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Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Texas, Fort Worth City Guide and History Draft Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Texas.
Title: Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Texas, Fort Worth City Guide and History Draft Records
Dates: 1932-1954
1936-1941
Abstract: The Texas headquarters for the Federal Writers' Project, which was established by presidential order in 1935 as part of the Professional and Service Division of the Works Progress Administration, was established in San Antonio. In 1936, a district field office for North Central Texas was set up in Fort Worth and work was begun on the Fort Worth city guide. Field research, writing, and editing continued until 1939, when the Federal Writers' Project was abolished. The guide, intended to be part of the American Guide Series, was never completed. This collection is comprised of correspondence, manuscripts, research notes, maps, and printed materials. The bulk of the material is primarily research notes and typescript drafts of manuscripts written in preparation for a Fort Worth city guide, 1936-1941. Included are instructional manuals and correspondence of supervisors, Eugene L. Schilder and Zeke Handler, regarding the writing of the guide. Data collected in the form of scrapbook, newspaper, book and magazine excerpts, essays and narratives, provides a comprehensive history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County from the early days of Native American occupation to 1940. In addition there are brief histories of Arlington, Azle, Grapevine, Mansfield and Mineral Wells. Also included are histories of nearby counties: Childress, Cooke, Denton, Jack, Knox, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Stonewall, Wichita, Wise and Young.
Identification: AR316
Extent: 32 boxes (13.3 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

The Federal Writers' Project was established by Presidential Order in 1935 as part of the Professional and Service Division of the Works Progress Administration. The Texas headquarters for the project was established in San Antonio under the direction of author-playwright J. Frank Davis. In 1936 a district field office for North Central Texas was set up in Fort Worth, and work was begun on the Fort Worth City Guide (also referred to as the Fort Worth Guide and History). Field research, writing and editing continued until 1939, when the WPA became the Work Projects Administration and the Federal Writers' Project was abolished. At this time the Fort Worth office was absorbed by the Texas Writers' Project under the supervision of the Bureau of Research in the Social Sciences of the University of Texas. In September, 1940, the Board of Trustees of the Fort Worth Public Library became a contributing sponsor, and the Library Unit of the project was established.

Work on the Fort Worth City Guide was carried on under the direction of the following supervisors: Ben Boswell, 1936; Frank H. Barden, 1936-1938; Eugene L. Schilder (Acting Supervisor), 1938-1940; and Zeke Handler, 1939-1941. The purpose of the Fort Worth City Guide was to provide tourists, students, authors, local residents and researchers with a comprehensive history and a contemporary view of the region, a detailed description of the cultural, scenic and historic points of interest, and a general guide to the city. The project was never completed.


Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, manuscripts, research notes, maps, and printed materials. Materials are primarily research notes and typescript drafts of manuscripts written in preparation for a Fort Worth city guide, 1936-1941. Included are instructional manuals and correspondence of supervisors, Eugene L. Schilder and Zeke Handler, regarding the writing of the guide. Data collected in the form of scrapbook, newspaper, book and magazine excerpts, essays, and narratives provides a comprehensive history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County from the early days of Native American occupation to 1940. In addition there are brief histories of the cities of Arlington, Azle, Grapevine, Mansfield and Mineral Wells. Also included are histories of nearby counties: Childress, Cooke, Denton, Jack, Knox, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Stonewall, Wichita, Wise and Young.


Organization

Records are organized into 3 series.
Series I. Unnumbered Pages
  1. - Subseries A. Overview and Instructional Material
  2. - Subseries B. Field Material
  3. - Subseries C. Correspondence
  4. - Subseries D. Editorial Material
      • - 1. General Information
      • - 2. Historical Essays
      • - 3. Economic and Cultural Fort Worth
      • - 4. Tours, Chronology, Bibliography, and Index
Subseries II. Numbered Pages
  1. - Subseries E. Stories of Range Life
  2. - Subseries F. Miscellaneous Notes
  3. - Subseries G. Guide for Palo Pinto County
  4. - Subseries H. Guide for Parker County
  5. - Subseries I. Magazine Excerpts
  6. - Subseries J. Fort Worth City Guide
  7. - Subseries K. Drafts of Fort Worth City Guide
Series III. Miscellaneous
  1. - Subseries A. Guide Material for Other Counties
  2. - Subseries B. Other WPA Publications
  3. - Subseries C. Miscellaneous

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
Schilder, Eugene L.--Correspondence.
Handler, Zeke--Correspondence.
Organizations
Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Texas--Records and correspondence.
Places
Fort Worth (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Fort Worth (Tex.)--Description and travel.
Tarrant County--History--Sources.
Tarrant County (Tex.)--Description and travel.
Tarrant County (Tex.)--History, Local.
Arlington (Tex.)--History.
Azle (Tex.)--History.
Grapevine (Tex.)--History.
Mansfield (Tex.)--History.
Mineral Wells (Tex.)--History.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information

Citation

Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Texas, Fort Worth City Guide and History Draft and Records, AR316, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1959.

Processing Information

The Archives staff was unable to determine why there were several duplicated and missing pages. These duplications and gaps are noted on the inventory. Duplicate material was discarded. The original order of this collection was restored, thus enabling the researcher to determine the procedures undergone in writing the guide.

