Tina Knowles, Joanne Herring Share Histories with UH ‘Living Archives’ Series

Women’s Archive and Research Collection to be Named for UH Supporter Carey C. Shuart

Tina Knowles and Joanne King Herring are among the guests for the 15th annual University of Houston’s “Living Archives” interview series, a live conversation with influential Texas women, recorded before an audience at the UH Rockwell Pavilion and archived in the newly named Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection. 

The archive collects the oral histories of Texas women and Houston area women’s organizations, and the papers of individual Houston women who've made history. 

 “This fall’s stellar 'Living Archives' lineup demonstrates again that Houston is full of amazing women,” said Elizabeth Gregory, professor and director of the UH Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies program, which hosts the interview.  “We are proud to document their stories for Houstonians of today, and of the future, to draw upon.”    

This season the UH Library celebrates the naming of the archive in honor of Shuart—a founding member of the Friends of Women’s Studies, which originated in 1996—and a longtime Houston arts and women’s history supporter.  

“Through her steadfast support of the collection the Shuart Women’s Archive will continue to grow and garner prominence as a nationally recognized research collection of our outstanding Texas women,” said Dana C. Rooks, dean of UH libraries.  “The Shuart Women’s Archive will continue to celebrate women’s history and provide students and scholars alike with a window into the lives of many inspirational foremothers.”  

The archive includes the histories of such women as Houston mayors Kathy Whitmire and Annise Parker, and groups including the Houston Area Women’s Center, Hispanic Women in Leadership; the Association for Women in Science records; and Top Ladies of Distinction, an African American philanthropic group, to name a few. 

“The Friends of Women’s Studies have been collecting papers and stories for 15 years and the collection has evolved into an extremely valuable research tool,” Shuart said.  “Our intent is to share this information, even more widely, by making the documents, videos and photographs available online.”


Living Archives Fall Schedule

Tina Knowles, interviewed by Joy Sewing of the Houston Chronicle

▪    11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3., at the Rockwell Pavilion in the UH M.D. Anderson Library

▪    Priority Seating for FWS Members who RSVP by Sept. 28


UN-Living Archives / Glenwood Cemetery Tour

▪    6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct.19, at Glenwood Cemetery, 2525 Washington Ave.

▪    Priority Spots for FWS Members who RSVP by Oct. 14


 Joanne King Herring-author & former diplomat, interviewed by Claudia Feldman of the Houston Chronicle

▪    11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Rockwell Pavilion in the UH M.D. Anderson Library

▪    Priority Seating for FWS Members who RSVP by Oct. 18


Women Art Gallery Owners Panel, moderated by Victoria Lightman

▪    7 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15

▪    Panel Members: Betty Moody of Moody Gallery, Anya Tish of Anya Tish Gallery, Kerry Inman of Inman Gallery, Maria Sicardi of Sicardi Gallery

Admission to the “Living Archives” is free to UH students and FWS members and $10 for the general public. Interviews at the Rockwell Pavilion include lunch.  Seating is limited.  RSVP to wost@uh.ed