The Collection

Materials are constantly being collected to provide historical information that documents and focuses on the experience of African American residents, businesses, institutions and neighborhoods throughout Houston and the surrounding region.

Over time, the archives will grow through donations and the collection is categorized based upon principles universal to the stories of the community: Unity, Self-determination, Collective work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith.

The African American Library at the Gregory School houses a variety of primary resource materials including:

• Access to Houston Public Library databases and indexes
• Books
• Pamphlets
• Periodicals
• Photographs
• Oral history recordings
• Manuscripts
• Newspapers and clippings
• Personal family archives and
• Ephemera documenting Houston’s African American History and culture.

The library serves students and instructors from elementary to the university level as well as a wide range of researchers.

Additionally, researchers may also want to visit other Houston Public Library Special Collections at the Clayton Genealogical Library and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. All materials are non-circulating and for library use only.

Services and programs are free and open to the public.