Photographic Archive Database

Barges tied up at Allen's Landing

Barges tied up at Allen's Landing at the foot of Main Street, rail mounted dragline unloading barge and horse drawn carts in foreground, looking down Main Street.

The Photographic Archives Database contains 139,024 records of photographs selected from approximately four million images in the Houston Metropolitan Research Center's (HMRC) archival collections. The searchable records offer glimpses of day-to-day life in Houston and Texas from the 1860s to the 1980s, and cover subjects such as farming, industry, oil exploration, transportation, festivals, parades, natural disasters, and cultural, civic and sporting events.


  • Work by commercial photographers such as William Fritz, George Beach, Frank Schlueter, Bert Brandt, and Joseph Litterst
  • Street, park and bayou scenes in Houston, as well as aerial views and skylines
  • Architecture: residences, businesses, hotels, churches, theaters and schools
  • Famous Houstonians like Jesse H. Jones, Howard Hughes, Colonel House, Alfred C. Finn, Mr. and Mrs. Hobby, and Rev. Jack Yates
  • Early twentieth century postcards and cartes de visite portraying Houstonians from the 1860's and early 1870's on photographic visiting cards
  • Local news photographs

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