A Guide to the Ann Fears Crawford Papers, 1917-1991
A life-long resident of East Texas, Ann Fears was born in Beaumont on 1932 August 26, the daughter of Dr. T. A. and Dorothy Huey Fears. After graduating from Beaumont High School in 1949, Fears attended the University of Texas at Austin, where earned a degree in drama in 1953. She later received a master's degree in education from Los Angeles State College and two additional degrees from the University of Texas, a doctorate in American studies (1976) and a master’s in library and information science (1988). While living in Los Angeles, Fears married Frank B. Crawford, Jr.; the couple had one son and later divorced.
Crawford taught history at a number of Texas high schools, colleges, and universities. In addition, Crawford was also a noted biographer and writer of Texas history. Her works included several books for young readers; numerous textbooks; John B. Connally: Portrait in Power, coauthored with Jack Keever; and The Eagle: The Autobiography of Santa Anna, which she edited. Particularly interested in the lives and accomplishments of Texas women and their increasing role in politics, Crawford wrote Women in Texas and Texas Women: Frontier to Future with Crystal Sasse Ragsdale. She also served as the Director of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library from 1989 to 1992. A long-time member of the East Texas Historical Association, Crawford was also involved with the Texas State Historical Association and the American Studies of Texas Association.
Ann Fears Crawford died in Beaumont, Texas, on 2004 May 14.
Ann Fears Crawford biographical file, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.
Research material, writings, teaching material, printed items, and audio tapes are part of the Ann Fears Crawford Papers, representing the professional activities of the Texas author, historian, and teacher.
Research material, arranged alphabetically by subject, gathers documents, clippings, notes, and other items related to a number of subjects, primarily Texas women and politics. Some of the individuals documented are Lupe Anguiano, María Berriozábal, Minnie Fisher Cunningham, Cyndi Taylor Krier, and Lou Nelle Sutton. Part of the material was gathered by students of Dr. Crawford and a small amount of material is associated with journalistic writing projects.
Writings by Dr. Crawford include manuscripts and notes for speeches and presentations, a published article, and manuscripts of articles and books. These include books for children on Jane Long and Lizzie Johnson Williams and an in-depth history of the O’Connor Ranch of south Texas entitled “Gold Under the Trees: The O’Connor Ranch and the People Who Made It.”
Teaching material consists of a syllabus and student papers from a class on women in politics taught by Dr. Crawford at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Printed material includes political ephemera from various candidates for local and national office and from a women’s political organization. Miscellaneous newspapers, periodicals, clippings, programs, and badges are also included.
Audio tapes record interviews with several individuals conducted by Dr. Crawford or her students. The focus is again on women in politics and the interviewees include O’Lene Stone, Rose Spector, Cyndi Taylor Krier, María Berriozábal, Jane Macon, Bob Krueger, and Arthur Gochman. Other interviews were conducted with O’Neil Ford and Frank Buschbacher. A presentation by Dr. Crawford is also recorded.
Some of the materials in the collection are photocopies.
No restrictions. The collection is open for research.
Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.
[Identification of item], Ann Fears Crawford Papers, 1917-1991, Col 5881, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.
Gift of Ann Fears Crawford, 1990-1991.
Processed by Warren Stricker, 1999 January.
Finding aid edited and encoded by David Gallin-Parisi, 2011 July.
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