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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Note to the Researcher

Description of Series

General Research, 1947-1989

House Research, 1899-1989

Oral Histories, 1977-2011, undated

University of Texas Arlington

Gracious Ladies Research Collection:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: McGar, Georgette Dally.
Title: Gracious Ladies Research Collection
Dates: 1847-2011
Bulk Dates: 1977-1999
Abstract: Alyce Georgette Dally McGar, a retired teacher, has long been an enthusiast of old homes. In 1977, McGar began researching homes that she knew were slowly disappearinig from the downtown area of Fort Worth. Wanting to preserve the architectural details of these stately Fort Worth residences, she compiled her research into a book entitled Gracious Ladies: Selected Fine Homes on Pennsylvania Avenue, Summit Avenue, and Penn Street between 1900-1920, which she self-published in 2001. This collection is comprised of McGar's compiled research notes, floor plans, photographs, photocopied newspaper clippings and other printed references, and oral history interviews pertaining to the Pennsylvania Avenue, Summit Avenue, and Penn Street neighborhoods and the notable individual homes on those streets.
Identification: AR489
Extent: 5 manuscript boxes; 4 casette tape boxes (3.0 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Alyce Georgette Dally McGar was born in Fort Worth and, from an early age, admired the old houses in downtown Fort Worth. Attending Texas Christian University, she received her undergraduate degree in 1970 with a double major in history and public speaking and a minor in English. In 1971 she began teaching Texas history at Morningside Junior High School. Before retiring in 1998, she taught for seven years at three schools in Fort Worth I.S.D. and for 21 years with Aledo I.S.D. in Parker County. During her mid-twenties she also sold real estate. Since her retirement, she has become more involved in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Six Flags Chapter 6-100 TX; the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), Francis Cooke Van Zandt Chapter; and United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), Julia Jackson Chapter 141.

A long-time enthusiast of old homes, in 1977 McGar began researching the homes that she knew were slowly disappearing from the downtown area of Fort Worth. Her research was complied into a book entitled Gracious Ladies: Selected Fine Homes on Pennsylvania Avenue, Summit Avenue, and Penn Street between 1900-1920. She applied for a copyright on her book in 1982 and self-published it in 2001.

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Scope and Contents

The Gracious Ladies Collection contains the research notes for Georgette Dally McGar's self-published book, Gracious Ladies: Selected Fine Homes on Pennsylvania Avenue, Summit Avenue, and Penn Street between 1900-1920. The purpose of McGar's research was to preserve the architectural details of these early Fort Worth houses that were being lost. Working with the Fort Worth Library staff, she was referred to Edith Deen who wrote the "Woman's Corner" in the Fort Worth Press. Deen referred McGar to a number of people who had grown up in the old houses and she began to set up meetings and interviews. The information sources utilized in writing the book includes those oral history interviews, written memories, newspaper articles, and real estate title searches. Arranged in three series, the collection is housed in five manuscript boxes and four cassette tape boxes.

Series I is General Research. This series contains information McGar collected over a five year period. After researching a number of historic home possibilities, she focused on the houses on three streets - Pennsylvania Avenue, Penn Street, Summit Avenue, as well as one house on Eighth Avenue. Penn Street is located north of Interstate 30 going north to south between 7th Avenue and West Lancaster. Summit runs north to south between West Lancaster and Interstate 30. The South Summit houses abut Pennsylvania Avenue which is south of Interstate 30 and is bounded by South. Henderson on the east and 8th Avenue on the west. Pennsylvania crosses Eighth Avenue which runs north and south. Series II is Individual House Research and contains information and draft manuscripts on 50 houses. Series III, Oral History, includes information release forms, notes McGar received commenting on the book, (transcripts of oral history tapes), and original and copies of oral history tapes.

Series I is arranged alphabetically by document type: contact sheets, glossary and editing notes, information approval checklist, negatives, newspaper clippings, photocopies of photographs including a sketch of a house by Tom Grizzle, photographs, printed materials, research notes and street maps. Many of the photographs were originally printed from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram archives. Many of the McGar's original reprints were stolen and by the time she made another set of reprints, the Star-Telegramnegative archives had been placed at The University of Texas Arlington Library Special Collections. There are photocopies of photographs from the Board of Trade of Fort Worth and "The Bohemian" magazine, from the early 1900s. Most of the negatives have been identified by McGar and notes are included in the file to help with the identification. The printed material includes information on Fort Worth history; architecture; antique houses; and brochures for the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, Oakwood Cemetery, and the Ware, Owens and Brumley Funeral Home. Research notes contain names, phone numbers, family relationships, architect lists, house details, and "to do" lists. The turn-of-the-century architects of the homes include Louis B. Weinman, Howard Messer, and the firm of Sanguinet (Marshall R.) and Staats (Carl G.).

