University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Houston Subdivision Plat Maps Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator James & Associates (Houston, Tex.), Houston Map Company
Collection Title Houston Subdivision Plat Maps Collection
Dates 1900-1981
Identification 2007-027
Physical Description 3.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries
M.D. Anderson Library, 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX, 77204-2000, URL:, Phone: 713-743-9750

Historical Note:

James & Associates was a surveying and civil engineering firm that did business in Houston from approximately 1960 to 1985. The firm owned six bound volumes of subdivision plat maps, which documented many neighborhoods of the city, from the oldest downtown to the newer suburbs of the 1950s and 60s. The firm also did the civil engineering work for a residential subdivision in north Harris County known originally as “Thameswood, Section 1” and later as “Memorial Chase, Section 3.”  Their work product included maps and engineering drawings for the subdivision. Lawrence B. James, the firm’s owner, donated the materials to the University of Houston Libraries in 2007.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of six volumes of subdivision plat maps of developed areas of Houston, Texas recorded between approximately 1900 and 1970.  Five volumes are bound and one is unbound.  The pages of the bound volumes are numbered consecutively within each volume. The sixth or unbound volume and is composed of loose sheets, and the pages are numbered but are not in order. The plat maps are not indexed.  In addition, the collection contains a separate group of six subdivision plat maps that date from 1961 to 1981, and maps and engineering drawings for the Memorial Chase, Section 3 subdivision dated 1971 to 1973.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research

Conditions Governing Use:

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Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
Houston Map Company
James & Associates (Houston, Tex.)
Genre/Form of Material:
land surveys
plats (maps)
technical drawings
Topical Term:
City planning
Land use -- Planning

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Houston Subdivision Plat Maps Collection, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Acquisition Information:

Donated by Lawrence B. James, December 2007

Detailed List of Contents

1 Volume 1 (bound), Houston Map Company subdivision plat maps, 1-807

2 Volume 2 (bound), Houston Map Company subdivision plat maps, 808-1476 (unlabeled on front)

3 Volume 3 (bound), Houston Map Company subdivision plat maps, 1479-2195

4 Volume 4 (bound), Houston Map Company subdivision plat maps, 2196-2946

5 Volume 5 (bound), Houston Map Company subdivision plat maps, 2959-

6 Volume 6 (unbound), Houston Map Company subdivision plat maps, loose sheets, pages numbered but not in order

1 Loose subdivision maps (not part of 6 volume set)
1 Maplewood South subdivision, Section 4 1961
2 Windsor Village subdivision, Section 5 1961
3 Northcliffe subdivision, Section 1 1976
4 Parkway Forest subdivision, Section 5 1976
5 Westwood subdivision 1977
6 Sugar Mill subdivision, Section 5 replat 1981

2 Memorial Chase subdivision, Section 3 (1972 – 73), f/k/a Thameswood, Section 1 (1971), a subdivision of 72 acres out of the Ezekiel Ballard Survey, located at the corner of Old Louetta Road and Cossey Road, Harris County, Texas
1 Map of subdivision December 1972
rendered in ink on “mylar” or acetate film, recorded with Harris County Clerk, September 1973
2 Map of Cossey Road Drainage Ditch Right of Way November 1971
ink on vellum
3 Map of Details of Channel July 1971
ink on vellum
4 Land Survey and Field Notes

3 Engineering drawings for streets, water distribution, storm drainage, and sanitary sewer systems for Memorial Chase, Section 3 1972-1973
ink on “mylar” or acetate film

4 Subdivision maps
diazo prints on paper
1 Memorial Chase subdivision Section 3 1972
2 Memorial Chase subdivision Section 3 1973

1 Subdivision maps for Thameswood subdivision, Section 1, July 1971, June 1972
2 sheets, ink on “mylar” or acetate film, (drafts, never submitted to county clerk)