The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955 Page: 554
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center, is the winner of the
$100ooo Summerfield G. Roberts award given annually by the
Sons of the Republic of Texas for the best book portraying the
spirit of the men and women who founded Texas. The award
was given for Sam Houston: The Great Designer published by
the University of Texas Press on December 7, 1954. Miss Friend
has Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy
degrees from the University of Texas. She has been a sponsor of
the Junior Historian chapter in Wichita Falls, and served as an
editorial assistant on the Handbook of Texas.
On November 24 the University of Texas News Service re-
leased the following concerning Miss Friend and her work with
AUSTIN, Texas.-Business and professional women can gain inspi-
ration from a University of Texas staff member who earned a Doctor
of Philosophy degree and wrote a prize-winning book, while working
full-time in a responsible and demanding job.
Dr. Llerena Friend is librarian of the University's Eugene C. Barker
Texas History Center and author of Sam Houston: The Great De-
signer, to be published in December by the University of Texas Press.
The book has been awarded the $ ,ooo Summerfield G. Roberts
award for 1954 as best portraying the spirit of the men and women
who founded the Republic of Texas. The annual competition is spon-
sored by the Sons of the Republic of Texas.
Dr. Friend was reading proof on the book's index and bibliography
when the announcement came. Characteristically, she kept right on
reading and said she would wait for the reviews to appear before
letting the prize go to her head.
The former Vernon and Wichita Falls history teacher already had
earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the Univer-
sity when she returned to the campus several years ago and became a
research associate in the Texas State Historical Association headquar-
ters here. Dr. H. Bailey Carroll, Texas State Historical Association
director, mentioned to her one day that University employees are
given time to take one course while performing full-time jobs.
That was the beginning of Miss Friend's long march toward a
Doctor of Philosophy degree and authorship of Sam Houston: The
Great Designer. She took one course each semester and eventually
completed the necessary classwork for a doctorate. Then she tackled
the language requirements-first, French; then German. All the while,
she worked a conscientious 44-hour week.
Came a time when Miss Friend had done everything for a doctoral
degree except writing a dissertation. She needed a subject that could
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