Irving Archives 

Welcome to the Irving Archives in the Irving Public Library. The Archives collects and preserves the history of Irving, its residents, and its predecessor communities, making this information available to all individuals who have an interest in it.


Holdings date from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and include letters, photographs, maps, newspapers, minutes, deeds, videotapes, audiotaped interviews, scrapbooks, and other records from both city government and private sources.

Library stacks
Archives Holdings

A Historical Sketch
of Irving

 Otis Brown house marker
Historical Markers
in Irving

Welcome to Irving
Digital Collections

 On Line Exhibits
Interior of Irving Library, 1942 From Humble Beginnings:
History of the Irving Public Library System
 Harry Spencer in Greenland, 1943

Stranded: Trapped on Greenland's Ice Cap - Lt. Harry Spencer's Arctic Saga, 1942-1943 

 Kit Store, c. 1895 Between the Forks: Irving's Predecessor Communities
Irving Tiger players at summer practice in Bridgeport, Texas Irving High School Football, 1929

Using the Archives


The Archives are located in the northwest corner of the first floor, Irving Central Library, 801 West Irving Blvd.


The Irving Archives is generally open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding City holidays. For access to the Archives, it is best to call ahead or to make an appointment. The telephone number is (972) 721-3729. If there is no answer, please leave a message. Your call will be returned.

Contacting us

Irving Archives
P.O. Box 152288
Irving, Texas 75015-2288
Telephone (972) 721-3729
Fax (972) 721-8056
Kevin Kendro, Archivist

Access to archival materials

Materials in the Archives are usually unique and often fragile. They do not circulate, but copies can be made unless the originals are too fragile to copy without risking damage. However, the copyright laws of the United States place some limits on copying.

Donors may have restricted access to portions of their collections.

Collections that are partially processed or unprocessed may not be available for use until processing has been completed.

Guidelines for use of archival materials

The Archives staff will ask that you complete an application form. The application details guidelines for using and handling archival materials.


The Archives presents programs on archival topics, on its holdings, and on the history of Irving. Tours of the facility are also available. If your organization would like to hear such a presentation, or to arrange for a tour, please call (972) 721-3729.


Using its historical records and photographs, the Archives produces exhibits in the Library and in the Civic Center, located at 825 W. Irving Blvd.

Tell your story in the Irving Archives

The Irving Archives offers a secure storage facility for your historical records and those of your club, organization, business, church, and/or family. The records will be preserved here and made available for use. Many individuals and groups need a secure, accessible place to store their priceless historical records. For lack of such a facility in which to preserve them, these materials are sometimes put at risk in attics and garages. If you would like to discuss donating your records, please call (972) 721-3729.