University of Texas Arlington

Mansfield M. McKnight Collection:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: McKnight, Mansfield M. (1905-1956)
Title: Mansfield M. McKnight Collection
Dates: 1932-1974
Abstract: This collection documents the activities of labor and civic leader, Mansfield M. McKnight (1905-1956). Mansfield McKnight served in leadership roles for several labor organizations in Fort Worth and Texas, including the Fort Worth Typographical Union, Local 198 and the Fort Worth Trades Assembly. He also served on the Fort Worth City Council and as Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Fort Worth. Collection materials include a program, certificate, booklet, service pins, and memorabilia pertaining to the Fort Worth and International Typographical Union.
Identification: AR119
Extent: 1 box (0.21 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

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.

Scope and Contents

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.


Materials are arranged according to document type in 7 folders and chronologically therein.



Open for research.

Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
McKnight, M. M. (Mansfield Millard), 1905-1956--Archives.
International Typographical Union--Records and correspondence.
Fort Worth Typographical Union No. 198 (Fort Worth, Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
Fort Worth (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

  • AR24: Mansfield M. and Reecy W. McKnight Collection (1925-1970)
  • AR215: Mansfield M. and Reecy W. McKnight Collection (1922-1978)
  • The UTA Libraries Oral History Collection also contains a transcribed interview with Reecy W. McKnight (OH 36).

Administrative Information


Mansfield M. McKnight Collection, AR119, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


Gift of Reecy McKnight, 1975.

Administrative Information

Grant Support

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.

Container List

Box Folder
1 1 Analysis of Fort Worth market area and newspaper coverage, 1960
2 Award, 1973
3 Clippings, September, 1949-July, 1974
4 Contracts and Agreements, 1937-1941
5 International Typographical Union's 83rd Convention Program, 1939
6 Memorabilia, undated
7 Notice of Acceptance, 1932