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HMRC Texas Photograph Collection

Identifier: MSS 0151

Scope and Contents

MSS 0151 is composed of Texas photos taken outside of Houston. This is an artificial collection of 424 images compiled by Houston Public Library personnel sometime before 1998. Images apear to come from various small collections, albums and individual donations. Some are copies created from original photographs that were retained by their owners.

Subjects include the Galveston hurricane of 1900; Port Arthur street scenes photographed about 1940; agricultural and commercial views of United Irrigation Company’s river plant in the Valley photographed by Eskildsen; views and snapshots of surveyors; camp life and trench digging machinery of railroad track crew; Louis de Planques photos of the ruins of Indianola after the flood, storm and fire of August 20, 1886; Fort Sam Houston 8th Corps Area Communications station, WVR; San Antonio, especially retrospective views of the Spanish missions, many photographed or published by Brack; Carte De Visites, private residences, businesses, agriculture and railroads. Also inclued is the Wendish Album, which is a personal album of Texas photos.


  • 1860s-1970s


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from MSS 0151 HMRC Texas Photograph Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.


16 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

Language of Materials


Digitized Materials

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


HMRC Texas Photo Collection
Updates Needed
Matt Richardson
December 29, 2020
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


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Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
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Houston, Texas 77002
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