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


BeThe LINK to History

men standing in a group Manuscript & Records
Unpublished papers and other documents of individuals and organizations
woman with a camera Photographs
Images of the people, businesses, and architecture of Black Houston
group on stage with microphone Oral Histories
Listen to individuals with unique insights into local African American history
Funeral Program African American Funeral Programs
A collection of programs that records the funerals of Houston & Texas families