Mansfield M. McKnight Collection:
Mansfield M. McKnight (1905-1956) was an active labor and civic leader in Fort Worth, Texas. Born in Tyler, Texas in 1905, he became a printer in Fort Worth at the age of 20. McKnight later became a member of the Fort Worth Typographical Union, Local 198 and held many offices within the organization including President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer. Other labor organizations in which McKnight served in leadership roles included the Texas Federation of Labor, Fort Worth Trades Assembly, Newspaper Union Council, and Texas Allied Printing Trades Council. His civic activities included several years as a city councilman and service as Mayor Pro Tem for the city of Fort Worth. When McKnight died in 1956, his wife, Reecy W. McKnight, was appointed to complete her husband's term of office on the city council and went on to win three consecutive terms from 1957 to 1961.
This collection contains a program, certificate, booklet, service pins, clippings, and memorabilia. Some contracts and agreements (1937-1941) between Fort Worth Typographical Union 198 and local printers and publishers are also included. The booklet is an Analysis of the Fort Worth Market Area and Newspaper Coverage (1960). The program is for the International Typographical Union's 83rd convention held in Fort Worth, Texas in 1939. Three clippings pertian to a labor event and people associated with labor. The service pins are for 25, 40, and 60 year members. A small pocketknife and ring are also included.
Open for research.
Mansfield M. McKnight Collection, AR119, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.
Gift of Reecy McKnight, 1975.
The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.