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Rollins Jewelry Collection

Identifier: RG 0012

Scope and Contents

The Rollins Jewelry Collection houses the business records of Rollins Jewelry from 1943 to 2010. This collection contains administrative and business records, meeting minutes and notes, By-laws and articles, newspaper clippings, correspondence to Frank from various community leaders, business owners and customers. Also includes awards from various organizations he held membership in, programs from St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church, and various sports related and church ephemera. Photographs are of his business, community members including C.F. Smith, and some related to the military monuments. Personal records from 1963 to 2009, relate to the Pullman porters, his 90th Birthday celebration and writings.


  • 1943 - 2010

Language of Materials

This collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials form the Rollins Jewelry Collection mst be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Frank Aaron Rollins was a business owner in Houston Texas from over 25 years. Born to Corrine Holmes Rollins and Edmund Rollins on December 12, 1915, in Waterproof, Louisiana. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1934, and subsequently worked as a clerked at the local Kullman Brothers Department store. In 1936, he left Waterproof for Chicago, Illinois to work as a waiter and Pullman Porter on the Illinois Central Railroad. He also operated a taxi stand in Atchison, Kansas and a restaurant in Chicago.

In 1948, Rollins and his brother-in-law, Judge L. Barber, established the “R & B Jewelry” business in Chicago, where they soon became one of the most prestigious black-owned businesses in the city. Rollins moved to Houston, Texas in 1955 where he opened and operated the well-known and much respected “Rollins Jewelry” Stores for over 25 years. Rollins jewelry original location was at 2226 Dowling and later relocated to 2611 Blodgett in 1963.

Throughout his lifetime, Frank was the recipient of many recognition events and awards for both his business and charitable works. He was one of the founders of Riverside Bank and served on the Harris County Council of Organizations, a member of the Astrodome Rotary Club International, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc, and a member of St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church in Houston. He was best known for his life-long and unwavering passion for fishing and hunting. Frank was to married Patricia “Pattie” Page for 22 years; they have four children. He died on January 29, 2010. He was a member of the Astrodome Rotary Club and the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and life-time member of the YWCA.

From Houston Chronicle, Feb. 5, 2010 and collection materials


2 Linear Feet (2 document boxes, 1 flat box)


This collection is arranged into 11 series. Series are arranged in chronological order by date.

Series I: Administrative

Series II: Corporate Records

Series III: Newspaper Clippings

Series IV: Publications

Series V: Correspondence

Series VI: Certificates and Awards

Series VII: Church Documents

Series VIII: Photographs

Series IX: Ephemera

Series X: Oversized Items

Series XI: Personal Materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by: Patricia Page Rollins in July 2010

Processing Information

Processed by Billy Glasco, January 2015

RG 0012 Rollins Jewelry Collection
An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Billy Glasco
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Repository Details

Part of the Gregory School Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002