The finding aids are arranged in alphabetical order by office of creation. If there is a completed finding aid for the office, the link occurs at the office name. If there is only an inventory, the link occurs at the series level.
Assessor and Collector of Taxes (CR01)
- Assessment (1895 - 1997) – Assessors Abstracts, 1895 – 1914, Block Books 1915 – 1997 (includes Block Book Maps), Building and Land Assessment Cards ca. 1930 – 1980, Insurance Maps (Sanborn) 1925 – 1938.
- Tax Collector (1873 - 1975) – Land and tax lots redeemed,1895 – 1906, Tax Records 1873 – 1969.
- Records on Microfilm (1858 – 1996) - include the following series: Block Books and Maps, 1928 – 1991, Delinquent Tax Returns 1919 – 1996, Tax Rolls and Inventories 1858 – 1983 includes real and personal property, minerals, banks, railroads, mobile homes. Please contact the archives for specific information.
- Voting Records (1931 - 1998) – Poll tax and Voters Registration Lists. The poll tax records are incomplete.
Auditor's Office (CR07)
Bayland Orphan Home (CR30) The entire collection is available online at http://www.footnote.com/. Please note the collection is partially indexed, so use the browse function to view the records.
Minutes, financial and legal records, correspondence and printed materials located in nine bound volumes document the activities and functions of the Board of Trustees of the Bayland Orphan Home from 1867 to 1948. The records were microfilmed in June 2007 and a copy placed at the Clayton Library, Houston, Texas, for public access. It should be noted that a significant number of records have been lost and that all of the volumes may not have been accessible to the public until the present. Therefore, secondary sources concerning the history of the home should be treated accordingly.
Community Development (CR29)
Directors’ and managers’ records, correspondence, memos, reports, budgets, policy and procedure manuals, personnel files, minutes, program records, photographs, and case files document the functions of Harris County Community Development and Harris County Housing Authority from 1977 to 1998.
Constable Precinct 1 (CR45)
Constable Precinct 7 (CR52)
County Attorney (CR44)
Correspondence, notes, an agenda, legal documents, reports, speeches, printed materials, photographs, and a VHS cassette tape 1971 to 1994 document the interest of the Harris County Attorney's Office in the Brio Superfund site and the related litigation.
Department of Education / Superintendent of Schools (obsolete) (CR10)
District Attorney (CR55)
District Clerk (CR11)
Facilities and Property Management (CR02)
Forty architectural drawings on linen record the competition winning designs of Lang and Witchell Architects of Dallas, Texas, for the Harris County Court House. Originally comprised of 43 sheets of drawings (3 are missing), the drawings include floor plans, exterior elevations, plumbing and heating plans, and architectural details. The existent drawings were copied by D. B. McElroy and R. A. Kinnear of Rice University on waxed linen in 1922 from the original plans that had been severely damaged by mold and insects.
Harris County Archives (CR06)
Harris County Commissioner Precinct 1 (CR32)
Harris County Commissioner Precinct 2 (CR33)
Harris County Commissioner Precinct 3 (CR34)
Unprocessed Records, 1980 – 2003. Approximately 235 cubic feet of unprocessed records including Bond Records, Flood Control, Subject Files, Parks, Hospital District, Maps, Plats, Road and Bridge, Redistricting, and Water Quality Reports document the functions of Precinct 3 in Harris County during the terms of Commissioners Bob Eckels (1973– 1988) and Steve Radack (1989 to present). The General Subject Files are a particularly rich resource of county information. The records are currently stored off-site. Please contact the archives 24 hours prior to doing research to access the records.
Harris County Commissioner Precinct 4 (CR35)
Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Collection- Newsletters, brochures, manuals, land surveys, guidebooks, and nonprofit affiliate records document the functions and fundraising events relating to the Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. (1979-1999) .25 cubic feet.
Harris County Flood Control District (CR36)
Harris County Historical Commission (CR56)
Administrative Records (1958-2008), Historical Marker Files (1962-2007), Printed Materials (1966-2005), Serials and Monographs (1842-2006), Photographs (1974-2004), Works of Art (1978-1991), Maps (1900, 1970), Videos (1986-2005), and Artifacts (1973-1975) document the activities and interests of the Harris County Historical Commission.
