A Guide to the Fort Worth (Texas) Narrative, 1812-1939
The Works Projects Administration (WPA) was established on May 6, 1935 by F.D.R. during the Great Depression. The WPA established the Texas Writers’ Project, which participated in the Federal Writers’ Project. It created and published material for tourism development and to create historical narratives. Its best-known publication was Texas: A Guide to the Lone Star State (1940). Participants in the Texas Writers’Project produced guides for local towns and narratives relating to folklore, legends, epigrams, and the customs of different areas. Writers additionally researched town histories, transcribed newspaper articles, gathered biographical information, and wrote essays on business, industry and architecture. They also produced regional guides such as America Eats (on culture and traditions relating to regional cuisine and recipes), Hands that Built the Nation (a history of handicrafts), and The Western Range: The Story of the Grasslands. As part of the Federal Writers’ Project, workers also located and interviewed more than 300 interviews with ex-slaves. These interviews have been deposited in the Library of Congress.
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The Fort Worth (Texas) Narrative, 1812-1939, contains historical and biographical notes compiled by the Texas Writers’ Project of the Work Projects Administration, which presents a comprehensive history of the Fort Worth area from 1912 to 1939. The narratives concern biographical data on many citizens and developing areas, such as business, industry, civic projects, ranching, agriculture, and transportation. Papers relate to agriculture, commerce, cultural affairs, education, government, industry, military affairs, politics, religion, science, and social affairs.
This collection is open for research use.
Fort Worth (Texas) Narrative, 1812-1939, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
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