Members of Club Cultural Recreativo México Bello. Felix Tijerina, Sr., Family Papers MSS 0108-0033.
Members of Club Cultural Recreativo México Bello. Felix Tijerina, Sr., Family Papers MSS 0108-0033.

Circus poster. Heiser-Alban Collection of Circus Historical Materials MSS 0257.
Circus poster. Heiser-Alban Collection of Circus Historical Materials MSS 0257.

J. H. Jemison, founder of the Franklin Beauty School. Franklin Beauty School Collection RG D 0044-0280.
J. H. Jemison, founder of the Franklin Beauty School. Franklin Beauty School Collection RG D 0044-0280.

Archival Collections

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. The diversity of the thousands of archival collections held at HMRC can be seen in materials such as-

  • The Felix Tijerina, Sr., Family Papers (MSS 0108) contain materials that document this prominent Houstonian's extraordinary participation in the advancement of Houston's Mexican-American communities. Mr. Tijerina, a restaurant owner, was active in LULAC and chief sponsor of the "Little School of the 400."


  • The Heiser-Alban Collection of Circus Historical Materials MSS (0257) collection contains periodicals, clippings, correspondence, photographs, posters, and other memorabilia relating to the circus from the collection of Joseph Matthew Heiser, Jr. ( 1897-1987), a well-known Houston naturalist and long-time circus fan who served in both World Wars and was employed by the Texas Company as an accountant. The collection documents the circus mainly through its advertising material. It contains over 800 posters from the 1890s to the present, as well as several hundred date sheets, most from Texas performers and specifically the Houston region. The collection also contains brochures, handbills, window cards, programs, and an extensive collection of newspaper clippings.


  • The Franklin Beauty School Collection (RG D 0044) consists of many different types of documents from the operation of the beauty school. These documents include student registration forms, the Franklin Beauty School's publications and flyers, correspondence relating to students, payroll records, taxes and business records. There are also records relating to agencies and organizations auxiliary to The Franklin Beauty School, but were important to the school's practice. Documents were retained from trade organizations such as the City Wide Beautician's Association as well as state agencies governing labor laws, including the Texas State Board and the Texas State Employment Commission. J.H. Jemison's personal business records are included in this collection as well.


  • The Calvin Wheat Collection (MSS 0064) contains photographic works from Mr. Wheat's personal collection. Many of these photographs are relevant to Houston history during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to photographs, Mr. Wheat's personal records are part of the collection. The documents contained in the collection reflect Mr. Wheat's interest in photography and photographic equipment.
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