Series II is arranged by street and then by street address. The homes are located in two well-known areas of downtown Fort Worth. The area around Summit Street was called "Quality Hill." Summit was once called Hill Street; it was on a bluff area overlooking the Trinity River. The other area, which included Pennsylvania, was called "Silk Stocking Row." The name designations referred to the fine houses that were built in both areas. Also included in the series are photographs that McGar designated as "not used" and include the Lucerne Apartments which were built at 1400 Pennsylvania. Each street has a dedicated folder with general information which precedes the individual house folders. The information in the house folders is generally arranged as follows: photographs/ photocopies of the houses, real estate title information, floor plans, printed materials, research and interview notes, and drafts of the manuscript, though not all the houses have all the above categories. Though the title indicates 1900 to 1920 when houses were built, some of the houses, such as 1311 Pennsylvania, 556 S. Summit, 1306 Summit, 1120 Penn, and 904 Penn, were built just slightly earlier.

Series III contains the oral history tapes, arranged according to McGar's original order. McGar interviewed a number of relatives, neighbors, organization representatives, and local historians including Edith Deen, Marion Day Mullins, Carol Roark, and William Jary. Taped oral histories include Mrs. Morton Gause Ware, Elmer S. Weinman, L. B. Weinman, Mrs. Maurine Simmons Schoonover, Kathy Livingston, Sidney Van Zandt, Jr., Jane S. Cranz (taped interview indicated in book footnotes but not indicated on the tapes), Judy Butler, Charlotte Rose (Girls Service League and Lassiter Lodge), Kathy Lang (Junior League), Mary Ruth Googins Thompson, Virginia Carroll Smith, Daniel Spears, Leo Stevens/Philip Strahan (tape indicates Strahan, book footnotes Stevens), Maurine Simmons Schoonover, Bunny Howard, Thomas (Watt) Reynolds, Olive E. Pillsbury, Fred Cruseman, Belle Burnett Evans, Ella Moore West, W. B. West, Una Bailey, Augusta Humphreys Clark, Alta Pemberton, Dorothy Duringer Gwynn, and Mrs. Charles Harrold. McGar is also on several tapes. She would record verbal notes after an interview and, in one case, when the original tape was lost, she taped her recollections of that interview. These tapes include 1226 Pennsylvania, 1315 Pennsylvania, and the Vonnie Hildreth House in Parker County. These oral history interveiws have not been transcribed. The original tapes have been reviewed for subject and audio condition with notes included in the finding aid. Due to their fragile condition, the original tapes have been duplicated for researcher use.

Many of the residents of the houses were early leaders of Fort Worth society including cattlemen, bankers, doctors, lawyers, businessmen, architects, and socialites, among them Sam B. Cantey, George L. Gause, William Reynolds Edrington, Dr. Charles Simmons, Dr. William A. Duringer, Frank Ball, Samuel Burk Burnett, Noah Harding, T. B. Ellison, E. Paul Waggoner, W. H. Eddleman, F. H. McFarland, J. B. Googins, Colonel Rhome, C. H. Silliman, N. H. Lassiter, Khleber Miller Van Zandt, Louis B. Weinman, Winfield T. Scott, William Capps and Electra Waggoner Wharton.

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Organization

The Gracious Ladies Research Collection is organized in three series:
Series I. General Research, 1947-1999, undated (0.2 linear ft.(12 folders))
Series II. House Research, 1847-1999, undated (1.35 linear ft.(59 folders))
Series III. Oral Histories, 1977-2011, undated (1.45 linear ft.(38 folders; 74 tapes))

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research, however, note the literary rights below.

Literary Rights Statement

Georgette Dally McGar retains the intellectual property rights to the book manuscript, house floor plans, and oral history interviews (interviewer's portion only) during her lifetime. The University of Texas at Arlington is authorized to grant the right to obtain copies under the following cirumstances: for personal use or study; for academic research or study; and for lectures or exhibits.

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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.
Persons
McGar, Georgette Dally--Archives.
Subjects
Architecture--Texas--Fort Worth--Pictorial works.
Places
Fort Worth (Tex.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.
Fort Worth (Tex.)--History.
Tarrant Co. (Tex.)--History.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

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Related Material

02024Unprocessed mss. 2011-24, Gause, Ware and Guleke Family Papers.

