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Level of description
Ronald McDonald House, Houston records
0.5 cubic feet (1 box)
Name of creator
Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home-like place for families to stay while their children are receiving treatment in the hospital. The Houses were the idea of Fred Hill of the Philadelphia Eagles football team, when he and his wife needed a place to stay while their daughter Kim underwent treatment for leukemia at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia in 1974. Houston’s first Ronald McDonald House, funded in part by the Houston Oilers, opened at 1550 La Concha lane, near the Astrodome, in 1981. It had 21 bedrooms but was soon outgrown and replaced with a 50-bedroom House nearer the Texas Medical Center, near Holcomb Boulevard and Cambridge Street, in 1997. There is also a 20-room House inside Texas Children’s Hospital (2002) and a 14-room one inside Children’s Memorial Hermann (2007).
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Scope and content
The Ronald McDonald House, Houston records contains correspondence, invitations, benefits, Herald Oncology Services of Texas, Inc., friends of the Ronald McDonald House, and love notes.
Subjects: Support Services
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No restrictions to access.
Materials are in good condition.
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Copyright restrictions may apply
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Immediate source of acquisition
Source is unknown. Assumed to be creator.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
Accruals are not expected for this collection.
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Related archival materials
- Citation: Ronald McDonald House, Houston records; IC 073; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.
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- Ronald McDonald House (Houston, Tex.) (Subject)