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The mission of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) is to locate, preserve, and make available to researchers the documentary evidence of Houston's history. HMRC is located in the historic Julia Ideson Building. Created in 1976, HMRC furthers its mission by providing in-depth reference services using materials including the Texas and local history book collection, archives, photographs, architectural drawings, oral histories, and maps. Librarians and Archivists are responsible for arranging, preserving, and indexing the contents of these unique collections.

HMRC collects books with priority given to materials focusing on Houston and Texas in the following categories: non-fiction, biographies and autobiographies, fiction, poetry, young adult and children’s materials, and government documents. The map collection concentrates on street maps for Texas communities, key maps for Harris and the surrounding counties, aerial photography maps of greater Houston, specialized book maps, and flood insurance rate maps. The archival collections focus on non-current records of local government, corporations, businesses, public and private associations, religious institutions, cultural and civic organizations, labor groups, educational institutions, and any other organization or group that has played a role in the development of Houston. HMRC also actively solicits the public and private papers of individuals whose records may shed light on important historical events or trends in the history of the area. Other notable holdings include:

  • Approximately 4 million photographs
  • 150,000 architectural drawings
  • 15,000 rare books and pamphlets in the John Milsaps Collection
  • Numerous rare books such as a 1520 edition of The Odyssey, a 15th century illuminated Book of Hours, and the Original Houston Town Lot Book
  • Over 300 rare maps of Houston and the Southwest
  • An extensive collection of oral histories, many of which are available through the Houston Oral History Project

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Houston Astros vs Cincinnati Reds at the Astrodome<br />
Houston Astros vs Cincinnati Reds at the Astrodome. Reds No.6, Johnny Edwards, at home plate as Astros player slides home. Friday May 26, 1965.

Houston Astros vs Cincinnati Reds at the Astrodome<br />
Houston Astros vs Cincinnati Reds at the Astrodome. Astros catcher Ron Brand arguing with the umpire. Friday May 26, 1965.

Houston Astros vs San Francisco Giants at the Astrodome<br />
Houston Astros vs San Francisco Giants at the Astrodome. Giants No. 16, Jim Ray Hart, sliding for base. Tuesday May 23, 1965.

Houston Astros vs San Francisco Giants at the Astrodome<br />
Houston Astros vs San Francisco Giants at the Astrodome. Astros No. 24, Jimmy Wynn, batting. Sunday May 21, 1965.

Houston Astros vs San Francisco Giants at the Astrodome<br />
Houston Astros vs San Francisco Giants at the Astrodome. Giants player jumping for base against Astros No. 24, Jimmy Wynn. Sunday May 21, 1965.

Workers on the roof of the Astrodome<br />
Workers on the roof painting the Astrodome skylights. Thursday May 20, 1965.

Workers on the roof of the Astrodome<br />
Workers on the roof painting the Astrodome skylights. Thursday May 20, 1965.

Close up of the Astrodome roof<br />
Interior close up of the Astrodome skylights. Thursday May 20, 1965.

Couple seated in the Astrodome<br />
Couple seated in the Astrodome. Wednesday May 19, 1965.

Gift shop in the Astrodome<br />
People lined up at the counter in the Astrodome Gift shop. Saturday April 17, 1965.

People seated in the Astrodome<br />
Crowds seated in a single section of the Astrodome, two tour assistants in striped shirts and hats at the back. Saturday April 17, 1965.

Lone male in the Astrodome taking a picture<br />
Lone male in the Astrodome taking a picture during a tour of the Astrodome. Saturday April 17, 1965.

People seated in the Astrodome<br />
Crowds seated in a single section of the Astrodome during a tour, listening to an unidentified male speaking on a microphone. Saturday April 17, 1965.

Crowds at the entrance to the Astrodome<br />
Crowds at the entrance to the Astrodome, for a tour of the venue. Saturday April 17, 1965.

Astros vs Yankees at the Astrodome<br />
Houston Astros vs New York Yankees at the Astrodome; in game prior to beginning to official Baseball season. Astros player sliding for base. Sunday April 11, 1965.