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Separated Material

  • Envelopes
  • Folders
  • Duplicate research information
  • Duplicate manuscript pages for individual houses
  • Duplicate floor plans
  • Duplicate newspaper clippings
  • Duplicate photocopies of houses
  • Duplicate photographs
  • Duplicate of Thistle Hill Docent Manual
  • Original newsclippings, copied on archival paper
  • Taped, fragmented notes and manuscripts, copied on archival paper
  • Unrelated slide
  • Unrelated personal notes and correspondence
  • Calendars
  • Texas Homesbrochure

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Georgette Dally McGar,2005-2011.

Citation

Gracious Ladies Research Collection, AR489, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gift, 2005-2011.

Accessioned as numbers 2009-65, 2009-66, and 2011-76.

Processing Information

Initial processing for this collection was completed by volunteer Barbara Willis. Emily Galpin arranged the collection and prepared and encoded the finding aid in 2008. Accession 2009-66, an accretion to the original collection comprised of one oral history tape (sides 3 and 4 of a Thompson interview), 3 photographs, and the original release letters, were merged into the original collection by Brenda McClurkin on April 22, 2011. The Maris Shepherd release (Accession 2011-76) was added to the collection on May 17, 2011. McClurkin also updated the finding aid and the encoding in May 2011.

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 Note to the Researcher 

The oral history interviews have not been transcribed. The original tapes are in fragile condition and have been duplicated for researcher use. Researchers should use the duplicated tapes in Boxes 8 and 9.

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Container List

 

Series I.
General Research, 1947-1989
0.2 linear ft.

Contact sheets, glossary and editing notes, information approval checklist, photographs, negatives from private collections, newspaper clippings, research notes, research contacts, street maps, title information.
Box Folder
1 1 Contact Sheets, undated
2 Glossary/Editing Notes, undated
3 Information Approval, 1984, undated
See also Release Forms in Box 4, Folder 23.
4 Negatives from Private Collection, undated
5 Newspaper Clippings, 1944-1983, undated
6 Photocopies/Sketch, undated
7 Photographs, undated
8 Printed Materials, 1918-1978, undated
9 Real Estate Title Notes, undated
10 Research Notes, 1977-1984, undated
11 Research Notes, 1948-1999, undated
12 Street Maps, undated

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Series II.
House Research, 1899-1989
1.35 linear ft.

Photographs, photocopies, street plans, title information, research notes, manuscript drafts for each street and individual houses.
Box Folder
1 13 Penn/Pennsylvania/Summit Notes, undated
14 Penn/Pennsylvania/Summit-Photos Not Used, 1977,undated
15 Penn Street Notes, 1970, undated
16 800 Penn, ca.1879-1885, undated
17 800 Penn, 1922-1980, undated
18 800 Penn, 1977, undated
19 800 Penn, undated
20 820 Penn, 1978, undated
21 904 Penn, 1946-1977, undated
22 914 Penn, 1907, undated
Box Folder
2 1 1008 Penn, 1899-1981, undated
2 1015 Penn, undated
3 1024 Penn, 1903-1981, undated
4 1025 Penn, 1963, undated
5 1101 Penn, 1952-1983, undated
6 1102 Penn, undated
7 1110 Penn, undated
8 1110 Penn, 1957-1982, undated
9 1110 Penn, 1980, undated
10 1111 Penn, 1968,undated
11 1120 Penn, undated
12 1120 Penn, 1913-1983, undated
13 600 8th Avenue, 1907-1980, undated
14 Pennsylvania Houses, 1903-1999, undated
15 1226 Pennsylvania, 1981, undated
16 1251 Pennsylvania, 1907-1979, undated
17 1301 Pennyslvania, 1977, undated
18 1302 Pennsylvania, ca. 1910-1980, undated
19 1307 Pennsylvania, 1978-1979, undated
20 1311 Pennsylvania, ca.1906-1979, undated
21 1315 Pennsylvania, 1979, undated
22 1316 Pennsylvania, 1926-1980, undated
23 1320 Pennsylvania, 1936-1977, undated
24 1320 Pennsylvania, undated
Box Folder
3 1 1326 Pennsylvania, 1907-1979, undated
2 1401 Pennsylvania, 1977-1979, undated
3 1409 Pennsylvania, 1977, undated
4 1415 Pennsylvania, 1977
5 1421 Pennsylvania, undated
6 1425 Pennsylvania, 1977, undated
7 1433 Pennsylvania, 1977-1979, undated
8 1404 Pennsylvania, 1979, undated
9 1430 Pennsylvania, 1957-1977, undated
10 1422 Pennsylvania, 1977, undated
11 1422 Pennsylvania, 1847-1898
12 1422 Pennsylvania, 1852-1901
13 1422 Pennsylvania, 1901-1935
14 1422 Pennsylvania, 1935-1944
15 1519 Pennsylvania, 1913-1977, undated
16 1527 Pennsylvania, 1977, undated
17 1535 Pennsylvania, 1960,undated
18 1509 Pennsylvania, 1907, undated
19 1509 Pennsylvania, 1975-1980, undated
20 1509 Pennsylvania, 1980, undated
21 1509 Pennsylvania, 1976-1979
22 1509 Pennsylvania, 1976-1979
23 Summit Street Maps, undated
24 520 S. Summit, 1907, undated
25 520 S. Summit, 1906-1982, undated
Box Folder
4 1 520 S. Summit, undated
2 556 S. Summit, undated
3 556 S. Summit, 1905-1977, undated
4 1200 Summit, 1913-1977, undated
5 1200 Summit, 1962-1977, undated
6 1200 Summit, undated
7 1212 Summit, 1913-1982,undated
8 1212 Summit, undated
9 1304 Summit, 1910-1962, undated
10 1304 Summit, undated
11 1306 Summit, 1889, undated
12 1306 Summit, 1922, undated
13 1306 Summit, undated
14 1320 Summit, 1905, n.d.
15 1326 Summit, 1978, undated
16 1326 Summit, 1978, undated
17 1402 Summit, ca. 1903-1961, undated
18 1424 Summit, 1889-1977, undated
19 1502 Summit, 1950, undated
20 1600 Summit, 1977, undated
21 1712 Summit, 1977, undated

