The Rosenberg Library

The Rosenberg Library (HMYL5)

Location: Galveston, TX 77550 Galveston County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 18.077', W 94° 47.55'

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The oldest free public library in continuous operation in Texas. Established and endowed in 1900 by the will of Henry Rosenberg (1824-1893), a native of Switzerland who came to Galveston in 1843 and achieved prominence as a banker and merchant. In his will he stated, "in making this bequest, I desire to express in practical form my affection for the city of my adoption and for the people among whom I have lived for so many years, trusting that it will aid their intellectual and moral development, and be a source of pleasure and profit to them and their children and their children's children, through many generations."

This library is the successor to the Galveston Mercantile Library established by the Chamber of Commerce in 1870, donated to the city of Galveston in 1874, and absorbed by the Rosenberg Library in 1905.

Collections include over one million books, manuscripts, letters, documents, objects of art, and historic memorabilia. The library is one of the major repositories of original documents and artifacts related to Texas history.
HM NumberHMYL5
Marker Number7167
Year Placed1970
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 11:41pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 325904 N 3242699
Decimal Degrees29.30128333, -94.79250000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 18.077', W 94° 47.55'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 18' 4.62" N, 94° 47' 33.00" W
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Area Code(s)409, 281
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 849-899 23rd St, Galveston TX 77550, US
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