Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Hicks Family Collection MSS.0190



Descriptive Summary

Creator Hicks, Maggie
Title: Hicks Family Collection
Dates: 1890's-1960's
Identification: MSS.0190
Quantity: 6.25 Linear feet, 5 boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Mrs. Maggie Hicks moved to Houston with her family during the opening years of the 20th Century, when she was a young girl. Like other black residents, she had to leave the city to obtain college training. She went to Atlanta, Georgia, still a center for Negro education in the United States, where she graduated from Spelman College. After her return to Houston, Mrs. Hicks taught in the public schools for over 30 years and also earned a graduate degree from the University of Houston in 1946. For most of that time, she was the wife of Charles William Hicks, Jr., an employee of one of the city's most exclusive black establishments, The Houston Club.


Scope and Contents

This collection partially documents Mrs. Hicks' life as a resident of Houston's 4th Ward and a working female professional in the city during the first half of the twentieth century. It illustrates her experiences, as well as those of her family, at educational institutions such as Spelman in Georgia and the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama which, then as now, educated many of the nation's black elite. Over 200 photographs in this collection offer those interested in African-American history a good pictorial review of four generations of a black Houston family from the 1890's to the 1960's.


 

Arrangement

Materials in this collection are arranged by type, chronologically, as per the following Container List. Most of the photographs in boxes 3-5 are fully identified as to date, location, and contents. Typed Photographic Identification Sheets for each individual photograph are in a separate file in the front of each box, and they are numbered with the same number as the photograph which they describe.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

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


Index Terms

Hicks family
African American women--Texas--Houston
African Americans--Texas--Houston
Education--Texas--Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Hicks Family Collection. MSS 190. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Rhisa Wilson, 1981.

Processing Information

Processed by Howard Beeth, 1982.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 
Box Folder
1 1 Houston Public School graduation certificate, Bertram Hicks, 1911, 1915



 
Box Folder
1 2 YMCA Membership Card, Charles Hicks, 1918



 
Box Folder
1 3 Houston Colored High School Commencement Program, 1920



 
Box Folder
1 4 Postcard to William Hicks, 1924



 
Box Folder
1 5 Advertising Card, Rialto Dancing Class, William Hicks, Instructor, 1920's?



 
Box Folder
1 6 Notice of Employment, Houston Public Schools, Maggie Johnson, 1919



 
Box Folder
1 7 Report Cards, Prairie View Normal and Industrial College, Maggie Fletcher (Hicks), 1924



 
Box Folder
1 8 Report Cards, Houston Colored Junior College, Maggie Hicks, 1927-1932



 
Box Folder
1 9 Graduation Announcement, Houston Negro College, 1936



 
Box Folder
1 10 Houston Department of Recreation Certificates, Maggie Hicks, 1929-1930's?



 
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1 11 College Transcripts and Correspondence, Maggie Hicks, 1935, 1946



 
Box Folder
1 12 Press clippings about the Hicks family, 1939



 
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1 13 Report Cards, Bruce Elementary School; Booker T. Washington; Harper Junior High School; Phillis Wheatley High School, and Wheatley Graduation Invitation, Betty L. Hicks, 1935-1946



 
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1 14 Correspondence regarding educational workshops taught by Maggie Fletcher Hicks, 1946-1947, 1957-1958



 
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1 15 Certificates of Award, Maggie Fletcher Hicks, 1946-1947, 1952, 1964



 
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1 16 Certificates of Award, Betty L. Hicks, 1945-1946, 1954, 1958



 
Box Folder
1 17 Birth Certificate, Maggie Walterine Johnson, 1942; Marriage Certificate, Earnest Blevins Wilson and Betty L. Hicks, 1953; Birth Certificate, Rhisa M. Wilson, 1956



 
Box Folder
1 18 Miscellaneous



 
Box Folder
2 1 Bachelor of Science Degree, Houston College for Negroes, Maggie Fletcher Hicks, 1936



 
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2 2 Yearbook, "The Beacon," Houston College for Negroes, 1936



 
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2 3 Master in Education Degree, Houston College for Negroes/University of Houston, Maggie Fletcher Hicks, 1946



 
Box Folder
2 4 Yearbook, "The Tiger," Texas State University (later known as Texas Southern University), 1948



 
Box Folder
2 4 Yearbook, "The Tiger," Texas State University (later known as Texas Southern University), 1949



 
Box Photograph
3 1-99 Photographs, 1890's-1960's



 
Box Photograph
4 100-206 Photographs, 1890's-1960's



 
Box Photograph
5 207-241 Photographs, 20th Century