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Jeannie Yarbrough Papers


Jeannie Gray Yarbrough was born on January 21, 1944, to Eugene Arthur (“Art”) and Anna Josephine Gray. The family owned and operated J-N-B Mart on McCart Street in south Fort Worth and leased out their cottage on Possum Kingdom Lake. Jeannie Gray married Jerry Don Yarbrough in 1968 and gave birth to a daughter, Dawne Lynne Yarbrough. Jeannie and Jerry Yarbrough were divorced in 1970. Jeannie Yarbrough passed away May 4, 2007.


The provenance of this collection is unknown.

Scope and Contents Note

The Yarbrough Collection consists of Jeannie Yarbrough’s collected memorabilia including cards and letters (including many to extended family), photographs, pins, patches, leases and property tax receipts, certificates and documents relating to the life of James Thomas Archer III, news clippings, a hospital identification bracelet, and an audio tape of J. Edgar Hoover. The collection covers the years 1932 - 2000 and measures 2.17 linear feet (5 boxes) of materials.

  • Series I: Photographs (1932 - 1981) - Contains numerous photographs in black and white and color, ranging in size from wallets to 8x10 prints. Some negatives are included. Bulk dates are 1944 - 1980.
  • Series II: Correspondence (1955 - 2000) - Consists of letters and cards to Jeannie Yarbrough, Mrs. Art Gray, Mr. E. A. (Art) Gray, Dawne Yarbrough, and a variety of other people related to Jeannie Yarbrough. Bulk dates are 1960 - 1974.
  • Series III: Ephemera and Documents (1933 - 2000) - Includes property tax receipts and leases, bowling and other memorabilia, news clippings, and certificates and documents pertaining to the military service and other life events of James Thomas Archer, III, and other ephemera and documents.
  • Series IV: Artifacts - Made up of artifacts including pins, an audio tape of J. Edgar Hoover, a plaque, a hospital identity bracelet, and an oversized matted photograph of a woman. The materials in this series are not dated.

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Last updated: Jan. 8, 2015