University of Texas Arlington

Mansfield M. and Reecy W. McKnight Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: McKnight, Mansfield M., 1905-1956, and Reecy W. McKnight, 1907-1998.
Title: Mansfield M. and Reecy W. McKnight Papers
Dates: 1922-1978
1941-1965
Abstract: This collection documents the activities of labor and civic leader, Mansfield M. McKnight, and his wife, Reecy W. McKnight. Mansfield McKnight served in leadership roles for several labor organizations in Fort Worth and Texas, including the Fort Worth Typographical Union, Local 198 and the Fort Worth Trades Assembly. He also served on the Fort Worth City Council and as Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Fort Worth. His wife, Reecy W. McKnight, completed his city council term upon his death and she went on to serve three more terms in the office. The bulk of the collection materials pertain to the couples' involvement in labor organizations and activities and include photographs, certificates, correspondence, programs, and clippings. Some correspondence and clippings concerning Mansfield M. McKnight's death in 1956, badges for the Fort Worth Stock Show, and membership certificates are also present.
Identification: AR215
Extent: 13 folders (0.2 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Mansfield M. McKnight (1905-1956) was an active labor and civic leader in Fort Worth, Texas. He was born in Tyler, Texas in 1905 and became a printer in Fort Worth at the age of 20. McKnight later became a member of the Fort Worth Typographical Union, Local 198 and held many offices within the organization including President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer. Other labor organizations in which McKnight served in leadership roles included the Texas Federation of Labor, Fort Worth Trades Assembly, Newspaper Union Council, and Texas Allied Printing Trades Council. His civic activities included several years as a city councilman, including serving as Mayor Pro Tem, for the city of Fort Worth. When McKnight died in 1956, his wife, Reecy W. McKnight (1907-1998), was appointed to complete her husband's term of office on the city council and went on to win three consecutive terms from 1957 to 1961.


Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection materials pertain to the couples' involvement in labor organizations and activities and include photographs, certificates, correspondence, programs, and clippings. Some correspondence and clippings concerning Mansfield M. McKnight's death in 1956, badges for the Fort Worth Stock Show, and membership certificates are also present.


Organization

Materials are arranged according to document type in alphabetical order. Materials within folders are arranged in chronological order.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
McKnight, M. M. (Mansfield Millard), 1905-1956--Archives.
McKnight, Reecy W. (Reecy Weeks), 1907-1998--Archives.
Organizations
International Typographical Union. Local 198 (Fort Worth, Tex.)--History--Sources.
International Typographical Union. Local 198 (Fort Worth, Tex.). Woman's Auxiliary--History--Sources.
Subjects
Printers--Labor unions--Texas--Fort Worth---History--Sources.
City council members--Texas--Fort Worth--History--Sources.
Wives--Texas--Fort Worth--History--Sources.
Women--Political activity--Texas--Fort Worth--History--Sources.
Places
Fort Worth (Tex.)--Politics and government--History--Resources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

AR24: Mansfield M. and Reecy W. McKnight Collection (1925-1970)

AR119: Mansfield M. McKnight Collection (1923-1974)

The UTA Libraries Oral History Collection also contains a transcribed interview with Reecy W. McKnight (OH 36).


Administrative Information

Citation

Mansfield M. and Reecy W. McKnight Papers, AR215, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1978, 1980. Accessioned as number 78-35, 78-36.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Box Folder
1 1 Certificates - Credentials of Delegate for M.M. McKnight of the International Typographical Union of North America 1941 and 1944, Texas State Federation of Labor Certificates for M.M. McKnight, Vice-President, certifying authorization to represent the State Federation of Labor 1950-1952, 1941 and 1944, 1950-1952
(4 certificates)
2 Correspondence - Letters 1922-1965 includes letters of sympathy from various unions and organizations to Mrs. McKnight upon the death of her husband, letter from Lyndon Baines Johnson offering condolences to Mrs. McKnight 1956-copy-(original is in Restricted Box 4), invitation to Lyndon Baines Johnson's Inauguration 1956, 1922-1965
3 Correspondence - Letters concerning the reopening of The University of Texas at Arlington Archives July, 1978-August, 1978, Bulletin Fort Worth Typographical Union No. 198 (contains article about the UTA Labor Archives), 1978
4 Memorabilia - Badges-Fort Worth stock show, mayor pro-tem 1955, counclman 1956, city council 1963, 1955, 1956, 1963
5 Miscellaneous - Price lists 1947, news release from Federation Council of the Churches of Christ in America, New York 1948, "Communism On the March" outline of sermon by Reverend R.R. Brycliff at the Bethel Temple Assembly of God Church, Fort Worth 1948, proclamation Labor Day week 1951, North Texas Conference of Typographical Unions minutes, Dallas, Texas 1951, Union's Rebuttal Brief In the Matter of Arbitration, Fort Worth Printing Pressman and Assistants Union No. 47 versus Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Fort Worth Press, roster Woman's Auxiliary No. 44, 1947, 1948, 1948, 1951, 1951
6 Newsletters - "Texas Printing Trades Unionists" April, 1945, North American Labor March 1, 1948, "Labor's Monthly Survey" January, February, April-July, 1948, "Star-Telegram Junior" 1951, 1945, 1948, 1948, 1951
7 Newspaper Clippings - Obituary of M.M. McKnight 1956, article and photograph of Mrs. Reecy McKnight and son Dolan 1956, 1956
7a Newspaper Clippings - From Fort Worth Star-Telegram clipping file, 1947-1963
8 Photographs - State Federation Board meeting 1952, ICT Board meeting, Texas State Federation Labor, Mr. and Mrs. McKnight at Galveston, Texas, (remainder of photographs are not identified), 1952
9 Programs - 20th Annual Golden Deeds Banquet 1949, Texas Gridiron Dinner 1951, North Texas Typographical Conference October, 1951, Woman's International Auxiliary 58th Convention in Hawaii September, 1954, 1949, 1951, 1951, 1954
Box Folder
OS4 7 Certificate (oversize) - M.M. McKnight's membership certificate, Nobels of the Mystic Shrine, 1945
8 Certificate (oversize) - Shriners Hospital for Children, 1946
9 Certificate (oversize) - M.M. McKnight's Certificate of Masonry, 1944
(In Latin, placed in tube)