African American Library at the Gregory School

Johnnie Hart Brooks Collection MSS.0027

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

Descriptive Summary

CreatorBrooks, Johnnie Hart
Title: Johnnie Hart Brooks Collection
Dates: Bulk, 1963-1983
Dates: 1909-1993
Identification: MSS.0027
Quantity: 3.2 Linear feet
Repository: African American Library at the Gregory School

Biographical Note

Ms. Johnnie Hart Brooks was born on November 22, 1912 in the fourth ward of Houston. Brooks had a sister, Irma Hart Allen, and a brother, Robert Hart.

Brooks attended the Gregory Elementary School, “Old Colored High” (Booker T. Washington), Fisk University, and Texas Southern University. She graduated from TSU Summa Cum Laude. Brooks then attended the University of Texas for post-graduate work.

Brooks taught at “Old Colored High” (Booker T. Washington), Harper Elementary, and Crawford Elementary. In addition she taught at Texas Southern University. As principal of The Gregory School, Brooks was also the principal of Brays Bayou, Highland Heights, and Franklin Elementary School. Johnnie Hart Brooks was the last principal at Gregory Elementary School.

In addition to being a well serving member of St. Episcopal Church, Brooks received many awards for her accomplishments. Channel 13 News awarded her with the Jefferson Medal for outstanding community service for her work with children of all demographics.

Scope and Content Note

The Johnnie Hart Brooks collection contains photographs from Brooks’ childhood, teaching career, family life, award ceremonies, and a retirement banquet. In addition, a couple of news clippings note her award achievements and a correspondence note. Several items provide detailed view of her family.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Johnnie Hart Brooks 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

Brooks, Johnnie Hart
Thompson, Betty Taylor
African American women
Booker T. Washington High School
Channel 13 News
Gregory Elementary School
St. James Episcopal Church--Houston, Texas
Texas Southern University

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Johnnie Hart Brooks Collections.MSS0027, African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Betty Taylor Thompson (daughter)

Processing Information

Brittany Cryer, Vince Lee, January 2011

Detailed Description of the Collection

11Honorary Program
1Special Honors Program (n.d.)

Congratulatory letter from KTRK Ch. 13 (1977)
Greeting Card (Spring, 1983)

13News Clippings
Principal Johnnie Hart Brooks (Circa, 1977)
Johnnie Hart Brooks' surprise birthday party (November, 1947)

Fisk News: University Choir (Summer, 1963)

5MSS 0027.001 - MSS 0027.025 (Edcuational, family, Jefferson Award) (1963 - 1977)
6MSS 0027.026 - MSS 0027.050 (Retirement banquet) (1983)
7MSS 0027.051 - MSS 0027.075 (Retirement banquet) (1983)
8MSS 0027.076 - MSS 0027.100 (Retirement banquet) (1983)
9MSS 0027.101 - MSS 0027.125 (Retirement banquet) (1983)
10MSS 0027.126 - MSS 0027.151 (Retirement banquet) (1983)

111Fisk University
Record and Grade Book of Johnnie Mae Hart (1928)


Realia 2
Photo plaque of Johnnie Hart Brooks and family (n.d.)
Jefferson Award photo album (1977)
Johnnie Hart Brooks retirement banquet photo album (1983

3Oversized Items
Johnnie Mae Hart's Booker T. Washington Diploma (June 2, 1928)
Ida L. Denman's Normal and High school of Houston diploma (June 4, 2909)