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Cissy Stewart Lale Papers:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lale, Cissy Stewart.
Title: Cissy Stewart Lale Papers
Dates: 1913-1991
Abstract: Lloyd "Cissy" Stewart Lale was a reporter, editor, photographer, and columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1949 until her retirement in 1987. She began her career with the Marshall News Messenger in 1945 and served as editor of the Cleburne Times Review, 1947-1949, before joining the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Lale received many honors for her writing and for her contributions to the preservation of Fort Worth's heritage. Papers contain correspondence, invitations, awards, photographic materials, articles, research files, newspaper clippings, a videotape, programs, magazines, and society pages that reflect the personal and professional life of Cissy Lale. The papers include literature on various people, events, and institutions in the Fort Worth area.
Identification: AR319
Extent: 6 boxes (3.0 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Historical Note

Cissy Stewart Lale was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on January 15, 1924. In 1930, she and her family moved to Cleburne, where she attended public schools. While in high school, she worked on the school's newspaper. In 1941, Cissy graduated from high school and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a staff reporter for The Daily Texan for three years. In 1945, she received her Bachelor of Journalism degree. She began her professional career as a reporter for the Marshall News Messenger and worked for the East Texas paper from 1945 until 1947. Stewart then moved back to Cleburne, where she served as editor of the daily Cleburne Times Review for two years. In March of 1949, Stewart joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. At the Star-Telegram, she served in various positions, including reporter, editor of the evening women's section succeeding the late Mary Sears, art editor, fashion editor, photographer, and columnist.

Cissy, as she is known by her readers, is an active member of the Fort Worth Professional Chapter of Women in Communications, Inc., formerly Theta Sigma Phi. She served as Fort Worth Chapter president from 1962-1964 and as national president from 1968-1971.

In October, 1983, Stewart married longtime friend, Max S. Lale, a retired newspaper publisher, public relations director, and historian from Marshall, Texas. They honeymooned across Europe for a month

After 38 years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Mrs. Lale retired on July 1, 1987. Gib Lewis, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, honored her with House Resolution 97, celebrating her work as a columnist at the Star-Telegram. She has also been honored for her contributions to the preservation of Fort Worth's rich heritage.

Scope and Contents

Papers contain correspondence, invitations, awards, photographic materials, articles, research files, newspaper clippings, a videotape, programs, magazines, and society pages that reflect the personal and professional life of Cissy Lale. The papers include literature on various people, events, and institutions in the Fort Worth area. The society pages are from the early 1900s in Fort Worth. Personal and professional correspondence and copies of articles by Lale date from 1971-1989. Photographs are of the Assembly Ball, Jewel Charity Ball, Fort Worth Military Ball, a Fort Worth Club costume ball, debutante parties, fashion shows, the Steeplechase, foreign diplomats and royalty, and several photographs of Fort Worth personalities, including Lale and her husband, Max Lale.


Papers consist of 101 folders arranged in 2 series:
Series I. About Cissy Stewart Lale, 1962-1991 (18 folders)
Series II. Research Files, 1913-1991 (83 folders)



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.
Lale, Cissy Stewart--Archives.
Women journalists--Biography--Sources.
Journalists--Texas--Fort Worth--Photographs.
Civic leaders--Texas--Fort Worth--Photographs.
Celebrities--Texas--Fort Worth--Photographs.
Fort Worth (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information


Gift of Cissy Stewart Lale, 1991.


Cissy Stewart Lale Papers, AR319, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

