Private Donations

The University Archives is happy to receive materials related to the university from private individuals, particularly UH students and alumni. Such materials shed light on campus life at the university, and help provide a richer, more colorful, and more personal history of the University of Houston.

Typical items accepted:

  • Materials that describe your personal experience at UH (diaries, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, etc.)
  • Records of student organizations
  • Printed material (student publications, programs, flyers, posters, etc.) Note: We do not currently accept Houstonian yearbooks or back issues of the Daily Cougar
  • Artifacts and memorabilia related to UH (we are limited to what we can collect in this area)
  • Audiovisual media related to UH

Please keep in mind that the University Archives accepts electronic formats; including emails, documents, websites, photographs, and audio video.

Steps for Private Donations

  • Contact the University Archivist to schedule an appraisal. 
  • The university archivist will determine whether the materials are appropriate for the University Archives.
  • They will also speak with you about gifts to the university and how to prepare you materials for donation.
  • Donations to the University Archives are considered gifts, which then become property of the University Archives. The Archives will not accept materials on loan or a temporary basis.
  • The donor will be asked to fill out a Deed of Gift, which formally transfers ownership of the materials to the University Archives.
  • Please do not drop materials off at Special Collections without prior arrangements.