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Administration Building 9th Floor Portraits 

 

Portrait Inventory Project 

In 2006 the 1910 Civil Courthouse closed for renovation and the occupants moved to the new Civil Courthouse on 201 Caroline Street.  As a component of that move, the official portraits of the judges in the Civil District Courts, County Courts at Law, Juvenile, and Probate Courts were removed to the Harris County Archives, inventoried, and digitally photographed by Joseph Strange.  The portraits were then returned to the appropriate court.   This collection includes those portraits available as of 2006. 

 

1938 Portraits 

Twenty-two portraits of eminent members of the Harris County legal community were commissioned by the Houston Bar Association in 1938.  The portraits have been identified by their size and similar gold-toned frames.  The project included district court judges serving in the 11th, 55th, and 61st courts and prominent attorneys and may have been a part of Centennial Celebrations in Texas.

 

Beatrice Massey Papers

Beatrice Irwin Massey was the first female county commissioner in Harris County. After her husband's death in 1935, Massey completed his term as County Commissioner in Precinct 2, and won election in her own right to the office in 1936. The collection includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, endorsements, speeches, and photographs documenting her career and interests. A Finding Aid is available on the Harris County Archives website http://www.harriscountyarchives.com.

 

Roy F. Campbell Scrapbook Collection

Roy F. Campbell was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After graduating from Houston High School in 1903, Campbell alternated working for the Southern Pacific Railroad and attending the University of Texas at Austin during which time he studied law.  He passed the bar exam in 1912 and was admitted to the bar in the same year.  Campbell began his judicial career in the County Courts at Law (1917 – 1924) and later the 80th District Court (1925 – 1956).  He died in 1957.

 

Correspondence, election materials, photographs, and newspaper clippings document the life and career of Roy Forsythe Campbell from 1890 – 1957.  Of particular interest are letters announcing his admission to the bar including his exam results, the oath of office taken in 1925 as judge of the 80th District Court, a 1925 election poster, a push card from 1918, and photographs of Campbell and his family. A photograph taken in January 1940 of the 80th District Court shows the interior of a courtroom in the Harris County Courthouse prior to renovation in 1952.

 

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