The Archives and Archivists of Color Roundtable, a group within the Society of American Archivists, recently featured an article written by Special Collections’ Valerie Prilop and Digital Services’ Nicci Westbrook about an ongoing project to digitize papers covering the founding and early operation of the Houston Negro Hospital.
The hospital, located near the University of Houston campus, was dedicated on Juneteenth in 1926 and opened to patients the following year. It allowed African American doctors to admit their patients and gave community members the opportunity to buy “insurance” which entitled them to treatment in the hospital. The papers being digitized, which come from Special Collections’ Joseph S. Cullinan Papers, provide information about the initial founding and early operation of the hospital and about a number of problems, including conflict between the African American and white boards.
For more information about the hospital and the project, take a look at the article on page 4 of the AAC newsletter.