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Thomas Cole Desegregation Papers

Identifier: 2007-005

Forms part of Houston History Archives Collection consisting of 19 boxes of very rich material: drafts of film scripts, topical files on significant segregation issues, film project proposals, VHS and Beta video tapes, correspondence related to fundraising, chapter drafts, publicity material, and a photocopy of Negro Politics and the Rise of the Civil Rights Movement in Houston, Texas (1968), a dissertation by Franklin Chandler Davidson currently available in the library’s general collection. Subject scope includes primarily 1950s and 1960s. Scope of work performed by originator occurred mostly during 1990s.

Archival order follows publication order, The Strange Demise of Jim Crow (1997), No Color is My Kind (1997), and Quentin Mease Memoirs (2001).


  • 1963-2001


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research

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10.0 linear feet

Historical Information

Houston’s history is under-examined generally, and the African American community specifically has been overlooked. This small collection helps redress that omission with tremendous primary sources on several important local civil rights activists and probably the only video study on Houston’s desegregation process, which was itself something of an anomaly in the history of local civil rights movements.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Thomas R. Cole, Ph.D. on March 6, 2007.

Guide to the Thomas Cole Desegregation Papers
Anna Michelle Burke
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA