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What materials are in the Cruiser Houston Collection?

The Cruiser Houston Collection contains materials related to the U.S.S. Houston (CA-30) and its crew. These materials include letters, photographs, documents, copies of the Blue Bonnet (the ship's newsletter), newspaper clippings, publications, and audio and videotapes. Included in the collection are materials related to Houston crew members' experiences as prisoners-of-war during World War II. Some material is also available on the U.S.S. Houston (CL-81) and the U.S.S. Houston (SSN-713). Several related collections include additional information about the U.S.S. Houston (CA-30) and early history of the U.S.S. Houston (CA-30).

How can I come look at materials in the Cruiser Houston Collection?

You may view materials by visiting the Special Collections reading room in the M.D. Anderson Library, on the main campus of the University of Houston. You may use the Cruiser Houston Collection finding aid to help identify material that you would like to see. Materials will be brought out from our climate-controlled, secure stacks area at your request. A valid driver's license is required for identification.

Special Collections is located on the 2nd floor of the Library, at the top of the staircase in the atrium, also accessible by the red elevators.

More about visitng Special Collections.

Do you accept donations of material to the collection?

Due to space limitations and a preference for original historic materials, after 25 years of collecting we now limit what we accept into the collection. We will still welcome larger sets of original photographs, letters, and documents from the period 1929 through 1945, as well as original diaries and scrapbooks. We no longer accept framed items, memorabilia such as menus, stamps, or coins, three-dimensional items, photocopies, scans, or post-WWII items.

How can I view Cruiser Houston items that are on exhibit?

Please come visit our permanent USS Houston (CA-30) exhibition on the 2nd floor of M.D. Anderson Library.

May I request copies of materials from the collection?

You may request photocopies or digital images from the Cruiser Houston Collection and related collections.

How can I get in touch with the U.S.S. Houston Survivors Association, Next Generation or have my name added to the mailing list for the Blue Bonnet (U.S.S. Houston Survivors Association, Next Generation newsletter)?

You may contact the U.S.S. Houston Survivors Association/Next Generations at contact@usshouston.org.

What are some other resources for learning about the U.S.S. Houston (CA-30)?

A bibliography of selected books about the U.S.S. Houston (CA-30), and links to web sites for further research are available on our Resources page.

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