University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management Records



Overview of the Collection

Creator Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
Collection Title Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management Records
Dates 1960-2009
Identification 2009-016
Physical Description 3.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

Historical Note:

Establishing the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

When Conrad N. Hilton traveled through Cisco, Texas, in 1919, the only bed available to him was a couch in the lobby of the Mobley Hotel. Conrad Hilton slept on that couch, and then, on the spot, he bought the hotel. Hilton built his empire by decisively seizing opportunity, and in August 1969, he saw his biggest single opportunity yet.

Building a Hospitality College — From the Ground Up

In August 1969, James Taylor, the College's first dean, presented Eric Hilton, Conrad N. Hilton's son, with blueprints, plans and specifications for a hospitality college to be located at the University of Houston. Eric Hilton shared the plans with his brother Barron. "We both thought what an honor it would be to have a school like this in Texas where our father really got his start," explained Eric.

The brothers presented the plans to Conrad Hilton, who immediately pledged $1.5 million to the project. Classes began on September 16, 1969, and in October, the president of the University of Houston, Phillip Hoffman, hosted a black tie dinner in Conrad Hilton's honor.

"We are honored to be associated with one of the world's most outstanding and successful men in the hotel industry. His name, his gift and his interest in our program will contribute greatly to the development of one of the finest schools of this type anywhere," said President Hoffman.

Providing Opportunities

Today, students work and learn in a $28.8 million complex that includes the 86-room Hilton University of Houston Hotel, a 40,000 square-foot conference center, two full-service restaurants, three ballrooms, banquet facilities, a wine cellar and numerous labs and test kitchens. In the nearly 40 years since the college's founding, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has contributed more than $45 million in scholarships, endowed faculty chairs, building expansions and updates.

Conrad N. Hilton hoped to provide a hospitality college in which men and women could learn from those who came before them and appreciate the cross-section of contemporary life represented within our industry. He wanted "to give students...the opportunity that I did not have."

Conrad N. Hilton's vision is our reality, and our students continue to make the Hilton family proud.


Scope and Contents

These records contain 3 boxes relating to the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. A significant portion of this material was given to the archives from the university Print Plant. Material includes correspondence, course information, event flyers, posters, proposals, certificates, stationary, promotional material, invitations, newsletters, published material, newspapers, memorandum, proposals, and two plaques. This collection is arranged chronologically and alphabetically as necessary. Material ranges in date from the 1960s to 2009.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research

Conditions Governing Use:

The material in this collection is in the public domain. However, Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, and all reproduction restrictions apply.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
University of Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management Records. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.


Detailed List of Contents

Box Folder
1 1-4 undated



Box Folder
1 5 1969-1979



Box Folder
1 6 1980-1983



Box Folder
1 7 1984-1986



Box Folder
1 8 1987-1989



Box Folder
1 9 1990-1999



Box Folder
1 10 2000-2002



Box Folder
1 11 2003-2004



Box Folder
1 12 2005-2006



Box Folder
1 13 2007-2008



Box Folder
1 14 2009-2010



Box Folder
1 15 Acta Diurna newspaper 1974



Box Folder
1 16 Acta Diurna newspaper 1975



Box Folder
1 17 Acta Diurna newspaper 1976



Box Folder
1 18 Acta Diurna newspaper 1977



Box Folder
1 19 Inside the Hilton newsletter 2004



Box Folder
1 20 Innsider magazine 1997-2005



Box Folder
1 21 Continuing Education 1970s



Box Folder
1 22 Continuing Education 2006-2008



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1 23 Continuing Education - “Lifelong Learning: An Organizational Proposal” December 21, 1978



Box Folder
1 24 Continuing Education - Mission Self-Study Program Inventory 1974



Box Folder
1 25 Events



Box Folder
1 26 Memorandum 1967-1968



Box Folder
1 27 Memorandum 1975



Box Folder
1 28 Memorandum 1978-1980



Box Folder
2 1 Memorandum - Dean’s Conference 1975



Box Folder
2 2 Memorandum - Faculty Senate 1975



Box Folder
2 3 Memorandum - Half Century Campaign 1979



Box Folder
2 4 Memorandum - Reshaping the University 1992



Box Folder
2 5 Miscellaneous



Box Folder
2 6 Newspaper clippings April 1990



Box Folder
2 7 Proposals undated



Box Folder
2 8 Proposals 1967-1968



Box Folder
2 9 Proposals 2003-2008



Box Folder
2 10 Stationary



Box Item
3 1-2 University Plaques