Dallas Central Business District with Little Mexico in the foreground, by Bill Edwards, November 18, 1957. (PA2000-3/33, from the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce Collection, Dallas Public Library)

Dallas History

Tales From the Dallas History Archives: How Latino Communities Shaped the City

The influence of Little Mexico, Los Altos, Eagle Ford, and others loom large over Dallas.

Historical images of politics, social activism, and community organizing help illuminate the ways in which the Latino community strives to make Dallas a better city with each passing decade. Dallas Public Library’s Dallas History and Archives Division has photos depicting numerous aspects of Latino life in Dallas spanning generations, many of which are available to view in the library’s online catalog.

See how Latino Dallasites played roles in larger historical events. Learn more about Dallas neighborhoods such as Little Mexico, Los Altos, Eagle Ford, and others. View images of local businesses and everyday life such as weddings, students at area schools, churches and religious services, and more.  You might discover a photo of someone you know from the past, whether it’s a friend, relative, or even yourself at a younger age.

These photos are a few prime examples of the ways in which the archival collections of the Dallas Public Library can help illuminate local history to those with the curiosity to explore them. Learn more by searching online in the catalog. Go to “Advanced” and use the “Limit By” option to select “Digital Archive” then type in your topic.

Contact Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library at (214) 670-1435 or email [email protected] with questions about the many fascinating photographic resources available.


Brandon Murray, a librarian and archivist in the Dallas Public Library’s Dallas History & Archives Division, writes about North Texas history for D Magazine. For more Tales from the Dallas History Archives, head here.

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