Houston History: Archives, Magazine, and Oral History

When Dr. Joe Pratt relocated the Houston History magazine to UH from the Houston Public Library, he recognized the aptness of a magazine supported by a research component (UH Oral History Project) and a repository for archival records and oral histories (Houston History Archives). So in 2005, Pratt created the linked components of the Houston History Project, now the Welcome Wilson Houston History Collaborative, in the Center for Public History.

Our exhibit reveals the reach of the Houston History Collaborative through magazine covers highlighted by notable features, including profiles of archival holdings. Both magazine articles and digital recordings demonstrate the utility of oral history research. Of special note are UH student articles and projects in print and digital formats.

ARCHIVES: Preserving archival collections and oral histories while sponsoring exhibits and student projects. Collections reflect major themes in Houston's growth and development: energy, environmental, and ethnic history.

MAGAZINE: Publishing three issues per year on an array of historical and cultural topics while providing digital history, research, and publishing experience to UH undergraduate and graduate students.

ORAL HISTORY: Conducting and processing oral histories for magazine features, digital history projects, and archival preservation while training UH students in the best practices of public history research.

About the Exhibit


1st Floor MD Anderson Library


June 12-December 18, 2015