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Archives and Special Collections

  • UHD students boarding a bus during the 1970s

    Education for All

    Students boarding the bus outside One Main, late 1970s.
  • an artist's rendoring of the main elevator lobby of the m&m building

    Artistic Vision

    ​Main elevator lobby, Merchants and Manufacturer's building. Artist's rendition of the main entrance, 1928.

  • students take a break on the third floor in 1981

    Study Break

    ​Students taking a break between classes in the third floor hallway of One Main, 1981.

  • merchants and manufacturers building

    Merchants and Manufacturers Building

    The newly construction 11-story warehouse, office, and retail complex in its early years; mid 1930s.

  • view of downtown from current UHD site in 1929

    Across the Bayou

    ​View of downtown from the current site of UHD along the north banks of Buffalo Bayou, 1929.

  • view of one main plaza


    ​Front view of the One Main Plaza just after South Texas Junior College took up residence, 1967.


The University Archives and Special Collections are the home of the unique, rare, and historical materials of the University of Houston-Downtown. This includes books on Texas and Houston, the records of our predecessor, South Texas Junior College, and present-day UHD. From this landing page you can discover our history, browse images, look at our timeline, and even take a virtual walking tour of campus. We also welcome questions in person, on the 5th floor of the Library.

Last updated 5/16/2021 6:26 PM