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The Story Behind the Record

The history of the Harris County Archives is a pretty short one- established in 2002- but is not without its share of interesting stories about the origins of some of its collections. In the archives world, we call this provenance. Provenance is information regarding the origins, custody, and ownership of an item or collection. 

While we often focus on showcasing records from the archives in exhibits and displays, we seldom focus much on the backstory of how items from the collections were used, where they were found, and how they came into the archives. These are the untold stories of the records in the Harris County Archives; the history behind the documents and artifacts that make up the historical record of Harris County. So in celebration of American Archives Month, we are sharing the inside scoop on some of our records. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at some of these stories from the archives.