About Us


A Decade of Service

In November 2002 the Commissioners Court created the first county archives as a component of a Records Management Program in Texas. By the end of the month the first archivist was hired with a second hired in February 2005. The archives officially opened to researchers in April 2005 with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony presided over by Harris County Judge Robert Eckels.



The Harris County Archives is currently a part of the County Clerk’s Office and is permanently located at 11525 Todd Street, Suite 300, Houston, Texas 77055, sharing space with the County Clerk’s Archives.

The archives continues to provide professional archives services for Harris County government and citizens.



Since April of 2004 the staff has provided over 6300 hours of reference service to both county government departments and researchers by answering 2400 queries, paging 7100 records, and accommodating over 930 research visits to the reference room.



The holdings of the archives include approximately 6400 bound volumes, 3600 cubic feet of processed and unprocessed records, 637 bound volumes of the Houston Post, and over 14,000 rolls of microfilm including departmental records and the Houston Chronicle and Houston Post newspapers (1976 – 2001). Additionally, the archives includes over 600 volumes of scrapbooks and maps, photographs, video and film. The Harris County Archives is capable of providing digital copies of the records in its collection.



The work of establishing an archives from nothing but shell space and 22 pallets of tax records could not have been accomplished without the over 10,000 hours donated to the archives by auxiliary personnel including community service workers, interns, and volunteers. If interested in volunteering in the archives please contact the county archivist.


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