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Discover Houston Tours Records

Identifier: MS 0522
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

The Discover Houston Tour Records contain documents and artifacts related to the tours and research of Sandra Lord of Discover Houston Tours. Tour itineraries, research, and business-related material document the formation and continuation of the company and its tours around the Houston area.


  • Creation: 1988-2013


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Discover Houston Tours Records, MS 522, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical Note

Sandra Lord is a Certified Professional Guide, writer, researcher, trainer and vocational historian and has written, edited, and performed research for over 100 articles and books. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. In July 1988 she began offering guided walking tours for individuals, children’s groups, seniors’ groups, Leisure Learning Unlimited, and other organizations and has researched and designed hundreds of itineraries for walking and step-on tours and conducted training and educational programs for individuals interested in learning more about Houston. She co-founded the Professional Tour Guide Association of Houston, which meets monthly to determine the educational and experiential requirements necessary for the designation "Certified Professional Guide" in Houston.


20 Linear Feet (20 boxes)

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The Discover Houston Tours Records contain information about tours Lord gave around Houston, supplemental material for tour content (including newspaper clippings, brochures, and notes), general information about leading tours, and business documents of her tour company.

Acquisition Information

The materials were given to Woodson Research Center by Sandra Lord in 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2019.


Guide to the Discover Houston Tours Records, 1988-2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA