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Yolita Schmidt Photographs

Identifier: MSS 0097

Content Description

This collection contains photographs by Yolita Schmidt of buildings in Houston designed in the style of Moderne Architecture. The collection features a multitude of different buildings stylings from those which hold special historical significance, such as the Astrodome and Jesse H. Jones Hall, to single family homes, skyscrapers, and religious buildings.

Many images are identified in the booklet "A Houston Guide: The Moderne Style in Architecture" issued by the "City" project.

Credit must be given to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).


  • 1972, 1977-1978

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Yolita Schmidt Photographs must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Credit must be given to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Biographical Note

Yolita Schmidt was born on November 18, 1947. She attended the University of Houston studying for the College of Architectural degree. In 1978 she published the booklet "A Houston Guide: The Moderne Style in Architecture"; images from which were exhibited as part of a "Women in Architecture" display at the Houston Public Library November-December 1977.


1.0 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Folder 01 contains the booklet. The remainder of the collection consists of photographs. 001-044 contains images which are not included in the printed booklet. 045-103 are images included in the booklet.

Photo Database

HMRC's Photographic Archives Database ( contains an inventory of photographs in this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Inital donation from the NEH - funded "city project" at HPL via Ed Osowski, August 1978.

Addition materials donated by Gerald Moorhead, February 2015.

Digitized Materials

Select images from this collection have been digitized and are available on the Houston Public Library Digital Archives at

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OH B 13

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Yolita Schmidt Photographs
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February 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002