Farmers with produce. Frank J. Schlueter/Bank of the Southwest Collection MSS 0100-0095.
Farmers with produce. Frank J. Schlueter/Bank of the Southwest Collection MSS 0100-0095.

About the HMRC

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 is one of three units within Houston Public Library System's Special Collections Division-

  • The Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research is the third-largest municipal genealogical research facility in the country. The Center was founded in 1921 in the Julia Ideson Building in downtown Houston with a special collection for genealogical research. In 1968, the collection was moved to the Clayton home at 5300 Caroline St. and renamed the Clayton Library.


  • The African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston’s first colored public school located in historic Freedmen’s Town, serves as a resource and repository to preserve, promote, and celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans in Houston, the surrounding region and the African Diaspora.
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