History Fair

Database NameDatabase Description
The Handbook of Texas OnlineComprehensive encyclopedia of Texas geography, history, and historical persons published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Chronicling AmericaSearch America’s newspapers from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
Gale in Context: High School
Covers over 1,000 topics. Includes primary sources, magazines, journals, videos and more.
Gale in Context: Middle School
Covers over 600 topics for middle school. Includes primary sources, biographies, magazines and more.
HMRC Oral Histories
Collection of oral histories maintained by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center since 1974. Hosted on the Houston Public Library web site.
Library of Congress Digital Collections
Collections that chronicle events, people, places and ideas that shape the country. Includes manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, and other primary source material.
The Portal to Texas HistoryA gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas.
Baytown Oral Histories on the Portal to Texas HistoryOral 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.
Texas Archival Resources OnlineDescriptions 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.


Newspapers and Magazines

Database NameDatabase Description
Baytown Sun Index OnlyIndexes articles of local history significance as well as obituaries from 1932 through 2017.
Baytown Sun Full TextFull-text from articles in the Baytown Sun from 2001 through the present.
Baytown Sun on the Portal to Texas HistoryFull-text scans of The Baytown Sun, Tri-Cities Sun, and Daily Sun on the Portal to Texas History.
Gale OneFile: News
Access major U.S. and international newspapers online to search articles instantly.
Historical Newspapers - Austin American-Statesman
Full-text articles from The Austin American-Statesman from 1871-1980.
Historical Newspapers - El Paso
Full-text articles from El Paso Times, 1881–2009 (plus annual updates) and El Paso Herald Post, 1896–1996. Also includes subscription content of the Times from 2010-present.
Houston Metropolitan News
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.
Humble Bee and Baytown Briefs
Full text, searchable scans of The Humble Bee and Baytown Briefs on the Portal to Texas History.  Baytown Briefs includes local news about Humble Oil, Exxon USA and ExxonMobil. Humble Bee highlights employees of Humble Oil.
Life Magazine Archive, 1936-2000
Searchable content from Life Magazine from 1936-2000. Includes PDF scans.
National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-2020
Full-text, searchable copies of National Geographic Magazine. Browse by topic, search by keyword, or browse complete issues of this publication.
Newsweek Magazine Archive, 1933-2012
Searchable content from Newsweek from 1933-2012. Includes PDF scans.
Texas Historical NewspapersExplore America’s past via Texas newspapers, with coverage dating back into the early 1800s! Access provided by Friends of the Library.
Time Magazine Archive, 1923-2000
Searchable content from Time Magazine from 1923-2000. Includes PDF scans.