Catalog of monographs and serials.
Harris County Hospital District (CR28)
Media files consisting of scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs, and video tapes, document the history of the Harris County Hospital District and public health issues from 1938 through 1998.
Harris County Judge (CR31)
Jon Lindsay (1975 - 1994)
Subject Files (1961-1992) include minutes, reports, correspondence, memorandums, printed materials, manuals, budgets, maps, building plans, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Of particular interest are the projects initiated during the Lindsay administration including the construction of the Harris County Toll Road system, park development, flood control projects, construction of jail and juvenile detention facilities, and the establishment of a joint state and county psychiatric facility.
Harris County Justice of the Peace Courts
Since the days of the Republic, Justices of the Peace have had various roles in county government including powers of general administration in addition to their judicial function. With the Constitution of 1876, Justices of the Peace retained their judicial roles and gained that of coroner. In Harris County the establishment of the Office of Medical Examiner ended the coroner’s duties.
Justice Court Dockets (1846 - 1870)
The earliest records of the Justices of the Peace, the Justice Court Dockets document the most basic delivery of justice and law. Frequently, any existent bound volume was used to record the proceedings. Therefore, in addition to court records, some dockets also contain other records such as early Business Records (25-03 and 25-05), Notarial Records (25-12), Lists of Legal Forms (25-12), and the City of Houston Financial Records (1840 - 1853).
Docket Indexes - by Title
(Note: The dockets were indexed by Judy Henderson from 2005 until 2007. Every name has been recorded in addition to the cause of action. The indexes are in PDF format. An Excel spreadsheet of the indexes can be obtained by contacting the archives. The dates on the indexes and on the titles of the dockets differ; the index dates are correct. The Archivist's Notes refer to the specific docket and index.)
[Justice Court Docket / W. B. Reeves, J. P. with City of Houston Financial Records, 1840 - 1853][Archivist's Notes]
25-02 Justice's Court Docket / Feb. 11 1867 to Nov. 16 1869 [Archivists Notes]
25-03 Justice Court Docket / T. J. Ewing, J. P. / Mar 5, 1868 to Jan. 20, 1870. [Archivist's Notes]
25-04 Justice Court Docket / July 31 1846 to Mar 1 1851 / W. B. Reeves, J. P. [Archivist's Notes]
25-05 Justice Court Docket / Mar. 26 1859 to Nov. 12 1861. / W. B. Reeves, J. P. [Archivist's Notes]
25-09 Justice Court Docket / Feb. 19 1868 to Apr. 16 1869. / M. F. De Bajligethy, J. P. [Archivist's Notes]
25-11 Justice Court Docket / G. W. Capron, J. P. [Archivist's Notes]
25-12 Justice Court Docket / Oct. 5 1861 to May 10 1867. / G. W. Capron, J. P. Notarial Index 1865 Notarial Index 1869 [Archivist's Notes]
A summary of the Inventory of Justice of the Peace records follows by JP office. Because the boundaries of the precincts shifted over time and those boundaries are currently unknown, a broad search is recommended. Please contact the archives for assistance.
Dockets and Fee Books (1870 – 1970) 668 vol.
Small Claims Dockets (1953 – 1974) 3 vol.
Civil Judgment Dockets (1907 – 1912) 13 vol.
Execution Dockets (1903 – 1914) 12 vol.
Forcible Detainer (1916 – 1934) 13 vol.
Marriage Dockets (1911 – 1935) 1 vol.
Criminal Dockets (1894 – 1997) 277 vol.
Inquest Records (1889 – 1956) 99 vol.
Small Claims Dockets (1953-1972) 4 vol.
Dockets and Fee Books (1930 – 1974) 523 vol.
Indexes (1901 – 1985)37 vol.
Dockets (1942 – 1995) 190 vol.
Criminal Search Warrants (1963 – 1971) 1 vol.
Inquest Records (1933 – 1956) 34 vol.
JP 2 (CR014)
Dockets and Fee Sheets (1907 – 1950) 49 vol.
