Dave Smith is the founder and former chief archivist at the Walt Disney Archives, which 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-ever archivist. Forty years and two days later, on June 24, 2010, he announced he was 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 coauthored Disney: The First 100 Years. In 2007, he 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.

Books Written

  • Disney A to Z, an official encyclopedia of Disney knowledge
  • Walt Disney Trivia Books
  • Disney: The First 100 Years (Co-authored)
  • Disney Trivia from the Vault - Secrets Revealed and Questions Answered (Published in 2012, Copyright 2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc.)