San Jacinto Museum of History


The San Jacinto Museum is a rich depository of resources for the study of the Republic of Texas, early Texas statehood and politics, and Native Americans in Texas. Other areas of focus include the Mexican War, the War Between the States, the Spanish-American War, the American West, early American art and culture, and the history of Mexico, Spain, France, and Latin America.

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.

The library is open for research by appointment on Fridays and some Saturdays. To schedule an appointment, contact the librarian at 281.479.2421 or fill out this fast online form. The searchable library catalog site can be accessed here. Or submit an inquiry and a member of our staff will find you an answer.

Use of the library is free for members of the San Jacinto Museum and Battlefield Association, and is $5 for non-members.

Unsure where to start your Texas history research? Check out our suggested reading list.

Whether writing a book, working on a thesis, or investigating your genealogy — the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library at the San Jacinto Museum is a good starting point for your Texas research.