Texas Room, circa 1930.
Texas Room, circa 1930.

Section of 1869 Wood Map of Houston.
Section of 1869 Wood Map of Houston.

Texas Room

The Texas Room is the primary reading room for viewing HMRC materials. In addition to providing a space for customers to view and study HMRC materials, the Texas Room houses a number of significant research resources.


  • Collection of approximately 14,000 books of Texana and regional history
  • A collection of local and regional yearbooks from junior high schools, high schools, colleges, and universities
  • Maps of Houston from 1837 to the present such as the 1837 Borden survey and the 1904 P. Whitty street guide
  • Early maps of the Heights and Harrisburg
  • Topographic maps of many Texas cities
  • Aerial photos of Houston from 1835 to 1990
  • Sanborn fire insurance maps and Bracey's block maps
  • Early maps of Texas and the Southwest

City Directories

  • Houston city directories from the 19th century to present
  • City directories from many other Texas cities

Newspapers and Vertical Files

  • Extensive collection of 19th century Houston and Galveston newspapers
  • Microfilmed copies of the Houston Defender, the Houston Informer, and the Houston Forward Times
  • Microfilmed copies of the Jewish Herald-Voice and the San Antonio Jewish Weekly
  • Thousands of files of clippings offering otherwise unavailable ease of access to local newspaper coverage of Houston history. To see a list of available files, click here.
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