Material in bulky cardboard binders was removed and placed in folders to facilitate usage. Numbered pages were kept in their original order. Unnumbered pages and miscellaneous materials were arranged in relation to the numbered pages according to the Organization List.


Note to the Researcher

The Fort Worth Public Library has a complete bound and indexed copy of the proposed guide.


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

Series I. Unnumbered Pages

Subseries A. Overview and Instructional Material
Box Folder
1 1 Description of Works Progress Administration Program; Description of Texas Writers' Project; Prospectus of Fort Worth Guide; Request for Writers' Project Activity 1936-1940
2 Manual of the Survey of Historical Records 1936
3 The American Guide Manual 1935
4 The American Guide Manual Supplementary Instructions, Numbers 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9A 1935
5 Instruction Outline 1936
6 Memorandum of City Guide; List of Topics for a City Guide; Writing the first draft undated
7 Chronology Manual undated
8 Manual of Instructions for the Preparation for Permanent Preservation of Field and Editorial Copy of the Texas Writers' Project in the Fort Worth Public Library; Library Unit Conference Report 1941
9 Miscellany: Questionnaire for the American Guide Book; Military Area Guide, biography checklist undated
Subseries B. Field Material
Box Folder
1 10 Newspaper excerpts: Austin Daily Statesman August 18, 1888 - June 27, 1895
11 Newspaper excerpts: Daily Fort Worth Standard September 21 - December 30, 1876;
Including synopsis of news events for 1876 and 1877
12 Newspaper excerpts: Daily Fort Worth Standard January 1 - March 30, 1887
13 Newspaper excerpts: Daily Fort Worth Standard April 2 - June 30, 1887
14 Newspaper excerpts: Daily Fort Worth Standard July 2 - August 29, 1887
Box Folder
2 1 Newspaper excerpts: Daily Fort Worth Standard September 3 - December 29, 1887
2 Newspaper excerpts: Daily Fort Worth Standard January 2 - July 27, 1878
3 Newspaper excerpts: Trench and Camp-Camp Bowie edition November 19, 1917 - October 8, 1918
4 Newspaper excerpts: Miscellaneous 1880, 1887, 1906, 1909, 1923, 1929 and undated
5 Newspaper summaries: Daily Fort Worth Standard
Weekly Summary, September 21, 1876 - January 24, 1878;
Monthly Summary, September 1876-January 1878;
Quarterly Summary, September 1876-January 1878;
Yearly Summary, September 1876-January 1878
6 Newspaper summaries: Fort Worth Daily Gazette
Weekly Summary: January 1, 1887-December 31, 1888
7 Newspaper summaries: Fort Worth Daily Gazette
Weekly summary, January 1, 1889-March 27, 1892
8 Newspaper summaries: Fort Worth Daily Gazette
Monthly summary, January 1890-March 1892;
Quarterly summary, January 1890-March 1892;
Yearly summary, 1890-1892
9 Newspaper summaries: Fort Worth Record
Weekly summary, January 1-December 30, 1904;
Monthly summary, January - December 1904;
Quarterly summary, January-December 1904;
Yearly summary, 1904
10 Newspaper summaries: Fort Worth Register
Weekly summary, January 1, 1897-January 15, 1903;
Monthly summary, January 1897-January 1903;
Yearly summary, 1897-January 1903
Box Folder
3 1 Newspaper summaries: Fort Worth Record and Register
Weekly summary, January 1, 1905-October 14, 1906;
Monthly summary, January 1905-October 1906;
Quarterly summary, January 1905-December 1906;
Yearly summary, 1905-October 1906
2 Newspaper files: Copies of newspaper articles concerning fires and fire prevention 1921-1923, 1887-1892, 1904
3 Newspaper files: copies of newspaper articles concerning fires and fire prevention 1905-1910
4 Newspaper files: copies of newspaper articles on local history, including history of meat packing industry in Texas 1890, 1892, 1890
5 Newspaper files: copies of newspaper articles on public welfare February 27, 1875-May 18, 1887
6 Newspaper files: copies of newspaper articles concerning the theater, social events and history November 22, 1876-February 11, 1905
7 Newspaper files: copies of newspaper articles concerning the theater, social events, public welfare and education February 11, 1906-January 9, 1910
8 List of newspapers on file in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram warehouse undated
9 Other excerpts: City Directory at Fort Worth 1895-1937;
excerpts from books, manuscripts and Mary Daggett Lake scrapbook
10 Cowboy Narratives, B-F
11 Cowboy Narratives, G-J
Box Folder
4 1 Cowboy Narratives, M
2 Cowboy Narratives, N-P
3 Cowboy Narratives, R-S
4 Cowboy Narratives, T-W
5 Farmer Slave Owner Narrative
6 Former Slave Narratives, B-G
7 Former Slave Narrative, H-N
8 Former Slave Narrative, P-Y
9 Interviews: Reminiscences of old Fort Worth residents and relatives of early settlers
10 Biographies of prominent Fort Worth residents
Box Folder
5 1 Researcher's notes; descriptions of old dwellings, Frenchman's Well; excerpts from Tarrant County Courthouse records; historical, data; city statistics; history notes
2 Source Material: copies of letters from General Worth; excerpts from early school principal's album; photostatic copies of map of Fort Worth and report of inspection of the Fort in 1853
Subseries C. Correspondence
Box Folder
5 3 Eugene Schilder - John Davis with copies attached of Fort Worth City Guide Outline September 2-15, 1938
4 Eugene Schilder - Bess Woolford with attachments January 11-20, 1939
5 Zeke Handler - Bess Woolford with research material on the Tarrant County Seat fight and on Peters' Colony and Contemporary Scene portion of Houston City Guide attached June 1 - October 4, 1939; January 16, 1941
6 Louis P. Head - Zeke Handler with attached Folklore section of Mississippi State Guide April 2, 1940
7 Miscellaneous correspondence with Prospectus of Dallas City Guide, extracts from U. S. Senate and House documents, sample walking tour, Bibliography Prospectus and other attachments April 21, 1936 - July 10, 1940
Subseries D. Editorial Material
Subseries 1. General Information
Box Folder
5 8 General information: Associations, clubs and societies; churches; transportation; accommodations; shops; recreation; description of environs undated
9 Calendar of Annual Events: Social events; Christmas pageant; Fat Stock Show undated
10 Points of Special Interest: Preliminary list; checklists for Fort Worth and Tarrant County; Where to Go and How to Get There; cemetaries and memorials undated
Subseries 2. Historical essays
Box Folder
5 11 Contemporary Scene: Four drafts of chapter on the "Contemporary Scene"
12 Natural Setting: Five versions of introduction to chapter; physical description of area; articles on topography, soil conservation, flora, fauna, and birds of Tarrant County; description of geology, hydrology, and climatology of the nine counties in District 7
13 History of Fort Worth: chapter heading and revised chapter headings
14 History of Fort Worth Prior to 1849: Early histories; essays on Bird's Fort, and the battle of Village Creek; data on Colonel Middleton Tate Johnson
15 History of Fort Worth Prior to 1849: First and second revised drafts
Box Folder
6 1 History of Fort Worth Prior to 1849: Third, fourth, and fifth revised drafts
2 History of Fort Worth Prior to 1849: Chapter One final (?) drafts
3 History of Fort Worth early 1800's-1856:
Drafts
4 History of Fort Worth 1849-1854:
Early history; drafts for "The Founding of the City"; essay on pioneer Christmas, customs of Tarrant County
5 History of Fort Worth 1849-1872 (1873):
Drafts
6 History of Fort Worth 1854-1873:
Historical essays with newspaper excerpts; essays on cowboy life, the Butterfield Overland Stage route, and abolition; essay and drafts on fashions; essay with newspaper excerpts concerning the Tarrant County seat fight
7 History of Fort Worth 1873-1889:
Histories of the period; essay on the "Incorporation of Fort Worth and Boom of 1873"; essays on the packing industry, theaters, fashions
8 History of Fort Worth 1890-1907:
three drafts of "Rodeo in Texas"
9 History of Fort Worth 1917-1924:
six drafts of "The City at War"; radio narration "Fort Worth in Wartime"
10 History of Other Towns: Histories and descriptions of Arlington, Azle, Grapevine, Mansfield and other towns and rural communities in Tarrant County
Box Folder
7 1 "Where the West Begins": Drafts and corrected drafts of chapter
Subseries 3. Economic and Cultural Fort Worth
Box Folder
7 2 Government: two essays
3 Industry and Labor: essays and rough drafts on industry and labor, manufacturing, utilities, agriculture, oil promotion, transportation, and individual companies
4 Education: Rough drafts and essays on the history of education in Fort Worth, public schools, private schools, colleges and seminaries, The Fort Worth Open Forum, and public school landscaping; biographies of prominent educators
5 Social Service and Religion: Essays on religion and social service; descriptions of individual churches, social service agencies and charitable organizations
6 Arts and Crafts: essays on arts and crafts, architecture, and art; checklist of Fort Worth artists; short histories of regional literature with list of local writers
7 Arts and Crafts: essays on music and musicians, racial music, and the National Piano Playing Tournament
8 Racial Influences: essays on racial groups in Fort Worth
9 Miscellaneous: essays on fashion, food, aviation, sports and recreation
10 Points of Special Interest: Numbered list of landmarks; Points of Interest District 7 map; brief descriptions of landmarks
Box Folder
8 1 Points of Special Interest: Essays, A-E
2 Points of Special Interest: Essays, F-P
3 Points of Special Interest: Essays, R-W
Subseries 4. Tours, Chronology, Bibliography, and Index
Box Folder
8 4 Tour One: Tour of downtown Fort Worth, west side recreational area, and residential districts
5 Tour One: corrected copy
6 Tour Two: Tour through Riverside residential district and north Fort Worth; corrected copy
7 Tour Three: Tour of southeastern section of Fort Worth; corrected copy
8 Tour Five: Lake Worth and Eagle Mountain Lake recreational tour; corrected copy; points of interest checklist
9 Other Tours: Walking tours of Fort Worth; automobile tours of Fort Worth and environs
10 Chronology
11 Chronology keyed to Fort Worth City Guide
Box Folder
9 1 Bibliography
2 Bibliography
3 History Index



