Experience Black life through digitized and curated unpublished papers, documents, letters, and business records chronicling all aspects of life in Houston and Texas.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 History Research Center.
Maude Ester Baltrip was a longtime volunteer in the Houston Independent School District and the local community.
The Barbara Jordan Family Collection highlights the life and legacy of Jordan’s personal life and political career.
Benjamin Covington was a prominent black physician in Houston from 1903-1961.
Ben Tecumseh DeSoto is a local photographer and photojournalist whose collection focuses on Houston's historic Black communities.
A collection of newspapers, programs, and images about black music activities in Houston.
Chrisita Adair was a Houston civil rights activist and suffragist.
C.F. Richardson was an editor, publisher and the owner of Houston Informer and Houston Defender.
Elbert D. Howze was a local African American photographer whose collection focuses on Houston's Fourth Ward.
The collection is comprised of black and white photographs of the Terry family, along with relatives and friends and community areas in Sunnyside.
Ernestine Mitchell was a teacher and principal in the Houston Independent School District during the mid to late twentieth century.
The Franklin School of Beauty was created by Nobia Franklin as an education training center for African American women in hair care.
This collection documents the Harrison Family of Houston, Texas from 1880 to 1980, and features Edwin Harrison, a civic and community leader.
Helen G. Perry collection contains photographs of the Perry family active in civic activities, sports and dancing.
Incorporated in 1915, Independence Heights, was the first all-black city in Texas.
Jack Yates was a community leader and Preacher at Antioch Baptist Church in Houston’s Fourth Ward.
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
John Saunders Chase was the first African American licensed to practice architecture in Texas and the only Black architect in the state for nearly a decade.
Johnnie Hart Brooks was a longtime educator and the last principal of Gregory Elementary School in Houston.
The Judson Robinson Sr. Family Collection documents Houston in the 1950's and into the 1970's.
The Moses Leroy Collection contains images of local and national politics and the civil rights movement
This collection evidences the activities of black churches. Researchers interested in black church history and community involvement will find this collection valuable.
Prairie View A&M is an historically black college and university founding in 1876
Sandra Ann Wilson is a teacher, longtime Fourth Ward, Houston resident and a former Gregory Elementary School student.
The Slave Narratives collection contains photographs of former slaves who were interviewed by the Works Progressive Administration (WPA) during the 1930s.
This collection features black women as professional educators and club women who were active in LINKS, the Smart Set Club, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the Married Ladies Social, Art, and Charity Club.
The Texas Association of Women’s Clubs, Houston Branch collection contains the history of the City Federation of Women's Clubs from 1957-1985
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.
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