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About this collection

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 sponsorship, the program became the Texas Writers Project under the guidance of the University of Texas. The Fort Worth Public Library, along with the City of Fort Worth, contributed to local funding and administration for the final two years of the project.  

Authors and researchers transcribed newspaper articles, interviewed residents, and compiled lists of local activity in the city, county, and surrounding areas. The material is loosely grouped by subject matter, such as the cattle industry, art and culture, and municipal history.  Published in 1941, the Fort Worth and Tarrant County Research Data comprises 77 volumes of material. Each volume contains its own index and chronology of events, which are detailed at the beginning of the volume. The collection also features 11 chronological and consolidated indexes that are keyword searchable.

 

This collection can be used in two ways:  

Index browse: This method is similar to the way you would use the physical copy of these volumes in the library.

  • Click on “Browse This Collection” at the top of this page. The first 11 items (with red covers) in the results page are indexes. There are three series of indexes: Chronological; Consolidated, pages 1 to 9,999; Consolidated, pages 10,000 to 30,637.
  • Select an index and search for your topic, just as you would with a physical book. Write the page number(s) down. If you are using the consolidated indexes you need to search for your topic in both Series 1 (pages 1-9,999) and Series 2 (pages 10,000-30,637).
  • Go to the volume that has the page you need (page number ranges are listed in the volume titles). 
  • Once you’re viewing the correct volume, you may need to further narrow the page range by selecting from the menu on the right side of the page. Scroll through the document to locate the page number with the topic you’re looking for.

Index search: This method lets you keyword search all of the indexes at once. Be aware that this method may not be as accurate as the index browse, as results depend on the accuracy of the OCR software used to generate the text.

  • Enter your topic in the search box at the top of this page and click on “Search”. This function will allow you to search all of the indexes for your topic. It will not conduct a search through all of the volumes.
  • Each item in the results is a different index page that features your topic. Click on an item and locate your topic on that page. Write the page number(s) down.
  • Go to the volume that has the page you need (page number ranges are listed in the volume titles).
  • Once you’re viewing the correct volume, you may need to further narrow the page range by selecting from the menu on the right side of the page. Scroll through the document to locate the page number with the topic you’re looking for. 

 

 
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