Hip Hop Archival Collection
Over the last forty plus years, the cultural expression known as hip hop has proliferated and grown in expansive and important ways. Hip hop continues to impact societies across the world, even -- and especially -- here in Houston.
The Center is engaged in various projects—from creating an archive to developing innovative courses (RELI157 & RELI157X)—in order to highlight and appreciate hip hop’s cultural and social impact on local and global communities. CERCL's Hip Hop Archival Collection is housed at the Woodson Research Center Special Collections and University Archives in Rice’s Fondren Library. Exhibits, panel discussions and lectures increase the spotlight on hip-hop, preserve its importance for future generations, and underscore hip-hop’s role as a space where community and intellectual leadership is generated and cultivated.
The "Houston Hip Hop Archives Network," a partnership developed by the CERCL and the University of Houston Libraries for preserving the artifacts of Houston hip hop houses the materials in the CERCL Archival Collection.