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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

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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