University professor. Born– December 19, 1916, Gainesville. Parents– Richard H. and Mary (Watson) Roberts. Education– Livingston State Teacher’s College, B.S., 1937; University of Alabama, M.A., 1940; Ph.D., 1956 (first woman to receive a Ph.D. in history from UA)  Vanderbilt University, 1949-1950. Taught in the Huntsville public schools, 1937-1952; a founding faculty member at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1953-1980; chairman of the History Department and Director of Academic Advisement Center. Received the Livingston University Alumni Award, Alabama Historic Commission Award, North Alabama Bar Association Liberty Bell Award, Life Sharer’s Award, Kiwanis Service Award, University of Alabama in Huntsville Award of Merit, and the Alumni Appreciation Award. Roberts Hall on the UAH campus is named in her honor.  Elected to Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, 2013. Died November 5, 2000.


Who’s Who in America, 1982-1983.


Highlights of Huntsville History. Huntsville, Ala.; Huntsville Historical Society and Huntsville Public Library, 1962.


Civics for Alabama Schools. Birmingham, Ala.; Colonial Press, 1960.

Shadows on the Wall; the Life and Works of Howard Weeden. Northport, Ala.; Colonial Press, 1962.


The papers of Frances Cabaniss Roberts are held by the library at the University of Alabama Huntsville.