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 30th . Following CDC guidelines, we have canceled all City events, programming, and City venue rentals until further notice.  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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History Fair



Comprehensive encyclopedia of Texas geography, history, and historical persons published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Search America's newspapers from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
  A collaboration among the Mayor's Office, the Houston Public Library and the University of Houston, the project records and preserves the stories and experiences of Houston's residents.
  Library of Congress digital collections that chronicle events, people, places and ideas that shape the country.

A gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas.
Portal-to-texas-oral histories   Oral histories from Lee College covering 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.
  Descriptions of the archival, manuscript and museum collections in repositories across the state available to the public. In most cases, the collections themselves are NOT available online.
explora-high-school   First stop for high school students, this database delivers results including articles, essays, primary source documents and videos.
texas reference center
  For school and public libraries, contains 30 full text periodicals, 100 full text reference books, several Texas newspapers, and more.



baytown-sun-index   Indexes articles of local history significance as well as obituaries from 1932 through 2017.
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.
newspaper-source   Provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, as well as full-text television & radio news transcripts.
  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. 

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.