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.
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.
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.
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.
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.