A Guide to the History of Dallas, Texas

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Categorized Bibliography

Here is a fairly comprehensive list of books about Dallas. Some are scholarly, some are anecdotal.

ArchitectureBiographyBonnie and ClydeDiaries, Letters, & Reminincences
Directories and Other Primary SourcesGeneral HistoryKennedy Assassination
Other Special Topics

Here's a great research tool, now online! Memorial and biographical history of Dallas County, Texas, digitized and hosted by the University of North Texas.


  • McDonald, William L. Dallas Rediscovered: A Photographic Chronicle of Urban Expansion, 1870-1925 (Dallas: Dallas Historical Society, 1978).

  • Dallasights: An Anthology of Architecture and Open Spaces (Dallas: American Institute of Architects, Dallas Chapter, 1978).

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  • Butler, Steven R. John Neely Bryan, the Father of Dallas: A Biography (Richardson, Texas: Steven R. Butler, 1991 & 2006).

  • Dean, David M. Breaking Trail: Hudson Stuck of Texas and Alaska (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1988).

  • Edwards, George. Pioneer-at-Law: A Legacy in the Pursuit of Justice (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1974).

  • Hill, Margaret Hunt, Boyer, Jane and Boyer, Burt. H. L. and Lyda (Little Rock: August House Publishers, 1994).

  • Rosenberg, Leon Joseph. Sangers': Pioneer Texas Merchants (Austin, TX: Texas State Historical Association, 1978).

  • Sharpe, Ernest. G. B. Dealey of the Dallas News (New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1955).

  • Starling, Susanne. Land is the Cry! Warren Angus Ferris, Pioneer Texas Surveyor and Founder of Dallas County (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1998).

  • Tinkle, Lon. Mr. De: A Biography of Everette Lee DeGolyer (Boston, Little, Brown and Co., 1970).

  • Trent, Lucy C. John Neely Bryan: Founder of Dallas (Dallas: Tardy Publishing Co., 1936).

  • Widener, Ralph W., Jr. William Henry Gaston: A Builder of Dallas (Dallas: Historical Publishing Co., 1977).

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Bonnie and Clyde

  • Barrow, Blanche Caldwell. My Life With Bonnie & Clyde, edited by John Neal Phillips (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2004).

  • Parker, Emma Krause, Mrs. and Cowan, Nellie (Barrow). Fugitives: The True Story of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, edited by Jan Fortune (Dallas, Ranger Press 1934).

  • Phillips, John Neal. Running with Bonnie and Clyde: The Ten Fast Years of Ralph Fults (Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1996).

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Diaries, Letters, & Reminiscences

  • Dealey, Ted. Diaper Days of Dallas (Nashville, TN: Abington Press, 1966).

  • Beckett, Hazael Williams. Growing up in Dallas (n.p.: New Hope Press, 1985).

  • Jackson, George. Sixty Years in Texas (Dallas, Texas: Wilkinson Publishing Co., 1908).

  • McCoy, John Milton. When Dallas Became a City: Letters of John Milton McCoy, 1870-1881, edited by Elizabeth York Enstam (Dallas: Dallas Historical Society, 1982).

  • Marcus, Stanley. Minding the Store: A Memoir Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1974

  • Saxon, Gerald D., ed. Reminiscences: A Glimpse of Old East Dallas (Dallas: Dallas Public Library, 1983).

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Directories and Other Primary Sources

  • Butterfield, F. E. and Rundlett, C. M. Directory of the City of Dallas For the Year 1975 (St. Louis, MO: St. Louis Democrat Litho and Print Co., 1875; reprint, Dallas: Stone-Inge Books, 1979).

  • Kessler, George E. A City Plan for Dallas (Dallas: 1911).

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General History

  • Acheson, Sam. Dallas Yesterday, edited by Lee Milazzo (Dallas: SMU Press, 1977).

  • Barney, Robert Owen. The Romantic Story of Dallas: From Buckskins to Top Hat!, illustrated by Bill McClanahan (Dallas: Robert Owen Barney, 1948).

  • Brown, John Henry. History of Dallas County, Texas, From 1837 to 1887 (Dallas: John Henry Brown, 1887).

  • Cochran, John H. Dallas County: A Record of Its Pioneers and Progress (Dallas: 1928).

  • Cockrell, Frank M. History of Early Dallas (Chicago: 1944).

  • Eatenson, Ervin, ed. Tent to Towers: A Dallas Time Line, 1841-1982 (Dallas: Dallas Public Library, 1982).

  • Graff, Harvey J., et al. Dallas, Texas: A Bibliographical Guide to the Sources of Its Social History to 1930 (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1979).

  • Greene, A. C. Dallas: The Deciding Years - A Historical Portrait (Austin, TX: Encino Press, 1973).

  • Greene, A. C. Dallas, USA (Austin, TX: Texas Monthly Press, 1984).

  • A Guide for Seeing Dallas County History (Dallas: Dallas County Historical Commission, 1987).

  • Hazel, Michael V., ed. Dallas Reconsidered: Essays in Local History (Dallas: Three Forks Press, 1995).

  • Hazel, Michael V. Dallas: A History of "Big D" (Austin, Tex. : Texas State Historical Association, 1997).

  • Hazel, Michael V. Dallas: A Dynamic Century, edited by Nancy Leichner (Kirkland, Washington: Wyndham Publications, 1998).

  • History of Dallas County, Containing a History of the County, its Cities, Towns, etc.; a Biographical Directory of its Citizens;...Portraits of Early Settlers & Prominent Men; etc. (Union Hist. Co.: 1879; reprint, 1997).

