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Jenkins Garrett Texas Postcard Collection:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Garrett, Jenkins
Title: Jenkins Garrett Texas Postcard Collection
Dates: approximately 1903-1996
Abstract: Jenkins Garrett (1914-2010) was a prominent Fort Worth attorney, businessman, civic leader, philanthropist, and renowned collector of Texana. The Jenkins Garrett Postcard Collection is comprised of approximately 13,438 postcards featuring Texas cities and towns.
Identification: AR416
Extent: 24 boxes (24.0 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Historical Note

Jenkins Garrett (1914-2010) was a prominent Fort Worth attorney, businessman, civic leader, philanthropist, and renowned collector of Texana. Jenkins and his wife, Virginia, donated book, manuscript, sheet music, and graphic collections to the University of Texas at Arlington in 1974 and continued to donate their time, energy, and materials to the libraries throughout their lives. Jenkins Garrett's postcard collection was acquired over a sixty year period.

Scope and Contents

The Jenkins Garrett Postcard Collection is comprised of approximately 13,438 postcards including view cards, 3.5″ and 4″ × 6″ and black and white and color. The postcards feature Texas cities and towns, A-Z. The larger cities are subdivided into subjects, such as buildings, birds-eye views, parks, residences, schools, street scenes, and universities, etc. A miscellaneous section is included within most letter sections for cities with only one or two postcard views. Also included, in smaller quantities, are map cards, Alaska-Washington; unidentified cards of Texas towns and cities; non-classified cards of general Texas scenes with views of other states; interior views outside Texas; Mexican War topical cards; and postcards of Austin-Waco published by Tuck, early 1900s.


The postcards feature Texas cities and towns and is arranged alphabettically by location. The larger cities are subdivided into subjects, such as buildings, birds-eye views, parks, residences, schools, street scenes, universities, etc. Boxes 1-23 contain the 3.5″ × 5.5″ older cards. See boxes 23-24 for cities on oversize modern cards (4″ × 6″), odd size cards, miscellaneous topics, and Tuck cards (early 1900s), Arlington-Waco.



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.
Cites and Towns--Texas--Pictorial works.
Historical structures--Texas--Pictorial works.
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Pictorial works.
Texas--Pictorial works.

Administrative Information


The Texas Postcard Collection was a gift of Mr. Jenkins Garrett in 1998.


Jenkins Garrett Texas Postcard Collection, AR416, 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

