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Barbara Joe Ellison Collection

Identifier: MSS 0018

Scope and Contents

The Barbara Joe Jones Ellison Collection houses the personal paper of Barbara Joe Ellsion. This collection, which dates from 1974 to 2007, contains a Houston Police Department yearbook, funeral program, and newsletter. This small colelction give a glimple into the life of black women in the police field.


  • Creation: 1974 - 2007

Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Barbara Joe Jones Ellison Collection must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical note

Barbara Joe Jones Ellison was the second African American women police officer of the Houston Police Department. She was born April 14, 1937, to James Elige Jones and Catherine A. Gibson Jones in Freestone County, Texas. She attended schools in Freestone County and graduated in 1953 from Dogan High School of Fairfield, Texas. She went on to Texas Southern University and received a Bachelors Degree in Education in 1957.

Her first job upon graduation was Payroll Administrator at TSU. In 1959, she enrolled in the Houston Police Academy. She graduated from Class # 22 and held the distinction of being the second African American female police officer to serve the city of Houston. In a career that spanned 31 years and 4 mayoral administrations, Barbara worked in the Juvenile Division of the Houston Police Department. She was also a charter member of the Afro American Police Officers League, founded in 1975. She retired from the Houston Police Department after a long and distinguished career in June, 1991. In retirement, she stayed active and kept in touch with colleagues and actively participated in the Retired Police Officers Association until her death on November 17, 2007. She is survived by a daughter, one sister, and a host of friends and relatives.


.25 Linear Feet (1)

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged by subject and material type.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Stephanie Emmers, January 2010

Processing Information

Processed by: Vince Lee, April 2010

Barbara Joe Ellison Collection
An Inventory of her Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Vince Lee
April 2010
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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