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Nellye Joyce Punch Collection

Identifier: MSS 0004

Scope and Content

The Nellye Joyce Punch Collection houses the personal papers of Nellye Joyce Punch. This collection, which dates from 1964 to 2009 includes newsclippings, awards, publications, ephemera and community materials that chronicle her professional and personal involvement with issues that she has championed in community. The collection also contains a scrapbook with congratulatory notes and photos from the 1992 Savvy Awards. This collection evidences community activism in Houston and Fifth Ward.


  • 1964 - 2009



Materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical Note

Nellye Joyce Punch was born in Wharton,Texas on July 13, 1921. She attended and graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in 1937. Known as the “unofficial congresswoman” of Houston’s Fifth Ward, Nellye Joyce Punch has been a community activist since retiring as a consultant to the Houston Independent School District in the 1980s. Through her work she has championed programs that provide housing for the poor, improve academic skills for inner city kids, improve health and human services to inner city residents, feed lower income citizens, and organizing groups to educate the public on pertinent issues that affect them and their community.

Mrs. Punch has a Bachelor of Science from Prairie View and a Master of Education from Texas Southern University. She is one of the founding members of the Fifth ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, a group that has built affordable housing for local residents.


2 Linear Feet (4)

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Nellye Joyce Punch

Related Collections

  • PH 0016 Roett Family Photo Collection: MSS 0005 Patricia Smith Prather Collection

  • Additional records on are held by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center

  • MSS 1271 Bill “Fire Ball” Beverly

Processing Information

Processed by: Vince Lee, August 2009

MSS 0004 Nellye Joyce Punch Collection
An Inventory of her Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
August, 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Language of description note
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