San Jancinto Museum of History


Donate Books

The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library obtains its material by purchase, exchange, membership, gift, bequest, and as a condition for publication of images from the Library and Museum collections. The library collects materials in a variety of formats and languages. 

Due to costs incurred when an item is received, the library may refuse a gift if the item is in poor condition, if it does not fit the collecting mission, or if sufficient copies are already part of the collection. Restrictions on your gift may apply; speak to a staff member for details. To inquire about donating a book, please use this form, or call the librarian at 281.479.2421.


The library’s primary collecting area is Texas history, focusing on the Battle of San Jacinto, the Texas Republic, Texas under Spain, France, Mexico, and history up to the 20th century. Other collecting areas are materials that support the object collections of the San Jacinto Museum of History, and museum and library management.

Priority is given to materials pertaining to the Battle of San Jacinto, San Jacinto veterans, and the Texas Revolution in general. But many other materials are also in demand.

You may also donate objects to the Museum.


You don’t have to fight in a battle to become a real-life Texas hero. There are a number of books we want to add to the stacks. Please consider giving one of the titles below to the library, so that researchers, scholars and everyday citizens get the full story of Texas’ heritage.

To donate one of these books, contact:

Herstein Library
Attn: Wish List
One Monument Circle
La Porte (Houston), TX 77571-9585



Black Leaders: Texans for Their Times. Barr, Alwyn and Robert A. Calvert, editors. Austin, Tex.: Texas State Historical Association, c1981.

The Freemasons: A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society. Ridley, Jasper. New York: Arcade, 2002. ISBN 1559706015

General History of the Things of New Spain: Florentine Codex. Sahagún, Bernardino de. Santa Fe, N.M.: School of American Research; Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah, 1950-1982. Vols. 6, 13.

Hispanic Texas: A Historical Guide. Simmons, Helen and Cathryn A. Hoyt, editors. 1st edition. Austin, Tex.: University of Texas Press, 1992.

History of the Republic of Texas: From the Discovery of the Country to the Present Time; and the Cause of her Separation from the Republic of Mexico. Maillard, N. D. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1842.

History of the Revolution in Texas. Newell, Chester. New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1838.

The Indian Wars in Stephen F. Austin's Texas Colony, 1822-1935. Hatley, Allen G. Austin, Tex.: Eakin Press, 2001. ISBN 1571685014

Life of Gen. Houston, 1793-1863. Bruce, Henry. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Co., 1891.

Men of the Alamo, Goliad and San Jacinto. Butterfield, Jack C. San Antonio: Naylor, 1936.

The Mexican Spy Company: United States Covert Operations in Mexico, 1845-1848. Caruso, A. Brooke. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1991. ISBN 0899506305

The Mexican War, 1846-1848. Bauer, K. Jack. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993. ISBN 0803261071

Neuman and Baretti's Dictionary of the Spanish and English languages. Boston: Hilliard, Gray, Little, and Wilkins, 1828. V.1

Papers. Jefferson, Thomas. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University, 1950-2004. Vols. 23-31. ISBN 0691047782 (v.26); 0691015856 (v.27); 0691047804 (v.28); 0691090432 (v.29); 0691094985 (v.30); 0691118957 (v.31)

The Papers of Andrew Jackson. Jackson, Andrew. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, c1980-1996. Vols. 1-4 ISBN 0870492195 (v.1); 0870494414 (v.2); 0870496506 (v.3); 0870497782 (v.4); 1572331747 (v.6)

Pavie in the Borderlands: The Journey of Theodore Pavie to Louisiana and Texas, 1829, Including Portions of his Souvenirs atlantiques. Klier, Betje Black. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2000. ISBN 708945053

Proceedings of the ... annual convention of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Daughters of the Republic of Texas. For year 2003.

Raw Frontier vol. 2: Survival to Prosperity along the Texas Coastal Bend. Guthrie, Keith. Austin, Tex.: Eakin Press, 2000. ISBN 1571683399

Robert Potter: Founder of the Texas Navy. Fischer, Ernest G.  Gretna [La.]: Pelican Pub. Co., 1976.

Sam Houston, A Biography of the Father of Texas. Williams, John Hoyt. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993. ISBN 0671746413

The Santa Fe Trail: Its History, Legends, and Lore. Dary, David. New York: A. A. Knopf, 2000. ISBN 0375403612

The Soldiers of San Jacinto. McDonald, Johnnie Belle. [Tex.] : Copano Bay Press, 2008. ISBN 0976779986

The Spanish Frontier in North America. Weber, David J. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, c1992.

The Texas Cherokees: A People Between Two Fires, 1819-1840. Everett, Dianna. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990. ISBN 080612296X

Thunder Beyond the Brazos: Mirabeau B. Lamar, a Biography. Ramsay, Jack C. Jr. 1st edition. Austin, Tex.: Eakin Press, 1985.

The Websters: Letters of an American Army Family in Peace and War, 1836-1853. Webster, Frances Marvin Smith. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2000. ISBN 087338654X