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

Collection Overview

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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.


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Folder 1: "The Redlands of Central Eastern Texas," reprint from THE TEXAS GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, 1941Add to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 2: "The Central Mineral Region of Texas: The Llano-Burnet Country " from THE TEXAS OUTLOOK, 1934Add to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 3: "Life in a Cotton Farming Community," from THE JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY, 1930Add to your cart.
Photocopy of print; 1 item
Folder 4: "Life in a Southern Sawmill Community," from THE JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY, 1931Add to your cart.
Photocopy of print; 1 item
Folder 5: "Bedrock as a Factor in the Origin of Texas Soil," from THE TEXAS GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, 1942Add to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 6: "Dallas and Fort Worth; Why They Came to Be", 1953Add to your cart.
Photocopy; 1 item
Folder 7: "Leading Cities of Texas", UndatedAdd to your cart.
Carbon copy; 1 item
Folder 8: "Shopping Areas of Texas," from THE TEXAS GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, 1940Add to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 9: "United States of America: A New World Civilization", UndatedAdd to your cart.
Typescript; 1 item
Folder 10: "United States of America: A New World Civilization," reprint from THE SOUTHWESTERN SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, 1938Add to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 11: "Geopolitical Situation of the United States," (includes world map), UndatedAdd to your cart.
Carbon copy, print; 1 item
Folder 12: "Geopolitics of the United States of America," reprint from THE TEXAS ACADEMY OF SCIENCE PROCEEDINGS AND TRANSACTIONS, 1944Add to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 13: "Rise of the United States to World Leadership: A Geographic Interpretation", 1947Add to your cart.
Photocopy of typescript; 1 item
Folder 14: "Indigenous American Civilizations as Responses to Geographic Environment", UndatedAdd to your cart.
Typescript; 1 item
Folder 15: "Geographic Areas of Cities," from ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 16: "A Geographic Study of Joliet, Illinois, an Urban Center Dominated by Manufacturing," reprint from THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO ABSTRACTS OF THESES, 1926Add to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 17: "The Intermontane Region", UndatedAdd to your cart.
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Folder 18: "The Rocky Mountains", UndatedAdd to your cart.
Carbon copy; 1 item
Folder 19: "Cotton: The Leading Textile Crop," from ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Print; 1 item
Folder 20: "Geographers, Why Be Gullible?" derived from handwritten script presented to Southwestern Social Science Association, 1945Add to your cart.
Photocopy of typescript; 1 item
Folder 21: "Central America: A Land of Barriers and Disunity", UndatedAdd to your cart.
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Folder 22: "Egypt: A Large Desert Oasis", UndatedAdd to your cart.
Typescript; 1 item
Folder 23: "Ancient Palestine: The Evolution of an Advanced Religion," from THE SOUTHWESTERN SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY, 1939Add to your cart.
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Folder 24: "A Contact Zone: Palestine and Phoenicia", revised 1947Add to your cart.
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