Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
SMITH, Virginia Dodd (1911-2006)

SMITH, VIRGINIA DODD, a Representative from Nebraska; born Virginia Dodd in Randolph, Fremont County, Iowa, June 30, 1911; attended Manti Rural School (elementary) in Fremont County, Iowa; graduated from Shenandoah (Iowa) High School; B.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1936; lecturer before agricultural and civic groups; member, United States Department of Agriculture's Home Economics Research Advisory Committee, 1950-1960; delegate to White House Conference on Children and Youth, 1960; chairwoman, Presidential Task Force on Rural Development, 1971-1972; served on Advisory Board, Educational Resources Information Center, Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1972-1974; served on Census Advisory Committee on Agricultural Statistics, United States Department of Commerce, 1973; delegate, Republican National Conventions, 1956-1972; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-fourth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1975-January 3, 1991); was not a candidate for renomination in 1990 to the One Hundred Second Congress; died on January 23, 2006, in Sun City West, Ariz.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The University Libraries Archives and Special Collections
Lincoln, NE
Papers: 1974-1990, 463 linear feet.
The papers of Virginia Dodd Smith include correspondence, legislation and congressional committee reports, speeches, office records and schedules, press clippings and releases, photographs, audiotapes, and films. A finding aid is available in the repository.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Videocassettes: 1986-1988, 6 commercials on 2 videocassettes.
The commercials were used during the campaigns of Virginia Dodd Smith for the 1986 and 1988 U.S. congressional elections in Nebraska, Republican Party.

  • "Virginia Dodd Smith" in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2006.