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African American History Research Center

collage of several old portraits

Welcome to the African American History Research Center (AAHRC) Digital Archive!   Here you will find some of our digital holdings of  curated and highly requested photographs, papers, and oral histores that represent the Black experience in Houston and Texas. 

The AAHRC archives extend beyond our reading room! To increase access to archival materials during this time, the AAHRC 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 AAHRC materials on the HPL Digital Archives, please email


Images of the people, businesses, and architecture of Black Houston

Oral Histories

Listen to individuals with unique insights into local African American history