Books & Rare Books

 Books & Rare Books

The Galveston and Texas History Center contains a vast array of books covering many subjects, notably Galveston and early Texas history. Among the most represented subjects is the 1900 Storm that destroyed much of Galveston. Books covering this topic include Casey Edward Greene and Shelly Henley Kelly's Through a Night of Horrors: Voices from the 1900 Galveston Storm and Patricia Bellis Bixel and Elizabeth Hayes Turner's Galveston and the 1900 Storm. Also of note are books concerning Galveston’s role in the Civil War (such as Edward T. Cotham's Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston), the Karankawa tribe (e.g. Albert S. Gatschet's The Karankawa Indians: The Coast People of Texas), Galveston’s African-American heritage (Izola Collins' Island of Color: Where Juneteenth Started), and the infamous pirate Jean Laffite (The Journal of Jean Laffite: The Privateer-Patriot's Own Story).

The History Center also houses the Fox Rare Book Collection, which contains treasures such as Babylonian clay tablets and Egyptian papyri, and rare editions of classic works of literature such as Dante’s Divine Comedy, James Joyce’s Ulysses, and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Another concentration of the collection is maritime history, including navigation in the Gulf of Mexico. Books covering this subject include Matthew Fontaine Maury's The physical Geography of the Sea, the Smithsonian Institution's Historic American Merchant Marine Survey, and James Fenimore Cooper's History of the Navy of the United States of America. Finally, this collection also contains incunabula, or books printed before 1500, such as a Catholic missal which contains a Catholic Mass liturgy in Latin, published in 1487. This is the oldest published book in the collection.

All of the books in the History Center’s collections, including the Fox Rare Book Collection, are searchable through Rosenberg Library Book Catalog. These books do not circulate, but may be used in the History Center reading room. Sometimes, a second circulating copy is available in the Adult Services collection on the 2nd floor.

Front cover of Through a night of horrors : voices from the 1900 Galveston storm, edited by Casey Edward Greene and Shelly Henley Kelly (Call No. F 394 .G2S T49 2006)
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Title page of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Call No. PQ 6323 .A1 1605 f5a)
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Front cover of Galveston : a history, by David G. McComb (Call No. F 394 .G2J M36 1986)
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