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

Series I. About Cissy Stewart Lale, 1962-1991

Box Folder
1 1 About Mrs. Lale, March 5, 1962-July 22, 1987, November 12, 1989
Letters and articles written by others about Lale writing and her coverage of events. Includes articles about Lale's marriage to Max S. Lale.
2-9 Articles by Mrs. Lale, September 22, 1973-July/August, 1990
Articles written by Mrs. Lale during her tenure at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. They cover fashion, events, and personalities in Fort Worth. Folder 9 also includes articles by Mrs. Lale for Fort Worth Magazine and Aura. The articles are arranged chronologically.
10 Awards and Honors, 1979-1991, undated
Awards and honors received by Mrs. Lale, including a photocopy of House Resolution 97 from Gib Lewis, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Associated Press Managing Editors Award, the Daughters of the American Revolution, certificates of appreciation, and the Joseph J. Ballard Heritage Award from the North Fort Worth Historical Society.
11 Calendar, July 1, 1982-June 16, 1983
Computer calendar of events that Mrs. Lale attended.
12-13 Correspondence, January 24, 1979-December 15, 1987
Letters from colleagues and friends about upcoming events. Also includes cards and invitations to parties and events.
14 Fort Worth: Outpost on the Trinity, December 1990-April 1991
Typescript of the essay "Corporations and Cultures" written by Mrs. Lale. Also includes, articles and reviews of the book from area newspapers.
15 Involvements, 1971-Summer 1991, undated
Correspondence, newsletters, and invitations from the different organizations with which Lale is involved.
16 Photographs of Mrs. Lale, November, 1982-Spring 1991, undated
Photographs of Mrs. Lale, including several with her husband, Max S. Lale.
17 Relationship with Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 28, 1983-1987, undated
Code of ethics along with several memos from the newspaper.
18 Retirement from Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 3, 1987-November/December 1987
Articles published in area newspapers and magazines about the retirement of Mrs. Lale after 38 years at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Series II. Research Files, 1913-1991

