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Houston Counseling Association Records

Identifier: 2020-019

The Houston Counseling Association records include meeting notes, member directories, budget notes, newsletters, workshop materials, bylaws, photographs, and conference materials beginning with the group’s founding in 1952 by University of Houston professor Richard O. Jonas. The collection is arranged chronologically from 1952 through 2017. The collection also includes a series of materials related to the group’s 50-year anniversary in 2002.


  • 1952-2020

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Open for research.

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2 linear feet

Historical Information

The Houston Counseling Association (HCA) was officially formed in 1952 as the Houston Branch of the American Personnel and Guidance Association by University of Houston professor Richard O. Jonas. Prior to this, Jonas and other counselors had been meeting in Houston since 1946. The name changed to Houston Association for Counseling and Development in 1984 and finally changed to Houston Counseling Association in 1992. HCA provides networking, professional development, and community service-based activities and works to improve the quality and accessibility to mental health services in Houston and Texas. The HCA is also a chapter of the Texas Counseling Association. The HCA covers Harris, Austin, and Waller counties in Texas.

Info from: and 50-year history notes in collection

Guide to the Houston Counseling Association Records
In Progress
Kelly Strickland
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA