The collection of the Dallas Historical Society spans the history of not only the Greater Dallas area but the entire state of Texas. The Collection covers extraordinary territory, from tales of immigrants who entered Texas before it was Republic to chronicling the emergence of Dallas as a major commercial and cultural center. By teaching and connecting people to their past, we make history relevant. Each object in the Society’s collection is emblematic of real people, of a definite time and place.

Some notable collections include the papers of John C. McCoy, Sarah Horton Cockrell, Congressman Hatton W. Sumners, Democratic party leader Thomas B. Love, George W. Briggs, Sam Acheson, Joseph W. Bailey,  Dallas Morning News publisher George B. Dealey, Elmer Scott, Margaret Scruggs Caruth, John M. Moore, Dallas ISD principal John Leslie Patton, DISD former superintendent Dr. W.T. White and the 1936 Texas Centennial Commission.