John Warren Smith Collection


Gravestone of Robert Smith

John Warren Smith, a former Huntsville resident, is an educator and author. Smith taught English and American Literature in Ft. Worth at Texas Christian University for 15 years.  He was appointed Acting Dean of the College of Arts/Sciences and co-authored Patterns for Prose Writing while at Texas Christian University.  Smith went on to teach for 20 years at West Texas State University. In 2004 No Holier Spot of Ground was published by Sam Houston State University’s Texas Review Press.  The novel takes place on family land from the 1830s to 1869 and concentrates largely on John Stephen Smith as well as his extended family at his plantation near Huntsville.

The John Warren Smith Collection (1836-2009; ten boxes) consists of documents, probate records, maps, pictures, articles, and correspondence concerning John Warren Smith and the Smith family of Walker County, Texas.  The Walker County probate and deed records include information that was used in the writing of John Warren Smith’s novel “No Holier Spot of Ground” published by Sam Houston State University’s Texas Review Press in 2004. Significantly, the collection documents an important aspect of history surrounding the ghost town of Cincinnati, Texas.

View a detailed finding aid of this collection at Sam Houston State University’s Archon page and see just what materials are in the collection.


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