Jane Howe Gregory Research Collection


Jane Howe Gregory was a researcher and advocate for prison reform in Texas. She was an active member of the Houston community as President of the Houston Museum of Science Guild, a member of the Board of the Houston Seminar and the Advisory Board of Neuhaus Education Center. She volunteered at the Harris County jail and helped organize literacy programs in the Texas prison system.

The materials of this collection represent Jane Howe Gregory’s extensive research into the Texas Penitentiary, mostly focusing on issues surrounding female inmates. Journal articles, class notes and photocopied prison records are the most common types of materials in this collection. Prison statistics and prison reform pertaining to female prisoners are the most common themes throughout the collection. Also present are newspaper articles, correspondence and records of  prison statistics.

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




Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day!

To celebrate, we thought we would introduce you to a number of great and inspiring women that have set foot on the Sam Houston State University Campus.

Anna J. Hardwicke Pennybacker

 Ann J. Pennybacker

Graduate of 1st class of 1880, Sam Houston Normal Institute – Woman’s Suffrage Advocate, Author, and Lecturer

She authored the book A New History of Texas.

For more information: http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpe30

Jewel Henson Gibson

Jewel Henson Gibson

Graduate with a BS in 1932 and a MS in 1950 – Novelist, Professor, and Playwright

Her novels include Joshua Beene and God , a satirical work about fictitious Church of Christ prophet in a small Texas town and Black Gold, a tale about a booming oil town.
For more information: http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fgial

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt with Anna Hardwicke and Harry Estill                                                          (Eleanor with Anna J. Hardwicke Pennybacker and Dr. Harry Estill

Mrs. Roosevelt never attended Sam Houston but did visit the campus on March 7, 1937. She was friends with Anna J. Hardwicke Pennybacker through her work with the Democratic party.

(credit to University archives for Pictures)                                                                       (credit the Handbook of Texas for information)