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O.J. and Bessie Thomas Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0166

Scope and Contents

The O. J. and Bessie Thomas Collection is comprised of documents reflecting primarily the education and achievements of Bessie Thomas and Oscar John Thomas. There is correspondence, awards, photographs and published materials. Many of the records are related to their years at Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Dates

  • 1894 to 1977 1960 to 1969
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1969

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the O. J. and Bessie Thomas Collection must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Bessie Aleda Hardaway Thomas was born and raised in Cameron, Texas. She graduated from Prairie View A & M in 1923. Following her graduation she taught homemaking at Cameron Colored School. Bessie Thomas and her husband Oscar John Thomas brought young women of color to Cameron and graciously housed them; permitting the women to complete high school and attend Prarie View A & M for college. In her later years Bessie Thomas worked as Principal for Prairie View Elementary School. Her community advocacy included organizing Cameron's Federated Women's Club, the Prairie View First Methodist Church (1972) and the local Girl Scouts troop.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet (1 document box)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

The O.J. and Bessie Thomas Collection is comprised of five series. The series are organized by subject or format.
  1. Series 1: Oscar John Thomas
  2. Series 2: Bessie Thomas
  3. Series 3: Correspondence
  4. Series 4: Published Materials
  5. Series 5: Photographs

Custodial History

These records were formerly housed at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library as MSS 1309 O.J. and Bessie Thomas Collection and were transferred to the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library in April 2019.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Mrs. Willie Lee Gay, July 30, 1998.
Title
MSS 0166 O.J. and Bessie Thomas Collection
Subtitle
An inventory of records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Status
Completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Gregory School Repository

Contact:

(832) 393-1662

The African American Library at the Gregory School
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Houston, Texas 77019
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Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
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Houston, Texas 77002
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