Houston and Texas Resources

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19th Century U. S. Newspapers Digital Archive

Digital images for hundreds of 19th century United States newspapers. Includes The Galveston Daily News (Texas' oldest newspaper) from 1874 until 1897.*

Dallas Morning News Historical Archive 1885-1977

Searchable archive of the Dallas Morning News.*

Gale Legal Forms

Legal forms specific to Texas.*

Houston Chronicle (Article Search)

Full text articles from the Chronicle from 1985 to the present. *

Houston Chronicle (Digital Image Edition)

Please select "Sign In" on the Press Reader page and choose the "Library Card" option.   The latest 45 days are available.*

Houston Chronicle (Digital Microfilm Edition)

The complete Houston Chronicle on microfilm, including obituaries, available in a digital format. Coverage runs from January 2008 to December 2011. Use by selecting the title Houston Chronicle and the desired date.*

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps

Sanborn maps are historical large scale plans of a city drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. These maps are used to trace the history and development of cities and are also helpful in genealogical and historical research.*

Texas Reference Center

Full text journals and books about Texas history, biography, ethnic & cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health, business as well as home & garden and sports & leisure.*

World Vital Records (Available at Clayton Library Only)

Includes all images and indexes for US censuses 1790-1940. Also contains over 1 billion newspaper articles, full text of modern U.S. newspaper obituaries, and enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records.

Recommended Websites

2040 Houston-Galveston Regional Transportation Plan

The 2040 RTP is the comprehensive plan that identifies transportation projects needed to meet population growth in the next 25 years.

Architectural Archives Database at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Contains records of architectural drawings owned by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, primarily for structures in the Houston area.

Better Business Bureau for the Houston Area

Information about companies and charities to encourage wise purchases and a fair marketplace.

Business Organization Forms for Texas

Forms to register your business with the Texas Secretary of State.

ChronicleJobs.com

Job classified ads from the Houston Chronicle.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Search and read newspapers from 1836-1922 and find information about American newspapers from 1690-present. Includes The Houston Daily Post (12/1/1893--2/28/1903) and The Jewish Herald (Houston) (9/24/1908--12/29/1910).

City of Houston

Overview of Houston government and history with links to City and related resources.

City of Houston Careers

Employment opportunities with the city.

Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County

Directory of services for the homeless in the Houston area.

East Texas Well Logs

Logs for Electric East Texas Wells by the Houston Geological Society.

Flood Insurance Maps

Harris County Flood Control District's Model and Map Management System is an interactive tool that works with FEMA's Harris County floodplain models.

Greater Houston Partnership

Houston's "chamber of commerce".

Green Building Resource Center

The City of Houston's Green Building Resource Center is an education center where the public can learn and be advised of green building and green building products.

Handbook of Texas Online

Encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture.

Harris County

Connect with information services and people in Harris County Government.

Harris County Appraisal District

Useful guidelines for property owners and the database of appraisal records. (FF)

Harris County Archives

Documents the history of the government and the citizens of Harris County as revealed through the county records and donated materials.

Harris County Flood Control District Contact Information

Provides helpful contact information regarding flooding in Harris County.

Harris County Human Resources

Employment and training opportunities with the county.

Harris County Voting Information

For Harris County, Texas.

Houston Area School Districts

Find statistics on all Greater Houston school districts including dropout rates, TEKS and SAT scores, and related data.

Houston Bar Association

Legal assistance from the Houston Bar Association.

Houston Bikeways

Information for bicyclists in Houston including maps, trails, and much more.

Houston Center for Literacy

Information about literacy services, volunteer opportunities, and resources includes the ability to search for literacy providers by zipcode.

Houston City Directories

Houston City Directories for selected years between 1866 and 1922 are now available through the Houston Public Library Digital Archives.

Houston CitySearch

Directory of goods and services in Houston.

Houston Coalition for the Homeless

Current referral information.

Houston Code of Ordinances

City ordinances.

Houston Facts and Figures

Information from the Greater Houston Partnership including demographics.

Houston History

Brief overview of Houston's history from 1836 to present.

Houston Jobs

Employer and employee services and resume building and hosting.

Houston Metro

Site includes bus routes and schedules.

Houston Oral History Project

Houston Oral History Project is an effort to record and preserve the dynamic history of Houston through the stories and experiences of its residents. It is a collaboration between the Mayor's Office, Houston Public Library and University of Houston.

Houston Press

Alternative weekly with an agenda-driven approach to no-holds-barred news.

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program

Lawyers providing pro bono service to low-income residents of Harris County.

League of Women Voters of the Houston Area

Houston voting information, including a Voters Key, voter registration info, election day precinct locations, and more.

Legislative Reference Library of Texas

Bills and information from the Texas legislature. Includes information on the most current legislation as well as historical information dating back to 1870.

ParentsPost

A resource for Houston parents to find local activities for the whole family.

Photographic Archives: Houston Metropolitan Research Center Collection

Contains records of over 2,200 images. This collection highlights historical events and glances of day-to-day life in Houston from the 1860s to the 1960s.

Portal to Texas History

Digital materials from collections covering the whole gamut of Texas history from prehistory to the present day. Along with all known Republic of Texas Era newspapers, you may discover anything from an ancestor's picture to a rare historical map.

Regional Disaster Preparedness

Links to local disaster preparedness agencies.

Sports Authority: Harris County

News about local sports from Houston/Harris County Sports Authority.

State Bar of Texas Member Directory

The most comprehensive information about lawyers licensed to practice in Texas.

Texas Administrative Code

Texas state regulations by topic.

Texas Archival Resources Online

Searchable database of finding aids to archival materials in Texas, including those of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center.

Texas Legislative Budget Board

Information about the Texas State budget. Includes link to the Texas Fact Book with helpful statistics and information about Texas and its government.

Texas Lottery

Find lottery results.

Texas Online

Official homepage of Texas state government.

United Way of Greater Houston Community Resources

Online edition of the United Way's Community Resource Directory.

WeCAN Wireless Empowered Community Access Network

A City of Houston digital literacy program that provides free Internet access in selected communities with a focus on drop-out prevention/GED recovery and job/workforce readiness.

Who Represents Me?

Texas elected officials and the districts they represent.

Women's Resource of Houston

The Women's Resource of Greater Houston builds financial literacy by teaching free personal finance classes. Their goal is to expand opportunities for women, girls, and families to become independent, productive, and financially stable.

Work in Texas

Employment opportunities with the State of Texas.