Local History Resources 

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.

--Marcus Garvey

Founded in 1841, Marshall has a rich and interesting history. The library has a permanent collection of books, articles, and newspaper archives about Marshall, Harrison County, and the surrounding areas available for in-house viewing. 

Handbook of Texas Online

The Handbook of Texas is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas hWhetstone Squareistory, geography, and culture featuring more than 25,000 articles on Texas events, institutions, people, places and more. Use keywords "Marshall" or "Harrison County" to locate area information.

Harrison County Historical Museum

The Harrison County Historical Museum owns one of the largest collections of photographs, documents, books and artifacts relating to the early settlement of Marshall, Harrison County, and Northeast Texas.

Harrison County Hometown Heroes

The Hometown Heroes interactive database, sponsored by the Harrison County Historical Museum, is dedicated to all service members with a connection to Harrison County. Users may search by name, service, or add a new profile of local service members.

Marshall News Messenger Archives

Explore Marshall News Messenger editions dating back to 1849.


The NewsBank database contains local, regional, statewide, and world newspapers including the Marshall News Messenger which is searchable from 2004-today.

The Portal to Texas History

The Portal to Texas History is a gateway to Texas history materials which include anything from an ancestor’s picture to a rare historical map. From prehistory to the present day, unique collections from Texas can be found here. Use keywords "Marshall" or "Harrison County" to locate area information. 

TexaStreet Scene at Courthouses Historical Commission

The Texas Historical Commission is the state agency for historic preservation. The staff consults with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas’ architectural, archaeological and cultural landmarks and is recognized nationally for its preservation programs. Use keywords "Marshall" or "Harrison County" to locate area information. 

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps

Via TexShare Databases, access historical maps for Marshall and other Texas cities. Once logged in, click on the "Genealogy and History" tab to get started.