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Welcome to the Houston Metropolitan 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.  


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 Metropolitan 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 HMRC Image Collections
View digitized images from the more than four million historical images preserved at HMRC.
water and building HMRC Sound Recordings and Moving Images
Experience the sounds and sights of Houston's recorded history.
Standard Blue Book of Texas HMRC Texas and Local History
Sources for researching Texas History