Astros vs Yankees at the Astrodome<br />
Houston Astros vs New York Yankees at the Astrodome; in game prior to beginning to official Baseball season. Astros player kicking up dirt as he lands on base. Sunday April 11, 1965.

Astros vs Yankees at the Astrodome<br />
Houston Astros vs New York Yankees at the Astrodome; in game prior to beginning to official Baseball season. Astros player jumping for base. Sunday April 11, 1965.

Astros vs Yankees at the Astrodome<br />
Houston Astros vs New York Yankees at the Astrodome; in game prior to beginning to official Baseball season. Yankees player going in to bat. Sunday April 11, 1965

Print of Street Cars running to the Astrodome<br />
Print of Street Cars running to and from the Astrodome, alongside the highway. Thursday April 8, 1965.

Glen Dobbs, Bill Giles and an unidentified male at the Astrodome<br />
Glen Dobbs, Bill Giles and an unidentified male at the Astrodome. Tuesday April 6, 1965.

Wide view of the Interior of the Astrodome<br />
Wide view of the Interior of the Astrodome, set up for Baseball. Saturday February 27, 1965.

Wide view of the Interior of the Astrodome<br />
Wide view of the Interior of the Astrodome, set up for Baseball. Saturday February 27, 1965.

Mrs John Connally and 2 ladies entering  the Astrodome Club Boxes<br />
Mrs John Connally and 2 ladies, unidentified at the entrance to the Astrodome Club Boxes.Tuesday February 8, 1965.

Fans outside the Astrodome before the Rolling Stones concert<br />
Fans sitting in the back of a pick-up truck in the Astrodome car park before the Rolling Stones concert for their ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Unidentified male selling Rolling Stones programs<br />
Unidentified male selling Programs for the Rolling Stones ‘Steel Wheels’ tour outside the Astrodome. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Fans outside the Astrodome before the Rolling Stones concert<br />
Fans sitting on grass outside the Astrodome before the Rolling Stones concert for their ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Fan showing off Programme for the Rolling Stones<br />
Fan showing off Program for the Rolling Stones ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Ticket check at the Astrodome<br />
Ticket check prior to entry to the Astrodome for the Rolling Stones concert for their ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Merchandise stand at Rolling Stones concert<br />
Merchandise stand at Rolling Stones concert for their ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Merchandise stand at Rolling Stones concert<br />
Merchandise stand at Rolling Stones concert for their ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Fans in the car park of the Astrodome before the Rolling Stones concert<br />
Fans outside of the Astrodome before the Rolling Stones concert for their ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Audience watching Living Colour on stage <br />
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Side shot of the front rows of the Audience watching Corey Glover of Living Colour on stage supporting the Rolling Stones at the Astrodome on their ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Spot lights at the Rolling Stones concert<br />
Spot lights from the back of the Astrodome directed at the stage during the Rolling Stones concert on their ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Astrodome filling up before the Rolling Stones concert<br />
Shot from the front of the Astrodome filling up before the Rolling Stones concert on their ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Living Colour performance at the Astrodome<br />
Corey Glover of Living Colour supporting the Rolling Stones at the Astrodome on their ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Living Colour performance at the Astrodome<br />
Vernon Reid of Living Colour supporting the Rolling Stones at the Astrodome on their ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Living Colour performance at the Astrodome<br />
Corey Glover of Living Colour supporting the Rolling Stones at the Astrodome on their ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1990

Living Colour performance at the Astrodome<br />
Vernon Reid of Living Colour supporting the Rolling Stones at the Astrodome on their ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Rolling Stones performance at the Astrodome<br />
Mick Jagger during the Rolling Stones performance at the Astrodome on the ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Rolling Stones performance at the Astrodome<br />
Mick Jagger during the Rolling Stones performance at the Astrodome on the ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Rolling Stones performance at the Astrodome<br />
Mick Jagger and back-up singer, Lisa Fischer, during the Rolling Stones performance at the Astrodome on the ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Rolling Stones performance at the Astrodome<br />
Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards during the Rolling Stones performance at the Astrodome on the ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Rolling Stones performance at the Astrodome<br />
Close- up of Mick Jagger during the Rolling Stones performance at the Astrodome on the ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Rolling Stones performance at the Astrodome<br />
Close- up of Mick Jagger during the Rolling Stones performance at the Astrodome on the ‘Steel Wheels’ tour. Wednesday November 8, 1989.

