Galveston & Texas History Center, Rosenberg Library

About the History Center

The Galveston and Texas History Center at the Rosenberg Library collects, preserves and organizes archival materials that document the history of Galveston and Texas, focusing on Galveston from the city’s incorporation in 1839 through the present and Texas from the Spanish period to the end of the Civil War. Manuscripts comprise the History Center's largest and most significant component. Other holdings in the History Center include a large photograph collection, maps, architectural drawings, genealogical materials, and reference books. The History Center contributes city directories from Galveston for the period 1859 – 1881.

Located in Galveston, Texas, the Rosenberg Library, established by a bequest from Henry Rosenberg in 1893, is the oldest continually operational library in Texas and has served as the principle repository for Galveston’s historical heritage since 1904 when the library officially opened. The Rosenberg Library represents Galveston’s past, present, and future, a unique institution serving as the principal repository of Galveston’s historical heritage and providing technological and traditional library services, all as a continuing resource for the community, its children, and its children’s children.

The Library’s archival collection began with the donation of the Texas Historical Society collection after part of their collection was lost or damaged during the 1900 hurricane. The Galveston and Texas History Center, as part of the Special Collections Department, collects, preserves, and makes available to the public materials relating to the history of Texas from the Spanish period to the end of the Civil War, as well as Galveston from its incorporation in 1839 to the present.

Manuscripts comprise the History Center's largest and most significant component consisting of over 3,000 linear feet of materials and include papers of prominent individuals in early Galveston and the Republic of Texas, such as Samuel May Williams, Gail Borden, Jr., James Morgan, John Grant Tod, and Sidney Sherman. Other holdings in the History Center include a large photograph collection, maps, architectural drawings, genealogical materials, and reference books. Through the Portal to Texas History, the city directories are available online providing access to a valuable piece of Galveston history.

Contact

Lauren Martino

409-763-8854 ext 117

lmartino@rosenberg-library.org

Address

2310 Sealy St.
Galveston TX 77550



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Fort Bend County, TX
981
Galveston County, TX
776
Harris County, TX
165
Grimes County, TX
145
Houston County, TX
131
Austin County, TX
130
Bexar County, TX
38
Dallas County, TX
19
Orleans Parish, LA
15
Kinney County, TX
14
Bell County, TX
13
Jefferson County, TX
13
Tarrant County, TX
13
Bergen County, NJ
12
Los Angeles County, CA
12
Smith County, TX
12
Bosque County, TX
11
Cook County, IL
11
McLennan County, TX
9
Greene County, AR
8
Brazos County, TX
7
Hidalgo County, TX
7
Essex County, NY
6
Bolivar County, MS
5
Nueces County, TX
5
Brazoria County, TX
4
Deaf Smith County, TX
4
Providence County, RI
4
Sedgwick County, KS
4
Victoria County, TX
4
Alameda County, CA
3
Cameron County, TX
3
Carter County, OK
3
Denver County, CO
3
El Paso County, CO
3
Hudson County, NJ
3
Jasper County, TX
3
Lavaca County, TX
3
Val Verde County, TX
3
Allegheny County, PA
2
Caddo Parish, LA
2
Denton County, TX
2
Edwards County, TX
2
Hays County, TX
2
Hill County, TX
2
Jackson County, MO
2
Jefferson County, AL
2
Montgomery County, TX
2
Palo Pinto County, TX
2
Parmer County, TX
2
Pecos County, TX
2
Santa Cruz County, AZ
2
Santa Fe County, NM
2
Travis County, TX
2
Atlantic County, NJ
1
Blaine County, OK
1
Branch County, MI
1
Briscoe County, TX
1
Bristol County, MA
1
Brooks County, TX
1
Broward County, FL
1
Burleigh County, ND
1
Chaves County, NM
1
Coryell County, TX
1
Cumberland County, NC
1
Cuyahoga County, OH
1
Dane County, WI
1
Des Moines County, IA
1
Dunklin County, MO
1
Eau Claire County, WI
1
El Paso County, TX
1
Essex County, MA
1
Essex County, NJ
1
Fulton County, GA
1
Greer County, OK
1
Hamilton County, OH
1
Kendall County, TX
1
Kern County, CA
1
Kerr County, TX
1
LaSalle County, IL
1
Lake County, IN
1
Latimer County, OK
1
Leavenworth County, KS
1
Lee County, IA
1
Lee County, TX
1
Limestone County, TX
1
Linn County, IA
1
Lyon County, KS
1
Marion County, IN
1
Matagorda County, TX
1
McCurtain County, OK
1
Medina County, TX
1
Mercer County, WV
1
Mesa County, CO
1
Miami County, IN
1
Minnehaha County, SD
1
Mississippi County, AR
1
Mobile County, AL
1
Montgomery County, KS
1
Multnomah County, OR
1
Osage County, OK
1
Pierce County, WA
1
Potter County, TX
1
Pulaski County, AR
1
Reeves County, TX
1
Refugio County, TX
1
Richland County, SC
1
Rock Island County, IL
1
San Diego County, CA
1
San Jacinto County, TX
1
Sangamon County, IL
1
Shawnee County, KS
1
Spokane County, WA
1
Stanislaus County, CA
1
Suffolk County, MA
1
Taylor County, TX
1
Tom Green County, TX
1
Tulare County, CA
1
Washington County, OK
1
Webster County, IA
1
Wichita County, TX
1
Woodbury County, IA
1
Woodward County, OK
1