In 1913, Juanita Lynn Montgomery was born in McLean, Texas. Her family had a ranch and her father was the town marshal. After the death of her father, Juanita and her mother moved to Fort Worth, Texas. In 1927, Juanita graduated from Fort Worth Central High School and then went on to study art at Texas Christian University.
Because of the Great Depression, Juanita left school and found several jobs teaching art lessons and designing window displays for department stores. Juanita is most well-known for her illustrations of fine art editions of Shakespeare’s plays and Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat. In 1939, Juanita became a full member of the Fort Worth Artists’ Guild and in 1940 she studied landscape painting with Harry De Young.
In 1941, Juanita created technical illustrations for Consolidated Vultee Aircraft (later Convair). Juanita worked in the Convair Technical Illustrations Department for over twenty years. In 1943, Juanita married Porter Gilbert. Briefly leaving Convair, Juanita returned in 1947 and continued her work as a technical illustrator. For the rest of her life, Juanita continued her work as an artist, using mostly watercolors and oils. Juanita died in 1997.
The materials were donated to the library by Kathy Fowler on May 30, 2006.
Scope and Contents Note
The collection consists of photographs, postcards, correspondence, legal documents, maps, and portraits. The collection is arranged following the original order established by the creator of the collection. The majority of the papers were originally arranged in page protectors in numerous folders. While the original order was maintained, the collection items were removed from the page protectors and placed in archival sleeves. The records date from 1860 - 2002 with the bulk of the records from 1900 - 1960. The records measure 2.63 linear feet (5 boxes).
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Last updated: Sept. 15, 2015