Houston Research Resources

Houston is full of fabulous research resources for the curious historian

If there is an archive we’ve missed, don’t hesitate to let us know. Email info@houstonhistoryalliance.org and give us the particulars.

Check out this list of Houston Research Resources and start your digging!

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Contains records relating to the history and mission of the Catholic Church in Southeast Texas, including records of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the individuals and organizations active within the Archdiocese.

Dominican Sisters of Houston
Contains records relating to the history and mission of the Dominican Congregation in Houston.

Fred Parks Law Library, South Texas College of Law
Includes archival records of the college, rare law books and manuscript collections relating to the school or to the legal heritage of Houston.

Harris County Archives
The County Archives documents the history of the government and the citizens of Harris County, as revealed through the county records and donated materials.

Harris County District Clerk
This office preserves all court records for each of the District Courts and County Criminal Courts located in Harris County. Historic documents from 1837-1925 are available for public viewing onsite, with some also online.

The Heritage Society
The research library has a small but select collection of resource material pertaining to the local heritage of Houston.

Holocaust Museum Houston
The museum collects, preserves, researches and exhibits materials relating to pre-World War II Jewish life in Europe, the rise of the Third Reich, the Holocaust and the post-World War II period.

Hospitality Industry Archives, University of Houston
The Archives collects Hilton Hotel corporate papers and other hospitality industry items from various hotels, restaurants and resorts and is the official repository for the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Audiovisual Collection.

Houston Grand Opera Archives & Research Center
The Archives maintains a large collection of material related to the history of the Houston Grand Opera.

Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library
The Houston Metropolitan Research Center encompasses archives and special collections documenting the history of Houston and the surrounding area. Collections include books and periodicals, maps, and a large number of photographs and architectural drawings.

African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
The African American Library at the Gregory School in historic Freedmen’s Town serves as a repository to preserve, promote and celebrate the history and culture of African Americans in Houston, the surrounding region and the African Dispora.

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston Public Library
Clayton Library houses national and international collections of family history research materials in print, microprint and online. These include published and unpublished family histories, vital records, state and county histories, including vast materials related to Houston and Harris County.

Houston Symphony Archives
Collections reflect the musical and cultural development of Houston through records of the staff, the board of the governing organization, the Houston Symphony Society, and affiliated organizations and individuals.

Houston Yacht Club
Records document the history of the Club as well as boating events in Houston and yachting dating to the late 1800s.

Kinkaid School Archives
The Kinkaid School, established in 1906, is a private institution serving students from pre-kindergarten through the twelfth grade. The archival holdings, chronicling the one hundred years of the school’s existence, also reflect life in the Houston community.

Lone Star Legacy
Lone Star Legacy details the struggles, existence, and triumphs of trailblazing men and women who have contributed to African-American History throughout Texas.

McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center Houston Academy of Medicine, Texas Medical Center Library
The center documents the history of healthcare in Texas, with particular attention to Houston and Harris County and the development of the Texas Medical Center. Includes a rare book room.

The Menil Collection Archives
The archives of the Menil Museum and Collection, Houston.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Archives
The MFAH Archives serves to chronicle the story of the MFAH, as well as the artistic and cultural development of Houston and the large art community, through institutional records and manuscript collections of affiliated organizations and individuals.

St. Thomas High School Archives
The Archives is the repository of the historical records relating to more than 100 years of history of St. Thomas High School. It includes manuscripts, photographs and scrapbooks, among other materials.

Sam Houston Regional Library & Research Center
The Sam Houston Center, a component of the Texas Library and Archives Commission, serves as the regional depository for southeast Texas.

San Jacinto Museum of History
The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library collects materials relating to Texas history and the Battle of San Jacinto. It also houses an extensive Spanish manuscript collection.

Texas Southern University Special Collections Research Center
The Collection includes the Traditional African American Gallery and the Heartman Collection. It houses the university archives and several manuscript collections, including the Barbara Jordan Archives.

The Portal to Texas History
The Portal to Texas History is a gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas. Created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries, the Portal leverages the power of hundreds of content partners across the state to provide a vibrant, growing collection of resources.

University of Houston Special Collections
The Archives’ paper collections document such topics as: University of Houston, Texas/Houston history, local women’s organizations and related individuals.

University of Houston-Clear Lake University Archives and Johnson Space Center Collection
In addition to preserving the institutional history of the University, UHCL entered into an agreement with NASA and the National Archives to house and provide access to the NASA Johnson Space Center History Collection.

University of St. Thomas Archives
The Archives serves as the repository of the historical records of the University of St. Thomas which document its origins, activities and achievements.

University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
The Historical Resource Center encompasses the M. D. Anderson Archives; special collections documenting cancer medicine, science and public policy; and rare books on the history of cancer.

Woodson Research Center, Rice University
The Center’s collections document such topics as Texas/Houston history and culture; U.S. Civil War and Southern history; Rice University personalities; and institutional records of Rice University.