Harris County Hospital District records

Identity elements

Reference code

IC 018

Level of description



Harris County Hospital District records


  • 1919-1970 (Creation)


92 cubic feet (167 boxes)

Name of creator


Administrative history

The Harris County Hospital District was created by voter referendum in November 1965 and formalized with taxing authority in January 1966. Its creation followed the publication of Jan de Hartog’s The Hospital, an expose of the conditions at Jefferson Davis Charity Hospital (opened 1924). The District replaced a contentious city-county system in which both were responsible for support of the hospital. Quentin Mease was a founder and chairman of the District.
Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital opened in 1989. In 1990, emergency facilities at Lyndon B. Johnson and Ben Taub (1963) Hospitals were expanded and Harris County residents began to be assigned to each by ZIP code to better manage caseloads. HCHD was renamed Harris Health System in 2012.

Content and structure elements

Scope and content

The Harris County Hospital District collection contains patient records, emergency room logbooks, tuberculosis logbooks, hospital operations logbooks, and baby logbooks. The collection also includes copies of The Beat, progress newsletter, annual reports, records, inventory, telephone directory, employee handbook, budget information, eligibility procedure manual, and other printed material relating to the Harris County Hospital District.

Subjects: General Information, 2) Medical Records Collection (Access Restricted),
3) Ben Taub Hospital, 4) Jefferson Davis Hospital, 5) Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital

System of arrangement

Series I. Emergency Room Logbooks (Jefferson Davis Hospital)
Series II. Register and Payment Logbooks
Series III. Hospital Operations Logbooks (Jefferson Davis Hospital)
Series IV. Tuberculosis Logbooks (Tuberculosis Hospital)
Series V. Baby Logbooks (Jefferson Davis Hospital)
Series VI. Patient Logbooks
Series VII. Serials Publications
Series VIII. P.R.Materials and Pamphlets

Conditions of access and use elements

Conditions governing access

No access restrictions. Open for research.

Physical access

Materials are in good condition.

Technical access

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

Language and script notes

Finding aids

A legacy finding aid is available.

Uploaded finding aid

Acquisition and appraisal elements

Custodial history


Immediate source of acquisition

Source is unknown. Assumed to be creator.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information


No accruals are expected for this collection.

Related materials elements

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related archival materials

CR28 Harris County Hospital District Records, 1938 - 1998, at the Harris County Archives, https://www.harriscountyarchives.com/Portals/1/Documents/Finding%20Aids/FA-HospitalDistrict1CR28.pdf?ver=2020-12-08-082527-523

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Specialized notes

  • Citation: Harris County Hospital District records; IC 018; 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.
  • Processing information: Oversize logbooks were relocated to the Oversize Section in the archive. Boxes have been renumbers and assigned OV box numbers, OV 339 – OV 505. Most logbooks were moved to Oversize. In some cases, items were split among smaller oversize boxes for better storage and easier handling. These items were ordered chronologically. Four boxes of materials have been rehoused into standard document boxes and numbered 1-4. The remaining boxes in the collection have maintain original numbering. The guide below has been updated to reflect new box numbers.

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Archivist's note

Revised processing and finding aid revisions by Sandra Yates, June 28, 2017.

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