Sarah Bixby Smith

Sarah Bixby Smith 1871 - 1935

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Book, 1926

Donated by A. Maxson Smith

Pasear: A Second Book of California Verse was one of three poetry books authored by Sarah Bixby Smith.  This copy is affectionately inscribed, “For Maxson Smith – with appreciation and love from his mother Sarah Bixby Smith, Nov 1926.”


Japanese Drawing Set, ca. 1930

Donated by Elizabeth “Betty” Smith

Set of four Japanese drawings in colored ink on rice paper, in box with glass lid. Each piece is hand-painted and features a blue patterned border. This was likely a souvenir of Sarah Bixby Smith’s trip to Japan when she traveled as a delegate for the Institute for Pacific Relations.

Candy Dish, ca. 1790-1805 

Donated by A. Maxson Smith

Leaf-shaped candy dish owned by Sarah Bixby Smith. Made of blue on grayish-white china, etched with “Rogers” of manufacturer John Rogers & Son, Staffordshire on the back.

Book, 1925 

Donated by Paul Jordan-Smith

Green Morocco binding with gold trim. Published in CedarRapids, Iowa by The Torch Press, 1925. Adobe Days is Sarah Bixby Smith’s most well-known book. This copy is thoughtfully inscribed: “For Paul Jordan Smith–my husband, friend, and sharer of joy in books and beautiful things–Sarah Bixby Smith, Claremont Cal., Dec 9., 1925.”

Cookbook, n.d.

Donated by A. Maxson Smith

Contained within this family memento are the handwritten recipes of Sarah Bixby Smith. Both the cover and interior pages are well worn and stained, a testament to its years of good use. Entries include recipes for gingerbread, fig pudding, and popovers.