The Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives (MHMMA) is home to thousands of photographs and historical documents of South Texas. These documents and other materials are available for research by appointment only. Reproductions of photographs are available for purchase (certain terms apply).

To schedule an appointment at the MHMMA, please contact:

Archivist: Phyllis Kinnison
Office Phone: +1-956-383-6911
Office Hours: 8 a.m. – Noon & 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Special Closure Times

Due to renovation to the 1910 Jail, the archives offices will be moved from the usual quarters. The space to be occupied during renovation will be very small causing limitations to services over the next year.

For patrons unable to delay their research (deadline issues), archives staff will do what they can to help. However, the construction schedule is not in the hands of the archives staff. Therefore, if an appointment with a patron is made, there is possibility that the appointment will be canceled and rescheduled for another time.

Here is a list of services that will provided (these limitations also apply to those patrons whose project is deadline driven):

  • Appointments will need to be made at least 48 hours in advance
  • Two boxes of documents or four books will be pulled for a patron per day
  • Twenty photo subject index folders will be pulled for a patron per day
  • Photocopies of documents will not be made, but patrons will be allowed to use their phones to make copies
  • Photoduplication will be limited to 20 photos per order and only 300 dpi (either .jpg or .tiff) will be provided

We are sorry for any inconvenience the situation may cause and ask for your patience during this time. If you have any questions, please contact Phyllis Kinnison.

The 1910 Jail is of great historical and cultural value to the region, and we hope the renovations will help it last another one hundred years!

For MHMMA photos click here:  Photo Collection Subject Index

For a photograph order form click here:  Photograph Order Form

All ordered photographs require completing an Authorization to Publish or Display Form. See a Sample.

For a list of the available Archive books for research click here: Publications List (To Be Updated Later)

For a list of the available surnames click here: Genealogy List

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