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Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show Programs


The Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show was first held in 1896, and has continued annually without interruption to the present day. It has had various names over the decades: Texas Fat Stock Show, Fort Worth Fat Stock Show, National Feeders and Breeders Show and the Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show. It assumed its current title in the early 1990s.

The show provided a forum for stockraisers to exhibit and auction their animals with the goal of improving the breeds. Originally, it included only horses and cattle, but later other types of stock were added. After 1918, an indoor rodeo was held as part of the annual activities. Other activities were an annual parade and midway rides.


The souvenir programs were accumulated by the Library from numerous sources over the decades. In 1994, the archivist organized them by date and placed them into acid-free folders for preservation.

Scope and Contents Note

The collection comprises two boxes of annual souvenirs programs. There is an early program from 1908, then an almost continuous run of programs from 1929 to 1995. The programs show a schedule of events, local advertising, and photographs of individuals and activities.

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Last updated: Oct. 9, 2014