Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection
News photographs, negatives, clippings, and printed materials created by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram chronicling the history of Fort Worth and West Texas are housed in the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries’ Special Collections Division. The collection consists of approximately 179,500 photographs, ca. 1849-1986, and nearly three million film negatives, 1915-1990. Since the newspaper made every effort to chronicle the growth and development of West Texas, its photographs of the many towns and cities in the region are an important part of the collection. The photos include views of streets, municipal buildings, commercial buildings, parks, schools, colleges, hospitals, military installations, and special events, such as parades, ceremonies, and natural disasters. There are approximately 1,400 town and city views, which include about 500 aerial views including approximately fifty aerial views of the city as well as several thousand photographs of important buildings, railroads, highway projects, dams, parks, airports, military bases, universities, and amusement parks. Local events, such as the 1936 Fort Worth Centennial celebration, the Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show and Rodeo, the circus, social events, local natural disasters and goods manufactured in the area, particularly airplanes, helicopters, and missiles are also included.
Photographs of Texas people form the better part of the Star-Telegram collection, are an invaluable source for the history and biography of the region: area businessmen, oil men, cattlemen, cowboys, rodeo stars, the Texas National Guard, sports figures, coaches, teams, soap box derby participants, bands, choral groups, actors, congressmen, families, judges, physicians, soldiers, beauty queens, clergymen, authors, aviators, criminals, socialites, firefighters, teachers, and award-and-prize winners, and many others. Of particular note are photographs of Amon G. Carter, Sr. and family, some of which show Carter with Will Rogers and Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower; photographs of Lyndon Johnson and his family; and John Nance Garner, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vice-president.