Mary Small Fitzgerald Papers, 1924-1979 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Mary Small Fitzgerald Papers, 1924-1979Add to your cart.

ID: A/55

Primary Creator: Fitzgerald, Mary Small (1875-1944)

Extent: 2.0 Folders

Arrangement: Consists of 17 items in 2 folders.

Subjects: Fitzgerald, Mary Small, 1875-1944 -- Correspondence, Genealogy, Poets

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection includes correspondence, poems, and biographical and genealogical materials.

Collection Historical Note

Mary Small was born June 11, 1875 in Palestine, Texas. She married Judge James W. Fitzgerald and raised two sons and a daughter. Sometimes writing under the pseudonym Catherine Rhodes Davis, she published poems, juvenile stories, household and feature articles, and sketches in Texas newspapers, many literary and women's magazines, and several anthologies. She published the long poem "An Etching" (1927), THE WAY OF BEAUTY (1931), which had several editions, and ASPEN GOLD (1938). Her themes included conservation of wild flowers, gardening, and rural conditions especially of women and children. She died on July 10, 1944.


Smallwood, James. 1999. The History of Smith County, Texas, Vol. 2: Born in Dixie. Austin: Eakin Press, p. 638.

Subject/Index Terms

Fitzgerald, Mary Small, 1875-1944 -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Related Materials:

Fitzgerald, Mary Small. An etching. Cedar Rapids: Torch Press, 1927. ETRC PS3511.I915 E7 1927

Fitzgerald, Mary Small. The way of beauty. Dallas: Kaleidoscope Publishers, 1931. ETRC PS3511.I915 W39 1931x

Fitzgerald, Mary Small. The way of beauty. Dallas: Kaleidoscope Publishers, 1933. ETRC PS3511.I915 W3 1933x

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],

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Folder 1: Correspondence, 1930-1933Add to your cart.

2-page Letter to Mrs. Peters, 2/12/1930 (from Tyler, TX)

2-page Broadside poem ("The Loving Place") with sketch of the Fitzgerald house and Christmas greeting on back,12/1933

4-page Letter to Mrs. Peters

3-page Letter to Mrs. Peters (Forth Worth, TX) with a partial poem, c.1/30/1927-2/9/1927

3-page Letter to Mrs. Peters (from Tyler, TX)

3-page Letter to Mrs. Peters (from Tyler, TX)

2-page Letter to Mrs. Peters (Fort Worth, TX) (from Tyler, TX)

6-page Letter to Mrs. Peters (from Tyler, TX)

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8-page Pamphlet "An Etching: In Behalf of the Mothers Who Must Follow the Plow," 1927

2 Broadsides advertising THE WAY OF BEAUTY collection of poems, c.1931 (One has photograph portrait)

Biographical and genealogical materials, 1924-1979 (6 items)


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