Series II. Numbered Pages

Subseries A. Field Material
Box Folder
9 4 (pp. 1-89) Reminiscences, excerpts from books, booklet, newspapers, and County Commissioner's account book 1895-1897;
excerpts from scrapbooks and U. S. Government documents
5 (pp. 90-199) Excerpts from Carnegie Library scrapbook; excerpts from newspapers; portions of speech by early settler
6 (pp. 200-296) Excerpts from scrapbook; excerpts from notebook 1856-1859;
excerpts from books and newspapers; preliminary chronology; copy of contract and agreement between Texas and Pacific Railway Company and the Tarrant County Construction Company; reminiscences
7 (pp. 297-399) Reminiscences; A. F. Mason and A. Mason In Memoriam, Committee Report on The life and death of John Peter Smith; excerpts from books, magazine, and newspapers; ex-slave stories
8 (pp. 400-499) Newspaper and book excerpts; reminiscences and interviews; data on Fort Worth buildings; description of tombstones and monuments with brief biographies; excerpts from warranty deeds
9 (pp. 500-591) Cemetery notes; interviews; excerpts from books; description of early Fort Worth residence; newspaper excerpts; bibliography; excerpts from books
10 (pp. 592-670) Biography; excerpts from books; essay on the geologic origins of Fort Worth, fossil records, and present day flora and wildlife
Box Folder
10 1 (pp. 671-763) Description of Texas Spring Palace by E. D. Allen, Chief Decorator
2 (pp. 763-845) Essay on Fort Worth in 1939; jury list of 1855; excerpts from books, newspapers, and journals
3 (pp. 846-934) Excerpts from encyclopedia; excerpts from the Howard Peak Collection; interviews; book and newspaper excerpts; correspondence concerning information for history section of Guide
4 (pp. 935-1021) Excerpts from newspapers, encyclopedia, journal and books
5 (pp. 1022-1124) Excerpts from journals, books, newspapers, and encyclopedia
6 (pp. 1125-1204) Excerpts from scrapbook of Howard W. Peak; excerpts from books and magazines; narrative by saloon keeper; excerpts from newspapers and encyclopedia; narrative from University of Texas Archives
7 (pp. 1205-1306) Excerpts from the Lamar Papers and the Howard Peak Collection; notes on early Fort Worth; excerpts from books; information from University of Texas Archives; newspaper and magazine excerpts; architectural description of buildings in Fort Worth; excerpts from state document
8 (pp.1307-1403) Book excerpts; partial bibliography; journal and newspaper excerpts; report on the expedition of the Fourth Brigade in 1838; copy of report of General Sam Houston and treaty with the Cherokees (taken from the Secret Journals of the Senate)
9 (pp. 1404-1505) Newspaper excerpt; digest of contract between Republic of Texas and W. S. Peters; excerpts from Texas law book; excerpts from magazines and books; list of Confederate soldiers from Tarrant County; excerpts from The Howard Peak scrapbook; excerpts from encyclopedia; list of photographs
10 (pp. 1506-1594) Newspaper excerpts, including text of Amon Carter's letter to the editor of Time, Inc; excerpts from guide, encyclopedia, books and magazine
Box Folder
11 1 (pp. 1595-1710) Excerpts from newspapers and government documents; copies of letters; journal and book excerpts; comments by residents on the race to complete the track for the Texas and Pacific Railway before adjournment of the Texas legislature
2 (pp. 1711-1802) Newspaper excerpts; summary of Fort Worth charters of 1899 and 1901; list of Fort Worth postmasters with dates of appointment; excerpt from book of letters; jailhouse manuscript authenticating founding of Fort Worth in 1849
3 (pp. 1803-1899) Copy of charter; newspaper excerpts; interviews; data on Fort Worth in 1876; essay on the letters of General Worth; magazine excerpt; report on truck shipments of cattle to Fort Worth stockyards; excerpt from journal; essay on oil promotion schemes
4 (pp. 1900-2000) Copy of letter; excerpts from history books and law books concerning Peters' Colony
5 (pp. 2001-2085) Recollections; selections from the Lake manuscripts; excerpts from historical research project excerpts from the Mary Daggett Lake scrapbook
6 (pp. 2086-2182) Excerpts from Mary Daggett Lake scrapbook; newspaper excerpts 1875-1915
7 (pp. 2183-2267) Newspaper excerpts 1915-1923
8 (pp. 2268-2355) Newspaper excerpts 1923-1926
9 (pp. 2356-2457) Newspaper excerpts 1926-1927
10 (pp. 2458-2559) Newspaper excerpts 1927-1931
11 (pp. 2560-2621) Newspaper excerpts 1932-1940
Box Folder
12 1 (pp. 2622-2642) Newspaper excerpts 1877-1923
2 (pp. 2643-2729) Newspaper excerpts 1873-1888
3 (pp. 2730-2820) Newspaper excerpts 1874, 1887, 1889-1890
4 (pp. 2821-2911) Newspaper excerpts 1890-1913
5 (pp. 2912-3013) Newspaper excerpts 1913-1918
6 (pp. 3014-3079) Newspaper excerpts 1919-1920
7 (pp. 3080-3160) Newspaper excerpts 1920-1931, 1939
8 (pp. 3161-3253) Lists and descriptions of wild and domestic animals, fish, reptiles, insects, birds, and flora in and around Tarrant County; Tarrant County Index File
9 (pp. 3254-3343) Brief early histories of Tarrant County communities; descriptive list of service clubs and organizations; form letters; town histories; copy of researchers' note with excerpt from book
10 (pp. 3344-3433) Questionnaires; form letter; brief histories and descriptions of rural settlements; book excerpt; history of Fort Worth, newspaper excerpt
11 (pp. 3434-3526) Copy of text of treaty between Republic of Texas and the Indian tribes of Texas; newspaper excerpts 1936 1873-1881, 1887-1909
12 (pp. 3527-3584) Newspaper excerpts 1915 1918, 1903-1904
13 (pp. 3601-3691) Newspaper excerpts 1904-1905
Box Folder
13 1 (pp. 3692-3758) Newspaper excerpts 1906, 1940
2 (pp. 3759-3830) Newspaper excerpts 1906
3 (pp. 3831-3917) Newspaper excerpts 1907-1910
4 (pp. 3918-4015) Excerpts from "Official and Illustrated War Record"; copy of memorandum; newspaper excerpts 1880;
roster of United Confederate Veterans
5 (pp. 4016-4096) Newspaper excerpt; reminiscence; historical essays
6 (pp. 4097-4158) Newspaper excerpts 1921
7 (pp. 4159-4247) Newspaper excerpts 1922
8 (pp. 4248-4330) Newspaper excerpts 1922
9 (pp. 4331-4425) Newspaper excerpts 1922
10 (pp. 4425-4517) Newspaper excerpts 1922
11 (pp. 4518-4591) Newspaper excerpts 1922
12 (pp. 4592-4691) Newspaper excerpts 1924
Box Folder
14 1 (pp. 4692-4785) Newspaper excerpts 1924
2 (pp. 4786-4882) Newspaper excerpts 1924
3 (pp. 4883-4985) Newspaper excerpts 1924
4 (pp. 4986-5085) Newspaper excerpts 1924
5 (pp. 5085-5184) Newspaper excerpts 1924
6 (pp. 5185-5278) Newspaper excerpts 1924
7 (pp. 5279-5376) Newspaper excerpts 1924, 1923
8 (pp. 5377-5476) Newspaper excerpts 1923
9 (pp. 5477-5564) Newspaper excerpts 1923
10 (pp. 5565-5664) Newspaper excerpts 1923
11 (pp. 5665-5767) Newspaper excerpts 1923
Box Folder
15 1 (pp. 5768-5864) Newspaper excerpts 1923, 1925
2 (pp. 5865-5959) Newspaper excerpts 1925
3 (pp. 5960-5999) Gap in page numbers, but not in content.
3 (pp. 6000-6063) Newspaper excerpts 1925
4 (pp. 6064-6165) Newspaper excerpts 1925, 1926
5 (pp. 6166-6264) Newspaper excerpts 1926
6 (pp. 6265-6364) Newspaper excerpts 1926
7 (pp. 6365-6467) Newspaper excerpts 1926
8 (pp. 6468-6567) Newspaper excerpts 1926, 1927
9 (pp. 6568-6668) Newspaper excerpts 1927
10 (pp. 6669-6769) Newspaper excerpts 1927
Box Folder
16 1 (pp. 6770-6866) Newspaper excerpts August 20-October 13, 1927
2 (pp. 6867-6967) Newspaper excerpts October 13-December 21, 1927
3 (pp. 6968-7072) Newspaper excerpts December 21, 1927 - March 29, 1928
4 (pp. 7073-7199) Newspaper excerpts March 31 - September 20, 1928
5 (pp. 7200-7304) Newspaper excerpts September 22, 1928-February 19, 192???
6 (pp. 7305-7430) Newspaper excerpts February 19-July 1, 1929
7 (pp. 7431-7559) Newspaper excerpts July 1-December 30, 1929
8 (pp. 7560-7664) Newspaper excerpts January 1-March 15, 1910
9 (pp. 7665-7774) Newspaper excerpts March 16, 1910-April 5, 1913
Box Folder
17 1 (pp. 7775-7888) Newspaper excerpts April 24, 1913-May 24, 1914
2 (pp. 7889-7999) Newspaper excerpts May 28-August 22, 1914
3 (pp. 8000-8120) Newspaper excerpts August 22, 1914-April 13, 1915
4 (pp. 8121-8252) Newspaper excerpts April 15-August 31, 1915
5 (pp. 8253-8400) Newspaper excerpts August 31-December 15, 1915
6 (pp. 8401-8523) Newspaper excerpts December 15, 1915-April 23, 1916
7 (pp. 8524-8652) Newspaper excerpts April 23-December 17, 1916
8 (pp. 8653-8783) Newspaper excerpts December 17-July 11, 1917
Box Folder
18 1 (pp. 8784-8928) Newspaper excerpts July 15, 1917-July 29, 1918
2 (pp. 8929-9088) Newspaper excerpts July 31, 1918-September 20, 1920
3 (pp. 9089-9210) Newspaper excerpts January 1-November 12, 1930
4 (pp. 9211-9316) Newspaper excerpts November 16, 1930-December 29, 193???
5 (pp. 9317-9426) Newspaper excerpts January 1, 1932-May 17, 1933
6 (pp. 9427-9540) Newspaper excerpts May 18, 1933-August 17, 1934
7 (pp. 9541-9656) Newspaper excerpts August 18, 1934-February 7, 1936
8 (pp. 9657-9771) Newspaper excerpts February 13, 1936-April 21, 1937
Box Folder
19 1 (pp. 9772-9886) Newspaper excerpts April 23-November 27, 1937
2 (pp. 9887-9999) Newspaper excerpts December 4, 1937-January 4, 1939
Subseries B. Consolidated Chronology 1810-1941
Box Folder
19 3 (pp. 1000-10131) Consolidated Chronology-Chronological Index 1810-1861
4 (pp. 10132-10264) Consolidated Chronology-Chronological Index 1862-1874
5 (pp. 10265-10388) Consolidated Chronology 1875-1888
6 (pp. 10389-10493) Consolidated Chronology 1889-1907
7 (pp. 10494-10612) Consolidated Chronology 1908-1915
8 (pp. 10613-10736) Consolidated Chronology 1916-1922
Box Folder
20 1 (pp. 10737-10871) Consolidated Chronology 1923-1925
2 (pp. 10872-10979) Consolidated Chronology 1926-1928
3 (pp. 10980-11077) Consolidated Chronology 1929-1933
4 (pp. 11078-11173) Consolidated Chronology 1934-1941
Subseries C. Consolidated Index
Box Folder
20 5 (pp. 11173 [sic.]-11294) Consolidated Index, A1-B55
6 (pp. 11295-11395) Consolidated Index, B56-C42
7 (pp. 11396-11487) Consolidated Index, C43-C135
8 (pp. 11488-11584) Consolidated Index, D1-E38
9 (pp. 11585-11680) Consolidated Index, F1-F97
Box Folder
21 1 (pp. 11681-11823) Consolidated Index, G1-H89
2 (pp. 11824-11957) Consolidated Index, I1-L59
3 (pp. 11958-12083) Consolidated Index, M1-M126
4 (pp. 12084-12213) Consolidated Index, N1-P74
5 (pp. 12214-12318) Consolidated Index, Q1-S33
6 (pp. 12319-12422) Consolidated Index, S34-S138
7 (pp. 12423-12528) Consolidated Index, T1-U19
8 (pp. 12529-12643) Consolidated Index, V1-Z3
Subseries D. Newspaper Excerpts
Box Folder
22 1 (pp. 12644-12772) Newspaper excerpts January 5, 1939-May 21, 1940
1 (pp. 12773-14022) Missing pages
1 (pp. 14023-14066) Discarded-duplicates of pp. 4097-4158
1 (pp. 14067) Discarded-duplicate of p. 5324
1 (pp. 14068-14132) Discarded-duplicates of pp. 5107-5184
1 (pp. 14132-14200) Discarded-duplicates of pp. 5185-5266
1 (pp. 14201-14262) missing pages
1 (pp. 14263-14590) Discarded-duplicates of pp. 4159-4591
1 (pp. 14591-14708) Missing pages
1 (pp. 14709-14766) Discarded-duplicates of pp. 3918-4015
2 (pp. 14767-14875) Newspaper excerpts concerning health 1873-1881, 1897
3 (pp. 14876-15005) Newspaper excerpts concerning health 1882, 1887-1892, 1903-1904
4 (pp. 15006-15120) Newspaper excerpts concerning health 1904-1907
5 (pp. 15121-15228) Newspaper excerpts concerning public welfare 1921-1925
6 (pp. 15362-15377) Newspaper excerpts pertaining to radio 1922-1938
7 (pp. 15398-15483) Newspaper excerpts relating to business 1915-1919
8 (pp. 15484-15565) Newspaper excerpts relating to business 1920-1940
9 (pp. 15570-15619) Newspaper excerpts concerning the oil industry 1901-1934
Box Folder
23 1 (pp. 15818-15821) Newspaper excerpts concerning biography 1876-1901
2 (pp. 16211-16286) Newspaper excerpts concerning aviation 1909-1939
3 (pp. 16287-16372) Newspaper excerpts of mixed dates 1873-1874, 1876-1882, 1887-1888, 1889, 1923, 1936
4 (pp. 16373-16465) Newspaper excerpts relating to recreation and amusements 1915-1938
4 (pp. 16465-17232) Missing pages
4 (pp. 17233-17589) Discarded-duplicates of pp. 1-376
4 (pp. 17590-17712) Discarded-duplicates of pp. 444-565
Subseries E. Stories of Range Life
Box Folder
23 5 (pp. 17713-17817) Cowboy narratives
6 (pp. 17818-17927) Cowboy narratives
7 (pp. 17928-18034) Cowboy narratives
8 (pp. 18035-18148) Cowboy narratives
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24 1 (pp. 18149-18244) Cowboy narratives
2 (pp. 18245-18350) Cowboy narratives
3 (pp. 18351-18480) Cowboy narratives
3 (pp. 18481-18488) Missing pages
3 (pp. 18489-18556) Discarded-duplicates of pp. 565-629
3 (pp. 18557-19176) Missing pages
Subseries F. Miscellaneous notes
Box Folder
24 4 (pp. 19177) Notes on the C. C. French Data
4 (pp. 19178-19270) Missing pages
Subseries G. Guide for Palo Pinto County
Box Folder
24 5 (pp. 19271-19377) Index to Palo Pinto County Guide Book
6 (pp. 19378-19459) Mineral Wells City Guide with copies of letters, notes for automobile and walking tours, references, historical essays, chronology and general information about the city
7 (pp. 19460-19553) Mineral Wells City Guide with descriptive essays, references and chronology
8 (pp. 19554-19671) Guide to Palo Pinto County including bibliography and references
Subseries H. Guide for Parker County
Box Folder
24 9 (pp. 19672-19720) Index to Parker County Guide Book
10 (pp. 19721-19818) Guide to Parker County with references
Subseries I. Magazine Excerpts
Box Folder
25 1 (pp. 19819-19922) Excerpts from The Cattleman 1924-1926
2 (pp. 19923-20023) Excerpts from The Cattleman 1926-1927
3 (pp. 20024-20125) Excerpts from The Cattleman 1928-1930
4 (pp. 20126-20229) Excerpts from The Cattleman 1930-1931
5 (pp. 20230-20328) Excerpts from The Cattleman 1931-1935
Subseries J. Fort Worth City Guide
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25 5 (pp. 20329-20977) First draft copy - Federal Writers' Project 1938
6 (pp. 20329-20511) First draft copy, sections one to three