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation&#039;s 1989 Walk-a-thon<br />
Walk-a-thon for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation's at the Astrodome Parking Lot. Sunday October 29, 1989.

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation&#039;s 1989 Walk-a-thon<br />
Walk-a-thon for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation's at the Astrodome Parking Lot. Sunday October 29, 1989.

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation&#039;s 1989 Walk-a-thon<br />
Walk-a-thon for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation's at the Astrodome Parking Lot. Sunday October 29, 1989.

View from luxury boxes during Baseball game<br />
People in luxury boxes during the Houston Astros vs Atlanta Braves Baseball game. Tuesday April 4, 1989.

View from luxury boxes during Baseball game<br />
People in luxury boxes during the Houston Astros vs Atlanta Braves Baseball game. Tuesday April 4, 1989.

View from luxury boxes during Baseball game<br />
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People in luxury boxes during the Houston Astros vs Atlanta Braves Baseball game. Tuesday April 4, 1989.

Selection of the Grand Champion Steer<br />
The Grand Champion Steer and his emotional owner at Houston Rodeo. Friday March 3, 1989.

Selection of the Grand Champion Steer<br />
The Grand Champion Steer and his owner at Houston Rodeo. Friday March 3, 1989.

Selection of the Grand Champion Steer<br />
Competition Judge passes the line-up of the bulls ready for the selection of the Grand Champion Steer at Houston Rodeo. Friday March 3, 1989.

Selection of the Grand Champion Steer<br />
Line-up of the bulls ready for the selection of the Grand Champion Steer at Houston Rodeo. Friday March 3, 1989.

Scrapbook Belonging to Judge Roy M. Hofheinz, re: Domed Stadium, 1965-1967
Scrapbook put together by Judge Roy M. Hofheinz containing clippings about the Houston Astrodome from the years 1965 through 1967. Clippings cover early events at the newly opened Domed stadium to the beginning of the construction of Astroworld.

Scrapbook Belonging to Judge Roy M. Hofheinz, re: Houston Sports Association and Buff Baseball, 1961 and 1962
Scrapbook put together by Judge Roy M. Hofheinz containing clippings about the Houston Astrodome during the year 1961 and early 1962. Clippings cover the progress of the construction of Houston's "Domed Stadium."

Scrapbook Belonging to Judge Roy M. Hofheinz, re: Harris County Domed Stadium, 1963-1965
Scrapbook put together by Judge Roy M. Hofheinz containing clippings about the Houston Astrodome during the years 1961 to early 1966, with most of the content from 1963-1965. Clippings cover the progress of the construction of Houston's "Domed…

High School Football game between Columbia and West Orange Stark
High School Football Playoffs game between Columbia and West Orange Stark. Columbia player kicking the ball. Saturday December 5, 1987.

High School Football game between Columbia and West Orange Stark
High School Football Playoffs game between Columbia and West Orange Stark. Columbia player kicking the ball. Saturday December 5, 1987.

High School Football game between Columbia and West Orange Stark
High School Football Playoffs game between Columbia and West Orange Stark. Columbia player with the ball. Saturday December 5, 1987.

High School Football game between Columbia and West Orange Stark
High School Football Playoffs game between Columbia and West Orange Stark. West Orange Stark players with the ball. Saturday December 5, 1987.

Bill Woods, acting General Manager "at work" in his office
Bill Woods, acting General Manager showing the display board while "at work" in his office at the Astrodome. Tuesday November 17, 1987.

Bill Woods, acting General Manager "at work" in his office
Bill Woods, acting General Manager sitting at his desk "at work" in his office at the Astrodome. Tuesday November 17, 1987.

High School Football game between MacArthur and Beaumont West Brook
High School Football game between MacArthur vs Beaumont West Brook at the Astrodome. West Brook player about to throw the ball. Saturday November 14, 1987.

