Founding director of Barker Texas History Center retires
On this day in 1969, Llerena B. Friend retired from the University of Texas as professor emeritus, ending her nineteen-year run as director of the Barker Texas History Center. The historian, teacher, and librarian was born in 1903 in Dublin, Texas. She received her B.A. in 1924, M.A. in 1928, and Ph.D. in 1951, all from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1945 she became a research associate in Texas history for the Texas State Historical Association. She worked on the preparation of the Handbook of Texas until 1950, when she became the founding director of the Barker Texas History Center. In addition to her extensive work as librarian for Texas history sources, she also taught Texas history at the university. During her lifetime Friend wrote numerous articles and book reviews. Her book Sam Houston, The Great Designer was published in 1954 and received the Summerfield Roberts Award. She also edited several books, including Check List of Texas Imprints, 1861-1876 (1963), M. K. Kellogg's Texas Journal, 1872 (1967), and Talks on Texas Books by Walter Prescott Webb (1970). In 1976 Governor Dolph Briscoe appointed her to the Texas State Historical Records Advisory Board, and in 1987 she was nominated to the Texas Women's Hall of Fame. Friend died in 1995.