Dave Smith (born October 13, 1940) is the founder and former chief archivist at the Walt Disney Archives, which is located 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. Forty years and two days later, on Thursday, June 24, 2010, he announced he would soon be retiring.
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, an honor given to people who have made significant contributions to The Walt Disney Company. During his acceptance speech, he stated that he has at one time worked with nearly all the other Disney Legends.