Bachelor, University Texas, Austin, 1951. Master of Arts in American Civilization, University Texas, Austin, 1975. Postgard., University Texas, Austin.
Member Folklife Center Library. Congress, Washington, 1976—1984, chairman, 1978—1979. Board directors Future Homemakers America, 1978—1985.
Chairman continuing education committee, Centennial Commission University Texas, 1981—1984, board visitors, astronomy department and McDonald Observatory, since 1984.
Co-founder, 1st president Cultural Activities Center Temple, Texas, 1957—1959. Member American Revolution Bicentennial Commission Texas, 1971—1975. Board directors Texas State Society Washington, 1980—1983, Texas Breakfst Club District of Columbia, Institute Humanities, Salado, Texas Board, Texas Folklife Resources.
Advisory council Institute Texan Cultures, 1980—1991. Trustee United States-New Zealand Arts Foundation, Fund Folk Culture Foundation. Founder, custodian Friar's Creek Nature Preserve, Texas.
Member of Writer's League Texas (board directors), Texas State History Association, National Museum Women Arts, Costume Society America, American Studies Association, American News Women's Club.
Married Henry Kiper Allen, June 9, 1951. Children: Henry Kiper, Irvin McCreary, Rave Virginia.