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Bob Lanier Papers

Identifier: MSS 1269

Scope and Contents

This collection includes materials and records from the office of Bob Lanier, mayor of Houston from 1992 to 1998. The collection contains records of events and event briefings, many years of correspondence – internally within the mayor’s office, between departments of the Houston city government, and between city officials and outside agents – official reports and presentations by government departments as well as contracted firms; minutes from meetings; saved articles from the Houston Chronicle and other newspapers; development plans for residential and commercial areas; official requests for city action; briefings for the mayor; and potential employee resumes. The materials cover local events from 1992-1996; housing and development in Houston; city policy; public works; the Houston METRO; crime, police, and municipal courts; city finances and contracts; economic development and trade; federal legislation initiatives; local events and ceremonies; and other matters under the providence of the Houston city government. Many of Lanier’s initiatives as mayor were focused on reducing crime as well as developing infrastructure and housing.


  • 1992-1996

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Bob Lanier Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Robert “Bob” Clayton Lanier (March 10, 1925 – December 20, 2014) was a businessman and politician who served as mayor of the city of Houston, Texas from 1992 to 1998. As mayor, he was affectionately referred to as "Mayor Bob." Lanier died at the age of 89 in Houston, Texas from natural causes on December 20, 2014.

Lanier was born to working class parents in the refinery town of Baytown, Texas in 1925. Lanier attended college at the University of New Mexico and graduated summa cum laude graduate from the University of Texas Law School in 1949. Initially employed by Baker & Botts law firm, Lanier practiced for a decade before switching gears to pursue a business career. During that business career he worked in banking and eventually established himself as a major Houston real estate developer, focusing mostly on subdivisions and apartments. Before seeking his first and only elective office as Houston’s mayor in 1991, he was a gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Highway Commission, which he chaired, and chairman of METRO, Houston’s transit authority. Lanier also was a founding member of Houston Community College, which he continued to support until the end of his life.

As mayor, Lanier’s actions were guided by three core values: that Houston should capitalize on its diversity, that his administration had to improve the city’s infrastructure, particularly the inner city, and bring it to the level of the more affluent suburbs, and that public safety should be improved. His honors and awards include the Texas NAACP Texas Hero award, the Hubert Humphrey Civil Rights Award, and the 2000 Leadership Houston Distinguished Service Award. In 2002 he was inducted into the Texas Transportation Institute's Hall of Honor at Texas A&M University, and in August 2007 he was also inducted into the Houston Hall of Fame.


38 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The Series 1 content is arranged chronologically. Content in the rest of the series is arranged thematically.

Series 1 Mayor’s Events

Series 2 Housing and Development

Series 3 Mayor’s Working Files

Sub-Series 3.1 Houston Infrastructure Development

Sub-Series 3.2 Personnel, Administrative Files, and Outside Contracts

Sub-Series 3.3 Houston Transit

Sub-Series 3.4 Houston Police and Courts

Sub-Series 3.5 Houston Trade and Commerce

Sub-Series 3.6 Reports, Correspondence, and Notes

Series 4 Pamela Rimoldi Files

Sub-Series 4.1 Mayor’s Briefings

Sub-Series 4.2 Notes, Correspondence, and Memorandum

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Bob Lanier in 1997

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  • MSS 1269 Bob Lanier Papers Finding Aid

Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002