African American Library at the Gregory School

Sandra Wilson Collection MSS.0050

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

Descriptive Summary

Creator Wilson, Sandra
Title: Sandra Wilson Collection
Dates: Bulk, 1948-1958
Dates: 1945-1985
Identification: MSS.0050
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: African American Library at the Gregory School

Biographical/Historical note

Sandra Ann Wilson is a native Houstonian and long time Fourth Ward resident. She was born at Jefferson Davis Hospital December 25th, 1934 as an only child. Her parents were Johnnie Wilson Jr. and Jerusha Wilson. She was a former student at the Gregory Elementary School, having attended from the 2nd-6th grade when Mrs. Libbey Boutte was principal. She went on to attend Booker T. Washington High School from 1950-1953 and finished fifth in her class. She was active in extracurricular activities while at Booker T. Washington, being a cheerleader, member of the band, pianist for the high school orchestra under Conrad Johnson, vice-president of her senior class, and reporter and editor in chief for the high school newspaper. Upon graduation she enrolled at Lincoln University in Jefferson City Missouri in September, 1953. There she majored in Journalism with a minor in Music. She graduated from Lincoln University in 1957 and returned to Houston. She took her first job back at Booker T. Washington High School as an English teacher. She also started the Washington Mirror Newspaper at Booker T. Washington which was a student run paper published monthly. After a long career spent in teaching, Ms. Wilson is currently retired and living in the Third Ward near the campus of Texas Southern University.

Scope and Contents note

The Sandra Ann Wilson Collection contains correspondence, special event programs, and newspaper clippings from the personal files of Ms. Sandra Wilson.


Arrangement note

The collection is arranged by subject and material type.


Conditions Governing Access note


Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Sandra Wilson Collection must be obtained from African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder. Please ask reference staff for information and assistance on the possibility of photo duplication and any associated fees. The library reserves the right to restrict duplication.

Index Terms

African American leadership
African American women
African American women--History--20th century
African American women--Texas--Houston
African Americans

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Sandra Wilson, February 2011

Processing Information note

Processed by Erin Norris, August 2011

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Aufait Studio
Senior Recital Programs and Ribbon (1952)

Box Folder
1 2 Booker T. Washington High School Newspaper
Booker T. Washington Eagle (January 11, 1952)

Box Folder
1 3 Newspaper Article
"Ms. Sandra Wilson Gives Piano Recital" (April 1952)

Box Folder
1 4 Houston Informer Article
"The Smart Set Names Its Debutantes" (August 27, 1955)

Box Folder
1 5 Personal Essay with Photograph
"A Bird's Eye View of My Life" By Sandra WIlson (ND)

Box Folder
1 6 Presentation Speech
By Sandra Wilson delivered before Dr. Bryant, faculty, and parents (ND)

Box Folder
1 7 Program-Graduates of Booker T. Washington High School
Class Day Exercises (Thursday, January 22, 1953)

Box Folder
1 8 Program-Booker T. Washington High School & High School for Engineering Professions
Program Theme "Women: Excellence Today-Tomorrow" (May 6, 1980)

Box Folder
1 9 Announcement and Menu
Southern Pacific Special Train carrying Mr. and Mrs. Nikita Khruschev (July 1958)

Box Folder
1 10 Diplomas-Booker T. Washington High School
Geraldine Franklin (1949)
James Franklin (1949)
Ernest Franklin (1952)
Annie Franklin (1956)

Box Folder
1 11 Washington Mirror
Columns and Articles broken up into multiple pages (photocopies of originals) (November 1958)

Box Folder
1 12 Newspaper Article-Cheerleading
"The Prerequisites of a Cheerleader" (ND)

Box Folder
1 13 Program-Booker T. Washington High School
Troup 897-National Thespian Society (November 13, 1952)

Box Folder
1 14 Program-Aufait Studio
Piano Ensemble Program (ND)

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1 15 Newspaper Clippings
"The Pretty Young Artists" (ND)
Graduates of Booker T. Washington High School (ND)
"Bebee Tabernacle CME Church Daily Vacation Bible School" (ND)
"Ms. Virginia B. Miller: Thanks for the Memories and the Molding" Tre Magazine (ND)
"Sandra A. Wilson in Piano Recital at Mt. Corinth B.C." (ND)

Box Folder
1 16 Correspondence
from BeBee Tabernacle C.M.E. Church to Sandra Wilson (July 1, 1952)

Box Folder
1 17 Mt. Corinth Baptist Church
Piano Recital Program presenting Little Miss Sandra Ann Wilson (June 4, 1946)