  • Holmes, Maxine and Saxon, Gerald D. The WPA Dallas Guide and History (Dallas and Denton: Dallas Public Library and University of North Texas Press, 1992).

  • Kimball, Justin F. Our City Dallas (Dallas: Dallas Independent School District, 1954).

  • Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1892).

  • Payne, Darwin. Dallas: An Illustrated History (Woodland Hills, CA: Windsor Publications, Inc., 1982).

  • Payne, Darwin Payne, ed. Sketches of a Growing Town: Episodes and People of Dallas from Early Days to Recent Times (Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1991).

  • Payne, Darwin. Big D: Triumphs and Troubles of an American Supercity in the 20th Century (Dallas: Three Forks Press, 1994).

  • Payne, Darwin. Dynamic Dallas: An Iillustrated history (Carlsbad, California: Heritage Media Corp., 2002).

  • Rogers, John William. The Lusty Texans of Dallas (New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1951).

  • Rumbley, Rose-Mary. The Unauthorized History of Dallas (Austin, TX: Eakin Press, 1991).

  • Rumbley, Rose-Mary. Dallas, Too: Stories I'm Telling Again, Because I Want to Hear Them Myself (Austin, Texas: Eakin Press, 1998).

  • Sanders, Barrot Steven. Dallas: Her Golden Years (Dallas: Sanders Press, 1989).

  • Tinkle, Lon. The Key to Dallas (Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1965).

  • Walker, Stanley. The Dallas Story (Dallas: The Dallas Times Herald, 1956).

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Kennedy Assassination

  • McMillan, Priscilla Johnson. Marina and Lee (New York : Harper & Row, 1977

  • Payne, Darwin and Hlavach, Laura, eds. Reporting the Kennedy Assassination: Journalists Who Were There Recall Their Experiences (Dallas: Three Forks Press, 1996).

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Other Special Topics

  • Acheson, Sam. 35,000 Days in Texas: A History of the Dallas News and Its Forebears (New York: The Macmillan Co., 1938).

  • Butler, Steven R. From Water Supply to Urban Oasis: A History of White Rock Lake Park (Richardson, Texas: Poor Scholar Publications, 2004).

  • Calvin, Peter. Dallas Texas: A Photographic Portrait (Rockport, Massachusetts: Twin Lights Publishers, Inc., 2007).

  • Chariton, Wallace Owen. Texas Centennial: The Parade of an Empire (Plano, TX: Wallace O. Chariton, 1979).

  • Cheney, Allison A. Dallas Spirit: A Political History of the City of Dallas (Dallas: McMullan Publishing Co., 1991).

  • Considerant, Victor. Au Texas (Paris, France: 1854).

  • Eisenberg, John. Cotton Bowl Days: Growing Up with Dallas and the Cowboys in the 1960s (New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 1997).

  • Enstam, Elizabeth York. Women and the creation of urban life: Dallas, Texas, 1843-1920 (N.P., 1998).

  • Govenar, Alan B. and Brakefield, Jay F. Deep Ellum and Central Track: Where the Black and White Worlds of Dallas Converged (Denton: University of North Texas Press, 1998).

  • Hazel, Michael V. The Dallas Public Library: Celebrating a Century of Service, 1901-2001 (Denton : University of North Texas Press, 2001).

  • Hazel, Michael V. The Dallas Historical Society: The Early Years, 1922-1946 (Dallas: Belo Foundation, 2002).

  • Inventory of the Property of the City of Dallas, Texas (Dallas, Texas: Mayor's Department, 1898).

  • Jebsen, Harry Jr., Newton, Robert M. and Hogan, Patricia R. Centennial History of the Dallas, Texas Park System, 1876-1976 (Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University, 1976).

  • Payne, Darwin. As Old as Dallas Itself: A History of the Lawyers of Dallas, the Dallas Bar Associations, and the City They Helped Build (Dallas: Three Forks Press, 1999).

  • Payne, Darwin and Fitzpatrick, Kathy. From Prairie to Planes: How Dallas and Fort Worth Overcame Politics and Personalities to Build One of the World’s Biggest and Busiest Airports (Dallas: Three Forks Press, 1999).

  • Roberts, Larenda Lyles and Threadgill, Kay. Dallas Uncovered, Second Edition (Plano, TX: Wordware Publishing, Inc., 1998).

  • Rumbley, Rose-Mary. A Century of Class: Public Education in Dallas, 1884-1984 (Austin, Texas: Eakin Press, 1984).

  • Sanders, Barrot Steven. The Forgotten History of the Four Cabins Built by John Neely Bryan and the True History of the Little Cabin on Our Courthouse Square (Dallas: Barrot Steven Sanders, 1981).

  • Sanders, Barrot Steven. The Caruths: Dallas’ Landed Gentry (Dallas: Sanders Press, 1988).

  • Santere, George H. White Cliffs of Dallas (Dallas: 1955).

  • Schiebel, Walter J. E. Education in Dallas: Ninety-two Years of History (Dallas: Dallas Independent School District, 1966).

  • Schutze, Jim. The Accommodation : The Politics of Race in an American City (Secaucus, N.J.: Citadel Press, 1986).

  • Switzer, David S. It's Our Dallas County: The Story of Self-Government Since 1846 (Dallas: David S. Switzer, 1954).

  • Wiley, Nancy. The Great State Fair of Texas: An Illustrated History (Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company, 1985).

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