Scope and arrangement
The J. Alfred Smith, Sr. Papers, 1942-1992, n. d. primarily document his roles as author, pastor of the Allen Baptist Temple Church (ATBC) and his activities with the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc (PNBC) as well as other church organizations.
The papers consist of five series: PERSONAL PAPERS, WRITINGS, ALLEN TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH, PROGRESSIVE NATIONAL BAPTIST CONVENTION, and GENERAL PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES. Over half of the papers document Smith's career during the 1970s and '80s as pastor of ATBC and president of the PNBC. Approximately one quarter of the papers document his published and unpublished writings. Smith's papers include very little documentation on his career and professional activities during the 1950s and '60s, his vice presidency and presidency of the Progressive State Baptist Convention of California and Nevada headquartered in Los Angeles, or his first and second vice presidencies of the PNBC.
Papers consist of five series: I. Personal Papers; II. Writings; III. Allen Temple Baptist Church; IV. Progressive National Baptist Convention; and V. General Professional Activities