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Johnnie Hart Brooks Collection

Identifier: MSS 0027

Scope and Content Note

The Johnnie Hart Brooks collection contains personal records of Johnnie Hart Brooks childhood and career. This collection, which dates form 1909 to 1993, contains correspondence, photographs from Brooks’ childhood, teaching career, family life, award ceremonies, and a retirement banquet. Several news clippings note her achievements. Artifacts included personal effects BrooksSeveral items provide detailed view of her family.


  • 1909 - 1993
  • Majority of material found within 1963 - 1983

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 Johnnie Hart Brooks Collection must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Johnnie Hart Brooks was a teacher and the last princiapl of Gregory Elementary School in Houston, Texas. She was born on November 22, 1912 in the fourth ward of Houston. Brooks had a sister, Irma Hart Allen and a brother Robert Hart.

Brooks attended the Gregory Elementary School, “Old Colored High” (Booker T. Washington), Fisk University, and Texas Southern University. She graduated from TSU Summa Cum Laude. She completed post-graduate work at the University of Texas. Brooks taught at “Old Colored High” (Booker T. Washington), Harper Elementary, Crawford Elementary, and at Texas Southern University. During her career she worked as principal of Brays Bayou, Highland Heights, and Franklin Elementary School.

In addition to being a well serving member of St. Episcopal Church, Brooks received many awards for her accomplishments. Channel 13 News awarded her with the Jefferson Medal for outstanding community service for her work with children of all demographics.


3.2 Linear Feet (3)

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Betty Taylor Thompson (daughter)

Processing Information

Processed by: Brittany Cryer, Vince Lee, January 2011

Johnnie Hart Brooks Collection
An Inventory of his Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Brittany Cryer and Vince Lee
January, 2011
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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