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Fort Worth Flashback: Pat Chadwell Jackson helped strengthen local library’s archives

Posted March 1, 2013

In honor of Women’s History Month, each week in March Fort Worth Flashback will take a look at the role of women in our city’s history.

Pat Jackson

Pat Chadwell Jackson worked for the Fort Worth Library from 1962 through 1989. She was the head of the Genealogy and Local History Unit for most of those years.

She was born Aug. 4, 1941, in Tulsa. She attended Pryor High School in Pryor, Okla., and graduated in 1958.

In 1962 she received her bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees from Texas Woman’s University. She was hired by the head of the Fort Worth Library’s Southwest and Genealogy Section in August 1963. She went back to school and received her master of library science degree in 1964 from Texas Woman’s University.

She remained head of the Genealogy and Local History Unit until 1987. She retired from the library on Nov. 30, 1989.

She married Edwin Earl Jackson Jr. on Nov. 2, 1984. She died in Fort Worth on March 15, 1992, and her husband died one day later.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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