Dave Smith was inducted as a Disney Legend this year.
This is important to me for two distinct reasons:
- Dave Smith is a librarian, and
- Without Dave’s tireless and amazing work, we would not have the Disney Archives.
Through the years, Dave has become the de facto standard and obvious authority on all things Disney.
The Disney Archives is so much more than just Walt’s papers; concept art, models, paint chips, books and other items important to the Disney Company reside in the Archives. The Archives is the cornerstone of the company’s history and heritage. Imagineers have the honor of using the Archives as a springboard. Ride and attraction models are stored in the archives, along with plans, memos, letters and coporate memorabilia. Have you ever watched a deleted or missing scene from a classic animated film? Chances are that the audio and the drawings came from the Archives (or the Imagineering Research Center).
As a close second, working in the Imagineering Research Center (above) would be pretty great, too.