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Judson Robinson Sr. Family Collection

Identifier: MSS 0143

Scope and Contents

The Judson Robinson Sr. Family Collection consists mostly of photographs and a few newsclippings documenting activities of the Y.M.C.A. during the 1950's and into the 1970's.


  • 1950's-1970's


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

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

Biographical Note

Judson Wilber Robinson, Sr. (1904-1986) was a Black real estate agent in Houston and father of the first Black city councilman in Houston since Reconstruction, Judson Robinson, Jr.

Judson Sr. was a businessman, and civic leader in Houston, who graduated from Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College in 1926. He worked on the Southern Pacific and was president of the Railroad Sleeping Car Porters and Waiters Union. He established the first African American mortgage company, Judson W. Robinson & Sons Real Estate and Mortgage Company in Texas, which was approved by the Federal Housing Administration in 1962. He established the National Real Estate Association and was the first African American appointed to the Houston Housing Authority Board to manage Kelly Courts and Cuney Homes. Robinson Sr. held many leadership positions including being a founding member of the Houston Area Urban League, Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce director, board member of Y.M.C.A., director at Trinity East United Methodist Church and as chairman of Precinct 259 in Pleasantville.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Collection is arranged by material type.

Custodial History

These records were formerly housed at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library as MSS 0316 and were transferred to the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library in February] 2019.

Related Materials

MSS 0043 Judson Robinson Jr. Collection

Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Summers, 1990.

MSS 0143 Judson Robinson Sr. Family Collection
An inventory of his records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
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Finding aid written in English.

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