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Harriet Frances Smith Narrative

Identifier: A-0071

Scope and Contents

"Black Prairie, A Regional Study" describes the soil, population, water supply, climate, agriculture, topography, and industries of the black soil region in central and north central Texas. In detailing the economic expansion of the region, Harriet Smith includes interaction with major Texas cities such as Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston.


  • Creation: circa 1930


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Harriet Frances Smith was born in Huntsville, Texas in 1870. She studied music and taught piano in Paris, Texas and Huntsville and directed the Department of Music at Texas Christian University at Waco. Then she taught grade school children in Montgomery and Brownwood, Texas, before settling again in Huntsville, where she taught geography at Sam Houston State University from 1914 to 1941. She co-authored The Geography of Texas in 1923 and served as president of the Texas Council of Geography Teachers. She passed away November 27, 1958.

("Smith, Harriet Francis." Control File, East Texas Research Center. Ralph W. Steen Library. Stephen F. Austin State University).


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Transcript of historical and descriptive narrative entitled "Black Prairie, a Regional Study," which relates to the geographical history and development of the blackland prairie region of Texas, which includes the cities of Dallas, Waco, Austin, and San Antonio.


This collection is described in one folder and housed with four other collections in one clamshell box.

Guide to the Harriet Frances Smith Narrative
Pamela Lynn Palmer
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository