collage of several old portraits

Welcome to the Digital Archive of African American Library at the Gregory School. The first library of its kind in Houston and one of the few African American libraries in the country, the African American Library at the Gregory School serves as a resource to preserve, promote, and celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans in Houston, the surrounding region, and Texas. The digital holdings consist of select curated collections that represent the African American experience in Houston and Texas. These archives include the personal papers of individuals and families, the records of organizations, institutions, businesses and agencies, oral histories and photographs. Among these are strong collections of the Antioch Baptist Church and Jack Yates, businesses, families, churches, and slave narratives.

The Gregory School's archives extend beyond our reading room! To increase access to archival materials during this time, the Gregory School has enabled the "download" feature for collections on our Digital Archives. Customers can now download and save image files using the blue button  on each page. These downloads are intended for personal or research use. To request permission to publish Gregory School materials on the HPL Digital Archives, please email hpl.gregoryschool@houstontx.gov.

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men standing in a group Manuscript & Records
Unpublished papers and other documents of individuals and organizations
woman with a camera Photographs
Images of the people, businesses, and architecture of Black Houston
group on stage with microphone Oral Histories
Listen to individuals with unique insights into local African American history
Funeral Program African American Funeral Programs
A collection of programs that records the funerals of Houston & Texas families