Smith County, Texas

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TYLER PUBLIC LIBRARY
201 S. College,
Tyler, Texas 75702 -
903-531-1316 -
Librarian - historydesk@tylertexas.com


 

Services Offered
  •  Microflim readers and one microfilm printer
  •  Microfiche readers and one microfiche printer
  •  lnternet access
  •  Interlibrary loan
  •  Film Rental
  •  Reference Assistance
  •  Census Forms (free) (limit of 20 each)

Hours of Operation:
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m

 

Local History Collection

Consists of materials on/about Tyler and Smith County, Texas. City directories, telephone books, previous city budgets, and books written by local authors.

 The most popular titles in demand include:

  •  Smith County Chronicles
  • Cemeteries of Smith County (5 vol. set)
  • Smith County Marriages (1846 - 1899)
  • Abstract District Court Minutes (1847-1857)
  • Obituaries of Tyler, Texas Newspapers (1905-(1915)
  • Smith County, Texas Marriage Records (1902-1905)
  • Smith County Probate Records (l846 - 1880)
  • Abstracts of obituaries mid-1982 thru 1992
  Texana Collection

 Consists of over 400 titles collected on/about the state of Texas. Some of the subjects represented are almanacs, histories, economics, biographies, architecture, flora & fauna, etc. Some of the more notable titles include:

  •  East Texas Historical Journal - 1963 - current
  • New Handbook of Texas (6 vols)
  • Handbook of Texas (1952) (2 vols + supplement)
  • Texas Almanacs - 1857, 1939 thru 1993
  • Papers of the Texas Revolution (10 vols), by John Jenkins
  • Southwest Historical Quarterly: In Rare Books: Vol. 1 - 1897 thru Vol 60 April 1957; In Texana : Vol.61 July 1957 to current

 

Newspapers on Microfilm
(Not Indexed)
  • Troup Banner - September 1903 - December 1977 Texas
  • Republican, Marshall, Texas - May 1849-June 1869
  • Early Tyler Newspapers (these are not complete runs) 1859 - 1935
  • Some County Newspapers (Ex: Grayson, Hood, Fannin)
  • Tyler Courier-Times - March 1905- October 1995
  • Tyler Morning Telegraph - September 1973, January 1984 - Current (The library is planning to purchase all previous issues of the TMT - the next year purchased will be 1983)

Tyler City Directories (Polk)

  •  In Rare Book case: 1882, 1887,1893, 1904,1910,1913,1918, 1923 thru 1925, 1927 thru 1930
  •  On Shelves: 1932 thru 1940, 1942, 1947, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960 thru 1963, 1965 thru 1969, 1971 thru 1989, 1991 thru 1995

Tyler Telephone Books

  •  In Rare Book case: 1920, 1922, 1920 thru 1921, 1924, 1927, 1953 thru 1959
  •  On Shelves: 1960 thru current

 Kriss Kross Directories - (Indexed by telephone number and street address)

  •  A.K. Wagner & Co.: - 1958, 1959,
  • 1962 thru 1969 (Wagner & Cole),
  • 1971 thru 1973 (Coles),
  • 1974 thru 1988, 1993-94

 


Rare Book Case

 Contains some 600 plus books and other materials that are no longer in print as well as materials written about Texas (A.C. Greene's Fifty Best Books) and the Tyler/Smith County area that were printed in limited numbers or difficult to locate.

 Tyler High School: 1929, 1937 thru 1940,1958, 1960

 John Tyler: 1965, 1968, 1971 thru 1974,1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984

 Robert E. Lee: 1959 thru 1965, 1971, 1974 thru 1976, 1980 thru 1982

 Tyler Jr. College: 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972 tlrru 1976

  Some of the most retrieved items from the Rare Book case include:

 Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas Books on Camp Ford/Glover & Lawrence

History of Tyler and Smith County, Tx/Woldert

Killough Massacre/Moore

Smith County Justice/Ellsworth

Tyler City Directories

Yearbooks

History of the Caddo Indians/Glover, William


Census on Microfilm (Federal Decennial Census)

* Alabama 1830 thru 1880 (plus indexes for 1830 thru 1870) Soundex 1880
* Arkansas 1830 thru 1880 (plus indexes for 1830 thru 1870)Soundex 1880
California no census - (1850 index book only)
* Connecticut 1790 (plus index book)
* Delaware no census - (1850 index book only)
D.C. no census - (1820 index book only)
Florida no census - (1830 thru 1870 index book/fiche only)
* Georgia 1820 thru 1880 (plus indexes for 1820 thru 1870) Soundex 1880
Illinois 1850 (plus indexes for 1820 thru 1850)
Indiana 1850 plus indexes for 1820 thru 1850)
* Kentucky l8l0 thru 1880 (plus indexes for 1810 thru 1870) Soundex 1880
* Louisiana 1810 thru 1880 (plus indexes for 1810 thru 1870) Soundex 1880
Maine 1700 (plus index book)
* Maryland 1790 thru 1860 (plus index books for 1790 and 1850)
* Massachusetts 1790 (index books for 1790 & 1800)
* Mississippi 1820 thru 1880 (plus index books for 1820 thru 1870) Soundex 1880
* Missouri 1830 thru 1880 (plus index books for l83O thru 1860)
* New Hampshire 1790 (plus index book)
* New York 1790 (index books for 1790 & 1800)
* North Carolina 1790 thru 1880 (plus index books for l79O thru 1850& 1870)
* Ohio 1850 (index books for 1820 thru 1850)
Indian Territory 1900 (plus Soundex)
* Oklahoma 1900, 1910
* Pennsylvania 1790, 1850 (plus index book for 1790 thru 1850)
* Rhode Island 1790 (plus index book)
* South Carolina 1790 thru 1880 (plus index books for l790 thru 1870) Soundex 1880
* Tennessee 1820 thru 1880 (plus index books for l820thru 1870) Soundex 1880
* Texas 1850 thru 1920 (plus Soundes)
* Vermont 1790 (plus index book)
* Virginia 1790, 1810 thru 1850 (index books for 1790& l8l0 thru 1850)

Those states marked with an * represents those areas the library has collected books in supplementing the census collection.

 In addition to the film on the previous page, the library does own Miscellaneous census rolls for various years and states that have been purchased by patrons and donated to the library.

Other Selected Items on Microfilm

 Index to Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served from Texas

 Texas Almanac 1857-66, 1868-73, 1904, 1910, 1911, 1914 (plus book copies)

 Some Texas Mortality Schedules

 Texas Marriages in Early Counties 1835-1880's

 Tax Rolls of Texas Counties (mostly East Texas) 1900 & prior.

 Index to Texas Births Records 1903-1976

 Index to Texas Death Records 1903-1973 on microfilm 1974-1996 on Fiche

 Voter Register of Texas 1867-1869

 

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