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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. Many offices do not have finding aids. A complete list of county offices and departments with records in the Harris County Archives here. Please contact the archivists with questions about the records.
Pollution Control (CR77)
- Complaints and Investigations (180 cu. Ft.), Photographs (24.5 cu. ft.), Legal Records (12 cu. ft.), Scrapbooks (32 volumes), Administrative Records (3 cu. ft.), Printed Materials (86 items), Maps (15 items) and Audio-Visual Materials (6 items) document the Harris County Pollution Control Department from its inception in 1953 through 2010. In addition to the case files in the Complaints and Investigations and Case Preparatory Files, the scrapbooks provide a history of the first agency tasked with monitoring air and water pollution in the United States. Over 5200 photographs (access the Excel spreadsheet here) document the damage caused to the environment ranging from a neighbor’s illegal landfill to bayous stained red from industrial chemical discharges to air choked with smog.
Public Health and Environmental Services (CR059)
Meeting minutes, grants, correspondence, reports, proposals, printed materials, newspaper clippings, and photographs document the creation, growth, and administration of Harris County Public Health (1942 - 2004). Of particular interest are the eleven cubic feet of records concerning the establishment and management of the Ryan White Program in Harris County (1990 - 2004), scrapbooks documenting polio and vaccination programs in Harris County (1950 - 1965), and subject files for the Brio Refinery Super Fund Site (1989 - 1994) and the 1990 Measles Outbreak.
Recycling Committee Records (CR076)
- 2.5 cubic feet of correspondence, sales reports, grants, printed material, contracts, agendas, reports, applications, press releases, and printed materials (1990-2000) document the activities of the Harris County Recycling Committee. in existence from 1990 - 2016, the committee ptomoted, organized and maintained the county recycling program iincluding writing grants, receiving awards, and approving RFPs from vendors.
Veteran's Service Office Records (CR074)
One cubic foot of correspondence, financial, and administrative records (1946 – 1991) document the founding and functions of the Veteran's Service Office. Veteran’s Case Files (1972 – 2001) record the interactions of 10,655 United States military veterans and their families with the Harris County Veteran’s Service Office. An excel spreadsheet containing the names of the veterans and / or their families can be found here. Please contact the archives for access to these records.