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Astrodome Memories: Library To Create Digital Archive Of Stadium’s History

The archive will include photos, videos, oral histories and other memorabilia chronicling the past 50 years of the stadium’s history.

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A photograph of many bands playing at the Astrodome.
KUHT-TV. Band day. 1953 – 2011. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library.

 

The entire Astrodome Memories collection will be accessible through the Houston Public Library’s website. It’s expected to include oral histories, photos, videos and even blueprints of the stadium.

Vince Lee is with the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections. The group is contributing some of its memorabilia.

“The Astrodome has a special memory for each and every one within the community,” Lee said. “Over time it’s hosted so many events.”

That’s why compiling 50 years of Astrodome history is no small task. The University of Houston library is choosing from its collection of more than 600 photographs, pamphlets and news clippings, and it’s just one of seven groups contributing to the project. Lee says he hopes the effort will inspire Houstonians to share their own Astrodome stories.

“There are individuals, there are collectors that have a lot of ephemera and materials that may be in private hands that they may be willing to contribute to this project,” he said.

The archive is expected to launch in spring 2015. County commissioners are still undecided over the fate of the Dome, but they’re considering a plan to turn it into a giant indoor park.

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