Name and location of repository
Level of description
Harris County Hospital District records
- 1919-1970 (Creation)
- 1919-1977 (Creation)
92 cubic feet (167 boxes)
Name of creator
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 primarily consists of patient records, emergency room logbooks, tuberculosis logbooks, hospital operations logbooks, and baby logbooks. The collection also includes copies of The Beat and Progress newsletters, annual reports, records, telephone directories, employee handbooks, budget information, an eligibility procedure manual, and other printed material.
System of arrangement
Series I. Jefferson Davis Hospital Emergency Room Logbooks
Series II. Hospital Register and Payment Logbooks
Series III. Jefferson Davis Hospital Operations Logbooks
Series IV. Tuberculosis Hospital Logbooks
Series V. Jefferson Davis Hospital Baby Logbooks
Series VI. Patient Records
Series VII. Printed Materials
Conditions of access and use elements
Conditions governing access
Many records in this collection contain protected health information, or other sensitive or confidential information. Copyright restrictions may also apply. Contact an archivist to discuss access.
Materials are in good condition.
Conditions governing reproduction
Many records in this collection contain protected health information, or other sensitive or confidential information. Copyright restrictions may also apply. Refer to the MHC's Copyright and Use Policies https://library.tmc.edu/mcgovern/copyright-and-use-policies/#publish.
Languages of the material
Scripts of the material
Language and script notes
Full finding aid is available.
Generated finding aid
Acquisition and appraisal elements
Immediate source of acquisition
Contract and agreement signed by Harris County Hospital District Chairman of Board of Managers on May 19, 1983. More Correspondence related to agreement in control folder.
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
- Citation: Harris County Hospital District records; IC 018; McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library.
- 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. Six boxes of materials have been rehoused into standard document boxes and numbered 35-40. The fifty-three boxes of patient records in the collection have maintained original numbering (1-34, with some numbers sub-divided "7a,7b,7c,... etc.." The guide has been updated to reflect new box numbers.
Description control element
Rules or conventions
Revised processing and finding aid revisions by Sandra Yates, June 28, 2017.
Inventory formatted for import into AtoM by Matt Richardson, January 11, 2022.