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Sneed Family Collection 1900-1970s

Identifier: MSS-0149

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed entirely of photographs (34 in number) which document the lives of two sisters in Houston from 1900 to the 1907s. The photographs capture important events, such as graduations and weddings, while tracing the careers of these black women as professional educators and club women who were active in LINKS, the Smart Set Club, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the Married Ladies Social, Art, and Charity Club.

Every photograph in this collection has a Photographic Identification Sheet which identifies and dates the contents of the photograph. The Identification Sheets have the same number as the photograph which they describe.


  • 1900 - 1980

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Sneed Family Photographs must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Martha Emma Masterson Sneed was born in Brazoria County in 1875. Mrs. Sneed and her husband, Glenn O. Sneed, moved to Houston from Galveston in 1909 because they were afraid of another hurricane like the one in 1900. Once here, Mrs. Sneed and her family settled at 1209 George Street (later changed to 129 W. Gray) in the Fourth Ward. She and the family were active in the Antioch Baptist Church. Mrs. Sneed worked as a seamstress. She was also active in the Married Ladies Social, Art and Charity Club.

The Sneeds had four children. Naomi Bessie Sneed was born in 1904 and died in 1921 at the age of 17 during a routine tonsillectomy in Houston. Ruth Sneed Jefferson was born in 1908. She went to school at Bishop College, University of Colorado, University of Denver, and majored in Literature. She taught at Jack Yates High School and Ryan Junior High School in Houston and retired in 1971. She was active in Links and the Smart Set clubs. Martha Francis Sneed David Robinson was born in 1909. She attended Bishop College and taught at Douglas Elementary from 1930-1949. Her first husband was Dr. John Davis, an influential physician who died in 1960. She then married Judson Robinson in 1960 who was influential in real estate and a community power broker. He died in 1986. Glenn O. Sneed Jr. was born in 1913 and died in 1979. He finished Booker T. Washington High School and fought in World War II. Later he did odd jobs and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where he died after being married three times.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Transfer Note

These records were formerly housed at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library as MSS 0293 Sneed Family Photographs and were transferred to the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library in February 2019.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Ruth Sneed Jefferson and Matha Sneed Robinson in 1986.

Related Materials

MSS 0010 John W. and Mrs. Martha Sneed Davis Family Collection

RG 0046 Married Ladies Social, Art & Charity Club Records

Processing Information

Processed by: Howard Beeth in August, 1986; Updated by Sheena Wilson in 2019

MSS 0149 Sneed Family Collection 1900-1970s
An Inventory of her Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
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