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Paul E. Ward Papers

Identifier: MSS 0011

Scope and Contents

The collection includes material relating to the Harris County Sheriff's Air Patrol such as membership lists, applications, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

In addition to the air patrol material, there is a large colection of newspaper clippings relating to the bail bond business.


  • 1947-1972

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Paul E. Ward Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Paul E. Ward, 1906-1973, was closely involved in Harris County law enforcement activities from 1951 through 1973. He was a deputy sheriff from 1951-1953 until resigning to become a professional bail bondsman. Ward was a bondsman until 1970 when he rejoined the Harris County Sheriff's Department for a brief period. In 1971 he became court bailiff for Judge John Snell, 152nd Civil District Court, serving until his death in 1973. A former army pilot instructor, Ward organized the Harris County Sheriff's Air Patrol in 1951.


3 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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The collection is arranged by subject matter.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Annie Mae Ward in October 1974

Processing Information

Processed by Don. E. Carleton, 1976

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Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002