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Martha J. Wong Collection

Identifier: MSS 1139

Content Description

2 records boxes

Scope and Content

This 3-box collection represents the activities of Dr. Martha Jee Wong, first Asian-American elected to Houston City Council. The collection focuses on her time as a member of city council from 1994 through 2000. It includes campaign materials and correspondence, publicity items from her campaigns and community events, scrapbook contents, and photographs.


  • January 1993 - April 1998

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Martha J. Wong Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Dr. Martha Jee Wong was born on January 20, 1939 in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Reagan High School in the Houston Heights and attended University of Texas in Austin, then taught in Houston city schools. In 1983, she received her PhD in Education at the University of Houston.

In 1993, Dr. Wong became the first Asian-American to be elected to Houston City Council, representing District C. She was reelected again in 1995 and ran unopposed in 1997. In 1996 she became a candidate for Harris County Tax Assessor/Collector but was defeated in the Republican primaries. She served as a member of Houston City Council from 1994 to 2000.

In 2002, Dr. Wong became the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the Texas House of Representatives, representing Houston District 134 for two terms from 2003 until 2007.

Dr. Wong has remained active in state politics as a founding member and president of Texas Asian Republican Assembly (TARA) with a platform of educating the state’s Asian community on politics and advancing cooperation between the Asian community and Texas government.

Since 2015, Dr. Wong has been serving as a board member of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Her term ends in 2021.


2.0 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

Series 1: Local Campaigns and Elections Series 2: Awards and Recognition Series 3: Community Events Series 4: Career Publicity Series 5: Photographs Series 6: Oversize Items

Photograph numbers MSS1139-0001 through MSS1139-0023 document Dr. Wong’s activities while a Houston City Council member. Photograph numbers MSS1139-0024 through MSS1139-0061 were taken by George Wong, freelance photographer, upon Dr. Wong’s election as first Asian-American to Houston City Council. Remaining photographs illustrating Dr. Wong’s career as a member of Houston City Council are unnumbered and arranged chronologically by career event.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Martha J. Wong in 1995 and in 2001.

Processed By

Patricia Smith Vredenburg, August 21, 2018

MSS 1139: Martha J. Wong Collection
In Progress
Pat Vredenburg
August 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002