High School Football game between MacArthur and Beaumont West Brook
High School Football game between MacArthur vs Beaumont West Brook at the Astrodome. West Brook player with the ball. Saturday November 14, 1987.

High School Football game between MacArthur and Beaumont West Brook
High School Football game between MacArthur vs Beaumont West Brook at the Astrodome. MacArthur player with the ball. Saturday November 14, 1987.

High School Football game between MacArthur and Beaumont West Brook
High School Football game between MacArthur vs Beaumont West Brook at the Astrodome. MacArthur player with the ball. Saturday November 14, 1987.

High School Football team Stratford Spartans
High School Football team tratford Spartans training in an empty Astrodome. Thursday November 12, 1987.

High School Football team Stratford Spartans
High School Football team tratford Spartans training in an empty Astrodome. Thursday November 12, 1987.

High School Football team Stratford Spartans
High School Football team tratford Spartans training in an empty Astrodome. Thursday November 12, 1987.

Contractors racing to get floor laid at Astrodome
Workers from Fast Equipment Rental Co. setting Anchors in the Astrodome during repairs. Wednesday November 4, 1987.

Contractors racing to get floor laid at Astrodome
Contractors racing to get floor done and Astroturf laid at Astrodome for UH game on 11/06/1987. Wednesday November 4, 1987.

Contractors racing to get floor laid at Astrodome
Contractors racing to get floor done and Astroturf laid at Astrodome for UH game on 11/06/1987. Wednesday November 4, 1987.

Contractors racing to get floor laid at Astrodome
Contractors racing to get floor done and Astroturf laid at Astrodome for UH game on 11/06/1987. Wednesday November 4, 1987.

Contractors racing to get floor laid at Astrodome
Contractors racing to get floor done and Astroturf laid at Astrodome for UH game on 11/06/1987. Wednesday November 4, 1987.

Contractors racing to get floor laid at Astrodome
Contractors racing to get floor done and Astroturf laid at Astrodome for UH game on 11/06/1987. Wednesday November 4, 1987.

Judge Don Lindsay at Astrodome
Judge Don Lindsay surrounded by the press at Astrodome. Sunday October 25, 1987.

Judge Don Lindsay at Astrodome
Judge Don Lindsay surrounded by the press at Astrodome. Sunday October 25, 1987.

Anchors set for wall interior Astrodome
Workers from Fast Equipment Rental Co. setting Anchors in the Astrodome during repairs. Monday October 19, 1987.

Interior Astrodome under repair
Wide shot of the interior of the Astrodome during repairs. Monday October 19, 1987.

Workers looking at plans for repair work in the Astrodome
Contractors Gary Ehrhardt and Moe Zomordai looking at plans for repair work in the Astrodome. Monday October 19, 1987.

Worker replacing the Astrodome carpet
Worker from Fast Equipment Rental Co. tearing up portions of the Astrodome carpet for replacement during repairs. Monday October 19, 1987.

High School Football game between La Marque and MacArthur
Quarter Final High School Football game between La Marque and MacArthur. Saturday December 6, 1986.

High School Football game between La Marque and MacArthur
A sparse audience in the stands, above and below the scoreboard, at the Quarter Final High School Football game between La Marque and MacArthur. Saturday December 6, 1986.

High School Football game between La Marque and MacArthur
A sparse audience in the stands at the Quarter Final High School Football game between La Marque and MacArthur. Saturday December 6, 1986.

High School Football game between La Marque and MacArthur
Quarter Final High School Football game between La Marque and MacArthur. Saturday December 6, 1986.

Demonstration of Wortech Inc. pumping equipment
Demonstration of pumping equipment by Wortech, Inc.

Demonstration of Wortech Inc. pumping equipment
Demonstration of pumping equipment by Wortech, Inc.

Demonstration of Wortech Inc. pumping equipment
Demonstration of pumping equipment by Wortech, Inc.

High School Football game between Madison and Yates
High School Football playoff game between Madison and Yates at the Astrodome. Yates player being tackled. Friday November 21, 1986.

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