African American Library at the Gregory School

Dr. Gladys Forde Collection MSS.0015

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

Descriptive Summary

Creator Forde, Gladys
Title: Dr. Gladys Forde Collection
Dates: 1932-2008
Identification: MSS.0015
Quantity: 3.0 Linear feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: African American Library at the Gregory School

Biographical note

Gladys Inez Forde was born in Ashdown, Arkansas on April 1st, 1920. She moved to Houston, Texas with her family because her father, Dr. George Patrick Alfonso Forde, had taken a position at the newly opened Houston Negro Hospital, now known as Riverside General. She graduated from Spelman College in 1940. She was a professor at Fisk University, teaching Dramatics and Speech for 41 years before her retirement in 1985. She moved back to Houston in 1985. Despite her retirement, she taught writing to students in the area who were interested in entering the health professions, as well as those preparing for the MCAT examinations up until the summer of 2004. Today she maintains her home and residence in the Houston area.

Scope and Contents

The Forde Collection includes newsclippings, funeral programs, a publication, and photographs of weddings.


Arrangement note

The collection is arranged by subject and material type.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

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

Index Terms

Gladys Forde, Dr.
Gladys Forde, Dr.
African American women
African Americans
African Americans--Texas--Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Glady Forde Collection. MSS0015, African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Gladys Inez Forde, January 2010

Processing Information

Processed by: Vince Lee, January 2010

Detailed Description of the Collection



Box Folder
1 Newsclippings
The Continued Influence of The Great Debaters—Spectrum Vol. 44 No. 5 May 2008
Great Debater—Episcopal Life—February 2008
Maude Smith Atkins Obituary—Winston Salem Journal (February 24, 1998)
“Prominent Houston Physician Dies” Houston News Pages (September 4—10, 1997)
“Woman inspired role in movie about black debate team in 1930s” The Virginian Pilot (March 15, 2008
“Wells broke debate wall” Houston Chronicle (February 29, 2008
Obituary for Henrietta Bell Wells (original and photocopy)—Houston Chronicle (February 29, 2008)
Fortes Eulogized: ‘She Didn’t Take no Stuff” by Aaron Gouveia n.d.
Obituary of Adelaide Stella Fullmighter Forde (mother of Gladys Forde)—n.d.


Funeral Programs

Box Folder
2 Funeral Programs
Mrs. Estelle V. Hill (April 29th, 1973)
Mrs. Henrietta Bell Wells (March 16, 2008)
Ms. Lillie B. Sipsey (January 27, 2007)
Eulogy for Eugenia Fortes delivered by her niece Rosalyn Owens Mason, (May 27, 2006)
Dr. Catherine Roett-Reid (September 2, 1997)
Eulogy and Remembrance of Dr. Roett by Emily Ettling



Box Folder
3 The Texas Negro And His Political Rights(Publicaton)
The Texas Negro and His Political Rights: A History of the fight of Negroes to enter the Democratic Primaries of Texas by Jasper Alston Atkins (1932). Photocopied, (81 pages).



Box Folder
4 Photographs
MS0015.001—Unidentified Wedding Party, n.d.
MSS0015.002—Unidentified Bride, n.d.
MSS0015.003—Unidentified Bride, n.d.
MSS0015.004—Melvin Murray Holloway, n.d.
MSS0015.005—Unidentified Bride and Bridesmaid, n.d.
MSS0015.006—Rosemary Stone Royall, n.d.
MSS0015.007—Marriage of Marcelite Cecile Jordan-Harris (Nov. 29, 1980)
MSS0015.008—Marriage of Sharlene Evans, n.d.
MSS0015.009—Marriage of Edwina and John Wheadon, n.d.
MSS0015.010—Jean Lanell Hines Caldwell, n.d.
MSS0015.011—Jewell Woodard Simon (Artists of Colored Carnegie Library), n.d.
MSS0015.012—Signora Jane Howard, n.d.
MSS0015.013—Calvin Ladner Brown, n.d.
MSS0015.014—Wedding of Dr. L. Natalie Carroll and Dr. Warren B. Dailey (April 19, 1975)
MSS0015.015—Edwina Gray Higgins, n.d.
MSS0015.016—Dr. Catherine Roett, n.d.