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Series III.
Oral Histories, 1977-2011, undated
1.45 linear ft.

Includes interview release forms and notes to Georgette Dally McGar. Box 5 is provided for future transcripts of oral history tapes of family members, neighbors, local organization members, local historians, and architects; Boxes 6 and 7 contain the original oral history tapes; and Boxes 8 and 9 contain copies of the oral history tapes. Sound on tapes is good unless otherwise noted.
Box Folder
4 22 Correspondence, 1981-1983, undated
23 Release Forms, 1978-2011, undated
Release forms for use of oral histories, photographs, floor plans and textual content. See also Information Approval, Box 1, Folder 3.
Box
5 Tape Transcriptions.
This space is reserved for future transcriptions of oral history tapes.
Box Tape
6 1 800 Penn - Sidney Van Zandt, Jr., 1977
Sidney Van Zandt, Jr. is the grandson of K.M. Van Zandt. Tapes include family stories, humor, customs, heirs, and a description of the house.
2 800 Penn - Sidney Van Zandt, Jr., undated
Both sides have background noise.
3 914 Penn - Judy Butler, 1977
Side 1 has sound problems; side 2 is blank.
4 914 Penn - Judy Butler, undated
Side 2 is blank.
5 1008 Penn - Girls Service League/Lassiter Lodge, 1981
6 1101 Penn - Googins-Thompson, 1983
7 1101 Penn - Googins-Thompson, 1983
8 1101 Penn - Googins-Thompson, 1983
9 1110 Penn - Junior League, 1980
Includes Junior League representative Kathy [Lang] and information about 1402 Summit.
10 1120 Penn - Dan Spears, 1983
Discusses exterior and architectural terms.
11 1120 Penn - Dan Spears/Phillip Strahan, 1983
Spears is on side 1 and Strahan is on side 2.
12 1120 Penn, undated
Side 2 is blank.
13 600 8th Avenue - Mrs. Schoonover, 1977
Side 2 is blank.
14 1226 Pennsylvania/820 Penn - Mr. and Mrs. Tolbert C. Smith, Georgette Dally McGar, 1981, undated
Tape is narrated by McGar after a tour with Ambler, Cantey, and Boswell; side 2 includes Smith concerning 820 Penn.
15 1251 Pennsylvania - Mrs. Morton Gause Ware, Gause Ware Funeral Home, 1977
16 1302 Pennsylvania/1600 Summit - Reynolds/Olive Pillsbury, 1980
McGar is also on the tape.
17 1311 Pennsylvania - E. S. Weinman, 1979
18 1315 Pennsylvania - Georgette Dally McGar, undated
This tape was a replacement tape made by McGar from her notes after the original tape was lost; includes information on 1326 Pennsylvania.
19 1316 Pennsylvania - Marion Day Mullins, Edith Deen, 1982
Side 1 is a telephone interview with Mullins; side 2 is a telephone conservation with Deen.
Box Tape
7 1 1320 Pennsylvania - Olive Pillsbury, 1981
2 1421 and 1422 Pennsylvania - Dr. Blanche O. Terrell, 1981
Side 1 refers to Cass-Edwards house; side 2 is Dr. Terrell describing her office after the house was torn down; also includes information on 1422 Pennsylvania.
3 1425 Pennsylvania - Virginia Carroll Smith, 1977
Mrs. Smith is a niece of the Harwicks.
4 1425 Pennsylvania - Virginia Carroll Smith, undated
Side 1 contains tape commercial examples and includes references to Scheneker and Anderson; side 2 is Mrs. Smith speaking of V.C. Smith and Scott and the Scott house and history.
