The Harris County Public Library Digital Archive is a collaborative project between the Harris County Public Library and the Harris County Archives. In 2009, Sarah Jackson, the County Archivist, started a project to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the library system. Her notes and research, including a map of the library stations and bookmobile stops from 1921-1939, documented the early years of the library system.
In 2019, the library created a digitization project unit specifically to collect and highlight stories for the entire system and each of the 26 branch locations across Harris County. Many of HCPL's current branches are connected to those early library stations and bookmobile stops, from Tomball to Seabrook, Katy to Humble.
The Digital Archive was developed in coordination with the HCPL Centennial Committee and will highlight new collections and stories each month, connected to programs and events scheduled throughout the system. New content will be added weekly, and more connections between the branches will be explored throughout 2021. HCPL is a system built on community support and enthusiasm and we look forward to sharing that with our customers.
Contact the HCPL Digital Archive team at firstname.lastname@example.org.