University of Texas Arlington

Fort Worth News-Tribune Collection:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fort Worth News-Tribune.
Title: Fort Worth News-Tribune Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1970-1989
Abstract: The Fort Worth News-Tribune was founded as the News-Tribune in Haltom City in 1969, as a neighborhood weekly newspaper. It was purchased from owners Mrs. Ione Whiteman and Wallace Sheppard in August 1970, by veteran journalists, Mack H. and Madeline C. Williams. The Williams' owned and published the newspaper until February 1986, when it was sold to Fort Worth Publishing, Inc., owned by veteran newswoman Linda Pavlik and businessman James Lattimore, Jr. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, negatives, newspapers, and artifacts. The bulk of the collection is the clippings, 1970-1989, about Fort Worth and Tarrant County residents, businesses, and city, county, and state government bodies. Photographs of people and subjects with some negatives consist primarily of local residents, events, buildings, street scenes, and groups in and around Tarrant County. Prints of nationally prominent figures in the entertainment business and politics are also included.
Identification: AR368
Extent: 69 linear ft.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

The newspaper was founded as the News-Tribune in Haltom City in 1969, as a neighborhood weekly newspaper. It was purchased from owners Mrs. Ione Whiteman and Wallace Sheppard in August 1970, by veteran journalists, Mack H. and Madeline C. Williams. The new editor was Walter H. Gray. All were well-known in the newspaper business. They converted it into a county-wide paper specializing in news that did not appear elsewhere. The Fort Worth News-Tribune became a conservative, staff-owned newspaper that reported the local news of Fort Worth and Tarrant County with special emphasis on politics, legal matters, social functions, and historical articles. It was the first weekly newspaper in the United States to become a member of the Associated Press.

Mack Williams was a reporter and editor for many years with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Press, the Dallas Times-Herald, and the Denton Record-Chronicle. He covered the White House during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration and was a member of the White House Correspondents Association. Mack Williams served as editor of the News-Tribune and author of the popular column, "In Old Fort Worth."

Madeline Williams was City Hall reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and was on the editorial staff of the Dallas Times-Herald. Gray was also a former Star-Telegram City Hall reporter, a reporter for the Associated Press, the Houston Chronicle, and managing editor of the Laredo Times.

The Williams owned and published the newspaper until February 1986, when it was sold to Fort Worth Publishing, Inc., owned by veteran newswoman Linda Pavlik and businessman James Lattimore, Jr. A third investor, Kenneth Garrett, Jr., was not involved with the news operation. Pavlik and Lattimore served as publishers until March 1989, when the newspaper ceased publication.

The newspaper's name varied through the years between 1970 and 1989. In August 1970, the masthead read News-Tribune; with the subtitle "The Newspaper of Government, Business, Community Progress." In 1980 the subtitle changed to "Home-Owned Newspaper of Fort Worth and Tarrant County." In 1982 the subtitle was shortened to "The Home-Owned Newspaper," and on June 25, 1982, the name was changed to Fort Worth News-Tribune with subtitle, "The Home-Owned Newspaper." The company published other weeklies during its last decade. In 1980, it began with the Downtown Trib: Your Guide to What's Happening. The name was changed in 1982 to Downtown News-Tribune and used the same subtitle. In 1984 it became the Monday News-Tribune: Downtown's Own Newspaper and finally in 1986, Fort Worth Today. In addition Fort Worth Shoppers' News was published from 1987-1989.


Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of the clippings files, photographs, correspondence files, artifacts, and newspapers produced and used by the business office and reporters of the Fort Worth News-Tribune. It is housed in 146 boxes totaling 69 linear ft.; in addition there are eleven bound volumes, and two artifacts. The materials are organized in the same series in which they were received. Materials are in alphabetical order by name of person or subject within each series. The newspapers consist of bound and unbound issues housed in chronological order.

There are five series in the collection. Series I is the clippings files, 1970-1989. The clippings were removed from labeled legal-sized envelopes to acid-free folders. There is a box by box summary and an alphabetical index to the clippings in the container list. The clippings contain stories about Fort Worth and Tarrant County residents, businesses, government bodies, and subjects as retained by the newspaper.

Series II are photographs of people and Series III are photographs of subjects, 1970-1989. The photographs were in a file cabinet that was transferred to Special Collections. All photographs and negatives were placed into acid-free folders. The photographs are primarily black and white, 8″ × 10″, glossy prints, but include some color prints, prints 5″ × 7″ and smaller, snapshots, and Polaroid prints. There are a smaller number of negatives that are or had been attached to the verso of the prints, but many have separated from their original prints and have been sleeved for protection. These negatives remain with the prints as they were received. There is a box by box summary and an alphabetical index to all persons, groups, and subjects in the photograph series in the container list.

