Rosenberg Library

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Rosenberg Library
Rosenberg Library in 2016
Location 2310 Sealy St.,
Galveston, Texas
Coordinates 29°18′3″N 94°47′34″W / 29.30083°N 94.79278°W / 29.30083; -94.79278Coordinates: 29°18′3″N 94°47′34″W / 29.30083°N 94.79278°W / 29.30083; -94.79278
Area less than one acre
Built 1902 (1902)
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Second Renaissance Revival
Website Rosenberg Library
MPS Central Business District MRACentral Business District MRA
NRHP reference # 84001722[1]
Added to NRHP August 14, 1984

Rosenberg Library, a public library located at 2310 Sealy Street in Galveston, Texas, United States, is the oldest continuously operating library in Texas. It serves as headquarters of the Galveston County Library System and its librarian also functions as the Galveston County Librarian.[2]


The library was established in 1900, and the building constructed a few years later.[3] In 1905 it absorbed the collection of the defunct Public Library (est. in 1871 as the Galveston Free Library).[4][5][6]


Central High School and the "Colored Branch of the Rosenberg Library"

Like many institutions in the American South, during segregation the library maintained a separate branch for African Americans. This new library, built in 1905, was added to the western wing of Central High School, the city's high school for African Americans.[3]

Galveston & Texas History Center

The Galveston and Texas History Center collects materials relating to Galveston and early Texas. Major manuscript collections include the papers of Samuel May Williams, Gail Borden, John Grant Tod, Jr., and James Morgan; the records of several nineteenth and early twentieth century businesses, including those of I.H. Kempner, Harris Kempner, Henry M. Trueheart, and J. C. League; the records of several organizations and churches in the area; and twentieth-century collections reflecting recent events and activities in Galveston and the upper Gulf Coast. The map collection includes maps and charts of Texas, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and adjacent coasts dating from the sixteenth century to the present. Holdings of the museum department include historical artifacts pertaining to Galveston or early Texas, paintings of Galveston subjects or by such local artists as Julius Stockflethqv and Boyer Gonzalez, and a sizable collection of Russian and Greek icons. The rare book collection contains incunabula, first editions, and examples of fine printing.

The oldest free public library in continuous operation in Texas.
Statue of Henry Rosenberg at the Rosenberg Library

See also


  1. ^ National Park Service (2013-11-02). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Fall 2007 Galveston County Library System Newsletter Archived 2008-12-19 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Henry Rosenberg, 1824-1893. Rosenberg Library. 1918.
  4. ^ Charter and Revised Ordinances of the City of Galveston. 1875.
  5. ^ Davies Project. "American Libraries before 1876". Princeton University. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Historical Sketches of Texas Libraries: Galveston", Handbook of Texas Libraries (1), Austin: Texas Library Association, 1904


  • "Historical Sketches of Texas Libraries: Galveston: Rosenberg Library", Handbook of Texas Libraries (2), Houston: Texas Library Association, 1908 – via HathiTrust
  • Bulletin of the Rosenberg Library, Galveston 1910-
  • Betty Wales (1954). "'Through Many Generations'; Rosenberg Library's First 50 Years". Texas Library Journal. Texas Library Association. 30. ISSN 0040-4446.
  • Mel Jordan (1976). "Frank Patten and the Rosenberg Library". East Texas Historical Journal. 14 – via Stephen F. Austin State University.

External links

  • Galveston & Texas History Center
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