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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 (digital microfilm)

Searchable archive of the Dallas Morning News.*

Gale Legal Forms

Legal forms specific to Texas.*

Houston Chronicle 2019- (digital microfilm)

Searchable digital recent issues of the Houston Chronicle, beginning 2019-present (90-day delay).  (Note: Houston Chronicle 11/2017-12/2018 is not available online at this time.  Please call the Library for assistance with articles from this time period, 832-393-1313.) *

Houston Chronicle Historical Archive 1901-2017 (digital microfilm)

Searchable digital archive of the Houston Chronicle, from it's beginning in 1901 through October 2017. *

NewspaperArchive (in-library use)

Access the largest online historic newspaper archive, containing millions of searchable newspaper pages from Texas and the Southeast United States, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes digital images of issues of the Houston Post (1903-1924), the Daily Court Review (1925-1977), and many other Texas and out-of-state small-market newspapers. States included are Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia,South Carolina, and Florida. 

NewspaperArchive (remote access)

Access the largest online historic newspaper archive, containing millions of searchable newspaper pages from Texas and the Southeast United States, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes digital images of issues of the Houston Post (1903-1924), the Daily Court Review (1925-1977), and many other Texas and out-of-state small-market newspapers. States included are Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia,South Carolina, and Florida.  (*Note: Remote access available to customers with MyLink cards beginning with 77422.... Other Cardholders please contact Circulation Administration to request a card number change, 832-393-2222.)

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. Select Texas from the State menu to begin your search. *



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.*

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.

Ancestry.com Texas

A vast collection of digitized documents related to Texas government and history from the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin and the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty. **Note: Free access to the records that have been digitized by Ancestry is available to Texas residents courtesy of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Users are required to create a free Ancestry.com Texas account (instructions at the bottom of the website's homepage). 

Architectural Archives Database at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center

This Houston Public Library collection 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.

CHIP Children's Medicaid

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Children's Medicaid offers low cost or free health coverage to children in Texas.


Articles to assist with successful job hunting with emphasis on greater Houston area.

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

The Harris County Historical Commission documents the history of the government and the citizens of Harris County as revealed through the county records and donated materials. Includes locations of Texas historical landmarks and places on the National Register within the County, cemeteries, area museums and historical societies, and local culture.

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 Harris 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 information and resources from the Houston Bar Association, including the pro bono Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Houston Bikeways

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

Houston City Directories

Houston City Directories for selected years between 1866 and 1924 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 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 Public Library Digital Archives

Unique materials for research, learning, and discovery from our Special Collections, including archival material from the African American Library at the Gregory School, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. Some collections are the result of collaborations with partner libraries, museums, and cultural heritage institutions.

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.

Mayor's Office for Adult Literacy

Resources for instructors and adults with literacy needs.


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 Houston Public Library collection highlights historical events and provides glimpses into everyday life in Houston from the 1860s to the 1960s.

Portal to Texas History

Digitalized rare, historical, and primary source materials covering the whole gamut of Texas history from prehistory to the present day. The Texas Digital Newspaper collection within the portal includes images of issues from The Houston Informer (1919-1924), Houston Daily Post (1893-1918), The Houston Post (1923-1924), Houston Post-Dispatch (1924-1925), and other Houston area newspapers, 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 African American Photography Archive

TAAP Archive provides a broad overview of African American photography in the urban and rural areas of Texas, spanning the period from the 1870s to the present and representing a variety of processes and makers. 

Texas Archival Resources Online

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

Texas Institute for the Preservation of History & Culture

African Americans have contributed significantly in all facets of the building of the Lone Star State — its infrastructure, image, and culture. For that, the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture is charting every aspect of the black experience in Texas as an online encyclopedia.

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.

The African American Story: Texas State History Museum

Selection of stories about African Americans in early Texas.

To Bear Fruit for Our Race

History of Houston's medical community and the Houston Negro Hospital.

TxDOT North Houston Highway Improvement Project

The Texas Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), initiated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for highway improvements in the north Houston area. The North Houston Highway Improvement Project involves evaluation of the I-45 North corridor from near downtown Houston to Beltway 8 North, Beltway 8 North from I-45 North to the Hardy Toll Road, the Hardy Toll Road from I-610 North Loop to Beltway 8 North, I-610 North Loop from I-45 North to the Hardy Toll Road, and portions of I-10 and US 59 near downtown Houston.

United Way of Greater Houston Community Resources

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

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.