HHRC is home to over 4 million images that highlight day-to-day activity in Houston and Texas, with coverage from the 1860s to the 1980s. The collection covers subjects such as farming, industry, oil exploration, transportation, architecture, and natural disasters, as well as festivals, parades, and cultural, civic, and sporting events. Particular strengths of the collection are news and commercial photography.


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Calvin Wheat Calvin Wheat Photographs - MSS 0064
Images from the Calvin Wheat Photograph Collection
NASA Apollo Program display Bert Brandt Photographs - MSS 0087
Images from photographer Bert Brandt
Brance-Krachy Company, Inc. Yolita Schmidt Moderne Style Architecture in Houston Photographs - MSS 0097
Yolita Schmidt's photographs of Houston buildings designed in the style of Moderne Architecture
Frank Schlueter/Bank of the Southwest Photographs - MSS 0100  Frank Schlueter/Bank of the Southwest Photographs - MSS 0100
Images of skylines, construction, oil fields, industry, agriculture, rural life, Houston’s port and ship channel, social occasions, and Houston’s citizens, 1907-1943
Gregorio Torres Valerio Collection - MSS 0101   Gregorio Torres Valerio Collection - MSS 0101
Images of everyday life in the postwar Mexican American community by the Valerio Photography Studio
Sydney Van Ulm Sidney Van Ulm Collection - MSS 0113
Images of Sidney Van Ulm's sports and political cartoons
HMRC Photo Collection - MSS 0114 HHRC Photo Collection - MSS 0114
Images of Houston over time collected by HHRC
 Lydia Mendoza Papers - MSS 0123 Lydia Mendoza Papers - MSS 0123
Images of Lydia Mendoza and other musicians, 1931-1970s
Business Album of Houston Business Album of Houston - MSS 0145
Images of various Houston businesses from a 1911 album
Houston Photograph Collection Houston Photograph Collection - MSS 0157
More images of Houston over time collected by HMRC
John J. Herrera Papers John J. Herrera Papers - MSS 0160
Images of John Herrera and others related to his career as an attorney, involvement in LULAC, and his political activity, 1940s-1970s
Bagby Family Photographs Bagby Family Photographs - MSS 0176
Glass plate and film portraits, 1890s and early 1900s
Postcard Collection Postcard Collection - MSS 0187
Houston postcards collected by HMRC
Greek Community Collection Greek Community Collection - MSS 0199
Images of the early Greek community in Houston, 1915-1945
William D. Murdy William D. Murdy - MSS 0243
Commercial photographs of industrial and architectural views, including private residences, as well as commercial buildings
Gray Studio/Arla Bintliff Photographs Gray Studio/Arla Bintliff Photographs - MSS 0215
Glass plate portraits from the Gray Studio
J. M. Heiser Jr. Environmental J. M. Heiser Jr. Environmental - MSS 0246
Papers, photographs, printed materials and clippings of Joseph Matthew Heiser Jr. 1897-1987
Lesley Lewis Walker Photographs Lesley Lewis Walker Photographs - MSS 0253
Images of airplanes, racing cars, motorcycles, and scenes from Panama, 1900s-1940s
Benjamin C. Allin at the Port Offices in Houston Benjamin C. Allin - MSS 0302
Images of U.S. Army Camp Logan, Port of Houston, and Benjamin C. Allin Family from 1917-1930s
Houston Downtown scene Robert L . Browning Collection - MSS 1220
This collection consists of aerial photos of the Houston and Gulf Coast area taken between 1946 and 1950
Litterst-Dixon Photographs Litterst-Dixon Photographs - MSS 1248
Images from the Houston commercial photography studio of Litterst and Dixon, 1850 through 1967
old toy truck Woodallen - MSS 1459
Images from the commercial work of the Woodallen photographers
Grounds Crew (Earthmen) Astrodome uniform Evelyn Norton Anderson Papers - MSS 1465
Images of Evelyn N. Anderson’s design work including theatrical costumes and the uniforms for Houston's Colt 45 and Astrodome stadiums
NASA parade Houston Post Photographs - RG D 0006
News photography from the Houston Post photo library, 1941-1989
Louis Armstrong and Trummy Young Texas Jazz Archive - RG E 0071
Images of Houston jazz musicians and venues