African American Library at the Gregory School

Barbara Joe Ellison Collection MSS.0018

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

Descriptive Summary

Creator Ellison, Barbara Joe
Title: Barbara Joe Ellison Collection
Dates: 1974-2007
Identification: MSS.0018
Quantity: 2.5 Linear feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: African American Library at the Gregory School

Biographical note

Barbara Joe Jones Ellison was born April 14, 1937 to James Elige Jones and Catherine A. Gibson Jones in Freestone County, Texas. She attended schools in Freestone County and graduated in 1953 from Dogan High School of Fairfield, Texas. She went on to Texas Southern University and received a Bachelors Degree in Education in 1957.

Her first job upon graduation was Payroll Administrator at TSU. In 1959, she enrolled in the Houston Police Academy. She graduated from Class # 22 and held the distinction of being the second African American female police officer to serve the city of Houston. In a career that spanned 31 years and 4 mayoral administrations, Barbara worked in the Juvenile Division of the Houston Police Department. She was also a charter member of the Afro American Police Officers League, founded in 1975. She retired from the Houston Police Department after a long and distinguished career in June, 1991. In retirement, she stayed active and kept in touch with colleagues and actively participated in the Retired Police Officers Association until her death on November 17, 2007. She is survived by a daughter, one sister, and a host of friends and relatives.

Scope and Contents

The Barbara Joe Jones Ellison Collection contains a yearbook, funeral program, and historic newsletter.


Arrangement note

The collection is arranged by subject and material type.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Barbara Joe Jones Ellison Collection must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Index Terms

Barbara Joe Ellison , Mrs
Barbara Joe Ellison , Mrs
African American businesspeople
African American Intellectuals
African American women
African Americans

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Barbara Joe Ellison. MSS0018. African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Stephanie Emmers, January 2010

Processing Information

Processed by: Vince Lee, April 2010

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Funeral Program
Funeral program for Barbara Joe Jones Ellison (2007)

Box Folder
1 2 Campaign Newsletter
Campaign Newsletter for Mayor Cutrer (n.d.)

Box Item
1 3 Houston Police Department Yearbook
Houston Police Department Yearbook (1974)