African American Library at the Gregory School

Patricia Smith Prather Collection MSS.0005

An Inventory of her Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library

creator Prather, Patricia Smith, Ms.
Title: Patricia Smith Prather Collection
Dates: 1943-2008
Identification: MSS.0005
Quantity: 5.3 Linear feet
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: African American Library at the Gregory School

Biographical Note

Historian, author, Cofounder and Executive Director of the Texas Trailblazer Preservation Association, Patricia Smith Prather has dedicated her career to preserving the legacies of the African American presence to Texas history. She was born in 1943 in Houston Texas at the Houston Negro Hospital, now known as Riverside General Hospital. Her parents, Clifford F. Smith Jr. and Hortense Dugar Smith are both deceased. She has one sister, Brenda Smith Long. She graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in Houston Texas, Class of 1960. Four years later she was awarded a B. S. Degree in Biology by Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. After graduating from college she moved to Washington D. C. and worked in public relations and communications for a number of organizations including the National Business League, The Associated General Contractors of America and the Republican National Committee. Also, many of her articles were published including “Black Viewpoint” which she edited in the 1970’s. Ms. Smith Prather returned to her hometown, Houston Texas in 1977 and worked in the Public Relations Department for Exxon Company U.S.A. In 1990, she cofounded the “Texas Trailblazer Preservation Association”, a non-profit organization with the mission of preserving Houston and Texas African American History. She is editor of the organizations’ series of biographical profiles, “The Texas Trailblazer Series”. She is also coauthor of the book, “From Slave To Statesman: the Legacy of Joshua Houston, Servant to Sam Houston” and the author of numerous articles for the Houston Chronicle, Who’s Who in Black Houston, Texas Highway Magazine and American Legacy, a national magazine. She currently resides in Houston, Texas where she continues her work on the “Texas Trailblazer Series” and has two children, Keiba Holt Stevenson and Robert F. Prather Jr.

Donor (dnr) Prather, Patricia Smith, Ms.
Prather, Patricia Smith, Ms.
African American women
Historic preservation
African American women--Texas--Houston

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Detailed Description of the Collection


Personal Materials

Box Folder
1 1 Baby Memory Book
2 Personal effects
3 Invitations
4 1956 E.O. Smith Yearbook
5 Phillis Wheatley


Professional Activities

Box Folder
1 6 Correspondence
7 Research Materials-Houston Pioneers
8 Robert A Thornton Biography
9 Articles
10 Photographs
11 Contacts
12 Resumes
14 Publicity
15 Speaking Engagements
16 Events
17 Committee on Black History-Meeting Minutes
Box Folder
2 9 Associations



Box Folder
2 13 Newsclippings



Box Folder
2 1 Awards
2 Juneteenth


Printed Materials

Box Folder
2 3 Printed Materials
4 Printed Materials
10 I, Too, Sing America
4 Books
5 Books
6 Books



Box Folder
2 5 Publications
6 Publications


Funeral programs

Box Folder
2 7 Celebration of Life for Jimmie Price Gray



Box Folder
2 8 Calendars
3 Miscellaneous items-purses, pins,calendars, scrapbooks