The photographs appeared in the News-Tribune or were taken or collected by the newspaper staff. The people series are photographs primarily of local individuals, but they include some corporate groups, nationally prominent figures in the entertainment business and politics. The subject prints depict buildings, events, fashion, theatre and musical groups, street scenes, and other scenes and happenings in and around Fort Worth and Tarrant County. There is an occasional odd photo of an event in another city, state, or country.

In Series IV are selected correspondence files used by the staff, 1981-1989. The files consist of correspondence, reports, notes, news releases, photographs, and printed materials. They are arranged alphabetically by the original titles. See the container list for the titles.

In Series V are newspapers, both bound and individual issues, organized in two subseries, and thereunder arranged chronologically. The bound issues date from August 27, 1970, to May 25, 1973, then there is a gap until January 1980. The remaining bound issues date to December 1984. The unbound issues fill in many of the gaps and range from August 27, 1970 to March 17, 1989. It is nearly a complete set; however, the researcher should be aware that there are several gaps and some missing issues. Consult the container list for a box by box list detailing the titles and range of dates for the newspapers in the collection.

Series VI consists of two artifacts; a yellow News-Tribune newspaper street rack and a News-Tribune sign insert.


 

Organization

The Fort Worth News-Tribune Collection is organized in six series:
Series I. Clippings (People and Subjects), 1970-1989. 34.2 linear ft. (82 letter size document boxes)
Series II. Photographs, People, 1970-1989. 15.4 linear ft. (37 letter size document boxes)
Series III. Photographs, Subjects, 1970-1989. 2.9 linear ft. (7 letter size document boxes)
Series IV. Correspondence Files, 1981-1989. 1.7 linear ft. (4 letter size document boxes)
Series V. Newspapers, 1970-1989. 14.5 linear ft. (11 bound volumes, 10 record center boxes, 6 oversize boxes)
Series VI. Artifacts. 2 items.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Alternate Titles

Separated Material

Business directories and guides, reports from the Fort Worth Independent School District, Dallas and Fort Worth periodicals, and a bound copy of In Old Fort Worth by Mack Williams were placed in the Special Collections cataloged holdings. A color map of proposed Forest Park improvements was cataloged and placed in the Cartographic History Library.


Administrative Information

Citation

Fort Worth News-Tribune Collection, AR368, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Permanent loan, 1989-1990.

Accessioned as number 90-7.

Materials in the Fort Worth News-Tribune Collection were placed on permanent loan to the UTA Libraries, Special Collections Division, by Kenneth Garrett of Fort Worth on October 30, 1989, and February 13, 1990. Gerald Saxon and Marcelle Hull received the collection. It was accessioned by Marcelle Hull.

Processing Information

Duplicate issues of the unbound newspapers were deaccessioned.


 Note to the Researcher 

Please wear white cotton gloves (provided by Special Collections) to handle all photographs and negatives. Some of the negatives were taped to the prints. Please notify a staff member if you find any loose, sticky negatives that need to be sleeved.

There are many pages of names in the clippings and photograph series. If you note any misspellings or corrections that should be made to the name indexes, please notify a staff member.


Container List

 

Series I. Clippings (People and Subjects), 1970-1989
Extent 34.2 linear ft. (82 letter size document boxes)

