In the beginning, Smith was a one man team with not much to work with - not even a real job description. Smith was to make up the rules as he went along. To get started, Smith knew he needed to first build up a collection for the archives and then later he could sort through what items may be useful for the purposes of an archives. Smith got to search through Walt Disney's office, closets and attics, and any other space on the Disney lot where treasures may have been packed away.
I'm glad I got to be at the Disney Studio on Friday to see my friend Dave honored for his incredible accomplishment. The celebration was an entertaining and informative event. As you can imagine, Dave has many great stories to share. Below are some photos that my wife and I took at the Walt Disney Archives 40th Anniversary Celebration.