Myres, Sandra L. Swickard (1933–1991)

Type: Biography

Published: November 1, 1995

Updated: June 20, 2017

Sandra L. Myres, professor of history and author, was born to Lucielle (Stockard) and George Yeagley Swickard II on May 17, 1933. An Ohio native, Myres received both her B.A. in biology in 1957 and her M.A. in history in 1960 from Texas Tech University. She completed her Ph.D. in history at Texas Christian University in 1967. She taught at St. Christopher's School in Lubbock and Schreiner Institute in Kerrville. She had already begun teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington (then Arlington State College) in 1963 as an instructor and remained on the faculty for twenty-eight years. Myres was a specialist in Western American history, the Southwest borderlands, and women's history. Her most acclaimed work was Westering Women and the Frontier Experience, 1800–1915 (1982), which became a History Book Club Selection. In all, she produced six books over thirty years. Among them were The Ranch in Spanish Texas, 1690–1800 (1969), Ho for California! Women's Overland Diaries from the Huntington Library (1980), and Cavalry Wife: The Diary of Eveline M. Alexander (1987). She also authored more than 200 articles and other works on subjects ranging from women's experiences on various frontiers, United States foreign relations, and Western clothing to the use of artifacts in the teaching of history. At the time of her death, Myres was working on two books, "Plainswoman: The Canadian and United States Experience" and "Victoria's Daughters: Nineteenth Century Frontierswomen in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States West." Myres served as the first executive director of the Texas Committee for the Humanities from 1973 to 1975 and as a member of the Texas State Historical Association Executive Committee from 1985 to 1989. She was president of the Western History Association in 1987–88. Over the years, she supervised numerous graduate students and served on many professional and university committees. She was instrumental in establishing the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography at the University of Texas at Arlington and served as its first director. She died on October 16, 1991.

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