Houston History Alliance FAQ

Have a question about Houston’s history but don’t know where to look? Check out our list of frequently asked questions below!

Where can I find information about a Houston landmark or building that no longer exists?

There are a number of resources available for such a search. The links below are best first steps.

I’ve just come across some old photos of Houston. Who can help me identify what they are?

Depending on the subject matter of your photos, review the list of archives available in Houston on the HHA Photo Archive Page and begin by contacting the relevant organization.

If you are stumped by what your images may represent, HHA recommends contacting the Houston Metropolitan Research Center.

I have items that I think might be interesting to a museum/library/archive. Who do I contact to ask about this?

The greater Houston area has an extensive network of museums, libraries and archives. For archives and libraries, you can reference the HHA Archive listing here.

For museums, a searchable museum listing is maintained on the Visit Houston Texas website, which is maintained by the Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Simply follow the link below and scroll down to see listings or search for something specific.  From there you can find contact information for each entity.

How do I learn more about Houston’s history? Is there a good, short general history you can recommend?

Houston’s history is vast and intricate, and there are a number of available works and resources, but likely not short or general. However, the links below will take you to some overviews of Houston and provide you with further resources.

Where can I find information about upcoming Houston history events?

An up-to-date calendar of history community events is maintained by the staff at the Houston History Magazine, a publication of the Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative with the Center for Public History at the University of Houston

I’m interested in finding a job in the history community in Houston. Who can I talk to about this?

HHA does not maintain a job board, however you can review any of the listings for HHA community partners or local history-centric organizations and contact them for available employment opportunities. It is also recommended that you get involved in local history community events to enhance your networking.

I’d like to volunteer in the history community in Houston. Who can I talk to about this?

Review any of the listings on this site to find history-related organizations that may interest you—and then start by contacting them for volunteer opportunities. Check out our Houston Research Resources, our list of Houston Photography Archives, and the HHA Community Partners for ideas of groups to contact.

My history organization would like to become an HHA Community Partner. How do we do this?

Great! We’d love to have you! Please contact:

Miki Norton
Chair of the HHA Advisory Committee

I’m working on a history of my neighborhood. Do you know where I might find help doing this?

A Guide to Researching your Neighborhood History is available on this page as a downloadable file. This 60-page document is packed with first steps, how-to’s, resources and tools—everything you need to begin or complete your project.

How do I go about applying for a historic landmark/district designation?

The first step is to determine if the building or location is of municipal, state or national historic relevance. From there you can contact one of the following agencies: