|The Main Building of the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research at 5300 Caroline Street in Houston, Texas opened to the public in 1988.
|The historic home of William and Susan Clayton became the Clayton Genealogical Library in 1968.
The two story, Main Building built in 1988, contains 23,000 square feet. The first floor houses the main genealogy book collection, two small conference rooms, seating for 100 customers, work areas, and the unique collection of over 15,000 published and unpublished family histories. The second floor houses an extensive microprint collection.
|Dr. Mayme Agnew Clayton, Ph.D. (1923-2006)
Last week, I discovered another Clayton Library located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum (MCLM) maintains the world's largest collection of rare books, documents, films, music, photographs and memorabilia on the history and culture of Americans of African descent. The flagship Literary Collection contains over 30,000 volumes including a rare copy of Phillis Wheatley's poems published in 1773. The Literary Collection is particularly strong in the arts, pre-Civil War, sports, children's literature and the history of blacks in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California and the American West. The mission of the MCLM is to collect, preserve, exhibit and celebrate the unique history and cultural heritage of Americans of African descent.
|Poems by Phillis Wheatley are part of MCLM collection of rare books.
The MCLM offers vital educational, artistic and cultural programs that include research for scholars, students and genealogists. The library partners with the California African American Genealogical Society, Inc (CAAGS) by providing meeting space and access to the library and archives. For more information on the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum, visit their website and Facebook page.
Both of these institutions are known locally as the "Clayton Library." Both libraries are filled with unique treasures for historians and genealogists. I am headed to the Clayton Library in Houston, this week. I plan to spend much more time at the Clayton Library in Culver City on my next visit to Los Angeles.
|Another historic coincidence of the connection between Los Angeles and Houston. Read more about the Los Angeles to Houston Freedom Ride.