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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Counties

Galveston County, TX
560
Houston County, TX
132
Austin County, TX
116
Bexar County, TX
33
Fort Bend County, TX
27
Orleans Parish, LA
13
Bell County, TX
12
Dallas County, TX
12
Jefferson County, TX
11
Tarrant County, TX
6
Nueces County, TX
5
Essex County, NY
4
El Paso County, CO
3
Grimes County, TX
3
Lavaca County, TX
3
Brazos County, TX
2
Cook County, IL
2
Denton County, TX
2
Denver County, CO
2
Harris County, TX
2
Palo Pinto County, TX
2
Pecos County, TX
2
Santa Fe County, NM
2
Alameda County, CA
1
Atlantic County, NJ
1
Bristol County, MA
1
Burleigh County, ND
1
Caddo Parish, LA
1
Cameron County, TX
1
Chaves County, NM
1
Coryell County, TX
1
Cuyahoga County, OH
1
Des Moines County, IA
1
Eau Claire County, WI
1
El Paso County, TX
1
Essex County, MA
1
Fulton County, GA
1
Greene County, AR
1
Hamilton County, OH
1
Jefferson County, AL
1
Kerr County, TX
1
LaSalle County, IL
1
Lake County, IN
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
McLennan County, TX
1
Mercer County, WV
1
Mesa County, CO
1
Minnehaha County, SD
1
Mobile County, AL
1
Multnomah County, OR
1
Parmer County, TX
1
Pierce County, WA
1
Potter 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
Sedgwick County, KS
1
Shawnee County, KS
1
Spokane County, WA
1
Suffolk County, MA
1
Tom Green County, TX
1
Travis County, TX
1
Tulare County, CA
1
Webster County, IA
1
Wichita County, TX
1
Woodbury County, IA
1