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Local History: Local History Resources @ WMCL

Telling the stories of Waco

Archives and Vertical Files

Vertical files contain information about:

  • Churches
  • Businesses
  • Notable Wacoans
  • Schools

...and more!

City Directories

city directories

Central Library's Local History room has a collection of Waco city directories, including a few as far back as the late 1800s and early 1900s.  City directories, like phone books, list people and their address by name.  However, unlike phone books, you can also search a city directory by street address and/or phone number.


Our yearbook collection has:

  • Baylor yearbooks from 1914+
  • Jefferson-Moore HS from 1951+
  • Midway HS from 1950+
  • Reicher Cathloc HS from 1967+
  • Waco HS from 1908+

...and many more!


Local Periodicals

local magazines

In addition to books, subject files, city directories, and newspapers, the Local History Collection saves magazines dedicated to Waco history or information – Waco Heritage & History, Wacoan, and Waco Today.

Information for researchers using the library

  • Photos are permitted of pages from the items in the local history collection.
  • Copies and scans of documents may be made for $.20 a page. The copier/scanner is located on the same floor as the local history collection.
  • The microfilm reader in the Local History Room is available to the public. See reference desk staff to be signed on to the machine.
  • Public computers are available to Waco-McLennan County library card holders. If you do not have a library card, see reference desk staff to learn if you are eligible for a guest pass.