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Harambee Club Records

Identifier: RG 0026

Scope and Contents

This collection houses the records of the Harambee Club in Houston, Texas from 1987 to 2012. It consits of correspondence, meeting minute, financial and legal documetns, literatery material, photographs, printed materials including flyers and programs and multiple scrapbooks wich detail the history and functions of the Harambee Club and its members.


  • 1987 - 2012
  • Majority of material found within 1987 - 1998

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 from the Harambee Club Records must be obtained from African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Harambee Arts, Social and Charity Club was a womens social club formed in 1987 by founding member Willie Lee Gay. The club pulled together women who strived to create a harmonious unity in the family, community, and nation for the betterment of mankind. Most members were retired teachers. The mission of the organization was to foster education and civic affairs, to render and serve in assisting the needy, and to promote greater appreciation and participation in the creativity of art as well as literary pursuits and attainments. The Harambee Club held fundraisers for communities projects, provided scholarships to needy students, and donated to various charities and businesses.


1.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged at the folder level into eight series. Series are arranged by function and material type. The Scrapbooks and Scrapbook Materials are further arranged in subseries chronologically by year.

Series I Correspondence

Series II Minutes and Proceedings

Series III Legal Documents

Series IV Financial Documents

Series V Literary Production Material

Series VI Printed Materials

Sereis VII Scrapbooks and Scrapbook Material

Series VIII Photograpic Material

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by: Willie Lee Gay on October 17, 2012

Related Materials

MSS 0006 Willie Lee Gay Collection

Processing Information

Processed by: Mildred Max-George

RG 0026 Harambee Club Records
An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Pending Final Review
Mildred Max-George
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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