Smith, Ima 1973-04-23

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Mrs. Ima Smith, wife of former Governor Preston Smith, describes her role as the wife of a Texas political leader.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Ima Smith

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: April 23, 1973

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Beth Schneider

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Biographical information, Attended Texas Tech (1932-1934), Recounts Preston Smith’s early business and political interests, Traces Smith’s political career, Notes differences between local and state races, Gives her own campaign role, Comments on difficulties for families, Texas Tech University discussed, Ben Ramsey mentioned, Discusses living accommodations as lieutenant governor and governor, Refurbishing described, Mansion tours and duties recalled, Refurbishing described, Mansion tours and duties recalled, Reemphasized her distaste for politics, Summarizes her duties as governor’s wife, Talks of mansion security, Suggests change for lieutenant governor’s quarters.

Tape 1, Side 2: Lieutenant governor’s housing in the Capitol (continued), Discusses open houses, Returns to Smith’s campaigning and career, Suggests limiting time for campaigns, Lists goals for governor that Smith held, Names outstanding events during the years in the Governor’s Mansion, Comments on Smith’s semi-retirement.

Range Dates: 1932-1973

Bulk Dates: 1963-1973

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