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Houston Public Library Digital Archives

Welcome to the Houston Public Library Digital Archives. Here you will find unique materials for research, learning, and discovery from Houston Public Library Special Collections, including archival material from the African American History Research Center (AAHRC), the Family History Research Center (FHRC), and the Houston History Research Center (HHRC). Some collections are the result of collaborations with partner libraries, museums, and cultural heritage institutions.

HPL's archives extend beyond our reading rooms! To increase access to archival materials during this time, HPL has enabled the "download" feature for collections on our Digital Archives. Customers can now download and save image files using the blue button on each page. These downloads are intended for personal or research use. To request permission to publish materials from the HPL Digital Archives, please email the AAHRC at, FHRC at, or HHRC at

Featured Collections

Explore our Partners

Here you will find collections from our partners or unique projects that consist of materials that may not be a part of Houston Public Library Special Collections.