7 (pp. 20512-20708) First draft copy, section four
8 (pp. 20709-20854) First draft copy, essays
Box Folder
26 1 (pp. 20855-20977) First draft copy, essays
1 (pp. 20978-21417) Second draft copy-Federal Writers' Project 1938
2 (pp. 20978-21214) Second draft copy, sections one, two, and four
3 (pp. 21215-21417) Second draft copy, sections one, two, and four
4 (pp. 21418-21523) Historical essays-Pioneer life, 1850's, History of the 1860's
5 (pp. 21524-21624) Historical essays-History of 1870's
6 (pp. 21625-21706) Historical essays-History of 1870's
7 (pp. 21707-21821) Historical essays-History of 1890's, Pioneer life 1850's
8 (pp. 21822-21993) Historical essays-History of 1876-1879
Box Folder
27 1 (pp. 21994-22094) Historical essays-History of 1880's (Original)
2 (pp. 22095-22244) Historical essay for 1900 to 1910: Turn of the Century
3 (pp. 22245-22377) Historical essay-History of 1880's
4 (pp. 22378-22493) Historical essay-History of 1880's
5 (pp. 22494-22626) Historical essay-History of 1880's
6 (pp. 22627-22726) Historical essay-History of 1890's
7 (pp. 22727-22828) Historical essay-History of 1918 (Oiriginal version)
7 (pp. 22829-22854) History of 1923
8 (pp. 22855-22965) Historical essay-History of 1929-The Roaring 20's (two versions)
9 (pp. 22982-23086) Historical data, historical essay: History, Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4
Box Folder
28 1 (pp. 23087-23220) Historical essay: Turn of The Century 1900-1909
2 (pp. 23221-23325) Historical essays by Eugene Schilder
pp. 23221-23245 Fort Worth Today, Contemporary Scene (also see pp. 00098-00122)
pp. 23246-23325 The City Where The Panther Lay Down, Chapters 1 and 2
3 (pp. 23326-23418) Historical essay by Denton C. Limbaugh: History, Chapter III, - First Draft
4 (pp. 23419-23526) Historical essay-History of 1880's (revised copy)
5 (pp. 23527-23636) Historical essay-History of 1880's (revised copy)
6 (pp. 23637-23744) Historical essay-History of 1880's (revised copy)
7 (pp. 23745-23849) Historical essay-History of 1880's (revised copy)
8 (pp. 23850-23954) Historical essay-History of 1880's (revised copy)
8 (pp. 23955-24494) Historical essays for 1890's, 1900's, 1917, 1918 and 1922 (These pages were discarded due to duplication in the first draft of the Fort Worth City Guide. See pp. 00501-01040)
Subseries K. Drafts of Fort Worth City Guide
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29 1 Original Draft: History of Fort Worth through the 1930's; descriptions of landmarks, churches, universities and recreational facilities; bibliography; automobile tour
2 (pp. 00015-00047) First Draft: Table of Contents draft; copy of Taylor-Schilder letter; Appendix A -- copy of Schilder-Taylor letter; Appendix B -- proposed Table of Contents; Appendix C -- prelude to chapter "Where the West Begins"
3 (pp. 00048-00097) First Draft: Table of Contents; "General Information"; "Calendar of Annual Events"; "Points of Special Interest"
4 (pp. 00098-00224) First Draft: "Fort Worth Today"; "Contemporary Scene"; "Where the West Begins"; "Economic and Cultural Fort Worth"; "Points of Interest"
5 (pp. 00225-00343) First Draft: Portion of Tour One; "Tour Two--North Tour"; "Tour Three--Southeast Tour"; "Tour Four--Lakes Worth and Eagle Mountain Scenic and Recreational Tour"
6 (pp. 00344-00407) First Draft: "Natural Setting"; "Before the Beginning of the City (?-1846)"; "The Founding of Fort Worth (1846-1854)"; "The Transition from Village to City and The Civil War (1854-1873)"
7 (pp. 00408-00500) First Draft: "History"
8 (pp. 00501-00626) First Draft: "1890's"
9 (pp. 00627-00803) First Draft: "Turn of the Century--1900"
10 (pp. 00804-00857) First Draft: "1917"
11 (pp. 00858-01000) First Draft: "1918"
Box Folder
30 1 (pp. 01001-01040) First Draft: "History Section--1922"
2 (pp. 00025-00137) Basic Plan-5th Revised Draft: Supplementary Instructions; Contents Drafts; Schilder-Taylor correspondence; Appendix A--Schilder-Taylor letter; Appendix B--Proposed Table of Contents; Appendix C--"Where the West Begins: Prelude"; Contents Draft; Schilder-Olive correspondence; points of interest essays; "General Information"; "Annual Events"; "Points of Interest" 1938
3 (pp. 00138-00252) Basic Plan-5th Revised Draft: "General Information"; "Annual Events"; "Points of Interest"; "Saga of the Adventurers"; "Founding the Fort"; "Death to Abolitionists"
4 (no paging) Final (?) Draft: Outline of Fort Worth History; Chapter I--"The Indians Come" c.1535-1849; Chapter II-- "Founding the Fort", 1849-1872
5 (no paging) Final (?) Draft: Chapter III---"The Panther City", 1873-1899; Chapter IV--History, 1900-1939



