Welcome to our Online Collections Database!

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The Brazoria County Historical Museum's primary purpose is to act as the Historical Resource Center for Brazoria County. The Museum is a repository for material focusing on the history of Texas. The primary focus is collecting, organizing and preserving information relating to the events, people and places in Brazoria County and to assist researchers in locating this material. We hope you enjoy browsing the collections. If you are interested in more information about an item, copyright permissions, or ordering a copy of a photo, please contact us at curator@bchm.org or calling us at 979-864-1208.

Please contact the Brazoria County Historical Museum for any and all reproduction of any images, either printed, electronic or any method which may be used to capture and reproduce an image before use.

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Hanley Ranch will return records associated with Hanley OR Ranch). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Rocky Pine Ranch"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.

Catalog Searches (Archives / Photos / Libraries / Objects)

The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.