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February 9, 2009

The African-American Library at the Gregory School Neighborhood Scanning Project

The African-American Library at the Gregory School invites the community to participate in the "Neighborhood Scanning Project" and help build the one-of-a-kind collection to be housed in that facility. Beginning in February, during African-American Heritage Month, The African-American Library at the Gregory School staff will be available at selected Houston Public Library locations throughout the City of Houston to collect and /or make copies of photographs and other materials on Saturdays in February and March, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Stimley Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library
7007 West Fuqua  77489
Saturday, February 14, 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Scenic Woods Regional Library
10677 Homestead  77016
Saturday, February 21, 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Acres Home Neighborhood Library
8501 West Montgomery  77088
Saturday, February 28, 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Johnson Neighborhood Library
3517 Reed Road  77051
Saturday, March 14, 2009, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

A major goal of The African-American Library at the Gregory School is to preserve and make accessible a unique collection of photos and documentation of African-Americans in the Greater Houston area. To achieve this goal we need your help.

Houstonians all over the City of Houston have valuable and interesting pieces of history such as family photos and photos of important individuals and events, etc. Because we realize that these items are precious, we have developed this project as a way for you to contribute to the collection at The African-American Library at the Gregory School while holding on to your treasured photographs and documents.

Appointments to participate in the scanning project can be made by calling Ingrid Grant at 832-393-1364.

Criteria for Gregory School Scanning Project
Photographs: from late 1880s to present


  • Architecture: photos of new and old developments in neighborhoods to document the growth and changes in the community
  • Business: businesses and business owners
  • Church: photos of congregations, pastors, celebrations such as baptisms, christenings, vacation bible school, church picnics
  • Diversity: Celebrations
  • Family: weddings, births, birthdays, funerals, soldiers, receiving awards, struggle
  • Leisure: trips to Galveston, dances, art, community fairs and gatherings
  • Love: Romance
  • Nature: natural disasters (Hurricanes & Tropical Storms) all seasons (especially snow in Houston)
  • Organizations: professional, business, civil, government, fraternities and sororities
  • Politics: activism, rallies, marches, protests
  • School: Graduation and graduates, high school football games, homecoming, prom
  • Sports: Organized and leisure (tennis, football, basketball, boxing, etc.)

We strongly encourage you to make an appointment, but walk-ins will be seen as time permits. Each appointment is 20 minutes.

Help us build this important historic collection that will celebrate the contributions of and tell the stories of African-Americans in Houston.

For information on The African-American Library at the Gregory School, please visit the web site at

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