Extensive research by the Texas Forestry Museum led to the development of two electronic databases relating to the history of forestry in the state.

Sawmill Database

The East Texas Sawmill Data Base© documents 4,665 sawmills or other forest product mills that have operated in the state since the first recorded mills in 1819. Research was limited to the fifty-four eastern-most counties. Information in each record, when it is known, includes the corporate and local name, location of the mill, years of operation, ownership, power used to operate the mill, whether the mill was a pine, cypress or hardwood mill, and associated railroads, if any.

The East Texas Sawmill Database© received the American Association for State & Local History Award of Merit in 1995.

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Tram and Railroad Database

The East Texas Tram and Railroad Data Base© documents the many trams and railroads that were run as sawmill company lines. Three hundred and thirty-three of these logging railroads are detailed. Information included in each record includes the ownership, counties of operation, and whether the line was narrow or standard gauge.

Bibliographic citations for each mill or railroad are incorporated into each record.

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Research Opportunities

The Texas Forestry Museum offers several opportunities for research.

The museum’s Jack McMullen Library holds reference material on forestry, forest management, ecology, environmental history, and forest history. Emphasis is on older material not readily available at other libraries.

The Texas Forestry Museum archives has holdings of various records collections.

Older or rare books are held in the archives of the museum, and must be retrieved by staff. All photographs and archival material is held in secure storage.

It is highly recommended that persons interested in doing research at the museum make an appointment to assure that staff will be available for assistance. Only staff may retrieve collections held in the archives of the museum.

To make an appointment for research you may call the Texas Forestry Museum at (936)-632-9535 or visit our website at and click the Request Appointment link at the bottom of the page.

The Jack McMullen library and archives, located in the museum’s Education and Research Center at 1907 Atkinson Drive, are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for major holidays.

Copies: $0.25 each for text or photocopy.

Digital Files: $1.00 for each digital file. The researcher must provide their own flash drive.

Publication Fees: $15 for each file.

Any print obtained from the Texas Forestry Museum photo collection used in publication must have the following credit line: Photograph courtesy of the Texas Forestry Museum.

Any prints obtained from the Texas Forestry Museum and thereafter used for commercial purposes must have prior approval of the Texas Forestry Museum.

The Texas Forestry Museum will not make copies of photos in the collection that the Museum does not have the right to reproduce and distribute.