G.B. Dealey Library

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The Dallas Historical Society archives and G. B. Dealey Library will reopen for in-person research appointments in October. Access is by appointment only, with limited availability Tuesday thru Thursday. To inquire about reserving an appointment contact research@dallashistory.org. We also invite the public to explore a selection of our visual collections on our website.

G.B. Dealey (1859–1946)


George Bannerman (G. B.) Dealey, publisher and civic planner, immigrated to Galveston, Texas, where he took the position of office boy at the Galveston News on October 12, 1874. He worked for this publishing concern the rest of his life. When the Dallas Morning News was founded in 1885 he was appointed business manager. He was the founder of the Dallas Historical Society (1922) and lifetime president. In 1986 the Hall of state underwent extensive renovations. During the renovation process the G.B. Dealey library was opened for researchers.

G.B. Dealey Library-Special Collections

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe G.B. Dealey Library actively collects materials documenting the history of Dallas, Dallas County and Texas. It maintains a large collection of photographs, documents, artifacts, books and periodicals.

The Dallas Historical Society’s holdings include collections from notable figures such as pioneer attorney John C. McCoy, and nineteenth century businesswoman Sarah Horton Cockrell. Other collections include the papers of 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. The collection centers on the social, economic, and political history of Dallas and Texas. Rare items include the spurs of Antonio López de Santa Anna, and the watch of James W. Fannin. In recent years the society has made strong efforts to acquire items documenting the different cultures living in Dallas and North Texas.

Utilizing the Library

The library is open to the public as a place to tour, study, or read when the Hall of State is open.

For research purposes which require access to our collections, the library is only available by appointment only. See Researching the Collection below for more details.

Researching the Collection

Collections staff answers questions via telephone, email, and written queries at no cost, up to fifteen minutes. Extensive research work can be undertaken on a fee basis. Persons wishing to use this service should call, email, or write, explaining the exact nature of their research question. The collection can only be accessed by appointment. For information about the G.B. Dealey Library, the DHS collections, research inquiries or assistance, or to schedule an appointment, please contact:

Archives Dept.
Dallas Historical Society
P.O. Box 150038 Dallas, TX 75315-0038
phone: 214-421-4500 ext. 110
email: Research@dallashistory.org