Series III. Miscellaneous

Subseries A. Guide Material for Other Counties
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30 6 Childress County: Folklore
7 Clay County: History of principal towns; church history; essay on Schwend Weapon Collection
8 Cooke County: Essay on Gainesville Junior College
9 Denton County: Essay on Williams Pony Farm
10 Jack County: History of the county and principal towns; essay on Indian raids
11 Knox County: History of Munday and other towns in Knox County
12 Montague County: History of principal towns; descriptions of points of interest and St. Jo Rodeo; legend of Treasure Cave
13 Palo Pinto County: History of the county, principal towns, and Lake Mineral Wells; descriptions of points of interest
14 Parker County: Draft of chapter "Contemporary Scene"; history of county, principal towns and Weatherford College; descriptions of points of interest
15 Stonewall County: Folklore
16 Wichita County: Early histories; newspaper excerpts; book excerpt
17 Wichita County: Historical essays, including descriptions of the oil boom in Wichita Falls, ghost towns in Wichita County and the extermination of the buffalo; narrative by J. Frank Dobie on the extinction of the Texas longhorn
Box Folder
31 1 Wichita County: Interviews and reminiscences; folklore; including four essays on "Cowboy Lingo"; descriptions of the Waggoner Corral and Les Belles Lettres Study Club; "The Cowboy's Prayer"; chronology
2 Wise County: History of the county and principal towns; essays on Decatur Baptist College and the Huff family massacre; descriptions of points of interest
3 Young County: History of the county and principal towns; essays on Fort Belknap, Indians, and Brazos River Indian Reserve; the Tom Cherryholmes story
Subseries B. Other Works Progress Administration Publications
Box Folder
31 4 Correspondence, including bibliography of Federal Writers' Project publications and list of books in the American Guide Series; advertisements 1938
5 Massachusetts: "Winter Sports and Recreation in the Berkshire Hills" 1937
6 Nebraska: "Nebraska Folklore", pamphlets 19, 20, 21, 28, 29 1939-1940
7 New Jersey: "The Swedes and Finns in New Jersey", bulletins 1-4, and cover letter 1938
8 New York: "Albany Guide", two copies, and cover letter; "WPA in the Capital District"; "WPA in the Empire State" 1938
9 Ohio: "Established Camp Directory for the State of Ohio" 1938
10 Oregon: "Flax in Oregon"; "History of the Portland Fire Alarm System" c.1938
11 Utah: "Origins of Utah Place Names", first and second editions 1938
Subseries C. Miscellaneous
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31 12 List of essays written for guide and length of each; list of Fort Worth City Guide writers; map of Tarrant County; preliminary and final form for organizing research material; completed questionnaire; map for Interscholastic League Basketball and State Meet 1939
13 Proposal for a Fort Worth bus system 1937
14 Description of Fort Worth Department of Engineering 1937
15 "Report on Fort Worth Police Department and Proposed Reorganization" 1932
16 Article on helium production in Texas 1937
17 Collection of letters by Slade, "The Texas Humorist" 1883
Box Folder
32 1 Memorandum describing proposed Federal Writers' Project book America Eats, with sample menu 1937
2 Poems by I. G. Thomas, with letter to editor of Upshur County Times 1932-1939
3 Poems by I. G. Thomas 1934-1938
4 Poems by I. G. Thomas, pages 1-70 1937-1939
5 Poems by I. G. Thomas, pages 71-144 1932-1939
6 Texas Argus, Vol 1, nos. 1-3 1934
7 Tarrant County Rural (Telephone) Directory, with Rural Map of Tarrant County, Texas 1954
Box
33 Photocopies of slave narratives from box 4. Box 4 materials are fragile.