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The Victoria Regional History Center has recently been established at the Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria Library. The Center, located on the 2nd floor of the VC/UHV Library, now consolidates the library's books on regional history (formerly shelved in the Local History Room on the 3rd floor) with the Archives/Special Collections department (formerly located in the basement).
Currently, the History Center is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (closed lunch hour as necessary), and by appointment for other times. We hope to be able to extend the Center's hours in the future. For now, in the evenings and on weekends, other library staff on duty will retrieve books from the Center upon request.
The Center's staff includes Sheron Barnes and Yvonne Moczygemba. Sheron, who has worked at the library for 12 years as a Library Assistant in the Archives, attained her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Texas in December, 2000 and was hired as the Special Collections Librarian in March, 2001. Yvonne, who also teaches at Aloe Elementary School, works part-time for the Victoria Regional History Center as a Library Assistant. She has been employed at the library for 2 1/2 years.
Contact Sheron Barnes at email ,
Special Collections Librarian
Victoria Regional History Center
Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria Library
2602 N. Ben Jordan, Victoria, Texas 77901-5699
The Local History Collection is really a circulating collection of books related to the history of Texas. The collection is especially strong in county histories and the military history of Texas.
Primary and microfilmed records are housed for Victoria, Goliad, Dewitt, Calhoun, Jackson, Lavaca and Gonzales Counties. These records include deeds, marriages, probate minutes, tax rolls, commissioners court minutes and naturalizations from the formation of the county to approximately 1900. Records for other Texas counties can be borrowed from other depositiories. (Index at reference desk on first floor and also Archives Department.)
|Victoria Advocate||Feb. 10, 1877 to current|
|Houston Post||Jan. 2, 1976 to Apr. 18, 1995|
|Houston Cronicle||Apr. 1, 1995 to Sept. 26, 1997|
|New York Times||Sept. 1851 to Oct. 16, 1997|
|Wall Street Journal||May 1970 to Sept 1997|
|Goliad Guard||Jan. 3, 1916 to Dec. 25, 1941|
|Hallettsville Herald||Jan. 10, 1895 to Dec. 24, 1909|
|Yorktown News||June 6, 1912 to Feb. 24, 1982|
|Texian Advocate||dates range from Oct. 12, 1848 to Oct. 31, 1891|
The following newspapers contain scattered issues covering a wide range of dates. Contact the Periodicals Department for more information.
|The Goliad Advance Guard||Cuero Daily Star|
|Goliad Intelligencer||Cuero Weekly Star|
|The Goliad Express||Cuero Daily Record|
|The Goliad Advance||Deutsche Rundschau|
|The Goliad Messenger||Port Lavacan|
|Indianola Courier||Lavaca Herald|
|Indianola Bulletin||Hallettsville New Era Weekly|
|Indianola Weekly Bulletin||Hallettsville Semi-Weekly New Era|
|Herald and Planter Weekly|
Periodicals Department: Civil War Records on microfilm
Sidney Weisiger Collection:
Fimble Obituary Collection:
John L. Jarratt Archaeological notes:
J. D. Mitchell Collection:
Gilbert Onderdonk Collection:
George Tyng Collection:
Alexander H. Phillips Collection:
A. B. Peticolas Collection
Florence Shelley Chilton Jordan Collection:
Mary Margaret Pickering Berthelot Collection:
Records of the Campus:
Clubs and Organizations
Extensive Photography Collection
Special Collection of rare Texas Historical Publications and other rare books
Sanborn Insurance Fire Maps, 1907, 1912 and 1928 (have been revised.)
Civil War Maps:
Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion
The War of the Rebellion:
Territorial Papers of the United States
CIS US Serial Set Index
Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog of U. S. Government Publications, 1900-1971.
County School Records for Victoria, Lavaca, and DeWitt counties.
Alphabetical File of Texas Volunteers in the Mexican War spanning 1844-1848:
Many more manuscripts, papers and photographs and other historical materials relative to Victoria County and surrounding area are also found here.
We would like to give credit and special thanks to Patsy Hand for researching this information and providing it to us. This section on location of local and area records will continue to be updated.