C.F. & Hortense Smith Collection
Scope and Content
The collection houses the personal papers of C.F. Smith and Eve Hortense Smith. This collection, which dates from 1922 to 2008, consists of printed materials, photos, news clippings, personal ephemera, and awards related to their life. These materials provide a glimpse into their early lives together and Smith family history.
- Creation: 1922 - 2008
Materials are in English.
This collection is open for research.
Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the C.F. and Hortense Smith Collection must be obtained from The African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.
Clifford Farrell Smith, Jr. was the first African Americans in Houston to pass the electrician exam and one of the first African Americans to receive a master electricians license in Texas. Born on August 3, 1916, to Clifford F. Smith Sr., and Elsie (Blunt) Smith, he grew up in Houston’ fifth ward community. He attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where in 1938 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Industries with an emphasis in electrical engineering. After a brief period working as the first black movie projectionist in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Smith served in the Navy Seabees during World War II. He returned to Houston after his discharge from service, and in 1943 became the first African American to pass the City of Houston Electrician’s exam. In 1945, Smith opened the C. F. Smith Electric Co. where the company wired most of the buildings in the Fifth Ward community.
Smith was involved in various organizations as chairman of the City of Houston Electrical Board, president of the Associated Builders and Contractors, board member of Independent Electrical Contractors, Boy Scouts of the Houston Chapter, and as president of both the Houston chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and the Tuskegee Alumni Association. In 1942, Smith married Hortense Dugar and they have two daughters. Clifford F.Smith died on November 28, 1989.
Taken from collection materials and Handbook of Texas Online, Patricia S. Prather, "SMITH, CLIFFORD FARRELL, JR.
Eva Hortense Dugar was born September 19, 1916 to Richard and Adeline Dugar of Houston, Texas. She attended Crawford Elementary School and graduated from Phyllis Wheatley High School in 1933. She went on to study at Xavier University in New Orleans where she graduated in 1937. In 1942 she was married to C.F. Smith. They had 2 daughters, Patricia Smith Prather and Brenda Smith Long. An active member of her community and church, she served as a leader of the Girl Scouts in Houston, Texas. She was a member of Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church. She also served as a National Officer for the Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Peter Claver, a Catholic organization, and as a volunteer for the March of Dimes. She was a member of the school of Ikebana of Houston, which is the Japanese art form of arranging flowers that brings nature and humanity into harmony. Despite being a mother and housewife she returned to pursue her graduate studies at Prairie View A&M University. She preceded her husband in death in 1983 and is buried at Paradise Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
0.75 Linear Feet (1)
This collection is arranged by material type.
Donated by: Brenda Smith Long. February, 2009.
Processed by: Vince Lee, June 2009.
- C.F. & Hortense Smith Collection
- An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
- June, 2009
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the African American History Research Center Repository