African American Women Portraits

Experience Black life through digitized and curated unpublished papers, documents, letters, and business records chronicling all aspects of life in Houston and Texas. Manuscript and Records collections shines light on families, businesses, churches and organizations from the 1800s to the present. This is not an exhaustive list of the images held within the manuscript and photograph archives of the African American Library at the Gregory School.

Finding Aids
Funeral Programs
Rev. William Lawson Letters
Texas Jazz Archive
Group of Domestic Servants Baltrip Family - MSS 0055
Maude Ester Baltrip was a longtime volunteer in the Houston Independent School District and the and local community.
Barbara Jordan Barbara Jordan Family - MSS 0080
The Barbara Jordan Family Collection highlights the life and legacy of Jordan’s personal life and political career.
two women next to car Benjamin Covington - MSS 0170
Benjamin Covington was a prominent black physician in Houston from 1903-1961.
two musicians Black Music in Houston - MSS 0259
A collection of newspapers, programs, and images about black music activities in Houston.
people receiving an award on stage C.F. Richardson, Sr. - MSS 1457
C.F. Richardson was an editor, publisher and the owner of Houston Informer and Houston Defender.
Christia Adair  and group portrait Chrisita Adair - MSS 109
Chrisita Adair was a Houston civil rights activist and suffragist.
Ernestine Mitchell and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ernestine Mitchell - MSS 0052
Ernestine Mitchell was a teacher and principal in the Houston Independent School District during the mid to late twentieth century.
Franklin Beauty School Students Franklin Beauty School - RG D 0044
The Franklin School of Beauty was created by Nobia Franklin as an education training center for African American women in hair care.
Houston College Sports Team Hellen G. Perry - MSS 0276
Helen G. Perry collection contains photographs of the Perry family active in civic activities, sports and dancing.
city plan for Independence Heights Independence Heights - RG 0004
Incorporated in 1915, Independence Heights, was the first all-black city in Texas.
two women sit for portrait Jack Yates - MSS 0281
Jack Yates was a community leader and Baptist Preacher at Antioch Baptist Church leader in Houston’s Fourth Ward.
Homer Collins, Arma Collins, Reverend Brent, and Two African American Men Jeff Collins Family - MSS 0131
This collection is composed of photographs of African-Americans dating from 1885 to 1979, which feature members of the Collins, Gay, Ligons, Johnson, and Williams families
Johnnie Hart Brooks speaking for Good Morning Houston Johnnie Hart Brooks - MSS 0027
Johnnie Hart Brooks was a longtime educator and the last principal of Gregory Elementary School in Houston.
Prairie View A&M Economics Class Prairie View A&M - RG 0056
Prairie View A&M is an historically black college and university founding in 1876.
Moses Leroy, Erma Leroy, and Judson Wilbur Robinson, Jr. Moses Leroy - MSS 0127
The Moses Leroy Collection contains images of local and national politics and the civil rights movement
Sandra Wilson at an event Sandra Wilson - MSS 0050
Sandra Ann Wilson is a teacher, longtime Fourth Ward, Houston resident and a former Gregory Elementary School student.
portrait of African American woman Slave Narratives - MSS 0154
The Slave Narratives collection contains photographs of former slaves who were interviewed by the Works Progressive Administration (WPA) during the 1930s.
Thompson Family Thompson Family - MSS 0132
The Thompson Family collection consists of 118 photographs offering a visual portrait of several generations of a family of black Houstonians from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.
women receiving honors on stage Willie Lee Gay - MSS 1041
Willie Lee Gay a historian and educator, her collection documents her advocacy for documenting and preserving the history of African American communities in Houston and Texas during the twentieth century