The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library

The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library boasts more rare books per square foot than the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., and its books, maps, manuscripts and collections are available for your next research project.

The library’s collections are non-circulating, and may only be used in the library. We welcome you to make an appointment to come visit.

Information on books, serials, manuscripts, photographs, maps, and other material owned by the Herzstein Library can be searched in our online catalog. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help finding materials.

Terms of Use

Our rare collection spans several hundred years of history and our primary mission is to preserve it for future generations. You can help by observing the following terms of use.

  • Use is free for members of the San Jacinto Museum and Battlefield Association, and is $5.00 for non-members.
  • The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library shall not limit access to materials by patrons based on race, color, disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin. The library shall not limit access based on the perceived scholarly merit or appropriateness of a researcher’s work, and shall not reserve materials exclusively to the use of individual researchers.
  • Published and unpublished materials, audio tapes and video tapes held for purposes of historical research may be confidential, and the library reserves the right to restrict access to materials if required to protect the privacy of the creators, or if stipulated by donors of the materials, or if mandated by state or federal law. In addition, access to items will not be allowed if handling would impair the physical or intellectual integrity and safety of the material.
  • It is the researcher’s responsibility to conform to all legal provisions such as literary right and copyright affecting the materials used. The Museum will not be responsible for the researcher’s infringement.

On Using Our Images

To obtain rights for image use, including non-profit and commercial use, please see our image acquisition fee schedule before contacting us.


OUR VAST COLLECTION of historical manuscripts provides powerful insight into Texas's past. Browse our online finding aids to get started!

Explore our collections 

Town of Harrisburg certificate of shares

A woman reviewing some papers in the Reading Room at the San Jacinto Museum



VISIT US to research everything Texas. With a trove of rare books, manuscripts, and other historical material, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Our materials are available by appointment only; please contact us to request a date and time.

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Veteran Bios

We have nearly 1,300 stories of San Jacinto veterans on both sides of the battle — from the commanders down to the unsung heroes.

Read their stories

An old photograph of San Jactinto Veterans at the San Jacinto Veteran’s Reunion circa 1898

San Jacinto Veteran’s Reunion circa 1898