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May Dee and Sarah Francis Smith Collection

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Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: This collection of original and photocopies of selected documents is arranged by chronological order.  The legal archive box contains 2 file folders containing materials related to their student days at the Sam Houston Normal Institute in Huntsville, Texas from 1898-1920.

Subjects: Huntsville (Tex.), Sam Houston Normal Institute (Huntsville, Tex.)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The May Dee and Sarah Francis Smith Collection contain original and photocopied materials dealing mainly with the sister’s time at Sam Houston Normal Institute in 1897-1898 and 1920.  The materials include an 1898 and 1920 commencement program, diplomas from SHNI, a faculty photograph from 1898 and correspondence between the two sisters.

Collection Historical Note

Miss Sarah Francis “Fannie” Smith received her first grade certificate from the Sam Houston Normal Institute in 1898. She taught in the Beaumont, Texas public schools. Fannie never married and was a school teacher all her life. She died on November 3, 1964 and is buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont, Texas.

Miss May Dee Smith Oxford graduate from the Sam Houston Normal Institute in 1920.  She married Allen Oxford in Beaumont, Texas in 1927.  May Dee Smith died on November 23, 1984 and is buried in Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery and Mausoleum, Austin, Texas.

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Huntsville (Tex.)
Sam Houston Normal Institute (Huntsville, Tex.)

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Repository: SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: Sam Houston Normal Institute transcript not open to researchers.

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The materials represented in this finding aid have been made available for research, teaching and private use. For these purposes, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) these items without prior permission on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies.

Please contact the Newton Gresham Library's Special Collections and University Archives department to request permissions to reproduce materials for any other purpose, or to obtain information regarding the copyright status of a particular digital image, text, audio or video recording.

Preferred Citation: May Dee and Sarah Francis Smith Collection. SHSU University Archives, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.


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Folder 1: May Dee Smith Oxford, 1920Add to your cart.
Sam Houston Normal Institute diploma, 1920,  two copies of Sam Houston Normal Institute commencement invitation for August of 1920, commencement exercises program for August of 1920, certification of completion of courses for Sam Houston Normal diploma 1920, partial booklet of songs and yells of Sam Houston Normal Institution.
Folder 2: Sarah Francis "Fannie" Smith, 1898, 1914, 1922Add to your cart.
Sam Houston Normal Institute faculty photograph from 1898, SHNI commencement program invitation, 1898, Sam Houston Normal Institute Official Transcript of Credits, receipt for transcript of record from Sam Houston Normal Institute, and certificate of matriculation from Cullowhee Normal and Industrial School, 1914


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