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African American Miscellaneous Collection

Identifier: MSS 0135

Scope and Contents

This collection gathered from many sources, is composed of an assortment of material having to do with the history of Black Houstonians and Texans. Some of the items into were donated to the research center individually, while other were part of a larger body of donated materials that bore no direct historical relation. Thus except for the it singular focus on Black Americans, this collection is truly miscellaneous. Some of the major topics are local churches, politics and campaign materials, businesses, Juneteenth, poetry and art.


  • 1917-1987
  • Majority of material found in 1940-1987


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the African American Miscellaneous Collection must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.


3.83 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 1 oversized box)

Language of Materials



This collection is not organized in the usual fashion by either topic or chronology. Instead, the items individual documents and small manuscript collections are arranged according to their availablity to the research center. This is an open, growing collection.

Custodial History

These records were formerly housed at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library as MSS 0210 Afro-American Miscellaneous Collection and were transferred to the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library in February 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Howard Beeth, 1982; Updated by Sheena Wilson, 2019.

MSS 0135 African American Miscellaneous Collection
An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Additions To Incorporate
Sheena Wilson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
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