Fee Sheet (1935) 1 vol.
Indexes (1933 – 1950) 2 vol.
Dockets (1897 – 1998) 94 vol.
Warrants and Affidavits (1938 – 1957) 1 vol.
Inquest Records (1932 – 1956) 18 vol.
JP 2-2 (CR015)
Criminal Dockets (1959 – 1998) 64 vol.
JP 3 (CR016)
Dockets and Fee Books (1917 – 1971) 25 vol.
Indexes (n.d.) 2 vol.
Small Claims Dockets (1952 – 1973) 3 vol.
Dockets (1917 – 1995) 112 vol.
Indexes (1961 – 1974) 6 vol.
Inquest Records (1954 – 1955) 1 vol.
JP 3-2 (CR017)
Criminal Dockets (1973 – 1998) 20 vol.
JP 4 (CR018)
Civil Dockets and Fee Books (1909 – 1950) 4 vol.
Criminal Dockets (1904 – 1997) 58 vol.
JP 4-2 (CR019)
Criminal Dockets (1973 – 1999) 17 vol.
JP 5 (CR020)
Criminal Dockets (1951 – 1973) 19 vol.
JP 5-2 (CR021)
Criminal Dockets (1977 – 1999) 11 vol.
JP 6, 6-2 (CR022, CR023)
Criminal Dockets (1964 – 1999) 32 vol.
JP 7 (CR024)
Civil Dockets (1920 – 1948) 1 vol.
Execution Dockets (1906 – 1907) 2 vol.
Criminal Dockets (1915 - 1999) 50 vol.
JP 7-2 (CR025)
Criminal Dockets (1973 – 1980) 4 vol.
JP 8 (CR026)
Civil Dockets (1930 – 1959) 1 vol.
Criminal Dockets (1894 – 1998) – 60 vol.
JP 8-2 (CR027)
Criminal Dockets (1975 – 1997) 12 vol.
JP Unknown (CR003)
Index to Marriages (1935 – 1939) 2 vol.
Index (n.d.) 1 vol.
Harris County Juvenile Board (CR39)
Harris County Juvenile Probation (CR43)
Case files, correspondence, financial and legal records, scrapbooks, memoranda, newspaper clippings, printed materials, photographs, grant applications, and research analyses (1913 – 1989) document the development and growth of the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department (HCJPD). The collection is divided into three record groups: Administrative Records, Case Files and Children’s Homes. Some records are confidential. Access information begins on page 115 of the Finding Aid.
Medical Examiners Office - Institute of Forensic Science (2010) (CR41)
Reports, log books, newspaper clippings, photographs, and autopsies (1954 – 2004) document the transition from the Office of the Justice of the Peace to a professional Medical Examiner’s Office in Harris County for investigating deaths and conducting inquests. The collection is divided into four series: Inquests and Views, Administrative Logs, Case File Clippings, and Photographs.
Harris County Navigation District (CR37)
Harris County Public Library (CR57)
Reports, Subject Files, Correspondence, Memorandums, Published Materials, Manuals, Budgets, Scrapbooks, Photo Album, and Photographs (1922-2002) document the Harris County Public Library. Of special interest are the Annual Reports (1922-1944) that record the early functions of the library, the formation of branch libraries, the bookmobile, and the populations they served. Of equal interest are the Scrapbooks and a Photo Album that document the history of branch libraries, the librarians, library constituents, and the Bookmobile.
Harris County Records Management (CR04)
- Katrina Message Boards, 2005. Forty-five message boards created by evacuees from New Orleans in the Houston Astrodome document the search for displaced persons after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of the city.
Harris County Sheriff's Department (CR38)
Harris County Social Services (CR08)
Administrative records, WPA Applications, Client Case Files, Burial Records, and Harris County Cemetery logs and a plats (1924 – 1987) document the functions of the social welfare agencies prior to and after the creation of the Harris County Social Services Department.
Harris County Toll Road Authority(CR05)
Patron and general correspondence, patron communications, press releases, reports, publications, membership directories, and 1 VHS tape (1986-2003) document the administrative functions of the Harris County Toll Road Authority.
Port of Houston (CR42)