Texarkana Museums System

Wilbur Smith Research Archives

Located within the Museum of Regional History, the Wilbur Smith Research Archives contains thousands of photographs, documents, rare books and family histories. The archive's Texarkana city directory collection is the most comprehensive in Texarkana. For genealogists, our Pioneer History files contain information on hundreds of families from the region. Topics range from African-American history to War and Military.

TMS Online Archives provides a sampling of elements from the main archive, with special digital media exhibits focusing on the history of the Ark-La-Tex.


Above: Fire in the A.L. Ghio

building, c. 1920

Left: Elephants on Broad Street,

Texarkana, circa 1910

Access to the Archives is by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

To schedule an appointment, please click the "TMS Website" button at left for contact information or call TMS at


Museum of Regional History

Texarkana Museums System

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219 State Line Avenue

Texarkana, Texas


Tuesday - Saturday

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Self-guided tours

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"Tours and Rates" link below.

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