The Tarrant County Historical Society was organized in 1948. It replaced the defunct Fort Worth Historical Society that had existed from 1925 to 1940. The original objective of the TCHS was to collect and preserve local historical materials in preparation for the Fort Worth centennial celebration the following year. Archival materials were designated for the Fort Worth Public Library, while historical artifacts were donated to the Children’s Museum (later the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History).
Over the decades, the Society was involved in numerous preservation activities such as collecting old Fort Worth newspapers, photographs and other documents; marking the sites of historical events; organizing tours of local landmarks; and generally promoting interest in Fort Worth and Tarrant County heritage. It attracted both professional and amateur historians. Among the group’s most significant achievements was the development of the Log Cabin Village and the publication of a guide to historic sites, originally by W. J. Overson (1963) and later revised by Ruby Schmidt (1984).
Much of the historical material dates back to the initial drive in 1949 to collect on behalf of the Library, but other items were added in the 1950s and 1960s. The most recent addition was in 1992, when a body of administrative records was donated.
Scope and Contents Note
The records consist of twelve document cases of materials and two scrapbooks (7 cubic feet) of records of the organization as well as historical materials collected.
- Series I : Administrative Records (1940 - 1992) - Two boxes of correspondence, club minutes, membership lists, and various reports organized by type of material and then chronologically.
- Series II : Historical Manuscripts and Pamphlets - Four boxes of historical manuscripts and paper memorabilia organized alphabetically under such headings as Attorneys, Diamond Jubilee, Fort Worth Centennial, Music Programs, and Texas Spring Palace.
- Series III : Clippings on Texas Centennial - One box of loose and matted newspaper clippings related to Texas Centennial celebration held in Fort Worth in 1936. Arranged alphabetically by topic.
- Series IV : Photographs - One box of photographs, some of which are vintage images, but others being copy prints from books on Fort Worth and other sources.
- Series V : Tapes - Two boxes of reel-to-reel and cassette tape recordings of various historical society meetings, lectures at meetings, and oral histories.
- Series VI : Subject Files - Two boxes of working materials–correspondence, draft histories, etc.–organized alphabetically by subject. Relates to projects that the TCHS was involved in such as the Log Cabin Village and the historical guide of Fort Worth, as well as other historical organizations in Fort Worth such as the Historical Preservation Council and the Junior Historians.
- Series VII : Scrapbooks - Two scrapbooks pertaining to activities of the TCHS dated from 1940 - 1986.
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Last updated: Oct. 17, 2014