The Smith County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 1959 by individuals and business firms dedicated to discovering, collecting and preserving data, records and other items relating to the history of Smith County, Texas. They joined together in a rewarding effort to preserve the fascinating stories of Smith County’s past in the many areas of historical preservation pursued by the Society.
Museum and Camp Ford: Free Admission
Need to do some research? Make an appointment to visit our archival library containing historical artifacts of Smith County, including newspapers, city directories, school records, photographs, maps, historical papers, rare books and much more.
One of our ongoing projects is to publish our Index to Chronicles of Smith County, Texas and it is now a reality. We have it posted on-line but it is not finished. It needs to be proofread and entries consolidated. It is posted as is so that it might help the researchers of Smith County history and genealogy. It will be updated as we can finish it. Hopefully by the end of the year, just in time to add our newest issue to it.
If you are planning a trip to use our archives, contact us with an e-mail or call (903) 592-5993 to tell us what you are researching. We will make an appointment with you so we can have material pulled to make your trip easier and more productive.
One of the hidden gems of our collection is our many photos and photo collections. We have started to put a few of the more popular photos up in our society store and we will add more as we have time. The photo collections and a few details can be found at this link. Contact us for more information about any particular collection and to have us search for any image.