Dave Smith

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Smith in 2010
David Rollin Smith

(1940-10-13)October 13, 1940
DiedFebruary 15, 2019(2019-02-15) (aged 78)
OccupationChief Archivist at Walt Disney Archives

Dave Rollin Smith (October 13, 1940 – February 15, 2019) was an American archivist. He was the founder and chief archivist at the Walt Disney Archives, which is in the Frank G. Wells Building at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

He joined the company on June 22, 1970, as its first archivist.[1] His first job was to document all the items in Walt Disney's office which had sat dormant since his death in 1966.

Smith has written many books, including Disney A to Z, an official encyclopedia of Disney knowledge, as well as the Walt Disney Trivia Books, and also co-authored Disney: The First 100 Years. In 2007, Smith was honored with the Disney Legends Award.

He retired in June 2010.[2] After retirement, he worked for Disney as a consultant until his death on February 15, 2019 in Burbank, aged 78.[3]

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  1. "Disney Legends - Dave Smith (Archives)". Disney. Archived from the original on April 16, 2008. Retrieved February 17, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Boucher, Geoff (June 24, 2010). "Column One: Pack rat in the Mouse House". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 17, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Dave Smith Dies". Deadline Hollywood. 15 Feb 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)