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Eulundia Kay Shepard Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0094

Scope and Contents

The Eulinda Kay Shepard collection contains materials that document the political and community activities of Beulah Shepard mostly from the 1980s through the mid-1990s. Items included correspondence, meeting minutes, annual reports, financial and legal records, land deeds biographical materials, family tree, newspaper clippings, newsletters, directories, posters, flyers, awards and photographs, photo cd and da planners. This collection is valuable for researchers seeking information on grassroot and community activism.

Dates

  • 1956-2005
  • Majority of material found in 1979-1999

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is predominantly in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical or Historical Note

Beulah Ann Shepard was a community activist. Born in Plain Dealing, Louisiana on June 14, 1921 to Emmitt and Queen Raleigh, she was the fourth of seven children. Reared in a rural community, in 1948, Shepard left Louisiana for Houston, Texas to assist her sister Oma Lee with her newborn son, Guy Johnson. Shepard remained in Houston and took her place in the Acres Homes community where she attended Galilee Missionary Baptist Church. Shepard walked with a message, crossing many political barriers expressing her beliefs for change in her community. She bought a poll tax costing a dollar and fifty cents in 1948 and never missed voting in an election. Mrs. Shepard cast her last vote during the 2008 Presidential Election. On the forefront of tackling social issues in her community, politics was Shepard's passion. She worked in many Democratic Party campaigns that include John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Jimmy Carter, Barbara Jordan, Mark White, Lloyd Bentson, John Whitmire, Mickey Leland, Anthony Hall, Shelia Jackson Lee, and Sylvester Turner. She was also a member of several organizations including the Congressional Black Caucus and the Harris Council of Organizations. Known in her community as "a woman with guts," Beulah Shepard was known as the "Mayor of Acres Homes." She was very instrumental in securing the Acres Homes Swimming Pool and the Acres Homes Community Library (which was posthumously named in her honor). In 1974, Shepard began working for E.A. "Squatty" Lyons as a community aide. In 1978, she petitioned Mayor Jim McConn and the city council to change the name of Sherman Street to D.S. Bailey Lane. Shepard also petitioned Mayor Kathy Whitmire to pass an ordinance to change the name of Holly Street to Burleson Street. Shepard was also instrumental in promoting Roy Malonson with creating the Acres Homes Chamber of Commerce. As an expression of gratitude, the Acres Homes Chamber of Commerce building was named in her honor. Beulah Ann Shepard passed away on September 11, 2010.

Extent

5.25 Linear Feet (7)

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into eight series. Subseries are arranged in chronological order. Folder headings in quotation marks were found on the original folder and appear to have been assigned by Beulah Shepard. All other headings have been devised by the processor.

Series I: Correspondence, 1980- 2005

Series II: Administrative Records,1986-2001

Series III: Financial and Legal Records, 1989-1994

Series IV: Personal Business and Legal Records, 1956-1993

Series V: Biographical and Genealogical Materials,1930-1982

Series VI: Printed Materials, 1973-2012

Series VII: Photographic Materials, about 1989-2016

Series VIII: Miscellaneous Material, 1979-1988

Acquisition Information

Donated by Eulinda Kay Shepard in February 2016.

Related Materials

MSS 0024 Linda Austin Collection

MSS 0069 Beulah Shepard Collection

MSS 0075 Charles A. Ingram Collection

Additional records are held by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center in the following collections:

MSS 0171 B. A. Shepherd Collection

Processed by

Processed by: Sheena Wilson, February 2018
Title
MSS 0094 Eulinda Kay Shepard Collection
Subtitle
An Inventory of her Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Status
Completed
Author
Sheena Wilson
Date
February 2018
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:

The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
832-393-1440
HPL.Gregoryschool@houstontx.gov
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Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002
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TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov
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