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Bertron M. Jackson Family Collection

Identifier: MSS 0148

Scope and Contents

This collection document the career and family life of Bertron Jackson, the editor and publisher of the Galveston Examiner, president of Houston National Association of Industrial Labor for Colored People, President of Goldsound Recording Studio and Dance Band, founder of the First Universal Church of Christ Astrology and author. It contains legal documents, newspapers, photos, real estate deals, business licenses, essays, literary writings, legal records, programs and correspondence related to the civic an business activies of Bertron M. Jackson in Houston, Texas and Los Angeles California from 1918-1986. Included in this collection are the only known surviving copies of the Examiner , which was published from 1938 to 1942. A microfilm copy is available for researcers. The collection will be of interest to researchers of African American history, journalism, literature, business and religion.


  • 1918-1986


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Bertron M. Jackson was one of the first African American editors and publishers for the Galveston Examiner Newspaper. Born in Beaumont, Texas in 1912, he graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in 1933. Following his graduation, he pursued a variety of business ventures. For a time, (1936-38) he served as Superintendent of Walls Beauty College in Houston, reporting directly to Roxie Walls, who owned and presided over the institution. Following that, he published and edited the Galveston Examiner (1938-41) until he was punitively drafted by local whites into the armed forces in a successful attempt by them to force him to suspend publication of his newspaper.

Mr. Jackson’s short military career landed him in southern California, where he continued both his education and business activities. Attendance at the Pacific Coast University College of Law led Mr. Jackson into partnership with several lawyers and into real estate. He also worked for Douglass and Lockheed aircraft corporations and operated Hollywood Gold sound Producers which pioneered in the new field of musical radio commercials. It was also in California that Mr. Jackson became an ordained minister of the First Church of Deliverance. Since his return to Houston from California, Rev. Jackson has remained active in many business and civic activities. Rev. Jackson continued his involvement in businesses and civic activities until his death in June 1993.


4 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



Materials are arranged chronologically by topic.

Transfer Note

These records were formerly housed at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library as MSS 285 Bertron M. Jackson Family Collection and were transferred to the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library in February 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Bertron M. Jackson, 1985

Processing Information

Processed by Howard Beeth, November 1986

MSS 0148 Bertron M. Jackson Family Collection
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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