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Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management Records

Identifier: 2009-016

These records contain 3 boxes relating to the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. 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.


  • 1960-2009

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3.0 linear feet

Historical Information

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

A significant portion of this material was given to the archives from the university Print Plant.

Guide to the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management Records
Stephanie Malone, Toshia Miracle, Mikaela Selley, and Bobby Marlin
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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