Box Folder
2 1 Albany Old City Jail, June 26, 1980-September 12, 1981
Articles discussing the city's landmark, the jail, which was built in the late 1800s and its preservation.
2 America's Cup, April 19, 1985-August 19, 1985, undated
Includes a bumper sticker as well as news clippings about the involvement of Texans in the event.
3 Archives and Historical Associations, May 2, 1989, October 5, 1990-February 24, 1991
Includes an article on archival preservation in Fort Worth and information about meetings and events held by historical associations in the area.
4 Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, July, 1979-April, 1990
Magazines and newsletters published by the Arts Council.
5 Assembly Debutantes, November 10, 1980-1989
Coverage of the event by Mrs. Lale in news articles. Also includes names, family and background information of participants.
6 B-24 Convention (Bomber Plant), Fort Worth, May 19, 1989-June 8, 1989
Newspaper clippings about the convention/reunion.
7 Bass Family, March 16, 1978-January 15-21, 1990
Articles on the Bass family of Fort Worth. Includes photographs.
8 Billy Bob's of Texas, undated
This folder contains photographs of items sold by Billy Bob's of Texas as well as news releases.
9 Black Rhino Extinction, January 26, 1989, August 18, 1989
Articles about the extinction of the black rhinos and the need for their survival.
10 Bob Bolen, January 21, 1990
An article from the Dallas Morning News.
11 Burnett Family and Burnett Park, 1917-1985
Contains information about the history and founding of this park as well as the family's history and background.
12 Business in Dallas-Fort Worth, 1985-1990
This includes an article about Dallas-Fort Worth in Fortune magazine discussing the area's positive business environment. Also included are lists of the top businesses in the area and clippings about area business.
13 Amon Carter, Jr., 1982
Includes the will of Amon Carter, Jr., information about his life, and a photograph of his wife, George Ann.
14 Amon Carter Museum, April 4, 1965-June 19, 1990
Clippings regarding the beginnings of the museum as well as recent articles about the museum and its displays. Also includes photographs of museum acquisitions.
15 Amon Carter, Sr., November 26, 1938-November 5, 1989
Photocopy of article published by the Saturday Evening Post in 1938 as well as one written by Lale on his life and fortune.
16 Casa Mañana of Fort Worth, February 25, 1923-July 28, 1989
Contains the original program printed by Casa Mañana when it opened to the public. Also contains news clippings about the beginnings of the establishment.
17 Cattleman's Museum and Livestock Appreciation Day, 1984
This folder includes information about the museum, its history, and also a program from the Livestock Appreciation Day.
18 Chandor Gardens of Weatherford, Texas, February 2, 1953-October 10, 1984
This folder has information about the garden through postcards and pamphlets.
19 Cliburn Family, 1962-December 31, 1990, undated
Includes a photograph of Van Cliburn, the famous pianist. Information through articles about his life, his music, and his mother, Ridilia Bee, are present.
20 Cliburn Honors, February 17, 1983-1987
Present in this folder is the program for the year Van Cliburn was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Music Award. Included are other music competitions attended by Cliburn.
21 Cliburn International Piano Competition, Spring, 1962-July 21, 1989
Includes competition coverage. History of the competition, photos of contestants and programs beginning with the Seventh Annual are in the folder.
22 Cook-Fort Worth Children's Medical Center History, January, 1932-April 29, 1985, undated
Contains information on the beginnings of the hospital as well as the various changes undergone throughout the years.
23 Cook-Fort Worth Children's Medical Center Groundbreaking and Gala, May 10-August 10, 1987
Includes information on the hospital's grand opening ceremony in 1987.
Box Folder
3 1 Cook-Fort Worth Children's Medical Center Information, January 1989-April 6, 1989
Includes information about services of the hospital and magazines published by the hospital.
2 Cook-Fort Worth Children's Medical Center Information, Fall 1988-May 21, 1989
Information provided through the hospital's magazine, Children's Promise, and other literature.
3 Fashion Articles, May 3-16, 1984, May 3, 1989
Articles about famous designers, such as Roger Forsythe (the replacement for Perry Ellis) and model Jan Strimple, both of whom are from the area.
4 Flatiron Building, 1988
This folder contains an architectural report and appraisal for this building.
5 Fortson Family, December 5, 1946-May 31, 1990
Includes photographs and articles about Mr. and Mrs. Ben J. Fortson and family in Fort Worth.
6 Karen Fortson and Mark Thatcher Romance, January 4, 1984-November, 1986
Articles from the British press and area papers about the romance between Fortson and Thatcher. Also includes letters from English citizens about the romance and their interest in America.
7 Fort Worth Opera, 1979-1985
Includes information about the opera, its balls, and sponsored events. Also includes photographs.
8 Fort Worth Public Library, April 8, 1990, undated
Article on the remodeling of the facility as well as a list of those participating in the read-a-thons.
9 Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, January 1980-1991
Press releases and programs for the orchestra.
10 General Dynamics, April 18, 1990-June 11, 1990
Articles about the reduction of the workforce at General Dynamics.
11 History of Aviation in Fort Worth, 1962-December 30, 1988
Articles about the beginnings of aviation in Fort Worth. Discusses General Dynamics, planes built, and the building of airports in the area.
12-13 History of Fort Worth, 1969-1986, 1988-1990
Contains information about facilities, people, institutions, and events in Fort Worth. Also includes newspaper editions celebrating the history of Fort Worth.
14 Ben Hogan, August 15-22, 1988-October 14, 1988
Articles on the introduction of new "Edge" golf clubs.
15 Houston Symphony Orchestra and Opera, "An Evening of Celebration", 1982
