African American Library at the Gregory School

Burns Family Collection MSS.0007

An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Burns Family
Title: Burns Family Collection
Dates: 1955-2009
Identification: MSS.0007
Quantity: 0.25 Linear feet
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: African American Library at the Gregory School

Biographical note

Helen D. Johnson was born in Houston, Texas on December 2, 1905. She was one of six children born to Tom and Pearl Johnson. In 1936, she married Stafford Henri Burns from Groveton, Texas. In 1944, they had a son, Stafford Henri Burns Jr. Mr. Burns, Sr. worked for Southern Pacific Railroad and Mrs. Burns was a housewife, but they supplemented much of their income from rental properties they owned in Houston and surrounding areas. The Burns’ resided in Houston’s Third Ward where they were active in the community as they belonged to several social organizations. Mrs. Burns died in 1996

Scope and Content

The Burns Family Collection consists of funeral programs, school programs, and ephemera of individuals and places that had special meaning to the family throughout the years in Houston.

Arrangement note

Collection is arranged by subject and material type.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Burns Family Collection must be obtained from African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Index Terms

Burns Family
Burns Family
Burns, Danielle
African American families--Texas--Houston
African Americans

Related Collections

(HMRC) MSS 0002 Roett Family Collection

(HMRC) MSS 0451 Hazel Hainsworth Young and Robert W. Hainsworth

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Burns Family Collection. MSS 0007. The African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library.

Acquisiton Information

Donated by: Danielle Burns, August 2009

Processing Information

Processed by: Vince Lee, October 2009

Digitized Materials

A portion of this colleciton has been digitized and is available through the Houston Area Digital Archives. Please view the digitized material at:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Funeral Programs
Mrs. Catherine Juanita Roett 1970
Bro. W.M. Washington 1965
Brother Ray A. Williams, Sr. 1966
Mrs. Essie McNeil 1966
Mrs. Minnie Ola Simpson 1966
Sister Roxie Ratcliff 1966
Mrs. Maggie Mache 1966
Mrs. Martha Stearns Pennell 1967
Mrs. Effie V. Collins 1968
Rutherford Thornton Williams 1969
Mr. James Martin Calhoun 1971
Julius P. Carter 1971
Mrs. Vivian H. Ramirez 1971
Brother Marion Stinson 1973
Mrs. Bertha C. Smith 1974
Theresa Louise Elder 1975
Mr. Jeff F. Meeks, Sr. 1975
Mrs. Esther Starks Martel 1976
Mrs. Bessie Johnson 1976
Mrs. Flay E. Ford ND
Emile C. Fonsworth 1977
Robert Wendell Hainsworth 1981

Box Folder
1 2 Geographical Sketch
Geographical Sketch Houston, Texas ND

Box Folder
1 3 School Programs
Evening with Dunbar, Jack Yates Auditorium 1955
Second Annual Reunion Dinner 1959
Second Summer Session, Houston Public Schools 1962
Dunbar P.T.A. Soiree ND

Box Folder
1 4 Newsclippings
Congressman Mickey Leland wedding announcement 1983

Box Folder
1 5 TSU Honors-Inspiration Revealed
Ticket to TSU Honors: Inspiration Revealed 2009
Inspiration Years Revealed TSU Honors 2009

Box Folder
1 6 Miscellaneous Items
Business card, Ross Auto & Body Shop Houston, Texas ND
Membership Card, Saint John Missionary Baptist Church, Eula Hill, Houston, Texas ND
2 football ticket stubs-Grambling State vs. Prairie View game September 25, 2010
12th Annual Old School Homecoming After Party program card October 16, 2010

Box Folder
1 7 Benjamin Oliver Davis
Tuskegee Airmen Schedule of Events October 25-29. 2010
Commemorative Script October 26, 2010
Photographic Seal of Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. October, 2010
Photographic Seal of Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr. in aviator uniform October, 2010
Speech delivered by Danielle Burns with edits and notations during the naming of the Benjamin O. Davis Jr. High School October 26, 2010
Invitation to Danielle Burns- naming of General Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr. High School October 26, 2010

Box Folder
1 8 Awards
Certificate of Appreciation-Danielle Burns-George Bush High School Career Day November 23, 2010

Box Folder
1 9 Urban Souls Dance Company
Inaugural Season program-“Touched by 5” October 30, 2010

2 Artifacts
General Benjamin O. Davis Hard Hat 2010
Special guest pass for Wings over Houston Airshow in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen 2010
Urban Souls Dance Company "I got 5 on it" button 2010