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Houston Housing Authority Records

Identifier: RG F 0045

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, legal records, newspaper clippings, maps, contracts, periodicals, various types of ephemera, and reports documenting the development of public housing projects in Houston. Of note there are several photographs and negatives taken by the photographer Bob Bailey, and documentation resignation of the architect John F. Staub.


  • 1938-2004
  • Majority of material found in 1938-1949; 1995-2004

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Houston Housing Authority Records must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Houston Housing Authority (HHA) was established in 1938 in response to the passage of the US Housing Act of 1937. The HHA was created with the aim of providing the growing Houston population’s low-income families and individuals with safe and sanitary living conditions. As of 2018, the HHA serves more than 60,000 low-income Houstonians.


5.25 Linear Feet ((6 boxes) )

Language of Materials



Original order was honored with the exception of moving all photographs to the end of the collection for preservation reasons, and there was no discernible reason for their previous location within the collection.

Series 1 San Felipe Courts Series 2 Allen Parkway Village Series 3 Photographs and Negatives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Brian Gage (Houston Housing Authority) in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Roberto Nanes, May 2018

Houston Housing Authority Records
Roberto Nanes
May 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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