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May Dee and Sarah Francis Smith Collection

Identifier: UAC/03/2014.a005

Scope and Contents

The May Dee and Sarah Francis Smith Collection contain original materials from the sisters' time at Sam Houston Normal Institue and Cullowhee Normal and Industrial School. The materials from SHNI include diplomas, a Teachers Permanent Certificate, commencement programs, an official transcript, a song booklet, and a faculty portrait collage. The matriculated certificate is from the Cullowhee Normal and Industrial School.


  • 1898 to 1922

Conditions Governing Use

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.

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Biographical / Historical

Sarah Francis (Fannie) Smith attended a preparatory school for two years (1897-1898 and 1898-1899) at Sam Houston Normal Institue, receiving her first-grade certificate. In 1899 Smith was accepted into SHNI and received her diploma in 1900 for completing her first year of college courses. On June 22, 1912, Fannie was matriculated into Cullowhee Normal and Industrial School's Summer Term in Cullowhee, North Carolina. She taught at public schools in Beaumont, Texas. Fannie never married and was a schoolteacher all her life. She died on November 3, 1964, and is buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont, Texas.

May Dee Smith Oxford received her Texas State Teachers Permanent Certificate from Sam Houston Normal Institue on August 3, 1920. On August 19, 1920, May received her Diploma in Home Economics from SHNI. In 1927 she married Allen Oxford in Beaumont, Texas. May Dee Smith Oxford died on November 23, 1984, and is buried in Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery and Mausoleum, Austin, Texas.


1 boxes (Two file folders.) ; .5 linear feet

Language of Materials



This collection of original documents is arranged in chronological order.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the University Archives, Newton Gresham Library, room 400.

May Dee and Sarah Francis Smith Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Thomason Special Collections & SHSU University Archives Repository

1830 Bobby K. Marks Drive
Huntsville TX 77341 US