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Bessie Hughes Collection

Identifier: MSS 0008

Scope and Content

The Bessie Hughes Collection houses the personal records of Bessie Huhges and Dee Franklin. This collection, which dates from 1973 to 1970, consists of certificates, degrees, correspondence, research notes, and photos that were compiled and gathered by family members of Bessie Hughes and Dee Franklin.


  • 1937 - 1970


Materials are in english.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Bessie Hughes Collection must be obtained from African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Bessie Hughes and Dee Addie Chambers were African American educators in the Houston, Texas area. Hughes earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from the Houston College for Negroes and a Master’s from the Texas State College for Negroes, both renamed Texas Southern University. Dee Addie Chambers earned a Bachelor of Science from the Houston College for Negroes and a Master’s of Science from Texas State University for Negroes. They earned an education when African Americans had few options and limited resources. Records in this collection highlight black women in education.


0.25 Linear Feet (1)


Collection is arranged by subject and material type.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Gwendolyn Goins and Amands Goins, February 2009

Processing Information

Processed by: Vince Lee, October 2009

Modified by: Miguell Ceasar, August 2013

Edited by: Billy R. Glasco, Jr., August 2013

MSS 0008 Bessie Hughes Collection
An Inventory of her Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
October, 2009
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the African American 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