William Trout Chambers Papers, 1926-1986 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: William Trout Chambers Papers, 1926-1986Add to your cart.

ID: A/127

Primary Creator: Chambers, William Trout (b. 1896)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Subjects: Chambers, William Trout, b. 1896 -- Written works, Geographers -- Texas -- Nacogdoches, Geography -- Texas, World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Articles and essays written by William T. Chambers which relate to the geography of Texas, U.S., and other parts of the world. Also includes a letter written by Dr. Chambers which describes the land of Nacogdoches County in 1840.

Collection Historical Note

William Trout Chambers was born November 14, 1896, in Sullivan County, Indiana. Chambers received a B.A. degree from Indiana State Teachers College and his master's and doctor's degrees from the University of Chicago. Upon completion of his doctorate, he joined the Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College in 1926 as the first SFA faculty member to hold a Ph.D degree. He came to Texas with very little knowledge of the state to find on his arrival that he was scheduled to teach a course on Texas geography that semester and there was no text book. A determined Dr. Chambers started studying Texas geography in order to be able to teach it. In 1927, he added the first course in conservation to the geography curriculum at SFA.

Dr. Chambers wrote many articles and essays concerning Texas and the United States and a few on other parts of the world. His work stresses the effects of geography on man and his civilization. Dr. Chambers wrote the first book on Texas geography entitled The Geography of Texas. It was published in 1946 by Steck Publishers and was adopted by the State Board for use in public schools. In this first geography of Texas, Dr. Chambers divided Texas into twelve regions based on soil, bedrock, climate, and vegetation. He later wrote several other books on Texas Geography. Chambers was also a rock collector, and by 1961, he had a collection of about 300 specimens.

Dr. Chambers was a member of the Association of American Geographers and the Southwestern Social Science Association. He presided over several conferences held for geographers. He was also a member of the Nacogdoches Boosters Club and the Rotary Club. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I. William T. Chambers died in Nacogdoches County in 1986.

(Adams, Mrs. David D. "Chambers, William Trout." Nacogdoches County Families. Dallas, Texas; Curtis Media Corporation, 1985. p. 208).

Subject/Index Terms

Chambers, William Trout, b. 1896 -- Written works
Geographers -- Texas -- Nacogdoches
Geography -- Texas
World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research.


Box and Folder Listing


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: William Trout Chambers Biographical Information, 1947-1986Add to your cart.
Print, photocopy;  9 items
Folder 2: Correspondence from William Chambers to Miss Alice Atchley regarding the land area of Nacogdoches County in 1840, 1953Add to your cart.
Typescript; 1 item
Folder 3: "Geographic Regions of Texas," reprint from TEXAS GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, 1948Add to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 4: "Blackland Prairie", UndatedAdd to your cart.
Typescript; 1 item
Folder 5: "The Pine Woods Region", UndatedAdd to your cart.
Carbon copy; 1 item
Folder 6: "Pine and Oak Woods Farming Region", UdnatedAdd to your cart.
Carbon copy; 1 item
Folder 7: "East Texas Agricultural Region", UndatedAdd to your cart.
Carbon copy; 1 item
Folder 8: "The Gulf Coast Plain", UndatedAdd to your cart.
Carbon copy; 1 item
Folder 9: "The Gulf Coast Plain", revised 1946Add to your cart.
Carbon copy; 1 item
Folder 10: "The South Texas Plain", revised 1946Add to your cart.
Carbon copy; 1 item
Folder 11: "Grand Prairie", revised 1946Add to your cart.
Carbon copy; 1 item
Folder 12: "The Cross Timber Belt of Texas", UndatedAdd to your cart.
Typescript; 1 item
Folder 13: "The Cross Timber Belt of Texas", revised 1946Add to your cart.
Carbon copy; 1 item
Folder 14: "The Northwestern Lowlands", revised 1946Add to your cart.
Carbon copy; 1 item
Folder 15: "The High Plains", UndatedAdd to your cart.
Carbon copy; 1 item
Folder 16: "The High Plains", revised 1946Add to your cart.
Carbon copy; 1 item
Folder 17: "Western Mountain and Basin Region", revised 1946Add to your cart.
Carbon copy; 1 item
Folder 18: "Pine Woods Region of Southeastern Texas" from ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 19: "Edwards Plateau, a Combination Ranching Region,' from ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 20: "Divisions of the Pine Forest Belt of East Texas," from ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, 1929Add to your cart.
Print, 1 item
Folder 21: "Kilgore, Texas: An Oil Boom Town," from ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, 1933Add to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 22: "San Antonio, Texas," from ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 23: "Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas," from ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 24: "The Gulf Port City Region of Texas," from ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 25: "Shopping Areas of the Near Southwest," from ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, UndatedAdd to your cart.
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