COVID 19, or the Coronavirus

In accordance with the Stay Home, Work Safe order issued by Harris County, the City of Baytown has closed all City facilities to the public until April 3rd.  Following CDC guidelines, we have canceled all City events, programming, and City venue rentals for 8 weeks.  Some  City services will continue to run, but in a modified format through digital or other distance means. We would like you to know that the City is in daily contact with State and County Health and Emergency Management Officials. We continue to address the situation in cooperation with all of our partners in government and industry. While you’re likely to see various reactions to the situation, we ask that you remain calm.  We will continue to keep you updated here and via our social media channels

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Baytown 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.
Portal-to-texas-oral histories   These 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 in partnership with Sterling Municipal Library.
  Indexes articles of local history significance as well as obituaries from 1932 through 2017. Microfilmed Baytown Sun is available at the Library.
baytown-sun-full   Full-text from articles in the Baytown Sun from 2001 through the present.
Portal-to-texas-history2   Full-text scans of The Baytown Sun, Tri-Cities Sun, and Daily Sun on the Portal to Texas History.

Provided through the City Clerk's office. Select "Minutes" then "City of Goose Creek" or City of Pelly."

  • Goose Creek: April, 1919 - March, 1947
  • Pelly: March, 1920 - January, 1948
  Articles covering unique aspects of Baytown History
  Maps and interment listings for the cemetery on Market Street, across from Lee High School

Full-text from articles in the Houston Chronicle from 1985 through the present.


Find 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   Street maps of Baytown in the 1940s and 1950s.
  Interviews conducted during the 1970s and 1980s by volunteers and library staff
  Baytown's rich history comes to life through 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.
  List of clippings and other materials on subjects of local interest available at the library
  Streaming videos featuring Baytown local history, primarily from a lecture series given at the Library in the 1980s.
  View historical photos above current Google maps and add your own.
  Digitized yearbooks for Cedar Bayou High School from 1949 - 1954.
  Digitized yearbooks for Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, Texas.
  Digitized yearbooks for Goose Creek Memorial High School in Baytown, Texas.
Digitized yearbooks for Ross S. Sterling High School in Baytown, Texas


abstracts - bibliography-of-native   Covers citations for all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. Coverage ranges from the sixteenth century to the present.
  A free online library of cemetery records from thousands of cemeteries across the world, for historical and genealogy research.
Texas Sanborn
  Delivers 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.
  Documents the history of the citizens of Harris County as revealed through the county records and donated materials.
heritage-quest   Comprehensive 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.
  Offers a free collection of records, resources and services designed to help people learn about their family history.
  Locate primary documents in Texas archival collections.
Texas Historical Newspapers
  Explore America's past via Texas newspapers, with coverage dating back into the early 1800s! Access provided by Friends of the Library.
texas reference center   For school and public libraries, contains 30 full text periodicals, 100 full text reference books, several Texas newspapers, and more.
  Records of slave voyages between 1514 and 1866 from original documents