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Carl Walker Jr. Collection

Identifier: MSS 0025

Scope and Contents

The Carl Walker Jr. Collection contains the papers of Judge Carl Waker, Jr. This collection which dates from 1946 to 2002, contains newsclippings, photographs, certificates and awards, correspondence, speeches, funeral programs, and materials on oath of office. Materials document his career as a lawyer, judge, and civic leader to his community.


  • 1946 - 2002

Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Carl Walker Jr., was born on May 13, 1924 in Marlin, Falls County Texas. He attended and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1942. Following graduation, he was drafted to serve in the US Army Air force in 1943 during World War II. He was honorably discharged March 16, 1946 at the rank of Sergeant. In September of 1946, he enrolled at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1950. He followed that up with a Masters in Economics in 1952 and a Doctor of Juris Prudence in 1955 from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.

He served in an interim capacity as the first African American U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. He was appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1961, by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, becoming the first African American to hold that position from the South. He was a member of the Fifth Ward Missionary Baptist Church and was Chairman of the Trustee Board from 1960.

He was appointed as the State Judge of the 185th Criminal District Court from 1987 until 1994. Throughout his career he was known as a tireless civic leader within the community and an even-handed jurist amongst his peers. He died on July 12, 2002 at the age of 78. He is survived by his spouse, Janice Martin Walker, who still resides in Houston.


1.3 Linear Feet (2)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by: Janice Walker, May 2010

Processing Information

Processed by: Vince Lee, September 2010

Judge Carl Walker Jr. Collection
An Inventory of his Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Vince Lee
September, 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