|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (August 2010)|
PhD LF FF FFI FVAST
Smith in 2007
February 26, 1940 |
Arlington, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Organization||The Flag Research Center|
|Notable work||The Flag Bulletin, The Flag Book of the United States, and Flags Through the Ages and Across the World|
Whitney Smith (born February 26, 1940) is a professional vexillologist and scholar of flags. He originated the term vexillology, which refers to the scholarly analysis of all aspects of flags. He was a founder of several vexillology organizations. Smith is a Laureate and a Fellow of International Federation of Vexillological Associations.
In 1961, Smith and colleague Gerhard Grahl cofounded The Flag Bulletin (ISSN 0015-3370), the world's first journal about flags. The following year, Smith established The Flag Research Center and was its director.
Smith worked with Klaes Sierksma to organize the First International Congress of Vexillology (Muiderberg, Netherlands) in 1965. They joined Louis Mühlemann in founding the International League of Vexillologists and were members of its Governing Board on September 5, 1965 and operated until September 3, 1967. The league was replaced by the International Federation of Vexillological Associations (known by its French acronym FIAV) with Smith as vice-president of the Provisional Council as of September 3, 1967. In 1969, Smith moved from being FIAV Provisional Council vice-president to being the first Secretary-General of FIAV. Smith was also responsible for founding the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) and the Flag Heritage Foundation. On August 28, 1981, he was elected the second Secretary-General for Congresses, ending his multiple terms as FIAV Secretary-General. Smith served in that office until he returned to the FIAV Secretary-General position on September 29, 1983.
On July 5, 1991, Smith was named by the FIAV a Laureate of the Federation and left the office of FIAV Secretary-General. He was give the honor of Fellow of the Federation on July 27, 2001. He transferred the Flag Research Center's library and archives in 2013 to The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.
Smith has written 27 books on the subject of flags, notably Flags Through the Ages and Across the World, The Flag Book of the United States, and Flag Lore of all Nations. Smith was the designer of the national flag of Guyana and has served as a vexillographer (flag designer) to a number of governments and organizations. In 1981, Smith was part of a committee who developed the flag of Bonaire. For the Encyclopædia Britannica, Smith wrote over 250 articles for the Encyclopædia.
- Smith, Whitney (1975). Flags: Through The Ages And Around The World. McGraw Hill. ISBN 0-07-059093-1.
- VanderMey, Anne (April 3, 2014). "This American Revolutionary War flag is up for auction. Guess how much it will sell for?". Fortune. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
- Pletcher, Kenneth (June 14, 2011). "Flags of the World: 5 Questions for Vexillologist Whitney Smith". Britannica.com. Britannica. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
- "Briscoe Center Acquires World-Class Flag History Collection: Vast archive preserves life work of Whitney Smith" (Press release). Austin, Texas: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. October 15, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
- "Former Officers". FIAV.org. International Federation of Vexillological Associations. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
- "Laureates of the Federation". International Federation of Vexillological Associations. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
- "Fellows of the Federation". fiav.org. International Federation of Vexillological Associations. Retrieved October 20, 2016.