Includes a photograph of Luciano Pavarotti, the opera singer who performed at the event, as well as profiles on members of the opera and the orchestra.
Box Folder
4 1 Inauguration of the President and the Vice-President of the United States, 1981, 1985
Invitations to the ceremonies are included as well as programs.
2 Jewel Charity Ball, 1949-1990
Includes the beginnings of the ball as well as program guides and directories of the members.
3 Junior League of Fort Worth, 1982-1986
Fact sheets for the year 1986 as well as end of the year updates for the organization. Article included about newly elected president for the 1982 year.
4 Kimbell Art Museum, 1989-1989
Includes press releases and news articles about exhibitions.
5 Lili Kraus, 1983
This folder contains a packet from the celebration of her music held on the campus of Texas Christian University.
6 March of Dimes, Houston, Texas, 1980, undated
The Gourmet Gala held at the Summit was a fundraiser for the March of Dimes. Information about the Houston Solution is included. This is an idea by the March of Dimes to eliminate teen pregnancy.
7 Richard Marcus, 1984
Photocopy of an article that discusses the beginnings of the store, Neiman-Marcus, with its base store being in Dallas, Texas.
8 Bill Moyers, 1982, 1990
Includes an article about his homecoming to Texas.
9 Museums of Fort Worth, undated
Includes information about several area museums.
10 National Wildflower Research Center, 1983-1990
This folder contains information about the organization inspired by Lady Bird Johnson's concern for wildflowers. Information about Lady Bird is also included.
11 Obituaries, 1962, 1991
Contains the obituary of an oilman, Marshall R. Young, as well as a friend of Lale's, Tom E. Huff, who sent a Christmas card in December and died the following January.
12 O Dammit!, January 19-25, 1982
A program from the play held at East Texas State University.
13 Personalities of Fort Worth, 1980-1990
Article included with listing of famous of Fort Worth as well as other articles about the not-so-famous of the area. Includes information on Spanky McFarland, George Carlin and Pat Boone.
14 Photographs of the Assembly Ball and Debutante Parties, 1981-1983, undated
These photographs show the participants at the ball as well as party goers to the event.
15 Photographs of Carnegie Hall Reception with Van Cliburn, undated
Photographs of famous individuals celebrating with Van Cliburn at a reception.
16 Photographs of Fashion, 1971-1976, undated
Contains slides as well as negatives of fashion shows attended by Lale. Also includes a photograph of designer, Halston.
17 Photographs of Foreign Diplomats and Royalty, May 15, 1985, undated
Photographs of Princess Margaret and Prince Jean of Luxembourg.
18 Photographs of the Fort Worth Club's 100th Costume Ball, March 22, 1985
Includes photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins Garrett and others in costumes.
19 Photographs of Fort Worth Military Ball, October 23, 1982
Includes photographs of military personnel and a photograph of Jim Wright.
20 Photographs of the Jewel Charity Ball, 1972-1985, undated
Photographs of participants and families at this event.
Box Folder
5 1 Photographs of Wendy Reeves, November 7, 1985, undated
Photographs of Mrs. Reeves, donor to the Dallas Museum of Art. Includes photographs of her husband and friends, such as Winston Churchill.
2 Photographs of Steeplechase, 1981-1985, undated
Photographs of participants, their families, and friends of the event.
3 Photographs, Undated and Unlabeled, n.d
Photographs of personalities at events.
4 Photographs, A-H (Allen-Hyder), undated
Includes photographs of persons whose last names begin with "A" through "H".
5 Photographs, I-P (Dr. Hub Isaacks-Earle North Parker), undated
Includes photographs of persons whose last names begin with "I" through "P".
6 Photographs, R-W (Rhodes- Wyatt), undated
Includes photographs of persons whose last names begin with "R" through "W".
7 Sid Richardson Foundation and Collection of Western Art, undated
Includes a press release, pamphlet, and prints of the collection.
8 Mary Lou Ridinger, September 13, 1978-February 18, 1979
File with an article written by Lale on a young lady who finds love on an archeological adventure in Mexico. Correspondence from gentleman who gave Lale information.
9 River Crest Country Club, 1936-1984
Contains information about the beginnings of the club as well as its changes.
10 Roach Family, 1984, 1990
Discusses the fortune of John Roach of the Tandy Corporation.
11 Robertson's Colony, 1989
Correspondence from Dr. Malcolm McLean of The University of Texas at Arlington.
12 David Rockefeller's Visit, 1984
Speech delivered in Texas for the Bass family at a fundraiser. Press releases included.
13-14 Society of Fort Worth, October 10, 1913-November 12, 1913, undated
Clippings from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about balls, parties, and society ladies from the early 1900S.
15 Steeplechase, October 25, 1975-1987
Incorporates proqrams of the balls.
16 Ruth Carter Stevenson, 1983-1987
Includes information about marriaqe to New York attorney in 1983 as well as an article about her life and involvements in the Fort Worth area.
Box Folder
6 1 Stone Ranch, 1988
Includes photographs and a history of this facility.
2 Tandy Family, 1980-1988
Includes information about the fortune of the family as well as the death of Anne Tandy.
3 Tarrant County Courthouse, 1883-1983
Includes a history of the facility as well as programs from the celebration of its centennial.
4 Thistle Hill, 1983
Includes article by Lale on cattle baron's mansion as well as materials from fundraiser to save Thistle Hill.
5 Tourist Information on Fort Worth, undated
Information about tourist attractions in Fort Worth.
6 Videotape of Party at Fort Worth Club Honoring Jack Butler and George Dolan, undated
Mr. and Mrs. Lale are in attendance at this event.
7 F. Howard Walsh, undated
Resumes of both F. Howard Walsh and his wife. Includes invitation from them to attend Christmas party.
8 Jim Wright, July, 1986
Includes articles about his return to Texas after having resigned as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
9 George Zepeda, 1974-1983
Includes information about his career in theater and his resume.