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MSS 0026 Roscoe Cavitt Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0026

Scope and Contents Note

The Roscoe and O’Neta Cavitt Collection houses the professional and personal papers of Roscoe and O'netta Cavitt. This collection, which dates from 1941 to 2002, consists of documents, correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, meetings and conferences, photographs, newsclippings, and press releases pertaining to the business and operations of the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce from 1941 to 2002. Also contained are personal files and records of Roscoe and O’Neta Cavitt.

Dates

  • 1941 - 2002

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 Roscoe and O’Neta Cavitt Collection must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Roscoe Alvin Cavitt served as Executive Secretary with the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce and Secretary and Executive Director of the National Negro Business League during the 1940s and 1950s. As an officer of the organization his responsibilities included organizing conferences and annual meetings, drafting the minutes to meetings, handling the financial records, representing, and corresponding with civic leaders and institutions that sought the services of the organization.

O’Neta “Pink” Cavitt was born May 23rd, 1914 to Cora and Tarver Pink in Kendleton, Texas. She attended Powell Point High School and graduated in 1933. After completing all of the requirements in cosmetology and receiving her certificate as a Cosmetologist from the Franklin Beauty School, she entered the Houston College for Negroes, now known as Texas Southern University (TSU). During this time she opened a hat shop at 222 West Dallas in Houston. There she sold hats she made as well as different kinds of accessories to accompany the hats. She also taught an adult education millinery class in the evenings at Booker T. Washington for adults who were interested in making hats. In 1937 she met Roscoe Alvin Cavitt, then a tax consultant who would go on to serve as Executive Secretary of the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce. They would remain married until his death. They have one child, a daughter, Cheryle A. Cavitt, who was the former principal at A.B. Anderson Academy.

Historical Note

The Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce (HNCC) was established in September 1935 by community leaders to empower and promote African American businesses in Houston. It functioned as a service program based on community goodwill for the commercial and civic development of African Americans businesses and establishing racial goodwill among all races within the community. The Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce also organized workshops, conferences, and annual meetings for members to hone their skills, seek advice, and discuss issues that affect them.

The original office was located in the black owned Pilgrim Temple Building located at 224 West Dallas Avenue, until 1963 when it was relocated to 2808 Wheeler. Roscoe Alvin Cavitt served as Executive Secretary with the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce and Secretary and Executive Director of the National Negro Business League during the 1940s and 50s. In 1964, under the leadership of Mack H. Hannah, Jr., the chamber changed its name to the Houston Citizens Chamber Of Commerce (HCCC). As the Chamber membership evolved, in 2013 the chamber rebranded its look and name to the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (GHBC).



Taken from the Greater Houston Black Chamber website

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1)

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by subject and material type.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Cheryle Cavitt, July 2010.

Related Materials

MSS 0006 Willie Lee Gay Collection

MSS 0106 Joseph Cox & O.K. Manning Collection

OH.GS.0013 O'Netta Cavitt

Related Materials are also available at the HOuston Metropolitian Research Center

MSS 0190 Hicks Family Collection

Processing Information

Processed by: Vince Lee, October 2010.
Title
MSS 0026 Roscoe Cavitt Collection
Subtitle
An Inventory of his Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Author
Vince Lee
Date
October, 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

Repository Details

Part of the Gregory School Repository

Contact:

The African American Library at the Gregory School
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Houston, Texas 77019
832-393-1440
HPL.Gregoryschool@houstontx.gov
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Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
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Houston, Texas 77002
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