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Texas Industrial Home For Unfortunate Women And Girls Records


In 1888, the Union Bethel Mission (now known as the Union Gospel Mission) was founded for the purpose of aiding those who were impoverished or homeless. The Union Gospel Mission raised funds for the establishment of a “women’s industrial home” in October of 1890. The home opened in March of 1891, and was incorporated as the Texas Industrial Home for Unfortunate Women and Girls in February of 1892.


The collection was donated by David and Tanya Claire, who found it in a home they purchased in Arlington Heights, on April 28, 2015.

Scope and Contents Note

The collection consists of two volumes.

The first is titled Annual Reports: Women’s Home and dates from 1892. This volume contains notes and newspaper clippings regarding the establishment of the home and its history, and the organization’s constitution and bylaws.

The second is titled Secy. Book: Women’s Industrial Home 1899 — Fort Worth, Texas. It contains the charter of the organization, and the minutes of their board meetings.

City of Fort Worth Records, City Secretary Office Record Group, Mayor and Council Proceedings, 1907-1909 contains several letters regarding various homes for women in Fort Worth.

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Last updated: April 1, 2016