Arranged alphabetically by name or subject. Contains clippings primarily about Fort Worth and Tarrant County residents, businesses, and city, county, and state government bodies. Also contains some clippings about nationally prominent figures in the entertainment business and politics
Box
1 Aab - Alexander
Box
2 Alexis - Anti-Abortion Bill
Box
3 Anti-Pornography Ordinance - Ayres, C.
Box
4 Ayres, L. - Barnhart
Box
5 Barnes - Beckerman
Box
6 Beckham - Billboard Control
Box
7 Billboard Zoning - Bond Issue
Box
8 Bond, Lewis - Bravo Petroleum Corp.
Box
9 Bray - Brumbaugh
Box
10 Brumley - Busing
Box
11 Butcher - Carlton, D.
Box
12 Carlton, R. - Chambers, F.
Box
13 Chambers, H. - City Zoning Commission
Box
14 Civil Courts Basement - Community Development
Box
15 Community Psychiatric Center - County Jail
Box
16 County Purchasing Agent - Crosby
Box
17 Cross - Daniels, W. C.
Box
18 Daniels, W. J. - Delao
Box
19 DeLargy - Dolan, G.
Box
20 Dolan, J. - DuPont, Pierre
Box
21 Dunsworth - Entech, Inc.
Box
22 Entress - Fenter
Box
23 Fentress - Ford, D.
Box
24 Ford, G. - FWISD (1983-1986)
Box
25 FWISD (1987) - Fort Worth Teachers
Box
26 Fort Worth Teen Court - Fuller
Box
27 Fullerton - George, K.
Box
28 George, L. B. - Goldman, M.
Box
29 Goldman, R. - Greater Fort Worth Hotel-Motel Association
Box
30 Greater Southwest International Airport - Gunn, R.
Box
31 Gunn, S. - Hampton
Box
32 Hamrick - Hart, L.
Box
33 Hart, M. - Hensley, H.
Box
34 Hensley, R. - Himark Printing Service, Inc.
Box
35 Himes - Horak
Box
36 Horan - Hulen
Box
37 Hulen Mall - Israel
Box
38 Ivory - Johnson, I.
Box
39 Johnson, J. - Kamp
Box
40 Kantor - King, Thomas
Box
41 King, W. A. - KXOL
Box
42 Kyger - Lawhon
Box
43 Lawless - Lewis
Box
44 Lewis, L. D. - Lowrance
Box
45 Lowrey - Marcrum
Box
46 Marcus - Mayfield
Box
47 Mayo Clinic - McEuen
Box
48 McFadden Cheritable Trust - Meisch
Box
49 Meissner Brown Ambulance - Mischief
Box
50 Misfelot - Morgan, A.
Box
51 Morgan, J. - Myrick
Box
52 911 Emergency - Nichols, Jim
Box
53 Nichols, Mark - Oktoberfest
Box
54 Olcott - Page, Melinda
Box
55 Page, Mike - Pate, B.
Box
56 Pete, C. - Perryman
Box
57 Peschel - Poole, John M.
Box
58 Poole, Joy - Public Defender, Tarrant County
Box
59 Public Housing Authority - Reagan
Box
60 Real Estate Developers - Richhert
Box
61 Richie - Rodzinski
Box
62 Roe - Ryskamp
Box
63 Saccu - Schlephorst
Box
64 Schluter - Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff, and Miller
Box
65 Shannon, J. - Simmons
Box
66 Simon - Smith, Liz
Box
67 Smith, Lucile - Spieckman
Box
68 Spierer - Stevens
Box
69 Steward - Sullivan
Box
70 Sumlin - Tarpley, B.
Box
71 Tarpley, G. - Tavender, E.
Box
72 Tavender, R. - Texas Municipal League
Box
73 Texas Municipal League Conference - Tidwell, D.
Box
74 Tidwell, K. - Tucker, J. D.
Box
75 Tucker, J. T. - Vandergriff
Box
76 Vandersand - Walls, T. S.
Box
77 Walsh, F. Howard - Weddell
Box
78 Weddington - Whittenburg
Box
79 Whittington - Williams, T.
Box
80 Williams, V. - Womack, C.
Box
81 Womack, D. - Wright, Jim, 1980-1984
Box
82 Wright, Jim, 1985-1986 - Zurovetz



 

Series II. Photographs (People), 1970-1989
Extent 15.4 linear ft. (37 letter size document boxes).

Arranged alphabetically by name. Black and white prints, 8″ × 10″ or less, some color and Polaroid snapshots, and negatives are included. These are photographs that appeared in the newspaper, primarily local individuals, but includes some corporate groups and nationally prominent figures in the entertainment business and politics.
Box
83 Aab - Azevedo
Box
84 Babb - Beneke
Box
85 Benge - Boyles
Box
86 Boysen - Burpee
Box
87 Burr - Childress
Box
88 Chiles - Corley
Box
89 Corm - Davidovici, Bella
Box
90 Davidovici, Robert - Divins
Box
91 Dixon - Elkouri
Box
92 Ellegiers - Firestone
Box
93 Fisch - Futrell
Box
94 Gabbert - Glushak
Box
95 Goad - Gunther
Box
96 Gurley - Harwell
Box
97 Haskell - Hodfield
Box
98 Hodge - Ingram, R
Box
99 Ingram, S - Juno
Box
100 Jury - Kryaski
Box
101 Kubacak - Lewis, W
Box
102 Liberio - Martin, J.
Box
103 Martin, K. - McNutt
Box
104 McPeak - Mooney
Box
105 Moor - Neuschwander
Box
106 Nevitt - Palladino
Box
107 Palm - Phelps
Box
108 Phillips - Raso
Box
109 Ratliff - Roberts
Box
110 Roberts, T - Sanderson
Box
111 Sandifer - Shelley
Box
112 Shelton - Smith, N.
Box
113 Smith, P. - Stinson
Box
114 Stober - Thomas, C. A.
Box
115 Thomas, Carolyn - Unatin
Box
116 Underhill - Ware
Box
117 Wariner - Wilkerson
Box
118 Wilkes - Woolweaver
Box
119 Wooten - Zygadlo



