When can I visit the Galveston and Texas History Center?

The History Center is currently open Tuesday - Saturday, 9am - 6pm. We are located on the 4th floor of Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy, Galveston, Texas 77550.

Appointments are encouraged depending on how extensive your research request is. Call 409-763-8854, ext. 126, or email gthc@rosenberg-library.org to schedule an appointment. We will need to know what you are researching and which materials to pull in advance. Researchers are asked to look at the Archives Catalog first to select items to view, at galvestonhistorycenter.org.

When can I visit the Museum?

The Museum’s 4th floor gallery, Trustees Hall, is fully open and admission is free to the public. For questions or tours, call 409-763-8854, ext. 125, or email museum@rosenberg-library.org.

Many Museum items are also on exhibit in the 2nd floor Grand Hallway, including the Treasure of the Month and the McGivney Award art exhibit.

What can I access online?

  • The Archives and Museum have separate online catalogs, which can be accessed from galvestonhistorycenter.org (Archives) and rosenberg-library-museum.org (Museum).

  • GalvestonHistoryCenter.org includes digitized versions of most photos, Storm of 1900 materials, research guides, and finding aids to the archival collections.

  • The Museum Catalog contains images of all museum items.

  • The Galveston Daily News is fully digitized and available on the NewspaperArchive database. It can be accessed from the 3rd floor computer lab or from home with a Rosenberg Library card.

  • City directories from 1859 to 1925, the Harris and Eliza Kempner Collection, and much of the Galveston Tribune are available on the Portal to Texas History at texashistory.unt.edu.

How can I donate items to the collections?

Donations must be evaluated for scope, content, and condition before we can accept them. Materials will not be accepted from walk-in visitors and may not be dropped off at service desks or book drops.

  • For objects, art, artifacts, call 409-763-8854, ext. 125, or email museum@rosenberg-library.org. All museum donations must be approved by the Rosenberg Library Board of Directors. The process can take up to one month for approval.

  • For photos, papers, A/V materials, maps, rare books, call 409-763-8854, ext. 126, or email gthc@rosenberg-library.org.

  • Books that are not rare and not related to Galveston or early Texas history may be donated to the Friends of the Rosenberg Library.

Can Special Collections staff appraise my book/art/artifact for value?

No. Certified appraisers can be found by location and specialization through the Appraisers Association (www.appraisersassociation.org).

Can I display my own art/artifacts or create an exhibit in the Museum?

No. The Museum is only able to exhibit items from the library’s collections.