A Guide to the Kate Friend Music Collection, 1890-1920
Born in Boligee, Alabama, Kate Harrison Friend (b. ca. 1856-1949) was the daughter of Nathaniel Friend (ca. 1835- ca.1885) and Araminta Harrison (b. ca. 1840). After the death of her father around 1885, Friend moved with her mother to Waco, Texas, where they ran a private school. A descendant of Pocahontas on her father’s side, and President William Henry Harrison on her mother’s, Friend was an active member of her community, involved in women’s clubs and humanitarian projects. She was also a writer and teacher, known for her vast knowledge on Shakespeare. Friend later taught and became a principal in the Waco School District. She was also the arts editor for the Waco Times-Herald, and the editor of her own society paper, Artesia. In addition to organizing the Waco Shakespeare Club and founding the city’s first animal shelter and park system, Friend served as the president of the Waco City Federation of Women’s Clubs and as a chairwoman for the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs. At the time of her death in 1949, Friend had worked with the Waco Humane Society for nearly forty years.
Seaholm, Megan. "Friend, Kate Harrison."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed December 10, 2010. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ffr22.
The Kate Friend Music Collection, 1890-1920, is composed of 44 pieces of sheet music, primarily for Texas-related songs. Much of the sheet music was published in Waco. Songwriters in the collection include John Gurley, Elise Peeler Floridini, Fannie Curran Howells, and Corrine Clayton.
This collection is open for research use.
Kate Friend Music Collection, 1890-1920, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Sara Rumbo, September 1972.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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