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Fran Brennan Architecture Photographic Records

Identifier: 2017-039

The collection consists of photographic prints, transparency and negative film in various formats, Polaroid prints, and samples of published projects from books and magazines. The collection illustrates changing trends in interior design over a period of three decades, thus providing an important record of the material culture of our society. Photographs in the collection appear in publications such as Houston Home and Garden, Houston Metropolitan Magazine, Houston Life, House Beautiful, Country Home, Traditional Home, Town and Country, Better Homes and Gardens, and more.


  • 1979-2006


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 his/her heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating 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.

Photocopy decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.


13 linear feet


This collection contains photographs from various projects across Fran Brennan's career. Photographic prints, transparency and negative film in various formats, Polaroid prints, and samples of published projects from books and magazines.

Biographical Information

Fran Brennan is a professional photographer known for her photographs of architectural interiors. Shortly after receiving her BFA from the University of Houston, Brennan began work as a fashion illustrator for two Houston department stores, Foley’s and Battlestein’s. Brennan subsequently joined the staff of Houston Home & Garden Magazine. Beginning as a darkroom assistant and shooting black and white ads for the magazine, Brennan eventually rose to become the magazine’s Director of Photography. As Director of Photography, Brennan managed a local photography staff as well as that of the magazine’s sister publication, Dallas Fort Worth Home & Garden. Following the sale of Houston Home & Garden and the subsequent closure of the magazine's in-house photography department, Brennan began freelance work for various prominent national magazines. Brennan’s work has appeared in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Town & Country, Southern Accents, Traditional Home, Country Home, Milieu, The New York Times, Wedding Southern Style, and many books. Brennan still lives and works in Houston.

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired from Fran Brennan in December, 2017.

Guide to the Fran Brennan Architecture Photographic Records
Stephen James, Joseph Lueck
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA