Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Helen G. Perry Family Collection MSS.0276

Descriptive Summary

Creator Perry family
Title: Helen G. Perry Family Collection
Dates: 1930's-early 1980's
Identification: MSS.0276
Quantity: 1.25 Linear feet, 2 boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the written and photographic records of a family of black Houstonians who were active in civic affairs and enjoyed dancing, night-clubbing, and sports. Both the photographic and documentary portions of the collection will be of particular interest to those researching the cultural history of African Americans in Houston.


Access Restrictions

Examination and use of phonograph records requires the permission of an Archivist.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Helen G. Perry Family Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Index Terms

Perry family
Perry, Helen G.
African American families--Texas--Houston
African Americans--Texas--Houston
Houston (Tex.)
Sound Recordings--Texas--Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Helen G. Perry Family Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mrs. Helen G. Perry in 1985.

Processing Information

Processed by Howard Beeth, 1985.

Digitized Materials

A portion of this collection has been digitized and is available through the Houston Area Digital Archives. Please view the digitized material at: http://digital.houstonlibrary.org/cdm/search/searchterm/MSS0276/order/nosort

Detailed Description of the Collection

Written Records

Box Folder
1 1 Fidelity Park Civic Club, Minutes & Correspondence, 1969-1981
2 Clinton Park Civic Club, Minutes & Correspondence, 1953, 1956
3 Knights of Phythis, Court of Calanthe, Omega Tent 26, Minutes, 1952
4 The Hughes Tool Company Social Club, 1938
5 The Ladies Aid, Louise Cole Group, 1938
6 Club La Rue, Pilgrim Building, 1938?
7 Ladies Auxiliary, National Alliance of Postal Employees, 1938
8 The Neapolitan Night Social Club, 1938
9 The Prince of Wales Club, 1938
10 War Ration Books & Stamps, 1942
11 The American Woodmen, 1951
12 Poll Tax Material, 1954, 1962, n/d
13 Herman Hospital, 1955, 1957, n/d
14 Rhonda Perry at age 15, Stories and Essays, circa 1970
15 Miscellaneous Material

Phonograph Records

Box Folder
1 16 Johnny Ace, "Aces Wild/The Clock"
(Duke Records, #112, 78 rpm)
17 Johnny Ace, "Yes, Baby/Saving My Love for You"
(Duke Records, #118, 78 rpm)
18 Rosco Gordon, "Rosco's Mambo/Ain't No Use"
(Duke Records, #114, 78 rpm)
20 Five Blind Boys, aka The Jackson Harmoneers, "Our Father/Move in the Room with the Lord"
(Peacock Records, #1550, 78 rpm)
19 Floyd Dixon, "She's Understanding/Sad Journey Blues"
(Peacock Records, #1544, 78 rpm)
21 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, "You Got Money/Dirty Work at the Crossroad"
(Peacock Records, #1607, 45 rpm, record damaged)
22 Joe Fritz, "Honey, Honey/The Woman I Love"
(Peacock Records, #1627, 78 rpm)
23 Folk Dance Tunes, "Let Your Feet Go Tramp; The Gallant Ship; Let Us Wash Our Dollies' Clothes; This is the Way the Lady Rides; Round & Round the Village; Ducks"
(Pioneer Records, #3001A, 78 rpm)
24 Folk Dance Tunes, "Soldier Boy; Carousel; Children's Polks; Circle Dance"
(Pioneer Records, #3004A, 78 rpm)
25 T-Bone Walker, "Hard Pain Blues/I'm in an Awful Mood"
(Black & White Records, #504, 507, 78 rpm)
26 T-Bone Walker, "Glamour Girl/Strollin' with Bones"
(Imperial, #174-175, 78 rpm)


General note
All photographs have been identified as to date, location, and contents. Please see the "Photographic Identification Sheet" which accompanies each photograph for this and other historical information.