Manuscript Collections


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MC001 - E. A. "Squatty" Lyons Papers (1930 - 1994)

  • Twenty-two scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, printed materials, correspondence, photographs, and political ephemera document the political career and interests of E. A. “Squatty” Lyons and provide a record of Harris County government from 1943 – 1990.

MC002 - Glenn A. Perry Papers (1935 - 1950)

  • One scrapbook, three photographs, and two fezzes document Glenn A. Perry’s term as Harris County Judge (1944 – 1950). The scrapbook contains primarily newspaper clippings recording the functions of the Harris County government. Of particular interest is the concentration of the articles from the local and statewide press on juvenile and child welfare concerns.

MC003 - Abstracts of Title (individually donated)

  • An abstract of title traces the conveyances and encumbrances on a piece of property from the original grant forward. It also contains a certification by the abstractor that the history is complete and accurate. Abstracts are a condensed history of a specific parcel of land and can be a valuable reference tool.

  • For the complete list of abstracts in the Harris County Archives, please see Pathfinders.

MC004 - Charles L. Brace Papers (1877 - 1975)

  • Maps, printed materials, newspaper clippings and legal records document the professional work of Charles R. Brace (1881 – 1960), a real-estate developer and builder in the Houston area from the mid-1920’s until the early 1950’s.

  • Seven of the maps from the collection are digitized and available on the Map Collection page.

MC005 - Houston Cotton Exchange Records. (1880 - 1933)

  • Organizational records, printed materials, a financial report, and correspondence document the Houston Cotton Exchange and Board of Trade.

MC006 - James H. Bray Papers

MC007 - Harris County Tax Rolls (State Comproller Copies)

MC008 - Bob Eckels Papers

MC009 - Dr. Joseph A. Jachimczyk (1874 - 2005)

  • Newspaper clippings, printed materials, photographs, correspondence, and artifacts, document the personal and professional work of Dr. Joseph A. Jachimczyk (1923-2004), Harris County’s Chief Medical Examiner (1960-1995) for 35 years. The collection is divided into nine series: Correspondence, Subject Files, Legal, Creative Works, Printed Materials, Monographs, Photographs, Scrapbooks, and Artifacts.

MC010 - J. E. "Mac" McCain Photograph Collection (1978 -1999)

  • Photographs, administrative records, manuals, minutes, a VHS and audio tape, and printed materials document the professional and personal interests of Mac McCain. Of particular interest are the 46 albums of photographs (1978 - 1991)recording county employees, elected officials, and events.

MC011 - A. J. Wagner Company, Inc. Records (1908 - 1910)

  • Two volumes of financial records document the business activities of the A. J. Wagner Company, Inc. in Bryan, Navasota, Mexia, and Cameron, Texas, from its inception to its declaration of bankruptcy in August 1910.

MC013 - Women Professionals in Government Records (1987 - 2010)

  • Four annual scrapbooks, two scholarship committee scrapbooks, one 2nd Vice President scrapbook, loose photographs, and a Senate Resolution document the professional, social, and educational involvement of the Women Professionals in Government organization from 1987-2010. Harris County employees and elected officials have been involved in positions of leadership in WPG since its inception.

MC014 - Frank F. Spata Map Collection

  • Two plat books and twenty-two plat maps (1906-1993) document the development of the city of Houston, Harris County, Fort Bend County, and Brazoria County, Texas. Of particular interest are the maps of the Fourth Ward prior to the redevelopment in the late 1990s, Houston’s Freedman’s Town, and the downtown area of Houston.

MC015 - Jim Fonteno Papers

MC016 - John Peters Papers

MC017 - Bond Certification Records (1894 - 1949)

MC018 - Vera Dial Harris Scrapbook Collection (1937 - 1973)

  • Photographs, printed materials, newspaper clippings, and correspondence document the professional career of Vera Dial Harris as a Negro County Home Demonstration Agent in Austin and Harris County from 1937 until her retirement in 1973.

