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The Fort Worth Public Library has over 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. Among the most popular materials for researchers are:

  • African American Doctors in Fort Worth, Texas, 1887 – 1925
  • Aura Magazine
  • City directories, Arlington, 1964 - present
  • City directories, Fort Worth, 1877 - present
  • City directories, Suburban Area, 1964 - present
  • City of Fort Worth budgets, 1936 - present
  • Como Monitor **Collection is now part of our Digital Archive. Click here to view online.**
  • Criss cross directories, Fort Worth, 1930 - present
  • Fort Worth Gazette - The Fort Worth Gazette has been digitized and is now located at the Library of Congress. The years covered are November 1, 1883 to January 1, 1888.
  • Fort Worth Labor News **Collection is now part of our Digital Archive. Click here to view online.**
  • Fort Worth Magazine
  • Fort Worth Mind
  • Grantee/grantor index to Tarrant County deeds, 1876 - 1936
  • Index to Tarrant County cemeteries, 1955
  • Jewish Monitor
  • Junior Historian - The Library has indexed the volumes of Junior Historian (later title, Texas Historian) in the PDF file above to reflect the young adults from Fort Worth and Tarrant County who were published within these volumes. These volumes are available on our shelves in Genealogy under the call number of 976.4 TEXAS.
  • Maps
  • Name index to early Fort Worth newspapers, 1876 - 1901
  • North Fort Worth News
  • Obituary index to the Fort Worth newspapers, 1966 -1992
  • School and College Yearbooks
  • Telephone Directories, Fort Worth, 1910 - present
  • Texas County Tax Lists, 1836 - 1910
  • Texas Writers Project, Fort Worth and Tarrant County Data **Collection is now part of our Digital Archive. Click here to view online.**

The department also keeps a large vertical file (77 drawers) of newspaper clippings. These clippings date from the 1940s to the present. They are organized by subjects ranging from biographical materials, museums, and elections, to city government, hospitals, education, streets, civic organizations and so on.

Last updated: Oct. 2, 2017