 

Series III. Photographs (Subjects), 1970-1989
Extent 2.9 linear ft. (7 letter size document boxes).

Arranged alphabetically by subject. Black and white prints, 8″ × 10″ or less, some color and Polaroid snapshots, and negatives are included. These photographs depict events, buildings, street scenes, and groups in and around Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
Box
120 Advanced Robotics Research Institute - Art (Amon Carter Museum)
Box
121 Art (Fort Worth Art Museum) - Budweiser Clydesdales
Box
122 Buildings - Circle Theatre
Box
123 City Council - Fort Worth (Downtown)
Box
124 Fort Worth Fire Dept. - Irish Cultural Association
Box
125 Kite's Cleaners - Shakespeare in the Park
Box
126 Ships - YWCA



 

Series IV. Correspondence Files, 1981-1989
Extent 1.7 linear ft. (4 letter size document boxes).

Arranged alphabetically by subject. Selected correspondence and business files used by the staff. Includes reports, notes, news releases, photographs, and printed materials.
Box Folder
127 1 Advertising, Business Sources, 1986
2 Annual Report File, 1984-1987
3 Austin Bureau, 1987
4 Awards, 1986-1987
5 Beverages, approximately 1986
6 Board of Education, 1985-1986
7 Bond Program, 1985-1986
8 Bridal Section, 1986
9 Cave, Tom, 1986
10 Citizen Study Committee, 1985
11 City Council (Fort Worth), 1984-1985
12 City of Fort Worth, 1984-1986
13 Communications, 1986
14 Community Facilities, approximately 1980s.
15 Contests, 1985-1987
Box Folder
128 1 Correspondence from Readers (Compliments - constructive), 1986-1987
2 Correspondence from Readers (Complaints, etc.), 1986-1987
3 Culture (Fort Worth), 1984-1986
4 Cutting Horses, 1986-1987
5 Entrepreneurs, 198-?
6 Financial Section File, 1986
7 Fort Worth Bond Election, 1986
8 Fort Worth Garden Club, 1986
9 Fort Worth Today (Information), 1984-1986
10 Fort Worth Transportation Authority, 1983-1985
11 Free Lance - Ernest Jones, 1986
12 General Correspondence, 1986-1987
13 Health Care, 1986
14 Historical Information, 1986
15 Hospital Section, 1986
16 Indoor Polo, 1986
17 Investigative Reporting, 1986
18 Invitations (Accepted/Declined), 1986-1987
19 Jewel Charity Ball, 1985-1986
Box Folder
129 1 Law ("You and the Law"), 1986
2 Lifestyle #1, 1986
3 Lifestyle #2, 1986
4 Market Research, 1983
5 Market Study, Profile of News-Tribune Readers, 1981-1984
6 Mayfest, 1986
7 Outdoors, 1986
8 Pavlik, Linda (Resume), 1985
9 Personnel - Irv Farman, 1986-1987
10 Personnel - Terry Hiller, 1986-1987
11 Personnel - H. Hamilton Howze, 1986-1987
12 Personnel - Doug Jumper, 1987
13 Personnel - Jim Moore, 1983-1987
14 Personnel - Tom Mosley, 1986-1987
15 Personnel - Erin O'Donnell, 1985-1987
16 Personnel - Frank Perkins, 1986
17 Personnel - Michael B. Rupe, 1986-1987
18 Personnel - Cheryl Taylor, 1986
19 Personnel - Mack Williams, 1986-1987
20 Personnel - Ma'lisa Yost, 1985-1987
21 Phone Record - Linda Pavlik, 1986
22 Photography, 198-?
23 Political, 1986
24 Promotional, 1986-1987
25 Real Estate, 1986
Box Folder
130 1 Senior Citizen Section, 1986
2 Small Business Section, 1985-1986
3 Southern Legislative Conference, 1986
4 Southwest Freeway, 1986
5 Speaker Engagements, Linda Pavlik, 1986
6 Special Sports Section, 1985
7 Summer Section, 1986
8 Tarrant County Courthouse, 1983
9 Tarrant County Local Emergency Planning Committee, 1987
10 Taxes/Salaries, 1981-1982
11 Travel, 1986
12 University Recruitment, 1986
13 Volunteer Connection, 1986
14 Williams Lawsuit, 1988
15 Zoning Ordinances, 1984



 

Series V. Newspapers, 1970-1989
Extent 14.5 linear ft. (10 record center boxes, 6 oversize boxes).

