Irving Archives

History and Holdings

The Irving Archives was established in 1981 as a part of the city's Records Management Division within the City Secretary's Office.  In October 1996, the Archives was moved from the City Secretary's Office to the Irving Public Library. It is located on the first floor of the Central Library at 801 W. Irving Blvd. in Irving, Texas.

The Archives' holdings encompass the political, municipal, and social history of the city. Collections include material relating to the history of the city, its schools, churches, clubs and businesses, as well as the history of its predecessor communities, founding families, and notable residents.

Holdings date from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and are made up of photographs, scrapbooks, paper records, newspapers and other publications, oral history tapes, video tapes, digital records, and small artifacts.

Access to Holdings

Collections Guide
An electronic Collections Guide to the Archives' holdings is available.  The collections are listed alphabetically by donor followed by a brief description of the material and then the accession or collection number.  If an electronic finding aid is available for a collection a link is provided to it in the Status column.
To view the guide click here: Collections Guide or place the cursor on Irving Archives in the the bar at left and click on Collections Guide.

Collections by Subject
In order to help with searching, some accessions have been grouped by subject.  Only those collections with electronic finding aids are included in this subject search guide.  This is an ongoing project and not all collections are listed by subject yet.  Please consult with the Archivist for further information.

Click here: Collections by Subject or in the bar at left on Collections by Subject for access.

Processed Collections
A processed collections is a collection that the archivist has arranged and prepared a finding aid for.  

Click here: Processed Collections or in the bar at left on Processed Collections for access.

Digitized Photo Collections
Several large photograph collections are available on line.  Click here or in the bar at left for access.

Online Exhibits
To view our online exhibits click here or on Online Exhibits in the bar at left.