MC019 - Clayton Library Friends Microfilm Collection

MC020 - Rosemary Parks Collection

MC021 - Jack Cato Papers

  • Photographs, newspaper and magazine articles, correspondence, a WNET radio program transcript, printed materials, a scrapbook, recorded materials and a caricature document the professional and political careers of Jack Cato (1953 – 2006), reporter and Harris County Treasurer. Ninety-seven digital images record Cato's from his high school years as a puppeteer in an early children’s television through his tenure as Harris County Treasurer.

MC022 - Walter W. Whitson Papers

MC023 - Houston Post Newspaper Collection

MC024 - Robert A. Eckels Papers

MC025 - William G. Sharman Papers

  • Correspondence, photographs, printed materials, and artifacts document the life of life-long Harris County employee and Precinct 3 Commissioner (1921 - 1932) William G. Sharman. Of particular importance are 3 photographs recording the 1910 courthouse prior to the 1952 renovations and correspondence discussing the county road camps.

MC026 - Jefferson Davis Hospital Auxiliary Records

  • Fifty-six items including requests for reimbursement, membership lists, correspondence, minutes and printed materials document the work of the Jefferson Davis Hospital Auxiliary from 1972 – 1976.

MC027 - Gene Zaboroski Papers

  • Printed materials including campaign posters, a brochure, a handbill, copies of 2 commissions, newspaper articles, and political advertisements, document three campaigns of Gene Zaboroski for Justice of the Peace of Precinct 6 and later Precinct 4-1 in Harris County, Texas, 1966 - 1974. Two newspaper articles discuss the Juergen Store (1974) and Zaboroski’s donation to Harris County Precinct 3 (2004) of family-owned land, buildings, and artifacts which would become the foundation for Cypress Top Historical Park.

MC028 - A. E. Amerman Collection

MC030 - Carol Vance Scrapbook Collection

MC031 - Roy F. Campbell Scrapbook Collection (Digital)

  • Correspondence, election materials, photographs and newspaper clippings document the life and career of Roy Forsythe Campbell from 1890 – 1957. Of particular interest are letters announcing his admission to the bar including his exam results, the oath of office taken in 1925 as judge of the 80th District Court, a 1925 election poster, a push card from 1918, and photographs of Campbell and his family. A photograph taken in January 1940 of the 80th District Court shows the interior of a courtroom in the Harris County Courthouse prior to renovation in 1952. Records in this collection were selected and digitized from a scrapbook created by Helen Elizabeth Campbell Gose, Roy F. Campbell’s daughter.

MC032 - William Look Papers

MC033 - Houston Post Police Beat Records

MC034 - H. M. Hobbs Scrapbook Collection

MC035 - Books and Serials

MC036 - Jefferson Davis Hospital

MC037 - Beatrice Massey Papers

MC038 - Samuel Ashe Photograph Collection

MC039 - John Tautenhahn Papers

MC040 - Marks Ranch Headquarters Collection

MC041 - Boudloche Land Records

MC042 - City of Houston Housing and Community Development Photos

MC043 - Historic Court Documents

  • This artificial collection is a sampling of the case files from the Justice (20 Cases), County (ca. 175 Cases), and District (17 Cases) courts of Harris County from its first three decades, 1837-1867. While most case documents are from the Republic of Texas (especially 1838), there are several from the 1850s and a small sampling from Reconstruction, but none from the Civil War period. Together the files create an incomplete yet tantalizing picture of early Harris County and are an important addition to manuscript resources available to the study of Texas legal and social history.

MC044 - Schultz Family Papers

MC045 - Houston Street Scenes Photograph Collection

  • Sixty-five color slide transparencies document properties in Houston in May and June 1967 with the East End comprising the bulk of the collection. Also included are several maps of Houston and unidentified properties.

MC046 - Penn City Land Company Records

MC047 - Mike Driscoll Papers

MC048 - Terence O'Rourke Papers

MC049 - StarTex Title Abstract Collection

MC050 - Larry Paul Smith Collection

MC051 - C. B. Green Collection

  • A scrapbook documents the Harris County Home for the Aged, the Harris County Probation Department, and the Green family through photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and creative works (1913 – 1963). Additional items include a 2003 aerial photograph of the property and a newspaper article from 2014 about the Harris County Cemetery. Digitized.

MC052 - Henry R. Norman Collection

MC053 - Dalala Kathleen Saccar Collection


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