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Smith in 2010
David Rollin Smith

October 13, 1940(1940-10-13)
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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