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.
The most efficient way of navigating this collection is to use the search function to find desired subjects within the indexes and then navigate to the appropriate volume and page number. The pages are numbered continuously across volumes and are included in the volume titles. To view a list of all volumes, click on “Browse This Collection” at the top of the page.