The material located here online relates to the design of the Astrodome, Houston, Texas.

The larger physical collection is located at the Woodson Research Center, Fonden Library, Rice University, Houston, Texas. Houston-born Ralph Anderson Jr. (1923-1990) studied architecture at Rice Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in 1943. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge where he was wounded and awarded a medal for his bravery. After the war, he returned to Rice and continued his studies in architecture. He joined the architectural firm of Wilson, Morris and Crain and eventually rose to become a partner and later president of the company. The papers cover a broad spectrum of Ralph Anderson's life, including his family, school, university years, his combat service in World War II with the U.S. Army, and his professional life as an architect.

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  • Astrodome architectural rendering, exterior view 

    Anderson, Ralph, Jr. (1963)
    The Astrodome was the world's first domed sports stadium, located in Houston, Texas. It was designed by the architecture firms of Hermon Lloyd & W. B. Morgan, and Wilson, Morris, Crain and Anderson. It was completed in November 1964. Houston-born Ralph Anderson Jr. (1923-1990) studied architecture at Rice Institute, joined the architectural firm of ...