Digitized Manuscripts

Archivists at the Galveston and Texas History Center have made many of the Center’s 19th century manuscript collections available online. These collections include a letter from the pirate Jean Laffite, a letter from frontierswoman Sarah Ellen McCrea, and the complete collection of James Morgan, commandant in Galveston during the Texas Revolution. The Samuel May Williams papers, which total almost 5000 items and document the earliest years of the Texas colony, are currently being digitized.

The Archives Catalog contains images of digitized collections and finding aids to non-digitized collections.

  • Start at the GTHC Archives Catalog
  • In the search bar, type in a name or subject and click the Search button
  • If an image of a document or photo is available online, you will see a thumbnail in the list of Search Results
  • Click the thumbnail to see the digitized item, or click Display Finding Aid to see a list of all digitized items in a collection

If you do not see a thumbnail in the catalog, that item or collection has not yet been digitized. Scans of documents and photographs may be requested with a scanning order.

For more information about the History Center’s Manuscript Collections, see the Manuscript Collections page.

 Digitized Manuscripts
Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company land grant to George Curtis, 1830.