About Archives SpaceWelcome to HPL's Archives Space! Archives Space is a searchable database for unique, historical items - such as letters, reports, diaries, and photographs - organized into descriptive documents called finding aids. Consider these an extended table of contents which describe unique materials only available in the archival repositories of the Houston Public Library. In most cases, the collections themselves are NOT available online. Please contact us if you have any questions!
African American History Research CenterThe African American History Research Center serves as a resource to preserve, promote, and celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans in Houston, the surrounding region, and the African Diaspora. The African American History Research Center provides an incomparable variety of resources including reference books, rare books, archival materials, exhibits, artifacts, oral histories, and innovative programs.
Houston History Research CenterThe Houston History Research Center locates, preserves, and make available to researchers the documentary evidence of Houston's history. Located in the historic Julia Ideson Building, HHRC has a wide variety of Houston related research materials, including business records, personal papers, architectural drawings, photographs, maps, published materials, and select records from certain city departments.