Harris County Hospital District records

Identity elements

Reference code

IC 018

Level of description



Harris County Hospital District records


  • 1919-1970 (Creation)
  • 1919-1977 (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 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.

Physical access

Materials are in good condition.

Technical access

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

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

Language and script notes

Finding aids

Full finding aid is available.

Generated finding aid

Acquisition and appraisal elements

Custodial history


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.

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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; 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.

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Archivist's note

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

Archivist's note

Inventory formatted for import into AtoM by Matt Richardson, January 11, 2022.

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