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Fort Worth Mind

History

The Fort Worth Mind was a weekly newspaper published by Southwestern Negro Press. The newspaper was Fort Worth-owned beginning in 1932. The Fort Worth Mind included local, national, and international news as it pertained to the African-American community. The front page of the newspaper described it as “Fort Worth’s Largest Circulated Negro Newspaper” and had the motto of “Fearless and Independent: A Champion of Race Development.” Issues of the newspapers from the 1930s included an insert, Gravure Weekly: “The First National Rotogravure ever published by Negroes Anywhere.” The Gravure Weekly was published by the Scott Newspaper Syndicate.

Provenance

Issues of the Fort Worth Mind from the 1930s - 1950s were purchased by Ken Hopkins and added to the archives on November 15, 1995. These issues were supplemented by copies preserved by the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society. The papers were microfilmed with grant funds from the Summerlee Foundation.

Scope and Contents Note

The Fort Worth Mind collection consists of both hard copies and microfilm of the newspaper and its insert, Gravure Weekly (from the 1930s). There are no complete runs of the newspaper for the years covered. The Gravure Weekly and the newspapers in Box 11 are not available on microfilm. The materials date from 1933 - 1984 and measure 6.67 linear feet (11 boxes).

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Last updated: June 26, 2014