A Guide to the Mary Kate Hunter Papers, 1939-1945, 1986
Mary Kate Hunter, better known as Kate Hunter, was born at Brushy Creek, near Palestine, Texas, in 1866. She attended Palestine Female Academy and Sam Houston State Teachers College (now Sam Houston State University) before studying music in Boston, Chicago, and Berlin. She taught piano in Palestine until 1941.
Hunter was a founder and the first president of the Palestine Equal Suffrage Association and served as vice president of the Texas Equal Suffrage Association, 1915-1916. She organized a local unit of the Woman's National Foundation in 1921 and, in 1927, the Fort Houston chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She was a member of the Texas State Library and Historical Commission (now the Texas State Library and Archives Commission) from 1919 to 1927.
A renowned and published poet, Kate Hunter served as poet laureate of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. It was through her efforts that the Briscoe Center for American History and the State Library acquired a number of important historical manuscript collections. She had been doing research for a history of Anderson County and coordinating plans for the Palestine centennial celebration at the time of her death in 1945. The 1946 centennial was dedicated to her.
Handbook of Texas Online, Claydeen Osborn Harrell, "Hunter, Mary Kate," accessed September 21, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhu76.
The Mary Kate Hunter Papers, 1939-1945, 1986, contain correspondence between Kate Hunter and UT archivist Winnie Allen regarding Kate's historical research and the donation of important historical materials to the UT archives, now the Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin. Newspaper clippings about Kate Hunter and a printed version of her poem "San Jacinto", which she read at the dedication of the San Jacinto memorial sundial in 1939, are also included. Furthermore, a copy of an article written by Claydeen Harrell, entitled "Kate Hunter: Palestine's Guardian Angel", that appeared in Texas Libraries, Fall 1986, can be found.
This collection is open for research use.
Mary Kate Hunter Papers, 1939-1945, 1986, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff, 1989.
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