Local History

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Database NameDatabase Description
Humble Bee & Baytown BriefsBaytown Briefs includes local news about Humble Oil, Exxon USA and ExxonMobil. Humble Bee highlights employees of Humble Oil. The library has miscellaneous issues from 1921 to 1997. Index only.
Baytown Oral Histories on the Portal to Texas HistoryThese oral histories from Lee College cover three separate physical collections: the Baytown World War II Collection, the Baytown Veteran’s Oral History Collection, and the Oral Histories of the Citizens of Baytown. Some of the interviews were conducted  with Sterling Municipal Library.
The Baytown Sun Index Only These articles of local history significance as well as obituaries from 1932 through 2017. Microfilmed Baytown Sun is available at the Library.
The Baytown Sun Full-Text ArticlesFull-text from articles in the Baytown Sun from 2001 through the present.
Baytown Sun on the Portal to Texas HistoryFull-text scans of The Baytown Sun, Tri-Cities Sun, and Daily Sun on the Portal to Texas History.
Historical City Council MinutesSelect "Public Records Search" then "Minutes" then "City of Goose Creek" or City of Pelly."
• Goose Creek: April, 1919 - March, 1947
• Pelly: March, 1920 - January, 1948
Documents of Baytown HistoryArticles covering unique aspects of Baytown History
Houston ChronicleFull-text from articles in the Houston Chronicle from 1985 through the present.
Houston Metropolitan NewsFind information on community and state issues, business, cultural events, government, politics and more from over 70 Houston area news sources including newspapers, blogs and web-only content.
Maps of BaytownStreet maps of Baytown in the 1940s and 1950s.
Oral Histories of BaytownInterviews conducted during the 1970s and 1980s by volunteers and library staff
Photos of Baytown HistoryBaytown’s history photos dating back to the late 1800s. Sterling Municipal Library is not the copyright holder for these photos. The Library has obtained permissions to post these photos on the library web site. See the “information” tab for each photograph to learn more.
Local History FilesList of clippings and other materials on subjects of local interest available at the library
Videos of Baytown HistoryStreaming videos featuring Baytown local history, primarily from a lecture series given at the Library in the 1980s.
What Was ThereView historical photos above current Google maps and add your own.
Yearbooks: Cedar LogDigitized yearbooks for Cedar Bayou High School from 1949 - 1954.
Yearbooks: Lee Digitized yearbooks for Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, Texas.
Yearbooks: MemorialDigitized yearbooks for Goose Creek Memorial High School in Baytown, Texas.
Yearbooks: SterlingDigitized yearbooks for Ross S. Sterling High School in Baytown, Texas

Genealogy

Database NameDatabase Description
Bibliography of Native North AmericansCovers citations for all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. Coverage ranges from the sixteenth century to the present.
Cemetery Records OnlineA free online library of cemetery records from thousands of cemeteries across the world, for historical and genealogy research.
Digital Sanborn MapsDelivers detailed property and land-use records that depict the grid of everyday life in more than 12,000 U.S. towns and cities from 1867 to 1970.
Harris County ArchivesDocuments the history of the citizens of Harris County as revealed through the county records and donated materials.
Heritage QuestComprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids - including but not limited to the U.S. Federal Censuses.
Family SearchOffers a free collection of records, resources and services designed to help people learn about their family history.
Texas Archival Resources OnlineLocate primary documents in Texas archival collections.
Texas Historical NewspapersExplore America’s past via Texas newspapers, with coverage dating back into the early 1800s! Access provided by Friends of the Library.
Texas Reference CenterFor school and public libraries, contains 30 full text periodicals, 100 full text reference books, several Texas newspapers, and more.
VoyagesRecords of slave voyages between 1514 and 1866 from original documents