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Chat-an-Hour Social and Cultural Club Records

Identifier: RG 0045

Scope and Contents

The Chat-an-Hour Social Club Records documents the activites of the organization from 1949-1981. It contains a pamphlet a single photograph and mostly meeting minutes. Meeting minutes are incomplete, as some were either lost or misplaced at the time of donation.


  • 1949 - 1981


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from Chat-an-Hour Social and Cultural Club Records must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

According to the first entry in its minutes, in March of 1949 a "small group of women met...answering the call of Mrs. Lula White. The purpose was to form a Study Club which is to be under the Educational Committee of the NAACP."

Ever since that initial gathering, the members of the Club, which has always been composed of black women, have continued to meet twice monthly to learn, to engage in helpful community projects, and to chat. They read and discussed books concerning the Afro-American experience, donated African art to public schools in Houston, and invited speakers to help keep themselves informed about contemporary events, such as the revolt in Hungary in 1957 and the Klan murders of blacks in Mississippi the same year.

Unfortunately, some of the meeting minutes of the Club have been either lost or misplaced. Members are currently trying to locate them, as well as more photographs of past Club members and other documents relating to its history. In the meantime, however, the material in this collection is sufficient to prove that chatting for an hour can be worthwhile indeed.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Collection is arranged chronologically by topic.

Custodial History

These records were formerly housed at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library as RG E 0042 The Chat-an-Hour Social and Cultural Club and were transferred to the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library in February 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mary Hinton, Chat-an-Hour Socal And Cultural Club, 1982

Related Materials

RG 0045 Chat-an-Hour Social and Cultural Club Collection

RG 0046 The Married Ladies Social, Art and Charity Club Collection

RG 0067 Texas Association of Women's Clubs, Houston Branch

MSS 0165 National and Texas Association of Women's and Girls Club Inc.

Additional Related Materials at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center

  1. RG E 0018 The Federation of Women's Clubs Collection
  2. RG E 0020 The Women's Club of Houston Collection
  3. RG E 0026 Ladies Reading Club Collection
  4. RG E 0033 Park Place Women's Club Collection
  5. RG E 0040 Houston Heights Women's Club Collection
  6. MSS 0135 Gomez Family Collection (records of Club Femenino Chapultepec)

Processing Information

Processed by: Howard Beeth on October 10, 1982.
RG 0045 Chat-an-Hour Social and Cultural Club Records
An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 5 February 2020: Finding aid updated to current standards, Sheena Wilson

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