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Hazel McCullough Collection

Identifier: MSS 0001

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the activities of Hazel McCullough that were significant to her life. The materials include funeral programs, birthday programs, high school reunion materials for Booker T. Washington High School, programs and booklets on the Progressive Order of Pilgrims, correspondence, and personal effects. Materials are from 1894 to 2008, with the majority of items from the 1970s through the 2000s. The collection is not comprehensive but provides a glimpse into the people and events that were a part of her life.


  • 1894-2008


Materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

Hazel B. McCullough Semedo was born to Phillip and Oletta McCullough of Houston, Texas on September 28, 1920. Her father was one of the founding members of Freedman's Town. She was a lifelong member of Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ. She became their Pianist in March, 1937 and later became their Organist until 1999.

She attended and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and went on to Bishop College. She worked at the Franklin Beauty School, first as secretary and then as an office manager playing a vital role in the school's growth from 1937 until the mid 1970s. She was a facilitator, connecting students to the school’s administration and to professionals within the field of Cosmetology. After leaving the Franklin Beauty School, she worked for the Progressive Order of Pilgrims. In retirement she was a Swinging Senior at the Julia C. Hester House. She died on December 17, 2008.


0.25 Linear Feet (1)

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged by subject.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Lisa Semedo Williams, 2009

Related Collections

PH 0017 McCullough Family Photo Collection PH 0021 Hazel McCullough Photo Collection RG 0002 Franklin Beauty School Collection

Additional Materials

The Houston Metropolitan Research Center holds related materials in the following collections:

MSS 0370 Olee Yates McCullough Papers

RG D 44 Franklin Beauty School Collection

RG I 21 Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church Collection

Processing Information

Processed by: Vince Lee May, 2009.

MSS 0001 Hazel McCullough Collection
An Inventory of her Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Vince Lee
May, 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