1 Abilene-Austin (Buildings, Other)
Abilene, Albany, Alice, Alpine, Alvarado, Amarillo, Aransas Pass, Arlington, Athens, Austin
2 Austin (Buildings, State)-Bonham (Buildings & Other):
Austin, "A" Miscellaneous, Baird, Ballinger, Bandera, Bartlett, Bastrop, Baytown, Beaumont, Beeville, Bellevue, Belton, Big Sandy, Big Spring, Bishop, Blessing, Blum, Boerne, Bonham
3 Bonham (Streets)-Childress:
Bonham, Borger, Bowie, Brackettville, Brady, Breckenridge, Brenham, Brownfield, Brownsville, Brownwood, Bryan, Burkburnet, Burnet, "B" Miscellaneous, Caldwell, Cameron, Camp Howze, Camp Maxey, Canadian, Canton, Canyon, Carrizo Springs, Carthage, Castroville, Celeste, Center, Childress
4 Cisco-Corpus Christi:
Cisco, Clarendon, Clarksville, Cleburne, Cleveland, Clifton, Coleman, College Station, Collegeport, Colorado City, Columbus, Comanche, Comfort, Commerce, Conroe, Cooper, Corpus Christi
5 Corsicana-Dallas (Buildings, Hospital):
Corsicana, Cotulla, Crockett, Crosbyton, Crowell, Crystal City, Cuero, "C" Miscellaneous, Dalhart, Dallas
6 Dallas (Buildings, Insurance)-De Leon:
Dallas, Decatur, De Leon
7 Del Rio-El Paso (Parks):
Del Rio, Denison, Denton, Dimmit, Dublin, "D" Miscellaneous, Eagle Lake, Eagle Pass, Eastland, Edinburg, Edna, El Campo, El Paso
8 El Paso (Rio Grande & Border)- Fort Worth (Churches, Catholic):
El Paso, Electra, Elgin, Ennis, "E" Miscellaneous, Falfurrias, Farmersville, Farwell, Floresville, "Forts" Miscellaneous, Fort Concho, Fort Davis, Fort Stockton, Fort Worth
9 Fort Worth (Churches Episcopal)-Fort Worth (Schools):
10 Fort Worth (Stockyards)-Galveston (Beach):
Fort Worth, Fredricksburg, Fulton, "F" Miscellaneous, Gail, Gainesville, Galveston
11 Galveston (Buildings)-Grand Prairie:
Galveston, Gatesville, Georgetown, Giddings, Gilmer, Gladewater, Glen Rose, Goldthwaite, Goliad, Gonzales, Gordon, Gorman, Graham, Granbury, Grand Prairie
12 Grand Saline-Houston (Hospitals):
Grand Saline, Grapevine, Greenville, Groesbeck, "G" Miscellaneous, Hallettsville, Hamilton, Hamlin, Harlingen, Haskell, Hearne, Hemphill, Hempstead, Henderson, Henrietta, Hereford, Hico, Higgins, Hillsboro, Hondo, Honey Grove, Hostyn, Houston
13 Houston (Hotels)-Jefferson:
Houston, Hubbard, Hunt, Huntsville, "H" Miscellaneous, Independence, Ingram, Irving, Italy, Itasca, "I" Miscellaneous, Jacksboro, Jacksonville, Jasper, Jefferson
14 Johnson City-Longview:
Johnson City, Jordanton, Junction, "J" Miscellaneous, Kaufman, Keene, Kerrville, "K Camps," Kilgore, Killeen, Kingsville, "K" Miscellaneous, LaGrange, Lamesa, Lampasas, Lancaster, Langtry, Laredo, Leonard, Lewisville, Liberty, Linden, Livingston, Llano, Lockhart, Lomita, Longview
15 Lubbock-Miami:
Lubbock, Lufkin, Luling, "L" Miscellaneous, Madisonville, Marble Falls, Marfa, Marlin, Marshall, Mart, Mason, Matagorda, McAllen, McGregor, McKinney, McLean, Melvin, Memphis, Menard, Mercedes, Mexia, Miami
16 Midland-Palacios:
Midland, Midlothian, Miles, Milford, Mineola, Mineral Wells, Mission, Monahans, Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Vernon, Muleshoe, Munday, "M" Miscellaneous, Nacogdoches, Navasota, Nevada, New Boston, New Braunfels, New London, Nocona, "N" Miscellaneous, Odessa, Orange, Ozona, "O" Miscellaneous, Padre Island, Paducah, Paint Rock, Palacios
17 Palestine-"R" Miscellaneous:
Palestine, Pampa, Panna Maria, Paris, Pasadena, Pecos, Perryton, Pharr, Pilot Point, Pitnam, Pittsburg, Plainview, Port Aransas, Port Arthur, Port Isabell, Port Lavaca, Post, Praha, Premont, Putnam, "P" Miscellaneous, Quanah, "Q" Miscellaneous, Ranger, Raymondville, Refugio, Richmond, Rio Grande City, Roby, Rock Island, Rockdale, Rockport, Rockwall, Roma, Roscoe, Rosebud, Rosenburg, Round Rock, Royce, Rusk, "R" Miscellaneous
18 San Angelo-San Antonio (Hospitals):
San Angelo, San Antonio
19 San Antonio (Hotels)-San Benito:
San Antonio, San Augustine, San Benito
20 San Juan-"S" Miscellaneous:
San Juan, San Marcos, San Saba, Santa Anna, Schulenburg, Seguin, Seminole, Seymour, Shamrock, Sherman, Sinton, Smithville, Snyder, Somerville, Sonora, Sour Lake, Stamford, Stephenville, Stratford, Strawn, Sulpher Springs, Sweetwater, "S" Miscellaneous
21 Taylor-"V" Miscellaneous:
Taylor, Teague, Temple, Terrell, Texarkana, Texas City, Throckmorton, Thurber, Tioga, Toyahvale, Trinity, Tulia, Tyler, "T" Miscellaneous, Uvalde, Van Alstyne, Van Horn, Vernon, Victoria, "V" Miscellaneous
22 Waco-Wichita Falls (Buildings):
Waco, Washington, Waxahachie, Weatherford, Weimar, Weslaco, West, West Columbia, Whitesboro, Whitewright, Wichita Falls
23 Wichita Falls (Churches)-Zapata; Modern Cards, Albany-Houston:
Wichita Falls, Willis, Wills Point, Winnsboro, Winters, Woodville, "W" Miscellaneous, Yoakum, Yorktown, Ysleta, "XYZ" Miscellaneous, Zapata. Tuck Cards: Arlington-Waco (early 1900s). Modern Cards (4″ × 6″): Albany-Houston
24 Miscellaneous Cards:
Modern Cards (4″ × 6″): Johnson City-Waco
Mexican War: Texas/Mexico border scenes
Miscellaneous: Texas general, Texas cities and towns, and topical (odd sizes)
Non-classified: Texas country scenes, advertising, topical, and people
Unidentified: View cards, Texas cities and towns
Interiors Outside Texas: Bars, hotels, and restaurants (Midwest and Los Angeles)
Map postcards: Alaska-Washington and antique maps