University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Harper Leiper Studios Houston Aerial Photographs

Overview of the Collection

Creator Harper Leiper Studios
Collection Title Harper Leiper Studios Houston Aerial Photographs
Dates 1976-1982
Identification 2007-016
Physical Description 0.50 Linear Feet
Language of Materials No linguistic content
Repository University of Houston Libraries
M.D. Anderson Library, 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX, 77204-2000, URL:, Phone: 713-743-9750

Historical Note:

The city began on August 30, 1836, when Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen ran an advertisement in the Telegraph and Texas Register for the "Town of Houston." The town-site, which featured a mixture of timber and grassland, was on the level Coastal Plain in the middle of the future Harris County, at 95.4° west longitude and 30.3° north latitude. When first formed in 1949 the Houston Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area covered only Harris County and had a population of 806,701 people. The increasing use of automobiles also led to the building of expressways in the 1950s that extended over 200 miles by 1990. The prosperity after World War II brought the world famous Galleria shopping mall with its interior ice-skating rink in 1970. In the ordering of urban space Houston politicians and voters have continually rejected the use of zoning. The lack of zoning has not affected development to any great extent, however, since heavy industry concentrated in the area of the ship channel and subdivisions controlled construction through deed restrictions. This casual attitude toward land use encouraged business expansion.


Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Houston, Texas." Accessed March 5, 2009

Scope and Contents

The Harper Leiper Studios Houston Aerial Photographs Collection contains aerial photographs of Houston during the 1970s and early 1980s taken by commercial photographers Harper Leiper Studios.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Geographic Name:
Houston (Tex.) -- History
Houston (Tex.) -- Pictorial works

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Harper Leiper Studios Houston Aerial Photographs, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Acquisition Information:

John Gilderbloom, University of Louisville

Detailed List of Contents

Box Folder
1 1 Westheimer-East September 1976

Box Folder
1 2 Downtown Houston September 1976

Box Folder
1 3 Bellaire October 1976

Box Folder
1 4 Downtown Houston November, 1976

Box Folder
1 5 Sharpstown May 1976

Box Folder
1 6 Hempstead April 1979

Box Folder
1 7 Downtown November 1979

Box Folder
1 8 Westheimer-East May 1980

Box Folder
1 9 [Westheimer-East] May 1981
(4 copies)

Box Folder
1 10 Untitled October, 1981

Box Folder
1 11 Untitled March 1982

Box Folder
1 12 Bellaire September 1982

Box Folder
1 13 Bellaire October 1982