Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
SMITH, Peter P. (1945-)

SMITH, PETER P., a Representative from Vermont; born in Boston, October 31, 1945; raised in Burlington, Vt., and moved to Middlesex, Vt. in 1970; attended public schools in Burlington; graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., 1964; B.A., Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., 1968; M.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1970; Ed.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1984; director, Montpelier, Vt., Education Facility, 1970; founder and first president, Community College of Vermont, 1970-1978; director, office of external programs, Vermont state colleges, 1975-1976; president, Appleyard's of Vermont, 1979-1980; regional manager, New England Council for Advancement of Experimental Learning, 1979-1980; president, Hunger Mountain Associates (Vt.), 1980-1982; Vermont state senator, 1981-1982; lieutenant governor of Vermont, 1983-1986; unsuccessful candidate for governor of Vermont in 1986; vice president, Norwich University, 1987-1988; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred First Congress (January 3, 1989-January 3, 1991); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Second Congress in 1990; dean of the School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1991-1994; founder and first president, California State University, Monterey Bay, 1995-2005; assistant director general, UNESCO, 2005-2007; business executive, 2007-present.

Vermont Historical Society
Montpelier, VT
Papers: 1988-1991, 4.75 linear feet.
The collection traces Peter Smith's election to Congress in 1988; his many areas of interest when he served as a member of the House Committees on Education and Labor, and Government Operations; and his unsuccessful bid for re-election in 1991. During the 1991 campaign Smith's position for hand gun control was controversial both in Vermont and nationally. The collection consists of legislative subject files, newspaper clippings, photographs, audio tapes, video tapes, and a small amount of correspondence following the election of 1990. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Norwich University
Kreitzberg Library
Northfield, VT
Papers: ca. 1971-1988, 1 box.
The collection includes the working papers of Peter P. Smith in the preparation of his thesis, "The Transformation of Norwich University, 1971-1981," for Harvard University. The collection includes Smith's thesis outline and project plan, proposal to Harvard, drafts, copies of articles he used, his bibliography, Harvard's thesis requirements, financial memos, notes of the mergers of Vermont College and Goddard College with Norwich University, case studies, and citations cards. A bound copy of Smith's thesis is also available in Special Collections (SC 378.73 N893sm Folio). The Norwich University Record of August 1988 contains additional information on Peter Smith.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Videocassettes: 1982-1990, 16 commercials on 3 videocassettes.
The commercials were used during Peter Smith's campaigns for the 1982 lieutenant gubernatorial and the 1988 and 1990 U.S. congressional elections in Vermont, Republican Party.


University of Vermont
Bailey/Howe Library
Burlington, VT
Papers: Congressional papers and correspondence, 1989-1991.

  • Smith, Peter P. The Quiet Crisis: How Higher Education Is Failing America. Bolton, MA: Anker Publications, 2004.
  • ___. Harnessing America's Wasted Talent: A New Ecology of Learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2010.