5 1425 Pennsylvania - Virginia Carroll Smith, E. S. Weinman, 1977
Side 1 is the Candleridge slide presentation by Smith; side 2 is Weinman; information is included on 1433 Pennsylvania.
6 1430 Pennsylvania - Fred Cruseman, 1977
There are sound problems on side 1; side 2 is blank; .
7 1430 Pennsylvania - Evans, Terrell, Cruseman, Ross, undated
Sound is low in some places.
8 1509 Pennsylvania - Kathie Livingston, 1980
Livingston is a preservation consultant.
9 1509 Pennsylvania - Una Bailey, 1982
Bailey is a Thistle Hill docent.
10 1509 Pennsylvania - Thistle Hill/Fred Cruseman, 1980, undated
Sound is poor in places; side 1 is more about Thistle Hill; side 2 is Fred Cruseman.
11 520 S. Summit - Augusta Humphreys Clark, 1978
12 1200 Summit - Charlotte Rose, Girls Service League, 1981
13 1212 Summit - William Jary, 1982
14 1212 Summit - William Jary, 1982
Side 2 includes architectural information.
15 1306 Summit - William Jary, 1982
16 1326 Summit - Alta E. Pemberton, 1978
17 1402 Summit/1110 Penn - Dorothy Duringer Gwynn, Mrs. Charles Harrold, 1983
Side 2 is blank.
18 Vonnie Hildreth House, undated
Box Tape
8 1 800 Penn - Sidney Van Zandt, Jr., 1977
2 800 Penn - Sidney Van Zandt, Jr., undated
3 914 Penn - Judy Butler, 1977
4 914 Penn - Judy Butler, undated
5 1008 Penn - Girls Service League/Lassiter Lodge, 1981
6 1101 Penn - Googins-Thompson, 1983
7 1101 Penn - Googins-Thompson, 1983
8 1101 Penn - Googins-Thompson, 1983
9 1110 Penn - Junior League, 1980
10 1120 Penn - Dan Spears, 1983
11 1120 Penn - Dan Spears/Phillip Strahan, 1983
12 1120 Penn, undated
13 600 8th Avenue - Mrs. Schoonover, 1977
14 1226 Pennsylvania/820 Penn - Mr. and Mrs. Tolbert C. Smith, Georgette Dally McGar, 1981, undated
15 1251 Pennsylvania - Mrs. Morton Gause Ware, Gause Ware Funeral Home, 1977
16 1302 Pennsylvania/1600 Summit - Reynolds/Olive Pillsbury, 1980
17 1311 Pennsylvania - E. S. Weinman, 1979
18 1315 Pennsylvania - Georgette Dally McGar, undated
19 1316 Pennsylvania - Marion Day Mullins, Edith Deen, 1982
Box Tape
9 1 1320 Pennsylvania - Olive Pillsbury, 1981
2 1421 and 1422 Pennsylvania - Dr. Blanche O. Terrell, 1981
3 1425 Pennsylvania - Virginia Carroll Smith, 1977
4 1425 Pennsylvania - Virginia Carroll Smith, undated
5 1425 Pennsylvania - Virginia Carroll Smith, E. S. Weinman, 1977
6 1430 Pennsylvania - Fred Cruseman, 1977
7 1430 Pennsylvania - Evans, Terrell, Cruseman, Ross, undated
8 1509 Pennsylvania - Kathie Livingston, 1980
9 1509 Pennsylvania - Una Bailey, 1982
10 1509 Pennsylvania - Thistle Hill/Fred Cruseman, 1980. undated
11 520 S. Summit - Augusta Humphreys Clark, 1978
12 1200 Summit - Charlotte Rose, Girls Service League, 1981
13 1212 Summit - William Jary, 1982
14 1212 Summit - William Jary, 1982
15 1306 Summit - William Jary, 1982
16 1326 Summit - Alta E. Pemberton, 1978
17 1402 Summit/1110 Penn - Dorothy Duringer Gwynn, Mrs. Charles Harrold, 1983
18 Vonnie Hildreth House, undated

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