Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Paul E. Ward Collection MSS.0011

Descriptive Summary

Creator Ward, Paul E., 1906-1973
Title: Paul E. Ward Collection
Dates: 1947-1972
Identification: MSS.0011
Quantity: 3.0 Linear feet, 2 boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

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.

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.



The collection is arranged by subject matter.


Access Restrictions


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.

Index Terms

Harris County (Tex.) Sheriff's Air Patrol
Bail bond agents
Harris County (Tex.)
Harris County (Tex.). Sheriff’s Dept.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Paul E. Ward Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Annie Mae Ward in October 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by: Don. E. Carleton, 1976.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Sheriff's Air Patrol

Box Folder
1 1 Newspaper clippings and articles, 1952-53
2 Personnel Records, A-K, 1952
3 Personnel Records, L-Y, 1952
4 Miscellaneous notes, lists, and manuscripts, 1952-54
5 Correspondence, 1952-55
6 Civil Defense Report, Harris County Aviation Division, 1955


Newspaper Clippings

Box Folder
1 7 Obituaries of Harris County law officers and newspaper clippings, 1947-72
8 Houston Bail Bond System 1955-71


Paul Ward

Box Folder
1 9 Photographs of Paul Ward and associates
10 Personal information


Bail Bond Clients

2 Loose clippings, 1954-71