August 23, 2017

Texas Southern University is Now Home to NAACP Official Archives

Image courtesy of Micheal Boddy

Texas Southern University has been designated as the official depository of records from the Texas NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). A special presentation was held August 17 in the University’s Robert J. Terry Library. The collection consists of minutes, newspaper clippings, legal documents, brochures, Freedom Banquet programs and photographs, along with digitized images from individual Texas NAACP branches.

“It is important for the papers to be housed at Texas Southern University,” said Gary Bledsoe, Texas NAACP president. “Dating back to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Sweatt v. Painter that successfully challenged the ‘separate but equal’ doctrine of racial segregation, these two organizations have been connected in the continuous struggle for equality for all Texans. It is only fitting that our permanent archives be housed here.”

The collection will be housed in library’s Special Collections department. Individual branches and active NAACP members can send their material to Texas Southern to be placed on loan or permanently archived. Texas NAACP archive will join the Barbara Jordan Archives and the Mickey Leland Center as campus resources for research and scholarly activity.

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