The Harris County Archives, in partnership with the Harris County Public Library, has identified and digitized many photographs, letters, deeds, plans, and articles that relate to the construction of the Astrodome during the 1960s. Some of these records were used in exhibits on the Astrodome Memories website, while others remain in the Harris County Digital Archive. County records related to the Astrodome were found in a variety of collections, including the offices of the County Judge, County Attorney, Commissioner Squatty Lyons, Treasurer, Auditor, Engineer, and Surveyor.
This digitization project was underwritten by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Architectural plans, plats, and surveys
Plans for the roof framing and street layout, a plat for the 276 acres for the stadium, and surveys of the 3 tracts of land.
Bonds and bond certificates
Documents relating to the bond election to fund the construction of the Astrodome as well as bond certificates.
Letters to and from the County regarding the planning and construction of the Astrodome.
Souvenir programs, invitations, official statements, contracts, reports related to the Astrodome.
Harris County Judge William Elliott Records
Forty-four photographs of the construction of the Astrodome, including the excavation for the site, laying of the foundation and basements, and interior and exterior framing.