Category Archives: history

I heard that the 7th floor of the Central Library will be renovated next year. Will I still be able to use the Texas / Dallas History collections?

The Texas / Dallas History and Archives Division on the 7th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library will be closed for renovation starting Monday, March 2, 2015.  Renovation is expected to take approximately one year with an anticipated … Continue reading

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Q. With Presidents’ Day around the corner, I’m looking for some interesting facts on the U.S. Presidency. What would you recommend?

A. We have quite a few books you may be interested in. To start with, we have Inventing George Washington: America’s Founder, in Myth and Memory. As with any major historic figure, a multitude of legends has grown up around … Continue reading

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When They Weren’t Shooting, They Were Reading…..

One of the best non-fiction titles I read in 2014 illuminated for me a 20th-century U.S. governmental activity about which I had been totally unaware. Knowing about it now makes me proud yet again to belong to the “book profession”. In … Continue reading

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I am working on researching my family history. What are some services and resources that are available in the genealogy department?

Take a tour! – The Dallas Public Library is one of the most highly regarded genealogy research facilities in the country. The Genealogy Division houses an impressive collection of books, microfilm and microfiche. The department offers a walking tour highlighting the most important parts of our collection. The tour showcases our print and microfilm resources, military records, … Continue reading

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Two Media Pioneers – Good To Meet You!

Since long before Michael Moore turned his camera on gun control and labor relations, I have loved “documentary film,” especially biographies. Two recent additions to the Dallas Public Library’s DVD collection show the “life stories” genre is doing well: they … Continue reading

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