Name and location of repository
Level of description
Harris County Hospital District records
- 1919-1970 (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 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.
Materials are in good condition.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright restrictions may apply.
Languages of the material
Scripts of the material
Language and script notes
A legacy finding aid is available.
Uploaded finding aid
Acquisition and appraisal elements
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
- 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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Rules or conventions
Revised processing and finding aid revisions by Sandra Yates, June 28, 2017.