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Dr. Gladys Forde Collection

Identifier: MSS 0015

Scope and Contents

The Dr. Gladys Forde houses the papers of Gladys Inez Forde. This collection, which dates from 1932 to 2008, includes newsclippings, obituaries for family and friends, funeral programs, publications related to blacks and politics in Texas, and family photographs.


  • 1932 - 2008


Language of Materials

This collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

Gladys Inez Forde was born in Ashdown, Arkansas on April 1st, 1920. She moved to Houston, Texas with her family because her father, Dr. George Patrick Alfonso Forde, had taken a position at the newly opened Houston Negro Hospital, now known as Riverside General. She graduated from Spelman College in 1940. She was a professor at Fisk University, teaching Dramatics and Speech for 41 years before her retirement in 1985. She moved back to Houston in 1985. Despite her retirement, she taught writing to students in the area who were interested in entering the health professions, as well as those preparing for the MCAT examinations up until the summer of 2004. Dr. Gladys Forde died on June 29, 2014.


0.25 Linear Feet (1)

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged by subject and material type.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Gladys Inez Forde, January 2010

Processing Information

Processed by: Vince Lee, January 2010

MSS 0015 Dr. Gladys Forde Collection
An Inventory of her Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Vince Lee
January, 2010
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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