About UHCL Archives & Special Collections
The University of Houston-Clear Lake Archives & Special Collections, established in 1989, support research, access, and preservation of their collections. The Archives serve as the repository of non-current records of University of Houston-Clear Lake. They include the Johnson Space Center (JSC) History Collection, and materials relating to human space flight and Clear Lake area history. These materials are open for research to UHCL students, alumni, faculty, staff and the general public.
The University Archives consist of records, photographs, publications, periodicals, oral histories, broadsides and subject files document the founding and development of University of Houston-Clear Lake. Search select finding aids in the Digital Commons @ UHCL.
Finding aids for all university records, photographs, periodicals, broadsides and oral histories exist in paper format within UHCL Archives.
Clear Lake Area Collections
The Clear Lake Area Collection contains records documenting individuals and organizations contributing to the development of the Clear Lake area, including local organizations and neighborhoods like Timber Cove.
The Timber Cove Collection was created in 2008 for the 50th anniversary of the Timber Cove neighborhood. It contains records of the Taylor Lake Development Company and Timber Cove Recreation Association, oral histories, scrapbooks and assorted memoirs.
Finding aids can be searched in the Institutional Repository @ UHCL.
Human Space Flight Collection
The Human Space Flight Collection contains personal papers collected from individuals involved in the space industry and related to the support of human space flight. Finding Aids can be searched in the Institutional Repository @ UHCL.
JSC History Collection
These records cover more than 40 years of NASA-manned spaceflight. They include Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), Shuttle, Space Station Freedom, Center Records, General Reference, and the JSC Oral History Project. This collection is housed at UHCL through an agreement with NASA and the National Archives and are open to all researchers.
Two NASA databases are available to search collections:
History Search Index
The History Search Index searches to the document level within the chronological files of Apollo, ASTP, Skylab, Early Shuttle, General Reference, and the Oral History series.
Archives Search Index
The Archives Search Index searches to the folder level within the Center, Shuttle, Station, Skylab, General Reference, and ASTP Series.
Institutional Repository @ UHCL
The Institutional Repository @ UHCL is a digital service provided by Neumann Library that preserves and provides access to the scholarship and creative works produced and owned by the University of Houston-Clear Lake community.
Visit our online exhibit page to view current and past exhibits, contribute to an item, browse collections, and more.
Access & Guidelines
- Reference requests may be submitted by email (preferred), telephone (281-283-3962), or in person (appointment required).
- UHCL Archives staff will make every effort to acknowledge remote reference requests within one business day; actual turnaround time for reference requests varies depending on the scope of inquiry and Archives workload; no rush requests please.
- Due to staff limitations, archives staff cannot perform document scanning requests of more than 30 documents at 50 pages each; photograph scanning requests are handled on a case by case basis and may require additional time.
- Any reference request that requires research assistance beyond one hour of staff time will require a proxy researcher. Requests that involve extensive searches through a variety of sources are considered extended research.
- Archives staff cannot perform extended research, interpret information nor provide appraisal of books, artifacts, manuscripts, or other material.
Guidelines for Using Materials in the Archives
Use of the Reading Room
- All patrons must complete a research registration form and sign the visitor’s log daily.
- Food, drink, gum, and tobacco products are not permitted in the Archives.
- Use of cellular phones is not permitted; please take calls outside of the reading room.
- Any personal belongings not essential to research must be stored in the designated location. Researchers may use loose paper, index cards, or mobile computing devices (cases must be stored) for taking notes. Photographic equipment may be used on a case-by-case basis.
Use of Materials
- Only pencils may be used. Do not mark, fold, lean on or mutilate documents in any way.
- Only one box may be on the study table at a time and only one folder may be removed from the box at a time. Keep all material in the order in which you receive it.
- Photocopying is permitted unless the item is fragile, exceptionally valuable, or too large and limited to single copies for the patron’s reference use only. Photocopying decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Archives staff. Do not separate material you wish to have reproduced; please consult a staff member about the way you should identify material for photocopying.
- The records and other materials do not circulate; they must remain in the Archives reading room.
- Theft, destruction or mutilation of these materials is a crime.
- The reference collection in the reading room is available for researcher access. Please do not re-shelve books after use.
- The reading room computer is for archives reference only.
- These materials are provided for reference use only. The patron agrees to publish no portion of them without the written permission of the copyright holder and the patron assumes sole responsibility for any infringement of the literary rights, copyrights, or other rights which pertain to these materials.
- The patron agrees to give the department a copy of any publication which relies heavily upon its collections.
- University records citations should follow this format:
[Item description], Name of Collection, #collection number, University of Houston-Clear Lake Archives.
- JSC History Collection records citations should follow this format:
[Item description, Box number, Series Name], JSC History Collection, University of Houston-Clear Lake Archives
UHCL and NASA Citations
University Archives records citations should follow this format:
"Document title," Date. Box number, Folder number, Name of collection (collection number), University of Houston-Clear Lake Archives.
"An Assessment of the Logistics/Orbiter Discrepant Hardware Process Flow," 2 March 1993. Box 1, Folder 7, Richard Burghduff Papers (#2017-0003), University of Houston-Clear Lake Archives.
JSC History Collection records citations should follow this format:
“Document title,” Date, Box number, Subseries/Collection (if applicable), Series. JSC History Collection, University of Houston - Clear Lake Archives.
“Quarantined Astronauts,” 10 July 1969, Box 78-54, Apollo Series. JSC History Collection, University of Houston-Clear Lake Archives.
Guides from the Society of American Archivists
Other Houston Area Archives and Special Collections
- JSC History Portal
- University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
- Rice University - Woodson Research Center
- University of St. Thomas Archives
- Houston Metropolitan Research Center
- Harris County Archives
- Rosenberg Library - Special Collections
- Rosenberg Library - Galveston and Texas History Center
- Brazoria County Historical Museum
- Herzstein Library - San Jacinto Museum of History
- HAM-TMC Library - McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center
- MD Anderson Cancer Center Historical Resources Center
- The Museum of Fine Arts Houston Archives
- Menil Collection Archives
Contact Us & Donations
Erin Henry (part-time/temporary)
Roberto Nañes (part-time/temporary)
Alfred R. Neumann Library
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX 77058-1002
The collection welcomes materials from individuals documenting roles at NASA Johnson Space Center or involvement in the growth and development of the Clear Lake community. These can include:
- Personal papers.
Information can be from neighborhood associations, clubs, boards, charities, and other organizations.
Materials to be donated should be pest-free and packed in a clean box. If you live in the greater Houston/Galveston area, the UHCL Archives staff will be happy to pick up the donation from you. After donation, all records will be arranged, re-housed into acid-free boxes, and described in the UHCL Archives online database for researchers to find.
Contact UHCL Archives for more information or to discuss a donation.
Donating Your Personal Records
The Society of American Archivists (SAA) provides information on how to donate your personal or family records to a repository, including what information should be donated.