,

please see her BIO page.


Reference Works which include a Biographical Sketch of E. A. Smith:

An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West
by P. & M. Y. Kovinick (1998)
University of Texas Press, Austin

Artists in California, 1786-1940
by E. M. Hughes (2002)
Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento


Profiles of E.A. Smith can be found in these Periodicals:

Mrs. A. Y. Smith, Arizona Artist
by Marian Compton

Progressive Arizona and the Great Southwest
VOL. 9, No. 5 - November 1929

Arizona's Forgotten Artist, Mrs. A. Y. Smith
by O. Carroll Arnold
Pioneer Painter
by Myriam Toles
Cochise County Historical Journal
VOL. 19, No. 3 - Fall 1989

About this website...

Welcome to the E. A. Smith Archive.  This website features memorabilia from a collection of the artists' papers which remain in family hands. Newly digitized images of her paintings, photographs, documents and other emphemera are posted as they become available.

We are gathering details on paintings by Effie Anderson Smith to be included in our forthcoming catalogue raisonné , so we're always interested to hear about any E. A. Smith (Mrs. A. Y.) paintings, photos, letters or other related items you own or have seen. Your comments and questions are invited.

150th birthday exhibits

TUCSON DESERT ART MUSEUM is presenting EFFIE! Plein Air Pioneer - a 150th birthday retrospective exhibit, on display NOW through April 28th, 2019.  The Museum is at 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road in Tucson.   Details at the  TDAM website.

  We are seeking E.A. Smith paintings for several exhibits to take place in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Arkansas in 2019 in observance of Effie's 150th birthday anniversary. If you have an E.A. Smith painting you would consider loaning for display in our exhibits, please use the CONTACT link above.

Reviving Effie's legacy

ANN JAPENGA continues her wonderful series CALIFORNIA DESERT ART with a very encouraging article about Effie's art, and our efforts to restore greater understanding and appreciation of Effie's artistic legacy.

Effie's Early Life in Arkansas

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ARKANSAS History and Culture  now includes an updated biographical sketch on Effie, including recently uncovered facts about her youth, in and around the towns of Nashville, Washington and Hope, in Southwest Arkansas.

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Effie's Life, in Brief...

 1869: Born near Nashville, Arkansas.

 1884: At 15 Effie is painting landscapes.

 1890: Weds W.M. Spencer in Hope, Ark.

 1891: Effie becomes a widow at age 21.

 1894-95: Teaches school in Deming, NM.

 1895-96: Weds A.Y. Smith, settles in Pearce.

 1904-28: Travels to CA for art studies.

 1907: Art becomes solace after death of baby girl.

 1914-16: Studies in Pasadena & Laguna Beach.

 1927-30: Notoriety of Grand Canyon works.

 1929: Fire at Smith home, some works lost.

 1931: Exhibits in major Eastern Cities.

 1931: Beloved husband A.Y. Smith dies.

 1932-45: Effie's most prolific years as artist. 

 1942: Effie unveils new series on Desert Flora.

 1945: Starts art discussion class in Douglas.

 1948: Effie begins painting Coronado Trail series.

 1949: 80th birthday retrospective in Douglas

 1951: Moves to AZ Pioneers' Home in Prescott.

 1953: Effie ceases painting due to vision issues. 

 1955: Death claims Effie - Age 85.

Exhibition Catalogue

An Exhibition Catalogue is now available from our 2012 Arizona Statehood Centennial exhibit in E-Book (PDF) format. We are happy to provide a copy to interested collectors, art historians, dealers and appraisers.

Direct inquiries to: E.A. Smith Archive

Terms of Use...

The contents of this website are made available for educational and research purposes, and for the private personal non-commercial enjoyment of individuals wishing to learn more about the life and art of Effie Anderson Smith. Please do not copy, distribute, or publish these materials in any manner. Questions or comments?  Please contact us. Copyright 2011-2018. EASmith Archive.