African American Library at the Gregory School

Lois Brantley Collection MSS.0014

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

Descriptive Summary

Creator Brantley, Lois
Title: Lois Brantley Collection
Dates: 1930-2003
Identification: MSS.0014
Quantity: 3.0 Linear feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: African American Library at the Gregory School

Biographical note

Lois McCall Brantley was born on April 25, 1907 in Houston, Texas. She attended public school in Houston, graduating from Booker T. Washington High School. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Science from Prairie View A & M in 1930 and her Masters in Education from the University of Houston in 1947. She was a teacher in the Houston Independent School District during the 1940s at Douglas Elementary. On August 19, 1952, she was appointed the seventh Principal of the Gregory School by the Board of Education. She would remain in this position until her retirement in 1971. In retirement she was recognized for her work and dedication in serving the Harris Country Retired Teachers Association. She was also active in civic organizations, such as the Eldorado Social Club, Tierwester Civic Association, and the Candy Stripers. She passed away at the age of 95, on February 21, 2003.

Scope and Contents

The Lois Brantley Collection includes records such as teachers’ notice of appointments, transcripts, letters of recommendation, certificates, correspondence, photographs, degrees, and programs. Many of the materials within the collection document her career and professional development as an educator within the Houston Independent School District.


Arrangement note

The collection is arranged by subject and material type.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

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

Index Terms

Lois Brantley, Ms
Lois Brantley, Ms
African American women
African Americans

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lois Brantly Collections.MSS0014, African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Brantley Family, 2009

Processing Information

Processed by: Vince Lee, January 2010

Detailed Description of the Collection


Academic Records

Box Folder
1 1 Teachers' Notice of Appointment
Teacher’s Notice of Appointment—School Year 1943—1944
Teacher’s Notice of Appointment—School Year 1945—1946
Teacher’s Notice of Appointment—School Year 1946—1947
Teacher’s Notice of Appointment—School Year 1947—1948
Teacher’s Notice of Appointment—School Year 1952—1953
Box Folder
1 2 Transcripts
Student’s Course Book—1946
Prairie View Official Transcript of Lois Brantley—1944
University of Houston—1947
Box Folder
1 3 Letters of Recommendation
Letter from J.C. McDade-Douglass Elementary School Principal—1946
Letter from J.C. McDade-Douglass Elementary School Principal—1946
Box Folder
1 9 Degrees
Bachelor of Science in Home Economics—Prairie View 1930
Master in Education—University of Houston 1947
Box Folder
1 10 Texas Agency-Qualifications
Qualification for Supervisors, Counselors, and full-time principals


Service and Recognition

Box Folder
1 4 Certificates
Texas Teacher’s Certificate—1955
Imperial Court Daughters of Isis—1953
Certificate of Appreciation—Harris County Retired Teachers Association-1988
Award of Distinction—Texas Retired Teachers Association—1985
Prairie View A & M University of Texas—Certificate of Achievement—1980



Box Folder
1 5 Correspondence
Letter of Assignment as Head Teacher of Highland Heights School—1950
Letter Regarding Teaching Certificate from Personnel Office—1956
Congratulatory Letter on Retirement from Board of Education—1971
Letter of Condolence—Prairie View A & M—2003



Box Folder
1 6 Photographs
MSS 0014.001-Lois Brantley—n.d.
MSS 0014.002- Lois Brantley Wedding Photo-(n.d)
MSS 0014.003- Lois Brantley-(n.d.)
MSS 0014.004- Lois Brantley-(n.d.)
MSS 0014.005-Lois Brantley and unidentified woman 1989
MSS 0014.006-Gregory School Class-Circa 1950s
MSS 0014.007- Lois Brantley and Helen Armbrister-(n.d.)
MSS 0014.008-Mrs. Fortson and 1st Grade Class-(n.d.)


Special Events

Box Folder
1 7 Events Programs
Summer Session Commencement Exercises of the Houston College for Negroes—1947
Sixteenth Union Baccalaureate and Commencement for June Classes—Houston Colored High Schools 1944
Box Folder
1 8 Class Reunion
Class Reunion Notification—Class of 1930 Prairie View 1960
List of Names of the Regular Session Graduates of 1930


Funeral Program

Box Folder
1 11 Funeral Program
Lois McCall Brantley, Pilgrim Congregational Church—February 24, 2003
Obituary of Lois McCall Brantley, Houston Chronicle—February 23, 2003