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Welcome to the Houston History Research Center Digital Archive, which showcases our unique collections focused on the history of Houston. Here you will find some of our rare treasures and the most frequently requested materials in our holdings.  

HHRC's archives extend beyond our reading room! To increase access to archival materials during this time, HHRC 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 HHRC materials on the HPL Digital Archives, please email photo.reference@houstontx.gov


BeThe LINK to History

architectural drawing Architectural Drawings
A sampling of drawings from the Stephen Fox Architectural Archives highlighting the work of Houston architects and their designs.
group of mexican american men Hispanic Collections
Original records offer a rich account of the Hispanic experience in Houston.
aerial houston Manuscript and Record Collections
Explore documents, letters, scrapbooks, publications, and ephemera from the Houston History Research Center’s archival collections.
older woman with children Oral Histories, Memory Projects
Listen to Houstonians reflect on experiences that have shaped their lives and communities.
kids and building HHRC Image Collections
View digitized images from the more than four million historical images preserved at HHRC.
water and building HHRC Sound Recordings and Moving Images
Experience the sounds and sights of Houston's recorded history.
Standard Blue Book of Texas HHRC Texas and Local History
Sources for researching Texas History
Texas Medical Center aerial photograph Texas Medical Center Digital Exhibit
The Texas Medical Center is an important part of Houston's history. It has shaped the city's landscape, as well as its place in the world. Let's take a look at some of the photographs and recordings in HHRC's archives that help tell the story of this important Houston institution.