Organized in two subseries, individual issues and bound volumes of the newspaper under its various names, and thereunder arranged chronologically.
Subseries A. Individual Issues
Extent 11.75 linear ft. (10 record center boxes, 6 oversize boxes).
Box Folder
130 16 Engineers, 1986
17 Free Enterprise Section, 1984-1986
18 Oktoberfest, 1985
19 Special Sections (July 4th), 1985-1986
20 Special Yellow Jaundice Edition, April 4, 1986
21 Surveyors, 1986
Box
131 News-Tribune August 27, 1970-December 10, 1970; January 7, 1971-August 26, 1971; January 6, 1972-December 29, 1972; January 5, 1973-December 28,1973; January 4, 1974- December 23, 1974
Box
132 News-Tribune January 3, 1975-December 26, 1975; January 2, 1976-December 31, 1976; January 2, 1977-August 26, 1977
Box
133 News-Tribune January 6, 1978-December 29, 1978 (no issues, May-August); January 5, 1979-December 29, 1979
Box
134 News-Tribune January 4, 1980-December 26, 1980; January 2, 1981-December 25, 1981
Box
135 News-Tribune, Fort Worth News-Tribune January 1, 1982-December 31, 1982; January 7, 1983-December 30, 1983
Box
136 Fort Worth News-Tribune January 6, 1984-December 28, 1984
Box
137 Fort Worth News-Tribune January 4, 1985-December 27, 1985
Box
138 Fort Worth News-Tribune January 10, 1986-December 26, 1986
Box
139 Fort Worth News-Tribune, Fort Worth Shoppers' News January 2, 1987-December 25, 1987
Box
140 Fort Worth News-Tribune, Fort Worth Shoppers' News January 1, 1988-December 30, 1989; January 6, 1989-March 17, 1989
Box
141 The Downtown Trib, Downtown News-Tribune December 1, 1980-December 29, 1980; January 5, 1981-August 3, 1981; August 2, 1982-December 27, 1982; January 3, 1983-December 26, 1983
Box
142 Downtown News-Tribune, Monday News-Tribune January 2, 1984-December 24, 1984
Box
143 Monday News-Tribune January 7, 1985-December 30, 1985
Box
144 Monday News-Tribune January 6, 1986-September 15, 1986
Box
145 Fort Worth Today September 22-28, 1986--December 29, 1986-January 4, 1987
Box
146 Fort Worth Today January 5-11, 1987--December 21-27, 1987; January 4, 1988-February 14, 1988
Subseries B. Bound Issues
Extent 2.75 linear ft. (11 bound volumes).
Arranged chronologically.
Volume
1 (B24) News-Tribune August 27, 1970-May 25, 1973
Volume
2 (B24) News-Tribune January 4, 1980-June 27, 1980
Volume
3 (B24) News-Tribune July 4, 1980-December 26, 1980
Volume
4 (B24) News-Tribune January 2, 1981-June 19, 1981
Volume
5 (B24) News-Tribune July 3, 1981-December 25, 1981
Volume
6 (B24) News-Tribune January 1, 1982-June 25, 1982
Volume
7 (B24) Fort Worth News-Tribune July 2, 1982-December 24, 1982
Volume
8 (B24) Fort Worth News-Tribune January 7, 1983-June 24, 1983
Volume
9 (B24) Fort Worth News-Tribune July 1, 1982-December 30, 1983
Volume
10 (B24) Fort Worth News-Tribune January 6, 1984-June 29, 1984
Volume
11 (B24) Fort Worth News-Tribune July 6, 1984-December 28, 1984



 

Series VI. Artifacts

Newspaper street rack and News-Tribune signs.
Yellow, metal News-Tribune street rack with cash box, approx. 40 inches tall.
Box
OS300 Black and yellow News-Tribune street rack signs, approx. 10″ × 15.″



Appendices

Appendices contain a complete index of individual names of the clipping files and the photograph file.