Coogfans Library - Books on UH

New and old books (and important papers) about the University of Houston, the system, departments, other campuses, and other significant milestones.

This is an evolving listing, but please feel free to put your reviews on the books below.


  • The municipal university as a community service institution, especially as exemplified in the aims, organization and growth of the University of Houston by James Chester Cochran
    University of Texas Austin, thesis
    Written 1950
    Digital copy


  • A history of the field of speech at the University of Houston by Joseph D Clark
    Published 1961
    UH Library


  • In time: An anecdotal history of the first fifty years of the University of Houston by Patrick James Nicholson
    Published 1977
    Amazon |

This is the story of the University of Houston, which, in 50 short years, grew from a tiny junior college struggling to exist in a high school into a system of four campuses with an enrollment of 40,000 students, expected to exceed 60,000 by 1990.

  • Eat 'Em Up, Cougars: Houston Football by Jerry Wizig
    Published 1977


  • A form of biological evolution : the history of the Biology Department of the University of Houston, 1927-1987 by Sara Huggins, Sara and Catherine Cominsky
    Published 1988
    UH Library


  • Open plan: the history of the College of Architecture - 1945-1995 by Drexel Turner
    Published 1995
    UH Library

  • The University of Houston : growth and expansion by Tyler Selle
    Published 1997
    UH Library


  • The University of Houston: Our Time : Celebrating 75 Years of Learning and Leading by Wendy Adair and Oscar Gutierrez
    Published 2001

  • Cougars of any Color: The Integration of University of Houston Athletics by Dr. Katherine Lopez
    Published 2008

After years of playing sub-par teams in weak athletic conferences, the University of Houston athletic program sought to overcome its underdog reputation by integrating its football and basketball programs in 1964. Cougar coaches Bill Yeoman and Guy V. Lewis knew the radical move would grant them access to a wealth of talented athletes untouched by segregated Southern programs, and brought on several talented black athletes in the fall semester, including Don Chaney, Elvin Hayes, and Warren McVea. By 1968, the Cougars had transformed into an athletic powerhouse and revolutionized the nature of collegiate athletics in the South. This book gives the Cougars athletes and coaches the recognition long denied them. It outlines the athletic department’s handling of the integration, the experiences of the school’s first black athletes, and the impact that the University of Houston’s integration had on other programs.


  • Autobiography of a Law School - Stories, memories, and interpretations of my sixty years at the University of Houston Law Center by Professor John Mixon
    Published 2012
    Amazon | Digital Copy

  • Houston Cougars in the 1960s: Death Threats, the Veer Offense, and the Game of the Century
    Published 2015

Houston Cougars in the 1960s features the first-person accounts of the players, the coaches, and others involved in the integration of collegiate athletics in Houston, telling the gripping story of the visionary coaches, the courageous athletes, and the committed supporters who blazed a trail not only for athletic success but also for racial equality in 1960s Houston.

This charming storybook provides alumni, children and fans of the University of Houston with the ultimate tribute to UH. Goodnight Cougars is reminiscent of the beloved classic, Goodnight Moon and pays tribute to all things UH. Simple rhymes and engaging illustrations create a guided tour of the University. From rowdy fans in Shasta Square to legendary Phi Slama Jama, each page invites readers to explore UH and discover special traditions along the way. It encourages young readers to become UH Alumni, too.

  • Son of Bum: Lessons My Dad Taught Me About Football and Life by Wade Phillips & Vic Carucci

The Denver Broncos coach and Super Bowl champion recalls his life and lessons learned from his father, NFL coach Bum Phillips, in this football memoir. Decorated National Football League coach Wade Phillips demonstrates in loving detail how much of his success, on and off the field, he owes to his father. A beloved character in NFL history, Bum taught Wade how to have perspective on the game during tough times—and that “coaching isn’t bitching.” Wade has since passed these and other lessons down to his son, Wes Phillips, an NFL coach himself. Known for his homespun, plain-talking ways, Wade is a groundbreaking coach who has long believed in using support and camaraderie—instead of punishment and anger—to inspire his players. And though his defensive concepts are revolutionary, he would say they begin with common sense. Son of Bum is more than one man’s memoir—it’s a story of family and football and a father who inspired his son.

  • Celebrating 50 Reasons We Are Hospitality by Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership
    Published 2019
    Digital copy

To mark Hilton College’s 50th anniversary in 2019, our communications team produced a special commemorative book. This collection of stories celebrates the 50 reasons why we are hospitality, as well as details just how far we’ve come since Conrad N. Hilton donated $1.5 million to establish this school on October 28, 1969.

  • On Site: 50 Years of Public Art of the University of Houston System by Maria C. Gaztambide and Alison de Lima Greene
    Published 2019

This beautifully designed publication commemorates the 50th anniversary of Public Art of the University of Houston System, including works by esteemed artists such as Carlos Cruz-Diez, Margo Sawyer, Alyson Shotz, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol.

  • Transformational University Leadership by Hilary L. Coulson, Yali Zou, and Frank Fernandez
    Published 2022
    Amazon, Emerald

Universities are facing budget crises and growing competition, with many leaders clinging to older methods of leadership. This results in institutions with unprecedented deficits, decreased enrolments, and low graduation rates. What tools are necessary to succeed in the ever-changing and diversifying higher education market? In this book, the authors provide a model for leading universities in rapidly changing environments. Using the University of Houston as their case study, examining the institution’s explosive growth under the transformative leadership of President Renu Khator and her team. The President’s success in the realms of fundraising, organizational architecture, development, crisis management, and building campus culture are all facets of a revolutionary leadership model that can be replicated as a new style of academic governance. Transformational University Leadership presents a model of leadership for higher education institutions in the 21st century.