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Shires Photograph Collection

The Shires Photograph Collection consists of photographs documenting the construction of infrastructure in Fort Worth during the late 1920s and early 1930s. The images track the progress made on the construction of bridges and underpasses from initial excavation work to the completed project. Some photographs depict local businesses, …

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Shires Photograph Collection

The Gruen Plan

The Gruen Plan for "A Greater Fort Worth Tomorrow" was designed by the architecture firm Victor Gruen and Associates in 1956 to revitalize the business district, and alleviate traffic congestion in downtown Fort Worth. The proposed plan suggested an expressway loop that would encircle the business district and connect to six …

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The Gruen Plan

The Bartholomew Plan

The Bartholomew Plan was developed in 1927 by urban planner Harland Bartholomew, after being commissioned by the City of Fort Worth to devise a street plan for the city’s major traffic arteries. The report conducts a general survey of the city, reviews existing street structure, and presents a plan for an improved system.

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The Bartholomew Plan

Texas County Tax Rolls

Tarrant County, named after General Edward H. Tarrant, was founded in 1849 when it was carved out of neighboring Navarro County.  In 1850, the first Tarrant County Tax Assessment was conducted by the Navarro County Tax Assessor, W.B. McCabe, since Tarrant County had not yet been officially organized.  Later that same year, John A. Hust …

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Texas County Tax Rolls

Texas Spring Palace

The Texas Spring Palace opened on May 29, 1889 as a regional immigration and agricultural fair. It was intended to advertise Texas by displaying all the products of the state under one roof. Local railroads cosponsored the project and local business and citizens furnished construction funds by subscription. The building was built in …

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Texas Spring Palace

Fort Worth Labor News

The Labor News began in 1944 as Plane Facts, the official newspaper of the International Association of Machinists, District Lodge 776. The union sought to publicize social and political issues, both local and national, concerning the labor movement. Plane Facts became Plain Facts shortly before Willard Barr purchased the newspaper from …

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Fort Worth Labor News

The Bohemian

The Bohemian was the quarterly publication of "Our Literary Club in Bohemia" or the Bohemian Club.  The club was organized April 21, 1898 at "The Nest" on the corner of East Belknap and Harding streets in Fort Worth, Texas.  The object of the Club was for the self-improvement, mutual benefit and development of Southern literature.  …

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The Bohemian

Fox Photograph Collection

Lewis D. Fox and his wife traveled extensively around the country and photographed the places they visited.  This digital collection represents a small percentage of photos of that Fox artfully arranged and preserved in 53 albums.  He took pictures in most of the major cities in the United States, but he focused a great deal on Fort …

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Fox Photograph Collection

Federal Writers' Project

The Federal Writers Project began in 1935 as a national program of the Works Progress Administration, with regional field offices throughout the United States. In January 1936, Fort Worth became a District Field Office for North Central Texas, but the national program was abandoned by September 1939. With the discontinuation of federal …

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Federal Writers' Project

Lake Como Weekly

The "Lake Como Weekly,” a Fort Worth African-American newspaper, was founded in 1940 by William H. Wilburn Sr.  The “Lake Como Weekly” went through various name changes.  In October of 1954, the paper was briefly named the “Como Weekly” and resumed its original name by December of the same year.  By 1960 the newspaper had …

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Lake Como Weekly

John F. Kennedy Collection

John F. Kennedy had a unique impact on the city of Fort Worth as it was his last stop before his fateful journey to Dallas.  This collection features some of the JFK-related materials housed in the Fort Worth Library Archives.  Many of these materials are related to the dedication of the JFK Tribute in Fort Worth, which took place on …

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John F. Kennedy Collection

United Confederate Veterans Robert E. Lee Camp No. 158

In October of 1890, several ex-Confederates met in Fort Worth and organized the Robert E. Lee Camp #158 of the United Confederate Veterans (UCV).  The primary purpose for the creation of the UCV was to garner greater recognition and support for the ex-Confederate soldiers and their families.  The materials represented here are merely a …

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United Confederate Veterans Robert E. Lee Camp No. 158

Hazel Harvey Peace Collection

Hazel Harvey Peace (1907-2008) was an educator, humanitarian, and community activist with an outstanding record of service to the City of Fort Worth.  At age 13, she graduated from the Fort Worth Colored School (renamed I. M. Terrell High School) and returned to teach there four years later.  A passion for education then led her to …

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Hazel Harvey Peace Collection

Tarrant County Original Land Grants, 1854-1884

The Tarrant County Land Grant collection contains the early deeds to land in Tarrant County as granted by the State of Texas.  Tarrant County was established in 1849 and named after General Edward H. Tarrant, a commander for the Republic of Texas.  Historical documents dated 1854-1884 are highlighted in the collection including deeds …

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Tarrant County Original Land Grants, 1854-1884

Texas Centennial Scrapbook, 1936

The year 1936 marked the official 100th anniversary of Texas’ independence.  Fort Worth recognized the anniversary with several activities sponsored by the Women’s Division of the Texas Frontier Centennial; one of which was a centennial scrapbook contest. The contest rules listed the type of material, size, and subject headings to …

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Texas Centennial Scrapbook, 1936

Virginia Reilly Collection

The focus of the Virginia Reilly collection is the establishment and operation of the Carnegie Public Library in Fort Worth. The collection consists of correspondence, pamphlets, and statements. The majority of correspondence is addressed to or from Mrs. Charles (Jennie S.) Scheuber. Also featured, is a letter dated June 30, 1899 from …

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Virginia Reilly Collection

Fort Worth Housing Authority

In late 1938, after the passing of the Housing Authorities Law of the State of Texas, the previous year, the city of Fort Worth formed the Housing Authority as a non-profit organization.  By 1940, the Housing Authority had developed safe, sanitary communities for families needing assistance when private rentals or homeownership were …

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Fort Worth Housing Authority

FWPL Local History Pamphlets

The Local History Pamphlet Collection includes a wide variety of items related to Fort Worth, Tarrant County and the surrounding areas. Articles include advertising and promotional brochures, government publications, event programs, area guides and official reports. For example, the collection offers a souvenir program from the Fort …

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FWPL Local History Pamphlets

Women's History Month Collection

The Hattitude…Hats Off to Women Association began at Fort Worth Public Library in 2001 with the purpose of promoting women’s significant accomplishments – blending special events and programming every March to recognize and celebrate the achievements of women.   The collection includes correspondence, meeting minutes, …

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Women's History Month Collection

About the collections



The Genealogy, History & Archives Unit of the Fort Worth Library has a large collection of family history data including federal census, books, and periodicals. The collection focuses on Texas and the South, but also includes a considerable amount of information on the Midwest and the original thirteen states. The unit also collects primary and secondary materials on the history of Fort Worth, its institutions, organizations, and peoples. Moreover, it is the official archives for the City of Fort Worth municipal government. 

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