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Archival Collection

If you have ever had an interest in local history or genealogical research, archives are a vital resource. Archives offer insight into our history – they are a place where almost everyone can find information about themselves, their ancestors or their community.

The shelves of the Fort Worth Library contain more than 2,500 linear feet of historic materials – that’s more than the length of eight football fields! The Archives collects primary and secondary materials about the history of Fort Worth, including its local institutions, organizations and people. Included in the collection are:

  • Maps
  • Photos
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Periodicals
  • Scrapbooks
  • City government records
  • Books
  • Pamphlets
  • Correspondence

Formats include books, periodicals and online databases. The collection focuses primarily on Texas and the South, but also includes a considerable amount of information on the Midwest and the original thirteen states. Moreover, the Library is the official archives for the City of Fort Worth municipal government.

The Archives Unit is located in the lower level of the Central Library. Whether you are an experienced genealogist or just a casual history buff, there is something for you in our archives. To learn more, call 817-392-7740, or email to genlhst@fortworthlibrary.org.

City of Fort Worth



Fort Worth and Area Post Cards

These and other collections are available to researchers during the Fort Worth Library’s regular hours of operation.

Last updated: July 11, 2017