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Researching Portland's Past
Bell / Whittington library offers many resources on the history of Portland and the surrounding area. Below is only a sampling of what you can use for your study or research. These and other books can be found in Texana or reference sections of the library.
Book Title
Call Number
Aransas: The Life of a Texas Coastal County
William Allen and Sue Hastings Taylor
976.41 Allen
Centennial Journey Corpus Christi Caller-Times Part 1 (reference)
976.4113 Corpus
City by the Sea: A History of Corpus Christi, Texas 1519-1875
Eugenia Reynolds Briscoe, Ph.D.
976.4113 Briscoe
Corpus Christi: The History of a Texas Seaport (reference)
Bill Walraven
976.4113 Walraven
El Rincon: A History of Corpus Christi Beach
Bill Walraven
976.4113 Walraven
Empresarios’ Children: The Welders of Texas
Bill and Marjorie K. Walraven
929.2 Walraven
Gregory-Portland High School year books for most years

Memories of Portland: 1776-1976
Portland Bicentennial Commission
976.4115 Memories
Old Corpus Christi: The Past in Photographs
Murphy Givens
976.4113 Givens
Old South Texas: The Past in Photographs Vol. II
Murphy Givens
976.4113 Givens
Padre Island
Writers’ Round Table
976.422 Writers
Raw Frontier: Armed Conflict Along the Texas Coastal Bend  Keith Guthrie
976.41 Guthrie
Snow: The South Texas Christmas Miracle 2004
Kathryn Childers
976.4 Snow
Storm Over the Bay: The People of Corpus Christi and Their Port
Mary Jo O’Rear
976.4113 ORear
The Coastal Bend: A Pictorial History
A. Leland Parker
976.4113 Parker
The History of Nueces County
The Nueces County Historical Society
976.4 Nueces
The History of Portland, Texas and Bay View College Vol. I & II
Larry W. Jacoway Sr.
976.4115 Jacoway
The History of San Patricio County
Keith Guthrie
929.3764115 Guthrie

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If you are looking for a particular book, please contact Reference Librarian, Ramona Gibson at 361-777-4564 or