African American Library at the Gregory School

Wells Sessums Famliy Collection MSS.0020

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



Descriptive Summary

Creator Wells Sessums Family
Title: Wells Sessums Family Collection
Dates: 1919-1945
Identification: MSS.0020
Quantity: 3.0 Linear feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: African American Library at the Gregory School

Biographical note

Cameron S. Wells, Jr. was born on November, 16, 1930 at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. In his youth he was a member of the Boys Scouts as a bugler. His father, Cameron Wells, Sr. was a Scout Master that applied for and organized Troop 141 at Prairie View State College due to segregation. Troop 141 allowed African American children, and especially African American Boy Scouts throughout Texas, to participate in the activities associated with the Boy Scouts which would have otherwise been denied them during that time and place.

He went on to serve in the Army infantry before retiring as a Colonel in 1954. After coming out of the military, he started working as a substitute teacher in the Houston Independent School District (HISD). He was a substitute teacher at the Gregory School when Lois Brantley was principal of the school. He would work in HISD for the next 37 years as a teacher at Crawford Elementary, as Principal and ROTC instructor at Jack Yates High School, as Principal and Assistant Principal at Blackshell Elementary, and Principal of Bruce Elementary in Fifth Ward. Despite his job as an educator throughout these years he still remained involved in working with the Boys Scouts during this time. He retired from HISD in 1991. He currently resides in Houston, Texas and in January, 2010 he participated in the African American Library at the Gregory School’s oral history project detailing his memories of being a Boy Scout and of the Gregory School.


Scope and Contents

The Wells Sessums Family Collection contains materials relating specifically to Cameron Wells Jr. and Cameron Wells Sr participation within the Boys Scouts. Materials included within the collection include: annual charter certificates, photographs, correspondence, and miscellaneous items and memorabilia. The collection is small and not comprehensive but provides a glimpse into what being a Boy Scout was like for African American children during the time of segregation in Texas.


 

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged by subject and material type.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Wells Sessums Family Collection must be obtained from the 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

Well Sessums Family
Well Sessums Family
African American families—Texas
African Americans
African Americans--Texas--Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Wells Sessums Famliy Collection. MSS0020, African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Cameron S. Wills, Jr., January 2010

Processing Information

Processed by: Vince Lee, May 2010


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Annual Charter Certificates

Box Folder
1 1 Annual Charter Certificates
Annual Charter Certificate—Cub Section—Boy Scouts of America (1943)
Annual Charter Certificate—Boy Scouts of America (1944)
Annual Charter Certificate—Boy Scouts of America (1945)



 
Box Folder
1 2 Correspondence
2 Correspondence
Correspondence from Scoutmaster Cameron S. Wells to Troop Committee (1945)



 
Box Folder
1 3 Photographs
3 Photographs
Creator Well Sessums Family
Well Sessums Family
African American families--Texas--Houston
African American Families--Texas--Houston--Correspondence
African American families—Texas
African American Intellectuals
African American women
African Americans
MSS0020.001—Colored Boy Scout Band—Camp Satisfaction (August 1919)
MSS0020.002—Cameron S. Wells, Sr. (n.d.)
MSS0020.003—Photographic Collage (n.d.)



 
Box Folder
1 4 Miscellaneous
4 Miscellaneous
Photocopy image of from Camporal 1943
Photocopy of War Service Medal (Front and Back) along with Description