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Houston Subdivision Plat Maps

Identifier: 2007-027

This collection consists of six volumes of subdivision plat maps of developed areas of Houston, Texas, recorded between approximately 1900 and 1970. Five volumes are bound and one is unbound. The pages of the bound volumes are numbered consecutively within each volume. The sixth or unbound volume is composed of loose sheets, and the pages are numbered but are not in order. The plat maps are not indexed. In addition, the collection contains a separate group of six subdivision plat maps that date from 1961 to 1981, and maps and engineering drawings for the Memorial Chase, Section 3 subdivision dated 1971 to 1973.


  • 1900-1981
  • Majority of material found within 1900-1970


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Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


3.00 linear feet

Historical Note:

James & Associates was a surveying and civil engineering firm that did business in Houston from approximately 1960 to 1985. The firm owned six bound volumes of subdivision plat maps, which documented many neighborhoods of the city, from the oldest downtown to the newer suburbs of the 1950s and 60s. The firm also did the civil engineering work for a residential subdivision in north Harris County known originally as "Thameswood, Section 1" and later as "Memorial Chase, Section 3." Their work product included maps and engineering drawings for the subdivision. Lawrence B. James, the firm's owner, donated the materials to the University of Houston Libraries in 2007.

Acquisition Information:

Donated by Lawrence B. James, December 2007

Guide to the Houston Subdivision Plat Maps
Stephen James
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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